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Home >Soccer America Daily > Friday, Dec. 4, 2009
USA gets England June 12 in Rustenburg and then plays Slovenia June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria! Mexico plays host South Africa in the June 11 opener. The Group of Death: Brazil, Portugal, Ivory Coast and North Korea in Group G. For the complete draw ... Read the whole story
[SLOVENIA] Considered by many to be the weakest of the 13 European teams at the World Cup, Slovenia rallied to qualify for the World Cup for the second time. Its 2-0 win at Slovakia on the last weekend of group play allowed it to advance to the European playoffs, where ... Read the whole story
[REACTION] U.S. coach Bob Bradley said his team looks forward to launching its World Cup campaign against England. "It's a great way to start," he said. "It's big challenge, but when you come to the World Cup and you have a chance to kick it off against an opponent like ... Read the whole story
[ALGERIA] A beneficiary of FIFA's more liberal rules it introduced regarding the change of allegiance of national team players, Algeria was the last African team to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, needing a hotly contested playoff game to defeat reigning African champion Egypt. The Desert Foxes will be viewed ... Read the whole story
[ENGLAND] England will head to the World Cup brimming with confidence. It doesn't hurt that the English have been placed in what they will view as an easy group in which to play. Read the whole story
[WORLD CUP 2010] Jabulani, the official 2010 World Cup ball, was unveiled at ceremonies on Friday morning. The adidas ball is named after the isiZulu word for "to celebrate," and its 11 colors represent the 11 players on a team, the 11 official languages of South Africa and the 11 ... Read the whole story
[WORLD CUP 2010 DRAW] The most dramatic soccer event that doesn't happen on grass delivered relief for the USA, which has been grouped with England, the lowest ranked of the seeded teams besides the host, Algeria, the least intimidating of Africa's entrants, and Slovenia, the smallest European nation at the ... Read the whole story
[WORLD CUP 2010 DRAW] The first thing you can say about the past World Cup draws for the United States is none of them have been favorable, and the prospects for Friday's 2010 draw aren't promising with the USA and other Concacaf nations grouped with teams from Asia and Oceania ... Read the whole story


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