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World Cup 2010 Qualifiers


Rob.

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I did a mock draw with the teams:

Group A

South Africa

Israel

Uruguay

Costa Rica

Group B

Portugal

Poland

Nigeria

Korea Republic

Group C

Spain

England

Egypt

Australia

Group D

Brazil

Croatia

Ghana

Korea DPR

Group E

Argentina

Ireland Republic

Cote d'Iviore

Japan

Group F

Germany

Greece

Paraguay

Iran

Group G

Netherlands

Serbia

Chile

USA

Group G

Italy

Denmark

Cameroon

Mexico

Mock Match Schedule

Some interesting matches

Opening Match: South vs. Israel

Soccer City 91,000

Johannesburg

Portugal vs. Nigeria

Soccer City 91,000

Johannesburg

Spain vs. England

Royal Bafokeng Stadium 45,000

Rustenburg

England vs. Australia

Ellis Park 62,000

Johannesburg

Brazil vs. Croatia

Moses Mabhida Stadium 70,000

Durban

Brazil vs. Ghana

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 48,000

Nelson Mandela Bay

Argentina vs. Ivory Coast

Moses Mabhida Stadium 70,000

Durban

Germany vs. Greece

Green Point Stadium 69,000

Cape Town

Netherlands vs. Serbia

Ellis Park 62,000

Johannesburg

Italy vs. Cameroon

Ellis Park 62,000

Johannesburg

Italy vs. Mexico

Loftus Versfeld 50,000

Pretoria

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England 4-0 Slovakia

England warmed up for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine with a comfortable friendly win over Slovakia.

Emile Heskey met Steven Gerrard's cross to open the scoring on eight minutes but he limped off injured soon after.

David Beckham came on at half-time for his 109th cap, surpassing Bobby Moore's record for an England outfield player.

Beckham crossed for Wayne Rooney to head home England's second goal and Frank Lampard fired home a third before he set up Rooney to cap a fine victory.

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Although to be fair, Andorra gave us a better game than the Slovaks! The worst side I've seen England play for many years.

Ukraine on Wednesday will be a lot, lot tougher.

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Although to be fair, Andorra gave us a better game than the Slovaks! The worst side I've seen England play for many years.

Ukraine on Wednesday will be a lot, lot tougher.

England is probably the best European team at the moment.

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Two monstrous upsets in Africa

Togo 1 - 0 Cameroon

Morocco 1 - 2 Gabon

For Morocco to be beaten at home by Gabon is unbelievable.

Kenya 1 - 2 Tunisia

Rwanda 0 - 0 Algeria

Sudan 1 - 1 Mali

Burkina Faso 4 - 2 Guinea

Japan 1 - 0 Bahrain

Uzbekistan 4 - 0 Qatar (a good victory for them to try to get in the playoff)

Korea DPR 2 - 0 UAE

Iran 1 - 2 Saudi Arabia (a shocking upset in Tehran)

Albania 0 - 1 Hungary

Portugal 0 - 0 Sweden (another excellent result)

Moldova 0 - 2 Switzerland

Israel 1 - 1 Greece

N. Ireland 3 - 2 Poland

Slovenia 0 - 0 Czech Republic (Slovenia is making an excellent show of it, if they can get a result in Belfast on April 1st they stand a decent shot at qualifying)

Wales 0 - 2 Finland

Germany 4 - 0 Liechtenstein

Romania 2 - 3 Serbia

Lithuania 0 - 1 France

Cyprus 2 - 1 Georgia

Montenegro 0 - 2 Italy

Rep. Ireland 1 - 1 Bulgaria (disappointing result)

Netherlands 3 - 0 Scotland

Uruguay 2 - 0 Paraguay

Argentina 4 - 0 Venezuela

Colombia 1 - 0 Bolivia

Mexico 2 - 0 Costa Rica

Trinidad 1 - 1 Honduras

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England is probably the best European team at the moment.
Hardly, the Spanish are still tops and the Italians next.

I think England could give Italy a good game but Spain are by far the best team in Europe. We gave them a good game but they outclassed and beat us 2-0 in a friendly earlier this year.

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Out of the top flight of European teams I would say

1. Spain

2. Netherlands

3. Italy

4. Germany

5. England

6. France

7. Portugal.

On paper, if they were to play a competition against each other I would think the order would be Spain than Germany/England.

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Oh and I think the Russians and Croats are better than both France and Portugal right now. Maybe even the Turks as well. France and Portugal have been playing some terrible football lately.

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Wednesday, 01 April 2009

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

Andorra v Croatia, 6, 19:30

Austria v Romania, 7, 19:30

Bosnia-Hercegovina v Belgium, 5, 19:45

Bulgaria v Cyprus, 8, 16:00

Czech Republic v Slovakia, 3, 19:30

Denmark v Albania, 1, 19:15

England v Ukraine, 6, 20:00

Estonia v Armenia, 5, 16:00

France v Lithuania, 7, 20:00

Georgia v Montenegro, 8, 18:00

Greece v Israel, 2, 19:30

Netherlands v FYR Macedonia, 9, 19:45

Hungary v Malta, 1, 18:00

Italy v Rep of Ireland, 8, 19:50

Kazakhstan v Belarus, 6, 14:30

Latvia v Luxembourg, 2, 16:30

Liechtenstein v Russia, 4, 18:30

Northern Ireland v Slovenia, 3, 19:45

Poland v San Marino, 3, 19:30

Scotland v Iceland, 9, 20:00

Switzerland v Moldova, 2, 19:30

Turkey v Spain, 5, 19:00

Wales v Germany, 4, 19:45

Some interesting looking fixtures in the European qualifiers this week.

