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Misguided World Cup Previews: Group F

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Italy are defending champions. The man who led them to that success is back in charge. Seven of that side are back in the squad. They remained unbeaten during their qualifying campaign. Yet no-one fancies them this time round. No flair apparently. There’s no Francesco Totti for a start. He announced that he was willing to come out of international hibernation following the return of the prodigal Lippi. I presume Totti is still in Italy staring plaintively at his mobile, wondering if it would seem too desperate the send the manager a text.

New Zealand beat Serbia last month in a friendly, only the second time in their history that they have vanquished European opposition (they also beat Georgia in 2006). The ignominy of this was not lost on the watching Serbians who registered their dissatisfaction by chucking burning stuff at their team. The All Whites (they’re like the All Blacks but play in white) play two European sides in the group stages so have the potential to double their tally.

Slovakia will be looking to make an impression on the competition in order to step from the shadow of their more successful neighbours, the Czech Republic. Also tired of being confused for Slovenia. The correspondent in the Evening Standard the other day compiled a handy analysis of the threat of the Slovakian squad as England’s group opponents. Maybe that’s Slovenia being confused for Slovakia. I don’t know. It’s confusing.

Paraguay’s firepower will be severely diminished by the loss of Salvador Cabanas, their top scorer in qualifying. He got shot in Mexico. He was still hoping to travel to the World Cup, but doctors told him that it was not possible due to the bullet still being lodged in his head. Bloody doctors. The Paraguayans will now rely on the striking talents of Roque Santa Cruz, who has not been shot recently. Even though he lives in Manchester.


Written by harrisharrison

June 9, 2010 at 7:42 pm

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  1. Paraguay could well have found themselves the ideal replacement for Cabanas: Lucas Barrios, ‘La Pantera’, the ultimate goal poacher!


    June 9, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    • Excellent. I always approve of strikers with exotic nicknames.


      June 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm

  2. Confused with or mistaken for.Clear ?


    June 9, 2010 at 8:16 pm

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