2010 FIFA World Cup Preview: Part 4 of 8


Germany: One of the powerhouses of international football. They boast experience, speed and class in a well balanced team that is picked out mostly from the German Bundes Liga. However, the omission of Captain Michael Ballack through injury is a big loss. A man that is the heart of soul of German football would hope that his side can go one better (from 2006) and make the final.

Player to Watch: Philip Lahm (Defender) One of the best defenders in the world who hails from German powerhouse Bayern Munich. The Germans will be looking to this man to intercept and stop the opposition’s attackers

Australia: Our very own Socceroos will go into the World Cup with the joy & experience gathered in Germany. A squad primarily based on our European stars was expected after Coach Pim Verbeek’s opinion on the A-League standards. With a slice of luck and some Tim Cahill heroics, the ‘underdog’ tagged Socceroos could emerge from the group stage.

Player to Watch: Harry Kewell (Midfielder/Attacker) Those Australians who know football will know that this man is the key to our World Cup hopes. If he can overcome his injury problems, he could be the man who sees us progressing through and not catching an early flight home.

Serbia: A team that is not known for their stars, but for their ability to play tough, consistent, skilful football. Sound at the back, electrifying at the wings, their only weakness seems to be their firepower up front. Zigic the main striker, can go missing in big games and lacks a partner.

Player to Watch: Nermanja Vidic (Defender) The Man United superstar is the rock of Serbia’s defence. Serbia is counting on him to produce a solid World Cup.

Ghana: The speedy Africans hail brilliant ball players and creativity. An often under-estimated opponent, Ghana will be hoping to cause a few upsets in Group D. Their hesitation in front of goal may seriously doubt their chances, heavily relying on the experience midfielders to lead the way.

Player to Watch: Kwadwo Asamoah (midfielder) already being hailed the new ‘Essein’, Asamoah produces brilliant ball control and passing ability. Fans will be looking to this man to stand up in absence of the Captain, Michael Essein.

Through to round of 16: Germany & Serbia



  1. Not only is Ballack a huge loss but no country has ever won Eurovision and the World Cup in the same year.

    Germany: GONE.

  2. John Butler says


    The master as always :)

  3. Andrew Fithall says

    Gigs. Sample size too small. Only 6 countries have won the world cup in the period that Eurovision has been running. Of those, only 4 are European countries. Whatever the statistical term is, I have no idea, but to draw conclusions from that would be “unprofessional”.

  4. Andrew Fithall says

    And might I add, this is the first time in the history of both events that a Chinese Australian (Almanacker Sam Pang) has been a co-host of a television show associated with each event in the one year. I reckon therefore that Germany will win.

  5. Andrew F, they sound like the words of a typically arrogant Collingwood rabble rouser to me… ;-)

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