I’ve been listening a fuck ton of Avenged Sevenfold ever since last summer. I don’t know if I’ll get to see them live when they come to Mexico but it’d be beyond sick.
- GROUP A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
- GROUP B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
- GROUP C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
- GROUP D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
- GROUP E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
- GROUP F: Argentina, Bosnia, Iran, Nigeria
- GROUP G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
- GROUP H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea
WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO I am actually so happy about Korea’s group. I’m not saying that it’s gonna be easy, but the possibilities of an even tougher group were pretty high.
That being said, let’s take a quick glimpse at each of the drawn groups:
Group A: Fair to say Brazil got a fairly easy group. Croatia are a decent team, but you would expect Brazil to win in their opening game and follow it up by taking 9 points from their group. They will eagerly wait for either Spain or the Netherlands from Group B.
2nd place will be up for grabs between the remaining three teams and Croatia looks the likelier. Living in Mexico, I have had the pleasure to watch one of their WC Qualifiers in their staudium and they are really lacking a goalscorer (Chicharito seems really out of form) while their defensive lapses are a huge problem. As for Cameroon, you should never underestimate Eto’o, but other than him you only have a few other names perhaps such as Jean Makoun. You really have to fancy Croatia to go through having the likes of Modric and Mandzukic in their line-up.
Group B: I think everyone knows what to expect from this group. Spain vs. Netherlands for the opening game - a repeat of the the last WC final. Anyone who misses this game is not a football fan. The winner of these two games will almost certainly be 1st in the group. I mean Chile have a really good side, but they will need a pull of a huge upset against one of these two superpowers. As for Australia, i think they will be happy if they scored a goal.
Group C: I’m expecting Colombia to take 1st place considering they are one of the deadliest side in South America. Falcao is considered one of the best no. 9’s in the game and Colombia arguably have their best side in history, comfortably qualifying in the CONMEBOL. You cannot forget about Ivory Coast though. Yaya Touré is a monster in midfield and Drogba is a powerful striker who can always rise up to the occasion. Ivory Coast has been considered the best African nation for a while and they will also fight for first. Greece and Japan might be the underdogs for this group, but it’s also hard to say since Greece are known to be an organized, tactical team that can pull of a result in any game. Japan on the other hand are an entertaining attacking side and can score a goal from anywhere. This group is definitely hard to call.
Group D: Amazing group. Suárez will have extra motivation to beat England while Italy will also look to grab a place in the knockout rounds. Costa Rica are a strong team in the CONCACAF, but that doesn’t really say much in the global scene considering Mexico has one of the worst teams in history at the moment. They might cause an upset or two, but you have to imagine that the other three will fight it out for the top two places of the group.
Group E: Oh boy, does France have an easy group. Ecuador will be a decent team, but Switzerland is surely the easiest of the eight team from Pot 1. France are most likely going through as first as long as they don’t go through the same shenanigans as WC 2010 and the second will probably be decided between Ecuador and Switzerland. As for Honduras, well… they could have gotten into a tougher group, but they must be huge underdogs to go through.
Group F: OK. Argentina will take all 9 points. 2nd place will go to either Nigeria or Bosnia. Pretty straightforward.
Group G: Boateng brothers get to face each other again, but the real attention will be focused on Germany and Portugal. Like Group B, Germany and Portugal must be favourites to go throught, the question will be who goes first. This is a group where the teams are pretty familiar with each other, Ghana having taken out the US in the Ro16 in South Africa. Ghana and the USA are certainly capable of causing upsets, but it would be nothing more than a shock if the European teams were to be eliminated.
Group H: Belgium will be happy about this group. Russia having won their qualifying group are not easy opponents either. As a Korean, I have watched most of the qualifying games that Korea has had and through bad management and some of our best players staying in Europe, we just scraped through to the World Cup. But have faith fellow Koreans, we could have had a tougher group. No one is unbeatable.
LET’S GO KOREA!
Speechless and feeling so gutted..After a shameful defeat vs. Everton I was so sure that our youngsters would bounce back with a solid win. In fact, the performance vs. Everton was much better than this out of sorts Chelsea side. The 3 attacking midfielders all making the same movements, even Eto’o. There’s gotta be a change.
In the end, Chelsea deserved nothing tonight. Beaten at home, Basel were deserved winners. Oscar the one man that shined throughout the match.
Forget being cup contenders, Europa League looks likelier. For fuck’s sake, just get out of the group stages. Come on Chelsea, Come on Jose… wake up
Alguien en mi clase se despierta a las 4 para irse a clase. 3 horas en camión venir a clase y 3 horas regresar a casa. ¿Por qué harías eso?
-“Bueno, ya acostumbré”
No manches! Yo ni siquiera podría acostumbra 1 hora de viajar a clase.
Someone in my class commutes 3 hours to class every day. 3 hours coming to class and then 3 hours going back home. Why would you do that?
-“Yeah, I’m used to it”
No wayy man, I couldn’t even get used to 1 hour of commuting let alone 3 hours…
Feliz cumpleaños, conchetumare.
3 pesos para entrar el metro en el DF.
3 dólares en Toronto.
1 dólar canadiense = 12.74 pesos mexicanos
3 pesos for a subway ride in Mexico City.
3 dollars in Toronto.
1 Canadian dollar = 12.74 Mexican pesos
It’s time I start writing about football again and particularly now that the transfer market is closed, I’m excited and content on our summer spendings:
1. Samuel Eto’o -
Man, I’m excited to see him play. He’s 32 years old, but brings plenty of experience with him having won the Champions League 3 times in his career, one which he’s won under José Mourinho.
Eto’o gets into positions in the penalty box and takes a shot. Torres hasn’t been doing this for the last couple years. His record speaks for itself.
2. Willian -
Many think that this transfer was unnecssary, that we only snatched him from Tottenham to avoid strengthening their squad. I think Willian is a top player, having been brought up from the Corinthians academy and spent a few years in Europe, more than Oscar in fact. Willian can play anywhere behind the striker or in the wings so he brings versatility. Curious to see how much playing time he gets.
3. Andre Schurrle -
Well, we´ve already seen him in action. A utility player that threatens going forward, but I feel he doesn’t do enough to track back and help the right back. Promising player, though I don’t know if he’ll be picked over Willian.
4. Marco Van Ginkel -
This guy is my age! Also a player we got to see in action since summer. I feel like Van Ginkel will be like Marko Marin last year. Promising young talent, but not given much time. Nonetheless, I feel he will be a regular in the future. A great box-to-box player, he’ll only get better with time.
Romelu Lukaku to Everton -
A bit disappointed that he was sent out on loan, we could have used him at Chelsea. I suppose though with the arrival of Eto’o, one of our other three strikers had to make a move. I still believe Torres and Ba can make an impact this season particularly after Torres’s goal vs. Bayern.
On another note, I’m glad we retained Juan Mata and David Luiz. Sending either one of them out would have made me feel like how most Madrid fans feel about Ozil leaving for Arsenal.
I’m glad that there’s an international break, this will give time for Eto’o and Willian to train with the team. We came so close to beating the European champions and given the youth of our team and Mourinho’s had time to work with the team, the team will only get much stronger. Watch out Premier League!