Apologies for the lack of posts in the past week, the real world has gotten the best of me. We are back now though and are offering our thoughts of the first 10 days of the World Cup.
It has been a strange tournament for sure. One with few goals, some poor goalkeeping, and some below quality football. That said, the second round of matches in the Group Stage have been much improved and the hope is as the tournament carries on, the product on the pitch will become better and better.
Group C: England, USA, Slovenia, Algeria
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.
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