2010 FIFA World Cup: A Look At Portugal's Group G Matches
The greatest spectacle on Earth, AKA the 19th FIFA World Cup is just a fortnight away and excitement is slowly gaining momentum all around the world. Each time I hear the World Cup anthem, it sends a surge of excitement through my veins.
Portugal, who had a forgettable qualifying round, has been seeded in the tricky "Group of Death" along with Brazil, Ivory Coast and Korea DPR.
Despite the fact they are co-favorites in Group G with Brazil, nothing is a guarantee in the World Cup.
In these slides, we will take a look at Portugal's Group G matches.
June 15th: An African Safari
This marks the African country's second successive World Cup appearance. While Ivory Coast failed to impress in its debut during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, they will be much more prepared for the spotlight this time.
Les Éléphants are the dark horses in the "Group of Death", but many believe they could register a shocker against one of the Group G favorites, Portugal and Brazil.
With Didier Drogba, the 2009 African Player of the Nation, at their attacking front along with the impressive Salomon Kalou assisting, him Ivory Coast has enough firepower to test any team's defense.
The African country will be a tricky opponent for Portugal and they cannot afford any slack against them, as they'll be highly motivated to put on a good showing in their home continent.
June 21st: Reunion of Old Foes
Portugal opens its World Cup campaign with a showdown against its old foe from Asia. Korea will be looking to avenge the defeat they suffered 44 years ago against the Portuguese, who were led by "The Black Panther."
North Korea has made it back to the World Cup after a wait of 44 years and they will be the unknown team in the "Group of Death", which makes them all the more risky for every other team.
The North Koreans will be making only their second appearance in the tournament. The last time they made it to the World Cup, in 1966, they were ousted in the quarterfinals.
This time, they will look to make a solid first impression and gain a little revenge in the process.
A loss or draw against the North Koreans and Portugal could very well be kissing the World Cup good-bye. They can't afford to overlook this match at all.
June 25th: Samba Nights
The last group match for Portugal will see Cristiano Ronaldo line up against his Real Madrid colleague, Kaka, at Durban.
Portugal and Brazil are touted as the favorites to come through from Group G and this match will likely determine the leader of Group G.
While Brazil is the current favorite to win this game, anyone counting Portugal out would be foolish to do so.
All and all, nothing is for sure and a mistake here or there might prematurely end Portugal or Brazil's World Cup adventure.