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05 December 2009 :: 21:12:04 pm 1303

World Cup Draw For South Africa 2010

The 32 teams that will be participating in the World Cup 2010 new their fate this evening, following the group draw in Cape Town, South Africa
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The group of death for next years tournament seems to be Group D, which features Germany, Australia, Serbia and Ghana who will battle it out for two qualifying places for the Round of 16, meaning two nations with passionate support will depart the tournament early. There could be a high-profile casualty from Group G too, after Brazil, Korea DPR, Côte d’Ivoire, Portugal were drawn together.

An estimated global television audience of 200 million joined the 2,000 invited guests in the Draw Hall in watching the colourful and entertaining ceremony unfolded. African sporting stars such as athlete Haile Gebreselassie, rugby player John Smit, cricketer Makhaya Ntini, and footballers Matthew Booth and Simphiwe Dludlu assisted with the draw, along with England’s David Beckham. It was always going to be an exhilarating occasion, but the undoubted centerpiece came when the eight groups were revealed.

A highlight of the draw was the eye-catching encounter between England and USA, scheduled for 12 June, which evokes memories of the Americans’ famous 1-0 win over their transatlantic cousins at Brazil 1950. Argentina, Nigeria and Greece will get the chance to revive their group rivalry from 1994, while the heavyweight collision between Portugal and Brazil on 25 June also has the feel of a derby match.

Although the dates and locations of each of the 48 group-stage games are known, the kick-off times will be announced shortly, upon conclusion of a meeting between FIFA, the Local Organising Committee and broadcasters.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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