FIFA World Cup: Group C analysis

28 May

The contenders (and latest FIFA rankings):

  • England (8)
  • USA (14)
  • Algeria (30)
  • Slovenia (25)

We’ll start things off with a worthless fact: Group C is the Group with the highest-ranked ‘worst’ team.

England are a team that are in pretty good form. They went through qualification losing only one match, which was after they had already qualified. Moreover, under Capello the team are scoring a lot of goals from across the park. Their recent friendly saw a very poor England still defeat Mexico 3-1, which is the mark of a good side. These factors all suggest England could have a genuine crack. But then I don’t think there has been an English side since 1966 that wasn’t going to triumph over all before it and lift the Cup (excluding the years when they failed to qualify, of course). Will England live up to the hype? Will Capello be able to banish the demons that have seemingly haunted England for over 40 years? Will Peter Crouch perform the robot when he scores a goal?

Interviewer: "What would you be if you weren't a footballer?" Crouch: "A virgin."

Their biggest competition is going to come from the USA. In fact the first match in the group is a mouthwatering tie between the old country and the new. While the USA may not have the big names of their former coloniser (that word looks so wrong but Google assures me I’m right), they are a true ‘team’. The USA didn’t have the toughest road to qualification, and there were speed bumps along the way, but I have a good feeling about them (even after they got shanked by the Czech Republic in a recent friendly). After all, recall that it was the USA that knocked out favourites Spain in last year’s FIFA Confederations Cup. I’m going to tip an upset and say they will take the group.

Algeria may well be Africa’s best chance at the World Cup. Which isn’t saying much. They have a friendly against cry-babies Ireland coming up as they look to build a head of steam heading into the tournament. In order to qualify for the World Cup, Algeria had a feisty playoff against bitter rivals Egypt, who they knocked out. The match up also involved a serious attack on the Algerian team bus and Algeria subsequently halting gas exports to their competitor. Only in Africa. The team will struggle in South Africa and I don’t expect them to make it out of the group…

…much like Slovenia. Slovenia were also involved in a playoff in order to make the tournament, where they defeated the heavily favoured Russian side. I’d be lying if I said I knew a lot about the team. Apparently they have a fantastic keeper though. Before you criticise me too heavily for my ignorance, you probably don’t even know where Slovenia is. It’s in the Balkans.

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9 Responses to “FIFA World Cup: Group C analysis”

  1. Felicity May 28, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    Big call on USA taking out the group. I’m going to be predictable and stick with England as the victors in this one.

    Needs more guest post from Vino on Slovenia imo.

  2. nolan83 May 28, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    “Will Peter Crouch perform the robot when he scores a goal?”

    If he scores πŸ˜‰

    “even after they got shanked by the Czech Republic in a recent friendly”

    Playing with a “secondish” string side – and the Czech’s aren’t pushovers. Agreed that the USA actually looks good this time – but I’d still back England to top methinks.

    With you on the rest of the pick for sure though.

    “They have a friendly against cry-babies Ireland coming up as they look to build a head of steam heading into the tournament”

    Watch it …

    “Before you criticise me too heavily for my ignorance, you probably don’t even know where Slovenia is”

    Dude, I was reading about the war of 1991 the other day πŸ˜‰

    I’d say most people who’ll read the blog are more likely to know where Slovenia is than half of the “stan” countries, right?

  3. dtaylor84 May 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    As much as I loath to say it, I think England will walk this group. Man for man they are better than the opposition.

    As for second, I think Algeria will pip USA. They are a fairly efficient unit and I will put my hand up here and say that they are the strongest African team in the tournament.

  4. Tcol May 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    fucking come on sLOVEnija!

    keep an eye on Milivoje Novakovic

    incase youre american, were stuck between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia..

    GET IN

  5. kltpatt May 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    England will breeze through this group but as always they will fall at the final hurdle.
    All Blacks = England Football team

    • nolan83 May 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

      Except for the fact that the All Blacks usually are the best Rugby team in the world – while the three lions are usually only the best team in their heads πŸ˜‰

  6. goonix May 28, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    England have been the best team in the world since 1966. Every major tournament since it has been a real shock that they haven’t won.

    • nolan83 May 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

      Especially those times they didn’t qualify …

      • goonix May 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

        Even more so then, I would say.

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