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    South Africa, 2010

    Australia's in the World Cup again. Last team to qualify for '06, first team to qualify for '10 (did it last week with two matches to spare). Go boys!

    ...But since we're calling it football now, can we please find another name for the national team? "Socceroos"... well, no.

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    I hear that Kangaroo they drafted for winger is phenomenal.
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    Let's see if the US can qualify
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    Quote Originally Posted by dclary View Post
    I hear that Kangaroo they drafted for winger is phenomenal.
    Yup... ever since he was a joey, he's been dangerous from the pocket.

    Aaaand they close out the qualifiers with a 2-1 victory over Japan -- in which they conceded the first goal of the entire campaign.

    Tim Cahill's just brilliant. I thought it was tremendously ironic that Noel Gallagher said Cahill has a face you just want to slap. If ever a slappable face was put on a head, it's Noel's.

    Anyhoo - we're on our way!

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    I'm not much into soccer but since you posted the name: South Africa, you knew I had to peek in.

    OH and *stalks poet*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cassiopeia View Post
    I'm not much into soccer but since you posted the name: South Africa, you knew I had to peek in.

    OH and *stalks poet*

    Haha! I knew I would find you here. And I just came in because I'm East Africa 2009! hehe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KTC View Post
    Haha! I knew I would find you here. And I just came in because I'm East Africa 2009! hehe.
    But, but...I miss being there so very much.

    Poet, isn't this going to be held in Port Elizabeth?

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    My own country never qualified for World Cup Football. I am a fan of Argentina.

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    Russia vs. Germany... THAT will be a showdown!!! I'm sooooo looking forward to that game... If Shava stays healthy and in good shape- we have a decent chance to qualify from the first place in our Group! YAYYY!!! Without Shava though, we'll be happy to draw and hope that Germans fail in further games...
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    And England will be there.
    I wonder if the stadia will be finished in time

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    Quote Originally Posted by waylander View Post
    And England will be there.
    Until the quarter finals!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReallyRong View Post
    Until the quarter finals!
    Untill Beckham gets redcarded...
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    You reckon he'll get on the pitch?

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    So what do we think of the draw?
    England v USA in Group C

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    Quote Originally Posted by waylander View Post
    So what do we think of the draw?
    England v USA in Group C
    One-all draw. England's overpaid, prissy superstars grind out an unattractive point against enthusiastic, Norwayesque Americans. They then despatch Slovenia and Algeria with prejudice like the flat-track bullies they are. After a squeak on penalties past Serbia/Ghana/Australia in the second round, the entire nation will start to hyperventilate. Frank Lampard will give an interview saying 'this is our time, we're the golden generation, destiny lies at the wings of our feet.'

    Facing France in the quarters, Wayne Rooney will get sent off after a throat-high, ninja-style tackle on Andre-Pierre Gignac, Rio Ferdinand will be continually nutmegged and Peter Crouch will look like the third best player in the Rymans League. The sound of deflating expectations will be audible as far as the Canaries. Fabio will look faintly perplexed, like a man who's discovered his Chablis '02 doesn't perfectly complement his Terrine de Poulet. David Beckham will come on as substitute and bend a free kick perfectly into Thierry Henry's nadgers. After elimination, our distraught hooligans will take a heavy defeat at the hands of the local riot police.

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    England 3- Mexico 1
    Unconvincing, but let's remember that Mexico are potential quarter finalists so it's a decent win with a below strength team

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    Quote Originally Posted by waylander View Post
    England 3- Mexico 1
    Unconvincing, but let's remember that Mexico are potential quarter finalists so it's a decent win with a below strength team
    Unconvincing is putting it mildly. Mexico played a beautiful, flowing game, and controlled most of the action.

    If England comes up against a team that can finish, they could be in real trouble.

    Luckily, they have an easy group. Though the US is capable of getting outplayed and still coming up with a win if they're taken too lightly, much like England did v Mexico.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Priene View Post
    One-all draw. England's overpaid, prissy superstars grind out an unattractive point against enthusiastic, Norwayesque Americans. They then despatch Slovenia and Algeria with prejudice like the flat-track bullies they are. After a squeak on penalties past Serbia/Ghana/Australia in the second round, the entire nation will start to hyperventilate. Frank Lampard will give an interview saying 'this is our time, we're the golden generation, destiny lies at the wings of our feet.'

    Facing France in the quarters, Wayne Rooney will get sent off after a throat-high, ninja-style tackle on Andre-Pierre Gignac, Rio Ferdinand will be continually nutmegged and Peter Crouch will look like the third best player in the Rymans League. The sound of deflating expectations will be audible as far as the Canaries. Fabio will look faintly perplexed, like a man who's discovered his Chablis '02 doesn't perfectly complement his Terrine de Poulet. David Beckham will come on as substitute and bend a free kick perfectly into Thierry Henry's nadgers. After elimination, our distraught hooligans will take a heavy defeat at the hands of the local riot police.
    Only an Englishman can write a dark comic rant like that. *sniff* That's beautiful. Nobody sledges like a Pom.

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    Australia take ONE recognised striker in their entire squad. ONE.

    ONE.

    We took more GOALKEEPERS than strikers.

    And I don't even remember striker's name. Apparently, Verbeek hopes that three draws - one of them against Germany - will be enough.

    First to qualify, first to land in South Africa. First to punch their ticket back home? *grumble*

    I cannot believe Pim Verbeek and Guus Hiddink come from the same country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugcat View Post
    Unconvincing is putting it mildly. Mexico played a beautiful, flowing game, and controlled most of the action.

    But they can't defend set pieces

    If England comes up against a team that can finish, they could be in real trouble.

    Very true

    Luckily, they have an easy group. Though the US is capable of getting outplayed and still coming up with a win if they're taken too lightly, much like England did v Mexico.
    I could see USA finishing second in the group

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    Quote Originally Posted by poetinahat View Post
    Only an Englishman can write a dark comic rant like that. *sniff* That's beautiful. Nobody sledges like a Pom.
    I have unresolved hatred issues with the England players stemming from the fiasco of hubris and incompetence that was Germany 2006. Frank Lampart actually he said he thought they were the golden generation. If you're going to come up with absurd boasting, at least win something first. At least reach a semi-final, for god's sake.

    (And you should see how I sledge the opposition).

    Quote Originally Posted by waylander View Post
    I could see USA finishing second in the group
    Hey, that's England's position. Unless...

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    England 2 Japan 1
    Unconvincing again though they won

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    USA 2 Turkey 1

    First half dreadful for the Americans, down 1-0, which was lucky for them.

    Second half, with critical substitutions, a different team -- they showed real spark and some creative play. Which team will show up in SA?
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    So, any thoughts on the England squad?
    I'm surprised he's not included Walcott.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fran View Post
    *waves the "I know nothing about football" flag.* Or the Saltire, as it's more commonly known
    Oh, you shouldn't be so hard on your boys. They do hold a World Cup record, after all.*






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