Posted by Barrie on Friday, 4 December 2009

Groups Drawn for 2010 World Cup

England have been drawn against USA, Algeria and Slovenia in Group C of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with a potential match against Germany as early as round 2. England start their campaign with USA on June 12th, then play Algeria on June 18th and finish their group with Slovenia on June 23rd. England beat Slovenia 2-1 in a friendly earlier this year, while Slovenia eliminated Guus Hiddink's Russia in the playoffs on away goals.

Holders Italy will be strong favourites for their group, Group F, alongside Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia.

Co-favourites and the only nation to have qualified for every World Cup, Brazil have been drawn in Group G against North Korea, Ivory Coast and Portugal, which could be branded the "group of death".

The other co-favourites, Spain have been drawn in Group H with Switzerland, Honduras and Chile.

Hosts South Africa are actually the lowest ranked team in the tournament but were seeded for being hosts. They hope being the home nation has its advantages as they don't want to be the first host to be eliminated at the group stage. They have a tricky Group A, opening the World Cup against Mexico, with Uruguay and France also in the group.

With 188 days to go, there is plenty of time for more discussion and insight, but for now I will leave you with the group draw (seeded teams in bold)

Group A
South Africa
Mexico
Uruguay
France

Group B
Argentina
Nigeria
South Korea
Greece

Group C
England
USA
Algeria
Slovenia

Group D
Germany
Australia
Serbia
Ghana

Group E
Netherlands
Denmark
Japan
Cameroon

Group F
Italy
Paraguay
New Zealand
Slovakia

Group G
Brazil
North Korea
Ivory Coast
Portugal

Group H
Spain
Switzerland
Honduras
Chile

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