Category: World Cup Soccer

26 May 2010

World Cup 2010: Group A – Mexico

World Ranking 17 Overview Mexico is international soccer’s proverbial bridesmaid. The Mexicans have made 14 World Cup appearances – including six straight – which is a highly respectable fifth on the all-time list behind only Brazil, Germany, Italy and Argentina, and ahead of countries like England and France. But for all those appearances, Mexico has […]

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25 May 2010

World Cup 2010: Group B – Korea

World Ranking 47 Overview Korea could be considered an up-and-coming power in international soccer. The Koreans have a respectable eight World Cup appearances, including seven straight. The country’s best showing was a fourth-place finish in 2002, when it lost 3-2 to Turkey as the host country. Korea does have some incentive, as 2006 was a […]

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22 May 2010

World Cup 2010: Group C – USA

World Ranking 14 Overview The United States has dominated international competition in many sports over the years, but soccer isn’t one of them. The USA ranks 18th all-time in World Cup play, with its best showing a 3rd place finish 80 years ago, at the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay. However, things have improved in […]

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22 May 2010

World Cup 2010: Group G – Portugal

World Ranking 3 Overview Portugal worked hard to become one of the top five teams in the world, and it’s accomplished that goal, ranked 3rd in the world heading into the 2010 World Cup. Portugal finished 4th at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, its best showing since finishing 3rd in 1966. Things did not […]

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20 May 2010

World Cup 2010: Group C – England

World Ranking 8 Overview England always seems to be in the mix at the World Cup but has just one title to show for it, and that was 44 years ago, when the English beat West Germany 4-2 in the 1966 final. Other than that, England has a fourth-place showing in 1990. The English had […]

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20 May 2010

World Cup 2010: Group H – Spain

World Ranking 2 Overview Spain has not traditionally been a powerhouse in World Cup play, ranking 24th all time, but that could change at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The Spaniards, whose best finish at the World Cup was fourth place (and that was 60 years ago – 1950!), have been red-hot […]

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19 May 2010

World Cup 2010: Group G – Brazil

World Ranking 1 Overview Brazil, the all-time leader in World Cup standings, has a lot of important things going for it heading to South Africa, including being the No. 1 ranked team in the world. But Brazil is in the Group of Death, and it will have its work cut out for it trying to […]

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19 May 2010

World Cup 2010: Group F – Italy

World Ranking 5 Overview Italy is the defending World Cup champion. The Italians beat France 5-3 in a penalty shootout after the game ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time at the 2006 World Cup Final in Germany. Italy is second only to Brazil in the all-time World Cup standings, winning the title four […]

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18 May 2010

World Cup 2010: Group E – Netherlands

World Ranking 4 Overview The Netherlands has fielded some competitive teams over the past 30 years or so, but has never won a World Cup title. The Dutch rank eighth in the all-time World Cup rankings, and have finished as the runner-up twice – both during a particularly strong 1970s decade (1974, 1978) – and […]

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18 May 2010

World Cup 2010: Group D Germany

World Ranking 6 Overview Germany is almost always in the mix at the World Cup. The Germans rank third in the world in all-time World Cup standings, having won the title three times (1954, 1974 and 1990), finished as runner-up four times (1966, 1982, 1986 and 2002), third three times (1934, 1970 and 2006), and […]

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