FIFA World Cup: Group H analysis

8 Jun

Group H (May FIFA rankings):

  • Spain (2)
  • Switzerland (24)
  • Honduras (38)
  • Chile (18)

Group H is the “Latin” group, with 3 of the teams being from Spanish speaking nations and thus is one I will watch with interest since I claim to be half Spanish.

European champions Spain (aka La Furia Roja) are an easy pick to top the group as well as many pundit’s pick to take the tournament (more importantly, Economists think they will win which is the best barometer of success). I am heavily biased, but you would be crazy to pick anything else for this group. Other than maybe left back, they have a world class player in basically every position.  Xavi, Silva, Alonso, Iniesta, Cesc and Mata present some pretty ridiculous options in the midfield. Torres and Villa is arguably the most lethal strike partnership at the cup. Expect to see lots of scenes like this during the tournament after Torres/Villa rip the opposition to pieces.

Man love moment

Honduras will be most pundit’s pick for bottom of the group. The only squad member most people will have heard of will be Wilson Palacios, and then only if you are a Spurs fan.  There is also an injury cloud hanging over Palacios and their other best player Suazo, though apparantly they are ok. Their key results in qualification was beating Mexico 3-1 and losing to the USA 3-2, so arguably they shouldn’t be written off. However, I am writing them off for qualifying from the group.

The battle for second here will be quite interesting. Chile will probably be favorites. They qualified ahead of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in the CONMEBOL which is not to be frowned at. Although they drew against Uruguay and lost 3-0 against Paraguay.  I also found this photo of some of their fans….

Chile: best supporters ever...

Switzerland on the other hand had arguably the easiest qualifying group being paired against heavyweights  Greece, Latvia, Israel, Luxembourg and Moldova. Neither team has many stars and both have relatively young squads. I’m going with Chile based upon a much tougher lead in and  that South American flair.

Who do you think will top Group H?

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3 Responses to “FIFA World Cup: Group H analysis”

  1. nolan83 June 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    Full respect to Chilean fans for their full bodied support of their team.

    • agnitio June 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

      I want to change the caption of that picture to your comment, lol.

      • nolan83 June 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

        I believe it is possible – the internet is magic after all.

        I’m very excited about this World Cup. The top quality supporters are just an added bonus.

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