Inspired by John Nicholson and the real World Cup draw tomorrow, I’ve decided to conduct my own unseeded draw. Why? Because it’s more fun that way and Nicholson has a point: the group stage is where it’s at and we should have awesome matches (or, perhaps I should say awesomer matches) then. Forget about trying to engineer a round of 16 match-up between world powers. Let’s see them play. And, honestly, who doesn’t want to see France dismantled on the first day?
Herewith, my unseeded draw:
Group A: Algeria, Australia, Honduras, USA
Group B: Chile, Japan, North Korea, Portugal
Group C: Argentina, Denmark, England, Mexico
Group D: Germany, Paraguay, Slovakia, Uruguay
Group E: Greece, Holland, Ivory Coast, South Africa
Group F: Ghana, New Zealand, Serbia, South Korea
Group G: Brazil, France, Italy, Slovenia
Group H: Cameroon, Nigeria, Spain, Switzerland
There are two groups of death: Group C and Group G; I feel really bad for Slovenia. Groups D and E are pretty tough, as well. In this draw, South Africa has a really good chance of becoming the first host not to escape the group stage.
The real draw is Friday, December 4 at 12pm EST on ESPN2. Check it out.