With today's announcement from FIFA establishing which teams will be in the four pots ahead of Friday's World Cup Draw, we can now focus on a more accurate attempt at a mock World Cup Draw.
In our first mock draw, the U.S. national team wound up in a group with Spain, Greece and Uruguay, which wasn't quite a Group of Death, but a tough group nonetheless. This time around, the Americans once again managed to avoid a truly brutal group, but the three teams they drew will still pose serious challenges.
Before we get to the USA's group, consider the following match-ups that emerged from our latest Mock Draw:
Italy vs. France in a rematch of the 2006 World Cup Final
Argentina vs. Mexico in a rematch of their memorable 2006 Round of 16 match
England vs. Portugal in a rematch of their 2006 penalty shootout quarterfinal
Netherlands vs. Ivory Coast in a battle of the best orange-clad teams in the world
Serbia vs. Germanyin a battle of Neven Subotic against the team he really wanted to play for
These are just some of the quality match-ups. Here is the full Mock World Cup Draw:
SBI Mock 2010 World Cup Draw (v. 2.0)
GROUP A– South Africa, Denmark, North Korea, Uruguay
GROUP B– Italy, France, Australia, Algeria
GROUP C– Argentina, Mexico, Switzerland, Cameroon
GROUP D– Spain, Honduras, Greece, Nigeria
GROUP E– Netherlands, Ivory Coast, Japan, Slovakia,
GROUP F– England, Portugal, Paraguay, South Korea
GROUP G– Brazil, Ghana, USA, Slovenia
GROUP H– Chile, New Zealand, Serbia, Germany
Yes, the Americans find themselves in another Confederations Cup rematch, this time against Brazil in a replay of the Confederations Cup final won by Brazil.
You can call the USA's group the Group of Revenge, with the Americans getting another crack at Ghana, the team that knocked the USA out of the 2006 World Cup.
The Americans also draw Slovenia, widely-regarded as one of the weakest teams in the European Pot, but still a team that knocked out Russia in the UEFA playoffs.
Overall, the draw could have been easier for the Americans, but with Ghana looking weaker than its 2006 version and Slovenia being a better option than some others in the European pot, the U.S. team could have done much worse.
So which is the Group of Death? Group F, with England, Portugal and Paraguay is arguably the toughest, while Group B, with Italy, France and Australia, can also stake a claim. Group G with Germany, Serbia and Chile is no cake-walk either.
The toughest group of them all may actually be Group D, with Spain, Greece, Honduras and Nigeria. Honduras is probably considered the weakest of these teams, but the 'Catrachos' have the players to give anybody a run. Nigeria is an enigmatic team that can play great, or fall apart.
The easiest of these groups? Group A by a mile. If this group is drawn, Danish fans will celebrate in the streets of Copenhagen.
What do you think of this mock draw? Like the U.S. team's chances to advance out of its group? Happy to see France drawn into such a tough group? Which non-USA matches would you look forward to the most?
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