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Here we go: brief preview to FIFA world cup 2010

Here we go: brief preview to FIFA world cup 2010

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Published by PratyushPeddireddi
sent this to deccan chronicle, hoping they'l print it
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HERE WE GO
 The biggest festival on the planet is upon us. No other eventunites such a vast majority of humanity like this month-longcarnival does. 32 countries will battle for football’s biggestprize, and the rest of the world will cheer for their ownfavourites. The obvious question that follows is: who can win the title? Theusual suspects, Brazil, will as always be one of the favourites.Spain shed the tag of “perennial underachievers” by winningEuro 2008, only their 2
nd
ever major title, with a dominantdisplay of skill and flair. Ranked world no.1, most people’smoney is on Spain. The fact that they have never gone past thesemis in the World Cup is an added incentive for them to clinchthe title this time around.Germany are arguably the most consistent performers in majortournaments but the loss of Michael Ballack, their inspirationalcaptain, is a huge blow. In 2006, the England team was dubbed“the golden generation" but they produced a lacklustreperformance. Following the humiliation of failing to qualify forEuro 2008, they had an impressive qualifying campaign. InFabio Capello, they may have found the catalyst to take themto the next level. This is most probably the last chance for theremnants of that golden generation: Gerrard, Lampard, Terryand Ferdinand, to bring joy to a nation starved of a major titlesince 1966.But if titles were to be won by favourites alone, they might aswell compare the teams’ quality on paper and hand the trophyto the strongest, without the kick of a ball. 4 years ago, no oneeven uttered the words “Italy” and “title contenders“ in thesame sentence, but thanks to a penalty(against the Aussies)and a head-butt along the way, they were crowned champions.And then we come to Argentina, who barely managed to qualifyfor South Africa. They have the legendary Maradona in charge.But he is not proven as a manager and some shock omissions

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