2010 World Cup - South Africa

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Who are the World Cup Favorites? Pick your Top 3.

  1. France

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  2. Argentina

    29.4%
  3. Algeria

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  4. Australia

    2.9%
  5. Denmark

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  6. Italy

    8.8%
  7. Brazil

    44.1%
  8. Chile

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  9. Mexico

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  10. Greece

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  11. England

    20.6%
  12. Germany

    64.7%
  13. Japan

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  14. New Zealand

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  15. Ivory Coast

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  16. Honduras

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  17. South Africa

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  18. Nigeria

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  19. Slovania

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  20. Ghana

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  21. Camaroon

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  22. Paraguay

    2.9%
  23. North Korea

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  24. Switzerland

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  25. Uruguay

    5.9%
  26. South Korea

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  27. USA

    5.9%
  28. Serbia

    2.9%
  29. Netherlands

    23.5%
  30. Slovakia

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  31. Portugal

    5.9%
  32. Spain

    23.5%
  1. DerAdlerIstGelandet

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    There is only 276 days left until greatest tournament in the world. The FIFA World Cup! This time it will be held in South Africa. Should be a pretty exciting tournament as usual. I can't wait, I have been going through withdrawals since the 2006 World Cup here in Germany.

    Who are your favorites to win? Any other predictions?

    Here are the teams that have qualified so far for the 2010 World Cup:

    South Africa (Host)
    Australia
    Japan
    South Korea
    North Korea
    Netherlands
    Brazil


    Teams that will most likely qualify (I guess you could say these are my predictions of who the rest of the teams will be, it will be updated as they qualify or don't qualify):

    Côte d'Ivoire
    Ghana
    Algeria
    Nigeria
    Tunisia
    Saudi Arabia
    Denmark
    Switzerland
    Greece
    Germany
    Russia
    Slovakia
    Spain
    England
    France
    Italy
    Serbia
    Croatia
    United States
    Mexico
    Honduras
    Chile
    Paraguay
    Argentina
    Columbia

    Here are the next Qualifying matches:

    09 Sept. 2009
    Gabon vs. Cameroon
    Saudi Arabia vs. Bahrain
    Faroe Islands vs. Lithuania
    Czech Republic vs. San Marino
    Malta vs. Sweden
    Liechtenstein vs. Finland
    Northern Ireland vs. Slovakia
    Wales vs. Russia
    Bosnia Herzegovina vs. Turkey
    Belarus vs. Ukraine
    England vs. Croatia
    Andorra vs. Kazakhstan
    Albania vs. Denmark
    Hungary vs. Portugal
    Slovenia vs. Poland
    Germany vs. Azerbaijan
    Romania vs. Austria
    Israel vs. Luxembourg
    Armenia vs. Belgium
    Moldova vs. Greece
    Latvia vs. Switzerland
    Spain vs. Estonia
    El Salvador vs. Costa Rica
    Trinidad and Tobago vs. United States
    Mexico vs. Honduras
    Bolivia vs. Ecuador
    Uruguay vs. Columbia
    Paraguay vs. Argentina
    Venezuela vs. Peru
    Brazil vs. Chile
     
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    I honestly don't have much hope for Sweden this time...:(
     
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    They have a shot. They are in 3rd place in their group and 5 points behind first place. They need to win out the rest of the games and hope that the leaders of the group (Denmark and Hungary) lose out the rest of their games.

    Very long shot, but not impossible.
     
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    True indeed mate....a VERY loooong shot! :lol:
     
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    The US will qualify, put up a respectable showing in the preliminaries and then suffer a complete breakdown in round 1 of the playoffs.
     
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    what scares me is i'm quite optomistic about englands chances under capello, never thought i'd feel like that about england
     
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    It's really amazing. The Dutch pro's didn't think it necessary this time to wait qualifying until the last match. I can't remember when it was the last time they qualified this early.
     
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    sorry to be the party-pooper
    but I think it's going to be interesting to see how the SA authorities handle tourist crime, there's going to be alot of foreigners coming to SA who possibly know that it's bad for crime without really comprehending just how bad.

    I really hope it's a great tournament but I'm not getting sucked in by the Capello hype; I don't think our chances are better than they have been for the last 4 or 5 tournaments.
     
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    After watching the United States performance in the Confederations Cup some months ago, I hope they make it to the second phase at least.
     
