TOUGH LUCK FOR SOCCEROOSEarly this morning the World Cup draw for 2010 was announced. At 5am ADST the Socceroos were dealt a blow to their World Cup aspirations. The pool consists of European powerhouse Germany, African sensations Ghana, and Serbia. The Aussies first match will be played on June 13th against Germany in Durban, South Africa.
In my opinion playing Germany in the first round could either do the Socceroos the world of good or could send us packing. If the boys can have a great first game, maybe even settle for a draw, that could set them up for the tournament. If they cop a beating it could smash any kind of confidence they had going into the Cup. Next stop Ghana. The Aussies have never lost to the African nation which gives the team some confidence heading into the match. However they pose a huge threat with quality players such as Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien and Inter Milan star Sulley Muntari. I think the Australian defense will frustrate the superb attack of Ghana which could leak a goal or two on the counter attack. Last but not least, Serbia. The question must be asked, are they a legitimate footballing nation? The answer is Yes! They were the surprise packet in the qualifying stages in Europe. They topped their group ahead of France and are ranked one place higher than the 20th placed Socceroos in the world rankings. Australia must respect the Serbians ability which could be the do or die game for the Socceroos.
The fans can take some confidence in the fact Coach Verbeek is content with the draw. He was actually smiling! Lets hope he can take us to the promised land. There is one thing to look forward to if we get to the second round. If the Socceroos finish second in their pool and the English finish first, AUSTRALIA V ENGLAND in the second round! England should definitely finish first with the pool they have been dealt with (USA, Algeria and Slovenia). Wouldn't that be great to see the Aussies knock the Poms out! There would be the biggest party ever.
The World Cup is so exciting, I can't wait! I'll be over in Europe celebrating with the rest of the world. It can't come quick enough.