The 2010 World Cup is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the 21st century, so far. Thirty two of the best national teams from all over the globe will be heading to South Africa this summer for the 19th World Cup.
At the draw for the tournament the teams were seeded, with the 7 highest ranked teams, plus South Africa, making up Pot 1.
The South American teams have a tremendous record at World Cups and Brazil and Argentina have won seven between them. The little Argentine, Lionel Messi is probably the most in form player on the planet currently and will be hoping to repeat the feat of his compatriot, Diego Maradona, in South Africa. Despite having a tough group, Brazil will again be amongst the favourites this summer. The most successful World Cup team, with 5 wins, they are always one of the top nations.
The five nations that made up Pot 1were all from Europe. Current holders of the European Championship trophy are Spain, who are also the favourites for South Africa 2010, horse racing malaysia and with one of the most creative midfields and probably the best strike force it’s hardly surprising.
The remaining four teams from Pot 1 are holders Italy, England, Netherlands and tournament specialists Germany. The 2nd most successful team, behind Brazil, Germany will be bidding to reach their 3rd consecutive semi final in South Africa this summer. However, despite reaching 2 semis in a row, Germany haven’t won either of the tournaments. They will hope that they can go one better this year.
England fans talk about 2010 as ‘their year’ and with the form of Wayne Rooney and the experience throughout the team you can understand why. A large proportion of England’s players have appeared in previous World Cups and in Champions League finals, and they have one of the most experienced sides going into 2010, and will hope they can do what Italy did in 2006.
The other two favourites for the tournament are Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and the controversial French team, who only qualified for the World Cup after beating Ireland in a playoff decided by a dubious goal.
The World Cup always throws up a few surprises and this year will be no exception. Aside from this though, the three favourites will be Brazil, Spain and England.