SOUTH AFRICA WORLD Cup 2010 craze is slowly creeping up to make football-crazy fans stay up into the wee hours of the morning to check out the latest development related to next year’s ‘greatest show on earth’.
At about 1.00 am Brunei time (December 5, 2009) the big draw to decide the eight groupings under which 32 national teams, representing all continents of the globe which will be slated to play in the finals in the middle of 2010, will be held in Cape Town. And I’ll be one of those soccer-mad fans to eagerly wait up for the draw.
I am exalted to know that two of my favourite teams to win next year’s World Cup, Brazil and England, have been put at the top eight seeds by FIFA. The other six seeded national teams are South Africa (being host nation), Spain, Holland, Italy, Germany, and Argentina. France, although was Eighth-ranked in the FIFA world rankings of top footballing nations until last month, didn’t make the cut. Some cynics (critical of the French striker, Thierry Henry’s handball contribution to France’s 1-nil elimination of Ireland during last month’s final qualifying round match) even snubbed the French team’s bad luck as “Karma”.
England’s star player, David Beckham, is now in South Africa to attend the draw as well as to lobby for his home country to make a successful bid to become the host of the coming 2018 World Cup Finals. Brazil has been confirmed as the 2014 World Cup host nation. As much as I’d love it if Brazil were to win the South African World Cup finals, but I’d much fancy the English squad comprising great players including Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, etc. to hold the prestigious Jules Rimet trophy aloft come 2010! 🙂 It would be the second World Cup win for England. Their first timer was in Wembley Stadium, London when England hosted the 1966 World Cup finals, beating Brazil! The Brazilians have won the World Cup the most number of times, of course.
Somehow, I have a strange feeling that World Cup 2010 finalists from Africa in the likes of Ghana and Ivory Coast may surprise global football enthusiasts to become next year’s World Cup new champions! 😉 Not forgetting the “Bafana” team playing on home ground… these ferocious ‘lions’ of South Africa must never be under-estimated, too. 😛