A huge derby match which might go some way to explaining why Slovakia looked like they had their mind on other things when they were trounced by us yesterday.

England have a decent chance of getting five wins from five against Ukraine.

Spain, althouh they're the best side in Europe and arguably the world, have an away trip to Turkey; a scary fixture.

Huge games for Wales and Ireland against Germany and Italy respectively. I'll be hoping these two giants will get bloody noses this week. Will also be keeping my fingers crossed for little Andorra. I reckon they're due a win. :P

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Wednesday, 01 April 2009

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

Andorra v Croatia, 6, 19:30 - Croatia

Austria v Romania, 7, 19:30 - don't care

Bosnia-Hercegovina v Belgium, 5, 19:45 - don't care

Bulgaria v Cyprus, 8, 16:00 - don't care

Czech Republic v Slovakia, 3, 19:30 - draw

Denmark v Albania, 1, 19:15 - Denmark

England v Ukraine, 6, 20:00 - don't care

Estonia v Armenia, 5, 16:00 - don't care

France v Lithuania, 7, 20:00 - Lithuania

Georgia v Montenegro, 8, 18:00 - don't care

Greece v Israel, 2, 19:30 - Israel

Netherlands v FYR Macedonia, 9, 19:45 - don't care

Hungary v Malta, 1, 18:00 - don't care

Italy v Rep of Ireland, 8, 19:50 - Ireland

Kazakhstan v Belarus, 6, 14:30 - don't care

Latvia v Luxembourg, 2, 16:30 - don't care

Liechtenstein v Russia, 4, 18:30 - Liechtenstein

Northern Ireland v Slovenia, 3, 19:45 - Slovenia

Poland v San Marino, 3, 19:30 - don't care

Scotland v Iceland, 9, 20:00 - don't care

Switzerland v Moldova, 2, 19:30 - Switzerland

Turkey v Spain, 5, 19:00 - don't care

Wales v Germany, 4, 19:45 - Germany

England taking the away victory means that Croatia is aiming for second and a playoff win.

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So, the results of the South American qualifiers:

Uruguay 2:0 Paraguay

Colombia 2:0 Bolivia

Argentina 4:0 Venezuela

Ecuador 1:1 Bolivia

PerĂº 1:3 Chile

The stands at this moment...

1. Paraguay: 23 pts.

2. Argentina: 19 pts.

2. Chile: 19 pts.

4. Brazil: 18 pts.

5. Uruguay: 16 pts.

6. Colombia: 14 pts.

7. Ecuador: 13 pts.

8. Venezuela: 10 pts.

9. Bolivia: 9 pts.

10. Peru: 7 pts.

After 24 years, Chile finally could win against Peru in a extremely hostile stadium. 6,000 polices had to take care of the stadium to stop any violent reaction of the crowd against the Chilean team or fans. Fortunately, nothing bad happened and the match had no problems. Besides, Chile now is in the road to the World Cup, while Peru now is practically eliminated.

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South Africa won a match!!

Norway - Germany 1-0 (February 12, 2009)

South Africa - Norway 2-1 (March 28 2009)

Therefore using Jim Jones logic, South Africa is better than Germany! lol

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Ivorian stadium stampede kills 22

At least 22 people have died in a crush at a football stadium during a World Cup qualifier in Ivory Coast.

More than 130 people were injured in the stampede at the Houphouet-Boigny arena in the West African country's city of Abidjan.

About 36,000 spectators were in the stadium, where hosts Ivory Coast beat Malawi 5-0.

The BBC's John James says it was packed for the return of Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who scored twice.

Our correspondent says the authorities tried in vain to control the panicking crowd. One report said the police had fired tear gas to control the stampeding fans.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7971140.stm

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Australia 2 - 0 Uzbekistan

Bahrain 1 - 0 Qatar

Pretty simple process for Japan and Australia to move on now, Japan beats Uzbekistan and Australia beats Behrain in June and both qualify.

Korea 1 - 0 Korea DPR

That group is a little more muddled.

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Well some results so far

Bulgaria 2 - 0 Cyprus

Estonia 1 - 0 Armenia

Georgia 0 - 0 Montenegro

Hungary 3 - 0 Malta

Kazakhstan 1 - 5 Belarus

latvia 2 - 0 Luxembourg

Liechtenstein 0 - 1 Russia

In progress

Andorra 0 - 2 Croatia

Austria 2 - 1 Romania

Bosnia 2 - 0 Belgium

Czech 1 - 1 Slovakia

Denmark 3 - 0 Albania

England 1 - 0 Ukraine

France 0 - 0 Lithuania

Greece 2 - 1 Israel

Netherlands 3 - 0 Macedonia

Italy 1 - 0 Ireland

N. Ireland 0 - 0 Slovenia (Come on Slovenia)

Poland 8 - 0 San Marino

Scotland 1 - 0 Iceland

Switzerland 2 - 0 Moldova

Turkey 1 - 2 Spain

Wales 0 - 2 Germany

too bad about the own goal

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Turkey 1 - 2 Spain

Switzerland 2 - 0 Moldova

Poland 10 - 0 San Marino

Greece 2 - 1 Israel - disappointing

Czech 1 - 2 Slovakia - shocker.

Andorra 0 - 2 Croatia.

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