Round 1 of WC 2010 in progress

The World Cup 2010 has started in South Africa and it is quite a special event with the Cup happening for the first time in the African continent. Lets hope that the tournament will feature a lot of goals, some wonderful memories/matches and a worthy winner. 32 teams, 64 matches featuring 736 players and there will be one winner, 23 players and their staff who will go back home with the Cup and one hell of a moment in the history of their Football dreams.

The World Cup got off to a slightly boring start but picked up as the days progressed. As I write this blog, the African heavy-weight Cameroon is playing our Asian super power Japan. Both teams are mighty in their continent but might not feature in the best 8 or maybe even 16 teams in this edition of the World Cup but it might throw up a wonderful match. The clash of styles will throw up new stars and their fans around the world.

In Group A, South Africa drew with Mexico and Uruguay and France played a goalless draw. France do not look like they have any firepower in them. I am betting big on Uruguay to make it through. Mexico should have won their match so that they could have given France a headache with respect to qualifying to the next round.

In Group B, Korea put up a fighting display against Greece sending warnings to both Nigeria as well as Argentina. Though Argentina won their game against Nigeria from an early goal, Nigeria did have their chances to equalise. This could be an interesting pool. Messi showed glimpses of his skill, but the forwards need to put in that extra effort and convert more chances.

In Group C, Slovenia beat Algeria by a solitary goal and England showed why they are vulnerable at the back, especially under the crossbar when their goalie, Robert Green let in a silly goal by virtue of his own mistake. With Ledley King getting replaced midway in the match, they also need to sort out their defensive worries. This group might produce some surprises going forward.

In Group D, World Cup’s form team, Germany put four goals past a hapless Australia. This edition of the World Cup had its first set of full scale goal bombardment in this match and it is as if new life has been given to the first few days slow pace. Ghana became the first African nation to win a match in this edition by beating Serbia. Germany should carry on comfortably from this pool.

In Group E, Netherlands had an unconvincing 2-0 victory over Denmark. Everyone who supports Holland feel that maybe this slow start will pick up momentum as the group matches carry on. Japan beat a strong Cameroon which might be considered an upset in football parlance, thus making the first upset of the tournament.

We have been playing the FIFA Fantasy league and it has been some good fun, choosing 23 payers and then a playing XI. May the fun continue and the matches get more exciting.

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