Monday, December 7, 2009
Serbia grouped with Germany, Ghana and Australia
Cape Town, South Africa, Dec. 7, 2009 (Serbia Today) – Group selections for the ‘world’s most watched sport’, took place in Cape Town last week and Serbia has drawn the German powerhouse in its group.
Football, as soccer is known on this side of the Atlantic, is more than the national pastime – it is a national obsession. Serbia, with a population of only 8 million, has been regional force in the sport for decades. The Serbian national team is very strong this year, and early on there was talk that this could be ‘the team’ to go all the way.
Recent victories against Romania, Ireland, and the previously undefeated South Korean team have aptly demonstrated that Serbia has a powerful team this year. Even the tie against previous World Cup Champions , France, did more to establish Serbia’s standing, as Serbia played a superb game that almost got away from the French. Drawing the perennial powerhouse Germany into its group will be an early test of the Serbian team’s fitness to face down the world’s best.
Serbia will play Germany, Ghana and Australia in the preliminary round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Serbia's second match in Group D is against Germany in Port Elizabeth on Friday 18th June, and it will be a long wait for most football fans.
In their closing game of the group phase, Serbia and Australia will meet in Nelspruit on June 23.
The groups for the 2010 FIFA World Cup are as follows;
GROUP A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France
GROUP B: Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea, Greece
GROUP C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia
GROUP D: Germany, Australia, Ghana, Serbia
GROUP E: Holland, Japan, Cameroon, Denmark
GROUP F: Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, Slovakia
GROUP G: Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal
GROUP H: Spain, Honduras, Chile, Switzerland.