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The 2006 World Cup Draw

Saturday, December 10, 2005

How unfortunate for Australia! After 25 years of dissapointment, Australia made it to the biggest sporting event in the world only to be drawn into the same group as world No.1 and defending champion Brazil in Group F – along with Croatia and Japan – Aus coach, Hiddink could be seen burying his head in his hands.

Here's the math, should Australia, Croatia and Japan all lose to Brazil as expected, then a win and a draw from the remaining two games would be enough for Australia to go through to the second round.

There it would meet the runner-up of Group E – the so-called 'group of death' that pits Italy against world No.2 Czech Republic, the underrated USA and the strongest of the African qualifiers Ghana.

One positive for Australia out of the draw is the location of its group games – the opener against Japan in Kaiserslautern on June 12, the big one against Brazil in Munich on June 18 and the possible decider against Croatia in Stuttgart on June 22.

All of the venues are in southern Germany, allowing Australia to base itself near Stuttgart for the entire tournament, while other nations will need to travel from one end of Germany to the other for matches.

It's first match will be against Japan.

Meanwhile, England is to face Sweden in Group B, home nation of its coach Sven-Goran Eriksson. *ouch*

Here's the wall chart;

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Team that I will support this World Cup:

England and Australia (underdog).

Sadly, I don't see the two teams making it to the semi's.
posted by Ivan Choe, 2:14 pm

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