World Cup 2010 draw – the real one

Charlize Theron and FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke draw the teams (AFP)

Today, after about 45 minutes of annoying “festivities,” FIFA got around to the World Cup 2010 draw. On ESPN, Bob Ley was trying to be hip (he called Johannesburg “Joburg,” as if he knew what it meant) while at the actual draw, Charlize Theron looked thoroughly unamused. It was a great time!

Even though I don’t really understand FIFA’s seeding methodology – which has something to do with lunar cycles, continental conflicts, plate tectonics, and the Illuminati – I did like the suspense. And I also liked how they didn’t delay between every choice, like ESPN does with the NFL Draft.

On to the groups, then:

Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France.

Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea, Greece.

Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia.

Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana.

Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon.

Group F: Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia.

Group G: Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal.

Group F: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile.

Quick thoughts:

1. The group of death is clearly Group G. I actually feel a little bit bad for North Korea; looks like Kim Jong-Il is going to be a rittre ronery.

2. I love the mother countries battling their former colonies: England v. USA, Portugal v. Brazil, and Spain v. Chile and Honduras. Or maybe that’s just the history dork in me.

3. France got a lucky break. Again. This needs to stop. South Africa needs to ride the host’s luck and go through, along with Mexico, and prevent France from reaching the Round of 16. If the soccer gods have any sense of justice, that will come to pass.

4. I like the draw for the US. I think they should get through to the Round of 16 rather easily. It would be great if they beat or draw with England but I don’t think either with happen. They should beat Algeria and Slovenia rather easily, unless they’re complacent.


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