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2010 World Cup Preview: Group C

 

 

 

 

 

Group C: England, USA, Slovenia, Algeria

 

 

 

 

 

The Lowdown

Perennial World Cup contenders England are the top-ranked team in Group C. Fabio Capello’s side are amongst the teams talked about as potential winners in South Africa and while expectations are always high when England compete at a World Cup, there is enough quality in the squad to suggest that this team have what it takes to go far.

The United States are looking to rebound from a group stage exit at the 2006 World Cup. Landon Donovan leads a U.S. team that looks primed to repeat their heroics of the 2002 World Cup where they made it to the quarterfinals.

Slovenia are back at the World Cup after an 8-year absence. There are no stars like Zlatko Zahovic this time, however this is arguably a stronger, closer knit team that won’t have the unnecessary drama of the 2002 side.

Algeria qualified for South Africa thanks to a play-off victory bitter rivals Egypt in Sudan back in November. Rabah Saadane has put together a good mix of domestic talent and French-born/French-based players as Algeria return to the competition for the first since 1986.

 

What Should Happen

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2010 World Cup Preview: Algeria

 

 

THE SKINNY

 

Back at the World Cup for the first time in 24 years, Algeria endured a tumultuous qualifying campaign that eventually saw them claim a spot for the finals in South Africa. Seven points ahead of Egypt at one point in Africa’s Group C, it looked like the team was self-destructing as their rivals eventually tied them at the top. Level on points, goal difference, and goals, the two countries played out a one game play-off in Sudan where Algeria triumphed 1-0. Now in Group C against England, the USA, and Slovenia there is no room for error if the side want to advance to the Round of 16.

 

 

TALE OF THE TAPE

FIFA Ranking: 31st

World Cup Appearances: 2 (1982, 1986)

World Cup Record (W-D-L): 2-1-3

Best World Cup Finish: Group Stage 1982, 1986

Road To South Africa: Tied 1st in Africa Group C, Defeated Egypt in Play-off 1-0

 

 

ANALYSIS

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