Why have one group of Death when you can have 2? No, FIFA doesn’t do that but the quality of teams have improved so much in the teams that they can beat any team in the world on a given day.
The first group of death – Group D – Germany, Serbia, Australia and Ghana
3 time world champions. Finalists in the last major tournaments (Euro 2008). Semi – Finalists in the last world cup at home – Germany seems to be a real contender for the title. But there is one major blow which they need to encounter, they lost the skipper Michael Ballack to injury and he will miss the entire World Cup. One man can make so much difference?? yes for sure, he is the most prolific midfielder in world football currently. He can control the game so very well that he can pace up or slow down the game as per his whims.Will Schweinsteiger make up for his loss and the aging Miroslav Klose come up to the challenge one more time? The tough group will make it for Germany.
Coach: Joachim Low
Star Players: Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podoloski, Miroslav Klose, Mezut Ozil
Prediction: A second round and possible contenders for the title once again
When they were Serbia and Montenegro 4 years back, they were decimated by the Argentenian brillance. I think that 33 pass goal will haunt them forever. But four years later, they qualified top of the group almost crashing the dreams of France in qualification. So what’s their biggest strength? Defence. When you have the most feared defence man in league football, you can say that with pride. Nemanja Vidic of Man U and the inspired team of defenders is will be the real strength of Serbia this time around. Can they curb the on slaught of Germany, Ghana and Australia. Lets wait and see
Coach: Radomer Antic
Star Players: Nemanja Vidic, Dejan Stankovic and Brainslav Ivanovic
Prediction: A second round chance
Soccerros as they are called. They play soccer the same way they play their cricket (vice versa??). Last time around, they would ousted the eventual champions Italy, but Italy held their nerves to get past the Australians. The team revolves around the two mid fielders from EPL, Tim Cahill of Everton and Brett Emerton of Blackburn but if you ask they have world class striker who can support them, the answer is NO. In fact, i would rate them as the weak link of this group but their first game with Germany will help us to know better.
Coach: Pim Verbeek
Star Players: Tim Cahill, Brett Emerton, Mark Schwarzer and Lucas Neill
Prediction: The only team which has the least chance to go to second round from this group
Four years back, the opening game saw them shocking the whole world by beating France. The African lions are one of the real contenders who can shake the predictions of this world cup. But the loss Michael Essien ( yes the same essien of Chelsea) is a big blow for Ghana. So from real contenders, they can become damp squib without Essien. Can they make it to second round? a big question mark
Coach: Milan Rajavec
Star Players: Sulley Muntari, Stephen Appaiah, Mario Balotelli and Matthew Amoah
Prediction: I hope for a second round for the African Lions
I would not call this tough group or easy group. This one is tricky group. Netherlands will have cake walk but the second place will be a tug of war. The group consists of Netherlands, Denmark, Cameroon and Japan
Have you ever seen a more unlucky team than the Orange brigade? Johan Cruff and Marco Van Basten could not bring them the glory which evaded them twice before in the last hurdle. Can the celebrated midfield of Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and forward Robin Van Persie break the jinx of Netherlands? Every World Cup I expect them to do better than before, but they flatter to deceive. The biggest weakness they have is the inexperienced goalkeeper after the retirement of legendary Edwin Van Der Sar. This time around they have an easy group to qualify but will they be able to move beyond Quarters is a big question to be answered.
Coach: Bert van Marwijk
Star Players: Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Robin Van Persie, Dirk Kuyt and Mark van Bommel
Prediction: QF berth – beyond that – let’s wait and see
Denmark is one of the complete teams in the current world cup. They have a composite defence and flaring attack which actually helped them qualify for world cup as group toppers. But this group they have two tough challenges from Netherlands and Cameroon . The most important game of the group will be when they meet Cameroon on June 19th which i believe eventually seal the second place of the group – a draw will make it even more interesting ;). The have impermeable defence but the biggest weakness will be their age.
Coach: Morten Olsen
Star Players: Thomas Sorenson, Daniel Agger, Dennis Rommedahl and Nicklas Bendtner
Prediction : Denmark Vs Cameroon
Can you forget Roger Milla’s dancing in front of the corner post in 1990 world cup? They stunned the whole world by making it to the QFs of their first world cup. It can happen all over again with the leadership of Samuel Eto. 36 Goals for Barcelona, he will be man marked to be curbed by the fiercest Netherlands and Denmark defenders. The biggest weakness would be whether the midfield will be able to support Eto’s surge.
Coach: Paul Le Guen
Star Players: Samuel Eto’o, Carlos Kameni, Achille Emana and Rigobert Song
Prediction: Denmark Vs Cameroon??
The strength: defence – I think they gave up only very few goals last time around. The weakness : Attack. They don’t have the world class attack nor they can withstand the physical play of other teams. Japan will be the weakest team in the group but they can sprung up some surprises if they withstand the onslaught of other teams.
Coach: Takeshi Okada
Star Players: Yasuhito Endo, Keisuke Honda and Shinji Okazaki
Prediction: A first Round exit
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