Friday, December 09, 2005

News: The World Cup Draw in Leipzig

The draw for the 2006 World Cup in Germany has just been made, and now not only do we know who is playing who and where, we can also begin to start making predictions based on likely results rather than just player's hairstyles or which team has Ronaldinho. Also, more importantly, we know who is going to be playing here in Berlin...which is very exciting indeed.

The draw took place in Leipzig, which is also one of the twelve cities in Germany that will be hosting matches. The other eleven are: Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Gelsenkirchen, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Kaiserslautern, Stuttgart, Munich, and Nuremberg.

The Groups...

Group A: (1) Germany, (2) Costa Rica, (3) Poland, (4) Ecuador
Group B: (1) England, (2) Paraguay, (3) Trinidad & Tobago, (4) Sweden
Group C: (1) Argentina, (2) Ivory Coast, (3) Serbia and Montenegro, (4) Netherlands
Group D: (1) Mexico, (2) Iran, (3) Angola, (4) Portugal
Group E: (1) Italy, (2) Ghana, (3) USA, (4) Czech Republic
Group F: (1) Brazil, (2) Croatia, (3) Australia, (4) Japan
Group G: (1) France, (2) Switzerland, (3) South Korea,(4) Togo
Group H: (1) Spain, (2) Ukraine, (3) Tunisia, (4) Saudi Arabia

The Games in Berlin...

The Olympiastadion in Berlin has been completely renovated for the 2006 World Cup, and will host the Final on the 9th July, as well as one of the four Quarter Finals (30th June). The games we know for sure, are in the Group stage, and so we will be welcoming the following teams and their fans to the Hauptstadt:

13th June: (Group F) Brazil versus Croatia
15th June: (Group B) Paraguay versus Sweden
20th June: (Group A) Ecuador versus Germany
23rd June: (Group H) Ukraine versus Tunisia

The Berlin Review's First Predictions...

This will probably change the closer we get to the World Cup, and the squads are announced and we get the chance to see some of the nations in action, but here is what I think is going to happen based on a highly scientific prediction method involving dice, and rolling again when I don't like the result it throws up.

Of course, slight national bias might skew the results somewhat...and probably explains why, after completing the process, my tips for the World Cup Semi-Finals are Germany against Czech Republic, and England against Brazil. So we'd be on for an England - Germany final in Berlin, 40 years after the historic Wembley final...well, I can dream...

(A more realistic tip, based on what I think will happen in the groups and what that means for the knock-out stages, has the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Brazil and Argentina in the semi-finals...)

More information on the World Cup can of course be found on the official FIFA website.


Blogger Hamish said...

We've got Netherlands vs. Argentina here in Frankfurt, should be amazing.

12:03 pm  

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