The 2006 World Cup Draw

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  1. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    The draw for next summer's World Cup has just been made – and very confusing and convoluted it was too! The groups for the First Round line up as follows...

    Group A
    Germany
    Costa Rica
    Poland
    Ecuador

    Group B
    England
    Paraguay
    Trinidad & Tobago
    Sweden

    Group C
    Argentina
    Ivory Coast
    Serbia & Montenegro
    Netherlands

    Group D
    Mexico
    Iran
    Angola
    Portugal

    Group E
    Italy
    Ghana
    USA
    Czech Republic

    Group F
    Brazil
    Croatia
    Australia
    Japan

    Group G
    France
    Switzerland
    South Korea
    Togo

    Group H
    Spain
    Ukraine
    Tunisia
    Saudi Arabia

    Hmm... any thoughts on the draw? Are people here happy with how their country's fortunes went this evening, or do you fear for your chances next summer?

    From England's point of view, a decent draw – and of course Sven's got Sweden again... :p
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Oooo... Groups E & F :)

    OOOOOooooo! Holland v. Argentina. :D
     
  3. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    Groups C and E seem the toughest ones.
    england got lucky and so did germany

    edit: first quick prediction, (not particularly thought out):

    a: germany, poland
    b: england sweden
    c: argentina, holland
    d: portugal, mexico
    e: italy, usa
    f: brasil, japan
    g: france, korea
    h: ukraine, spain

    ii

    germany-sweden >germany
    england-poland> england
    argentina mexico>argentina
    portugal holland>holland
    italy-japan>italy
    brasil-usa>brasil
    france-spain>france
    ukraine-korea>ukraine

    quarters:
    germany-argentina >germany
    england-holland >holland
    italy-france > italy
    brasil-ukraine >brasil

    semis

    germany-italy >germany
    holland-brasil >holland

    final
    germany-holland > holland

    editedit: possible biggest surprises: cote d'ivoire and ghana
     
  4. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    As long as Brazil and Argentina bite the dust, I'll consider it a good Cup. Most of the teams I'll cheer for probably won't figure in. I like European style of play and Germany since they're at home will probably have a strong showing, but I hope Holland beats Argentina, England advances, Switzerland for political reasons, and Brazil gets a good trouncing from whomever. The U.S.A. will need all the luck they can muster, and little Ecuador will need something "mas alla de la suerte" to advance. It should be exiting. Can't wait.
     
  5. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    So did Mexico. Iran and Angola? Good grief. Spain is in good shape too.

    As bad as it looks for the US, I'm not sure there are too many places they would be clearly better off. Maybe H. F, and G arguably. It's always tough, though--the 2d place slot is the battle. First is usually obvious, and so is 4th. They have to keep close with Italy, tie C.R., and blast Ghana, hoping to advance on total goals maybe.

    Even worse is that if Brazil wins Group F, and the US is second in Group E, well, they'll play then. It will be tough to repeat the success of 2002.
     
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    Ouch, Australia got nailed in their draw. Oh well, they could pull something special out of the bag.
     
  7. vouder17 macrumors 6502a

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    Australia has a dutch coach, so i will rooting for them a little...But i still have a little grudge against anything that is Australian *Thinks back to Cricket World Cup 1999 semi-final SA vs Australia*. Still a sensitive area that i have difficulty talking about.
    But i think that hollandia is in quite a good group.Don't panic i like your prediction, and i hope it comes true.
     
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    Yep, our first world cup in what? 32 years?

    We're gonna get flogged!! Our first game is against Japan too...
     
  10. Chundles macrumors G4

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    That was the "How does it feel to drop the World Cup and Allan Donald forgot to run" World Cup semi-final wasn't it? Ouch.

    Ah well, I hope we at least beat someone in the whole comp.
     
  11. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Nah, Table Tennis.
     
  12. vouder17 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah that was the one...sigh
     
  13. Jaffa Cake thread starter macrumors Core

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    Hmm... Interesting predictions there. I've done a bit of working out since the draw, and my prediction is for a Brazil-Argentina final, with the Brazilians running out eventual winners. A predictable prediction I know, but hey. Along the way, Holland beat France in the 3rd place play-off, and England go out in the quarter finals to the Dutch (probably on penalties – although I seem to remember hearing that they're one of the few nations with a worse record than us in shoot-outs?). Of course, anything can happen, and there's usually a team or two who advance further than teams who should do better. My pick for a potential dark horse? Sweden.
     
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    :D
     
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    Definitely some lopsided divisions, but also some good match-ups. I'll be curious to see how well England does (after they win their Group, which I think will be a given), I'll be cheering against Brazil ;) and will probably be cheering for Holland as well as a yet-undetermined team - I always seem to find one "sleeper team" in the initial batch of games which really surprised me whihc I decide to cheer for. I'm always a fan of underdogs... ;)

    I'm really looking forward to watching as much of the Cup as I can next year, but what I am really looking forward to even more is the next World Cup in South Africa, 2010 - myself, my wife, my brother and his wife (who is from S. Africa) will be going in person! And being the backpackers and adventurers we are, in addition to South Africa, we're planning on going on safari in the Serengetti, visiting Victoria Falls, and most notably climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! It will be yet another trip of a lifetime for this globetrotter, and I am very much looking forward to it. :cool:
     
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    Now we just need someone to make some widgets, a countdown and a fixtures and results widget.

    Poland v Germany, there will be some riots.
     
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    The World Cup? As a Scot, I have no idea what you're talking about... :rolleyes:
     
  19. pknz macrumors 68020

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    I think Spain will win group H, Czech Republic might be able to edge out USA.
    Pity there is no Cameroon or Finland
     
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    Ouch, good call! I know I shouldn't, but I do find that amusing in an ironic sort of way... :eek: Now let's not speak of this anymore, lest this thread get relegated to the Political Discussion Forum... ;)
     
  21. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Czech Republic will, not might, beat the USA. Betcha bottom dollar...
     
  22. vouder17 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah i can also place my bet for the Czechs to go through. They have been in this World Cup business longer than the US and are a really powerful, never ceasing to impress!
     
  23. Jaffa Cake thread starter macrumors Core

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    I'll put my pedantic hat on and say that the United States competed in the very first World Cup in 1930 – the Czech Republic (or, as they were then, part of Czechoslovakia) didn't enter until the following tournament in 1934.

    But I'll agree with you in so far as they'll get past the US next summer.
     
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    That was a memorable morning over here as well. :) Oh how great teams self destruct sometimes.
     
  25. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    They were one of the favorites coming in. Colombia in '94? The "autogoal" of infamy and subsequent retaliation outside of Medellín.
     

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