The World Cup draw is taking place this Friday noon east coast time. Its being shown live on ESPN 2 as well as ESPN 2 HD. This is one soccer event that might not be so appealing in HD. Most FIFA dignitaries are not the prettiest of people, chief in line Sepp Blatter…though on second thought, they will probably have requested the aid of many beautiful models to help them grab balls (heh) so if you got HD watch it…just have a pillow to hide behind when they do the close up interview with Seppy.
This is the real beginning of the WC in my opinion. Once the draws are set, everyone (fans, teams, coaches etc…) can spend the next 6 months trying to figure out all the possible match ups, nuances etc… SO MUCH FUN!
FIFA has kept its mouth shut about the exact format to the draw but there really isn’t any other possible way to set it up than as follows. For a small breakdown of each team check out ESPN’s Soccernet.
Italy, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, England, South Africa, France and Germany
Netherlands, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Denmark, Portugal and Serbia
Mexico, Honduras, South Korea, Japan, Australia, United States, New Zealand and North Korea
Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast
The CONCACAF teams have been lumped with the Asian teams which means that the USMNT will get at least one European team and an African or South American team. There are plenty of potential “groups of deaths” and the occasional easy group but really, there is no easy route to the Finals. Each team has to play there best, that is obvious. What is your ideal group?
After the draw at 4pm EST/1pm PCT Facebook Nike will be presenting a “Live with Landon” and other USMNT players. For more info click here.
If you’re in San Francisco, then come on down to Danny Coyles and join me (representing The Shin Guardian…don’t worry M&M, I won’t embarrass you…much), located 668 Haight St. between Pierce and Haight where they will be showing the draw live complete with beer and bloody mary specials as well as a FREE SCRUMPTIOUS BRUNCH!
They are also having a contest where one can win a $30 bar tab if one can guess the complete USMNT group. If you want to enter please email your guesses (one per person) to this address.