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Archive for May 10th, 2010

Day 2 kicks off extra early and from now on every day will kick off at this time.

June 12, 7:30am

South Korea vs Greece

Honestly, I wouldn’t bother waking up to watch this one. Both these teams should be on the outside looking in when all is said and done. I don’t anticipate this match to be very exciting. The Greeks are renowned for their stout defense and they should be able to shut down South Korea’s attack. On the other side of the ball the Greeks are not very frightening thus I don’t see them capitalizing on the limited chances they encounter on goal.

Final score: 0-0

Key players to watch:

Greece- Sotirios Kyrgiakos (defender, Liverpool), Giorgos Karagounis (midfielder, Panathinaikos), Kostas Katsouranis (midfielder, Panathinaikos), Angelos Charisteas (forward, Nuremberg)

South Korea- Cha Du-Ri (defender, SC Freiburg), Park Ji-Sung (midfielder, Manchester United), Ki Sung-Yong (midfielder, Celtic), Lee Chung-Yong (midfielder, Bolton)

Argentina vs Nigeria 10:00am

I highly advise you watch this game. The likely winners of the group take the stage in what should be a very entertaining match. Argentina has so much firepower to choose from it’s really unfair. I mean seriously. Having this much talent to choose from should be illegal. Let me run down the pool of talent Maradona has at his disposal: Lionel Messi (32 goals in La Liga), Carlos Tevez (23 goals in EPL), Diego Milito (21 goals in Serie A), Sergio Aguero (12 goals in La Liga), Gonzalo Higuain (27 goals in La Liga), Lisandro Lopez (14 goals in Ligue 1). This is not even mentioning the likes of Esteban Cambiasso, Javier Mascherano, Walter Samuel, Javier Zanetti and Martin Demichelis. From top to bottom Argentina have an excess of talent and they should finish atop their group with ease. I expect Nigeria to present them with a challenge but in the end Argentina will be too much for the Super Eagles.

Final score: 3-2

Key players to watch:

Argentina- Lionel Messi (forward, Barcelona), Carlos Tevez (forward, Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (forward, Real Madrid), Diego Milito (forward, Inter Milan), Angel Di Maria (midfielder, Benfica)

Nigeria- Obafemi Martins (forward, Wolfsburg), Yakubu (forward, Everton), John Obi Mikel (midfielder, Chelsea), John Utaka (forward, Portsmouth)

England vs United States 2:30pm

Ah, the match every red blooded American is eagerly awaiting. Get your popcorn, beer, chips, dip, burgers, hot dogs, hookers and steaks. Gather the puppies and the children, huddle up around the television set and watch your country get their ass handed to them by the British. No, I don’t hate my country; I’m just a realist. England has a far better team and far better coached. I know the USA have shown signs of promise with what they did in the Confederations Cup. They are also pretty inconsistent and quite frankly I don’t have much faith in them to repeat their Confederations Cup performance.  I expect England to be too much, especially if they have a fully healthy Rooney. All of Landon Donovan’s awesomeness will not be able to hinder the freight train of talent with the likes of Rooney, Defoe, Gerrard, Milner and Lampard on board and headed to poor ol’ Timmay’s net.

Final score: 2-0

Key players to watch:

England- Steven Gerrard (midfielder, Liverpool), Frank Lampard (midfielder, Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (forward, Manchester United), John Terry (defender, Chelsea), Jermaine Defoe (forward, Tottenham), James Milner (midfielder, Aston Villa)

USA- Landon Donovan (forward, LA Galaxy), Jozy Altidore (forward, Villareal), Jonathon Spector (defender, West Ham), Tim Howard (goalie, Everton)

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