A thread already exists but I would like to create my own because I would like to keep the OP updated as we get closer to the World Cup and during the World Cup itself.
So OK, the World Cup is happening next Summer in South Africa, the first time in Africa.
205 countries applied for qualification, a record. If you consider that the U.N. has only 193 members, you could argue football is bigger than politics!
ALL 32 PLACES HAVE NOW BEEN ALLOCATED. HAS YOUR COUNTRY QUALIFIED?
The countries that have qualified are:
! South Africa (hosts)
Italy (Current World Cup Holders)
THE GROUPS ARE DRAWN. THE ENEMIES REVEAL THEMSELVES!!
South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France
Argentina, Nigeria, Korea Republic, Greece
England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia
Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana,
Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon
Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia
Brazil, Korea DPR, Côte d'Ivoire, Portugal
Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile
GET READY, IT'S ABOUT TO GET REAL!
! 11th June 2010 - Start of the World Cup
11th July - World Cup Final
Just so everybody knows, France cheated their way to this World Cup.