Coach : Raymond Domenech
Appearances : 12
Best Result : 1998 Champions
FIFA Rank : 9th
Key : Gourcuff, Malouda, Anelka.
Coach : Javier Aquirre
Appearances : 13
Best Result : Quarterfinals 1970, 1986.
FIFA Rank : 17th
Key : Marquez, Dos Santos, Carlos Vela.
The conundrum squad which qualified themselves in five consecutive tournaments since 1994 but it always to end up in round 16. Mexico always seems to get passed by the Group stage and they embarrass Italy 2-1 in recent friendly match. With the experienced Marquez as a skipper to anchor talented youngsters, Dos Santos can control to assist Carlos Vela to convert a lot of goals, Mexico looks easy to continue their group success stage. They will achieve possible quarter finalists to dispose any of those three nations in Group B, but might also become a final match against the Argentines, like it was in the 2006 World Cup.
Coach : Carlos Alberto Parreira
Appearances : 2
Best Result : 1st Round 1998, 2002
FIFA Rank : 83th
Key : Pienaar, Aaron Mokoena.
As the lowest ranked in group, South Africa qualified as the host of World Cup. Many believe that they would not have made it to the next level, however, no host has ever not made it to the knock out stages. Historically, the host team tends to advance quite well into the rounds such as Japan and South Korea in 2002. There is something odds about playing for home stadiums that cause the teams to over achieve with the 12th player. With Everton's Steven Pienaar and Portsmouth's Aaron Mokoena as the captain, but the question is, “where would the goals come from without Benni McCarthy?” May be this time the host nation will be eliminated soon in the first round of the World Cup.
Coach: Oscar Taberez
Best Result: 1930 and 1950 Champions
FIFA Rank: 16th
Key: Caceres, Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez.
Uruguay has been the third best South American before teams of Brazil and Argentina as well-known rich soccer tradition country. They are qualified for the World Cup through the tough CONMEBOL tournament, lost only to Argentina and Brazil then defeated Costa Rica in the playoff. Long after they won the second World Cup in a half century ago, Uruguay does have a chance by having Juventus' Martin Caceres with the combination of veteran leaders Forlan and mixed with talented front line Suarez as duo bombers. They need to get enough supply of the ball from midfield which will be a big question for this team. Despite being drawn into the weakest of groups (Group A), the Uruguayans still don’t have an easy task dealing with last World Cup's runner-ups, France; and also the talented Mexican side.
How interesting to find out which team will be the winner of the group, because as a runner up will be eliminated at the hands of Maradona's hand. So the opening matches of South Africa x Mexico, and Uruguay x France will probably be the game with the most decisive results. It looks like that Mexico is unlucky gets into the first play game as South Africa will be hyped up. On the other hand, Uruguay plays with over confident but will end as a tie. In this situation, Uruguay and France have a big chance to drive Mexico and host to secure their positions.
MY ORACLE :
Mexico (5), France (5), Uruguay (3), South Africa (2).