April 2010

Idiot’s Guide To The World Cup (Part 1)

We pride ourselves on attracting readers with a wealth of soccer knowledge. Unfortunately, some of our friends who don’t know the difference between Landon Donovan and Donovan Osborne are among our biggest supporters. As such, it’s about time we dumb down the content for a minute and present the first edition of The Idiot’s Guide to the World Cup sponsored by BetUs.com. If you’re an educated regular, feel free to take a breather today.

One of the most attractive matches in Group C will be played between England and the United States in a meeting among two historic rivals, but in which the World Cup betting odds are in favor of Fabio Capello’s team.

United States had a very comfortable qualification rally in their confederation, with matches against Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico, having played 10 games in the fourth round of which they won six, drew two and lost two.

However, the extensive experience of England in World Cups and its players makes the squad the favorite to qualify in first place in the group and one of the strongest candidates to win the World Cup title.

United States is ranked No. 16 in FIFA‘s world rankings while England is in No. 7.

One of the highlights of Bob Bradley’s team is that they handle the ball very well and their defense was one of the strongest in the qualifying campaign along with the great performances of Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey.

In Germany 2006, the U.S. failed to advance from the first round and the highest position they have reached was in 1930 in Uruguay, where the U.S squad finished in third place.

Americans are constantly participating in World Cups and one of the best performances was in 2002 when they eliminated Mexico from Round 16 and got to the quarterfinals.

On the other hand England ranked first in the UEFA qualifying campaign with nine wins and one defeat in ten matches and there is no doubt that the Englishmen are favorites to get far in the South Africa World Cup.

Another aspect to consider is England’s midfielder Steven Gerrard, which could be one of the leading figures in South Africa 2010. Forget about David Beckham – he’s hurt and old. Nothing short of a miracle will need to take place to find him on the pitch come June.

England has won only one world championship, coming in 1966 when they hosted the event and has participated in 12 World Cups.

Daniel Seco

  • I think David Beckham is still a good weapon to have on the bench. When the chips are down, he can still change the tide with his swerving free kicks.

    By the way, can I do a link exchange with you?

  • Dan Cooper

    Hey Daniel,
    I know I’m being a total pedant here but I think it’s worth pointing out that the England team is not made of of Brits- it’s made up of Englishmen. We have a Great Britain team at the Olympics, and Andy Murray plays tennis for Great Britain, but when he was asked at the last World Cup who he would be supporting he famously said ‘anyone but england’. (They even make and sell lots of these as Tshirts in Scotland.)
    You could make the point that if there was a Great Britain football team it would be almost exclusively made up of English players- perhaps Darren Fletcher and Craigs Gordon and Bellamy might make the squad but this is very unlikely to ever happen. In fact, at the 2012 Olympics Great Britain is entering a team, but it will still be made up exclusively of English players.
    A small point I know, but to most football fans from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, an important one.

  • Siobhan Harley

    Dan Cooper is right on the money! My biggest pet peeve is people using the terms “British” and “English”/”Scottish” interchangeably. I’m Scottish. British is just a term reserved my passport and official documents. I always support whoever is playing England!