The 2010 World Cup draw was two days ago and I watched it for the first time live on Swiss TV; I am a big soccer fan and it was exciting to see the world gasp waiting for the final draw in Cape Town.
There is as usual a group of death:
where 3 of the 4 teams are known to have formidable soccer players.
These are my picks for the first round and yes I am brave enough to put my name on it!
The five time champion, Brazil, faces Portugal, Ivory Coast and North Korea in this very strong group G.
One of my most popular blog posts has been “Gerd Muller, where are you?” and I labored over these images of my favorite childhood soccer players like Muller himself:
and the prince, Beckenbauer, then and now:
“I don’t understand/like baseball and I tolerate American football only when my alma mater, USC, is playing but soccer stays close to my heart…There is a hierarchy of course like in any sport: we have princes and kings, Brazilian Gods and black pearls and panthers, even a black spider (the Russian Yashin)!
There is hand of God (Maradona) and real God (Pele):”
the Charlton brothers,
and last but not least, Michel Platini,
who would certainly give a red card to Thierry Henry after his handball disqualified the stunned Irish team at the qualifier match for the World cup which would be from June 11th through July 11th in South Africa.
To see my favorite post, “Gerd Muller, where are you?”, go here.
To see the full schedule on FIFA’s site go here.