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    You are correct on that.
     
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    #11 DerAdlerIstGelandet, Sep 7, 2009
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    I agree. Me and a few friends were going to fly to S. Africa for the games, but decided not to because of the same thoughts.

    I think England is looking real good right now and they have good chances, but I think they will do what they do a lot of the time. Which is look good and them fall apart in the tournament. I am just glad they are going to qualify. I missed them in the European Cup. They are one of the teams (Germany, England, Italy, France, Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands) that really make a tournament for me.
     
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    I like Italy or Germany!
     
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    I think Germany has a great chance to win, just looking at them the last few years. Spain is a huge contender also; hard to say!

    Maybe Argentina vs. Germany in the final!
     
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    Germany will at least make the final four, but they have not been as strong as they were the last few years. They are going through some changes right now with some very young talented players. If they can build on those young players they have a good chance, but it will still be hard to top Spain or Brazil.

    My favorite for a final would be a Germany vs. England or a Germany vs. Argentina final.
     
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    Germany to beat england in the final with a very dubious late goal just to see justice served and stop the english dishing up 1966 every time the world cup is mentioned lol
     
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    It'll be interesting to see how many fans make it home! Last I heard, SA isn't the safest place in the world to visit, and that was from a South African!
     
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    was talking to a south african friend today and there are at present near riots because the government has done a lot of work to the public transport system and the taxi drivers dont like it according to him there has even been hijacking of busses by armed taxi drivers
    Just as a side note adam (south african friend )carries a .45 pistol with him whenever he leaves the house
     
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    I worked with this guy, he had to go home to SA in a hurry because his mother and step-father were murdered in a burglary, both shot dead.

    While he and his brother were sorting out the family affairs, he found a letter addressed to him at his parents farm, it was an old bank statement. He had a bank account he'd forgotton about, with about €800 in it. He went to the local bank and cashed it in and closed the account... he got mugged walkng back to his car! Some bloke pulled a gun on him and stuck it in his mouth knocking a tooth out, he just handed it over. He said 'you can't take a chance with these f*ckers bru'.

    While they were clearing stuff out of a shed one day, they heard a loud explosion, they saw smoke rising in the air in the direction of the main road. They hopped in their dads pick-up and headed down the lane to the road, as they came over the crest of a hill, they saw an armoured car on its side on the road, on fire. There was 3 bmw's surrounding it and 8 men with AK-47's shooting at it. One of them spoted the pick-up and opened fire at them! They reversed back behind the crest of the hill to get away. The cops arrived minutes later, but the hijackers were gone, empty handed, the 2 men in the armoured car died. (This incident was reported on the SA news websites)

    All this happened in one week, in some remote backwater!! Imagine what it'll be like with thousands of rich foreigners decsending on the South African cities.
     
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    Well here are the latest scores from qualifications today:

    Saudi Arabia 2:2 Bahrain
    Cameroon 2:1 Gabon
    Spain 3:0 Estonia
    Moldova 1:1 Greece
    Latvia 2:2 Switzerland
    Israel 7:0 Luxembour
    Hungary 0:1 Portugal
    Germany 4:0 Azerbaijan
    Romania 1:1 Austria
    Albania 1:1 Denmark
    Bosnia-Herzegovina 1:1 Turkey
    Belarus 0:0 Ukraine
    England 5:1 Croatia
    Andorra 1:3 Kazakhstan
    Northern Ireland 0:2 Slovakia
    Wales 1:3 Russia
    Liechtenstein 1:1 Finland
    Malta 0:1 Sweden Sweden
    Czech Republic 7:0 San Marino
    Faroe Islands 2:1 Lithuania
    Bolivia 1:3 Ecuador

    After these games here is the updated qualification lists:

    South Africa (Host)
    Australia
    Japan
    South Korea
    North Korea
    Netherlands
    Brazil
    Ghana
    Bahrain
    England


    Teams that will most likely qualify (I guess you could say these are my predictions of who the rest of the teams will be, it will be updated as they qualify or don't qualify):

    Côte d'Ivoire
    Algeria
    Nigeria
    Tunisia
    Denmark
    Switzerland
    Greece
    Germany
    Russia
    Slovakia
    Spain
    France
    Italy
    Serbia
    Croatia
    United States
    Mexico
    Honduras
    Chile
    Paraguay
    Argentina
    Columbia
     
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