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Misguided World Cup Previews: Group G

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A green-yellow mist descends on the footballing community when Brazil trots out onto the pitch. A ten-yard sideways pass will be rolled gently from centre-back to centre-back and the watching commentators will gasp as if nothing as beautiful has ever been executed in the history of the game. Brazil play football like the rest of the world. Just better.

Sven-Goran Eriksson will be hoping to reconstruct his reputation which disintegrated the moment he admitted he’d only watched Theo Walcott on tape before selecting him for his World Cup squad in 2006. As far as I am aware, Sven has made a promising start to his campaign with the Ivory Coast by not picking an untried 17-year-old from the second tier of the domestic game. Or the deuxieme division as they call it over there. Will miss Didier Drogba, who fractured his elbow in the build-up. As some Premiership defenders will testify, he needs that elbow.

North Korea will write the most surprising section of World Cup history to date if they proceed forth from the ‘Group of Death’ or in their case, the ‘Group of Certain Death’. Spies in Pyongyang have reported that the state have banned all live coverage of North’s Korea games and only showing highlights of the matches which they win. Which probably means they’ll be broadcasting a lot of Morecambe and Wise repeats.

Portugal have readily accepted the mantle of dastardly dartboard fodder for English fans, having knocked them out of the last two tournaments they qualified for. Although possibly on the verge of re-invention. An e-mail went around my office today attached with pictures of the hunky Portuguese team which was greeted unilaterally with swoonsome sighs. I work in an office of girls by the way.

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Written by harrisharrison

June 9, 2010 at 9:34 pm

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