The biggest sporting event in the world has begun. And football mania is set to rule for the next one month. The football World Cup 2010 being held in South Africa is the 19th edition of this premier event which has seen seven winners over the years. Brazil is the outright leader with five world cups under its belt. The South American samba magicians are invariably strong contenders; this time round they have the two dazzling dribblers, Kaka and Ronaldinho to guide their fortunes.
England hasn’t tasted world cup glory since they got lucky in 1966; it has been a generation and this country could ride on the skill of Steven Gerard and the power of Wayne Rooney to a semi-final berth at the very least. Germany bring clinical efficiency and Teutonic power to their game. They know what it takes to win a football world cup.
Of the European nations, Spain and Portugal have been the perennial underachievers but this time Portugal have Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks, if he is fed the ball at the right time, he has the knack to score opportunistic goals.
Football is a great leveler. It doesn’t matter if you’re an economic super power or a third world country. What matters is your skill on the pitch and your desire to bring joy to your nation. This is where Brazil is truly great. The U.S too is a force to reckon with. It is the 14th best football playing nation in the world, a no mean feat for a country where rugby, basketball, and baseball rule.
South Africa has done itself and Africa proud by becoming the first ยูฟ่าเบท nation from that continent to host the world cup. The country is a sport-loving nation and will definitely put on a strong show, being the home team and host. Slovenia, Greece, Sweden, etc are the dark horses. These teams can upset the calculations in their respective groups.
And of course, there is Italy – the defending champs. The land of illustrious football clubs such as AC Milan, Roma, and even little known Napoli which Maradona took to dizzy heights with his sublime skills. You can trust them to put their best defense forward and then counter attack when given a chance.