June 6, 2010

World Cup 2010 for Dummies-Part IV - Group B

Five days to go before the opening match between South Africa and Mexico. High time to move onto Group B - the acronym GANS.

Group B:
Greece
Argentina
Nigeria
South Korea


Greece: Greece has been in the headlines more for its financial mismanagement than for its prowess in football these past months. They've still got the old German guy as trainer, Otto Rehhagel. Even though they didn't qualify for the Euro 2008, Greece striker Georgios Samaras who plays for Celtic, says the second place is open and they'll put up a fight. Greece drew against North Korea and lost to Paraguay 0-2 in their warm-up matches leading up to the World Cup. FIFA ranking: 13.

Argentina: One word: Messi, the amazing football giant dwarf. And all the rest of them aren't bad either. I think the only handicap is fat boy Diego Maradona. But well, he really doesn't have to do much with a team like that. FIFA ranking: 7.

Nigeria: The man to watch is Nigeria's top goal scorer Ikechukwu Uche (and I have no idea how to pronounce that name). Nigeria has appeared in two previous World Cup finals and made it to the second round both times. So I expect them to give Greece and South Korea a run for their money to take the second place spot. FIFA Ranking: 21 (between Australia and Norway)

South Korea: um, well, I do remember this team did surprisingly well when they hosted the WC back in 2002, reaching 4th place. Of their six other appearances, they always dropped out in the first round. However, they played solid qualifiers and the man to watch is Park Ji-Sung. (I find the game is more exciting if you know at least one player.) FIFA ranking: 47

My pick: Argentina first, South Korea second place.

Pic courtesy of Sandra Haiderer.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

My tip is Nigeria.

Tatiana Lensky said...

Two teams advance to the second round. So you have to pick two teams. ; )

Anonymous said...

Wolfi`s guess for Group B

1. Argentina
2. Nigeria

Anonymous said...

Sandy's guess for B
1. Nigeria
2. Argentina

Anonymous said...

Eva's guess
1. Greece (of course ;) !!!!!!!!!!)
2. Argentina

Jeffrey said...

Going for Argentina and Greece

Anonymous said...

I'll go for Argentina and Nigeria - James

Tatiana Lensky said...

just for the record: Pasta's tip for Group B: Argentina first, Nigeria second. And thank you everybody for taking the time to post your picks.
You's all awesome!

Tatiana Lensky said...

oops. I meant to say
1. Argentina
2. South Korea

CzechMate said...

ARG
NIGERIA

Anonymous said...

Darius:
1. Argentina
2. South Korea

Tatiana Lensky said...

We have two winners for Group B:

moi and Darius. Congrats! That means I get to treat myself to a free latte. Darius: you get one too.