Group A thoughts

June 24, 2009 at 12:25 am Leave a comment

Wow, where to start?  Here’s an example of a horribly lopsided group that while unlikely to happen in the World Cup is still a good example of what can happen when the host country is seeded.

Not that I don’t approve – it’s just that you kind of know this will happen when the host is announced.  So far no host has missed the second round and I won’t bet against South Africa advancing in 2010, but they did not impress at all here, managing to score only against New Zealand.

One caveat: Iraq, although already out of the World Cup, is a very solid defensive team.  They held Spain to 1 goal and South Africa aren’t the kind of world-class team that can say they absolutely have to be able to break such defenses apart.  New Zealand tied Iraq earning their first ever point in FIFA competition but most viewers will probably hope a 5th Asian team wins the play-off against New Zealand for that World Cup spot.

While this group was always going to result in Spain taking first place it offers very little for them to build on and presents the risk of throwing them into the semi-final without properly warming them up for the competition.  Fortunately for them their opponent does not looking particularly challenging but on the other hand their opponent has certainly been tested and may be ready for this challenge.


Entry filed under: Other national teams.

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