The Preliminary Draw of the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup has just taken place in Durban, South Africa. The UEFA (Europe), CONCACAF (North-America), CAF (Africa), and AFC (Asia) regions now know the qualifying rounds for their road to 2010, and current World Champions Italy have been drawn in Group 8 with Bulgaria, Ireland, Cyprus, Georgia, and Montenegro. A relatively “easy” group all things considered.
Other interesting clashes include Portugal/Sweden/Denmark in Group 1, Czech Republic/Poland in Group 3, Germany/Russia in Group 4, Spain/Turkey/Belgium in Group 5, France/Romania/Serbia in Group 7, Netherlands/Scotland/Norway in Group 9.
As for England, they have been drawn in group 6 with Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Andorra, and… get this: Croatia, the same team that killed their Euro 2008 hopes earlier this week!! There will undoubtedly be an air of revenge at Wembley stadium…
Full list below.
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4||Group 5|
|Group 6||Group 7||Group 8||Group 9|