World Cup 2010 Predictions: Players To Watch, From Wayne Rooney To Hong Yong-Jo

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World Cup 2010 Predictions: Players To Watch, From Wayne Rooney To Hong Yong-Jo
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With the World Cup quickly approaching we are all not fully aware of which players make their national teams tick and which are the ones to look out for. So if you are just eager to watch the World Cup or a manger trying to sign players, here’s a list of the talent to keep your eye on as well as their team’s chances of progression.

 

GROUP A

SOUTH AFRICA


Key player: Katlego Mphela

 

One to watch: Thanduyise Kuboni

 

Chance of Progression: 7/10. Home soil advantage and a good run-up to the World Cup put the hosts in good stead.

 

FRANCE

 

Key player: Patrice Evra

 

One to watch: Yoann Gorcuff

 

Chance of Progression: 7.5/10. Shaky qualification and wrong manager but talent in the squad should get them through.

 

MEXICO

 

Key player: Gerardo Torrado

 

One to watch: Javier Hernandez

 

Chance of Progression: 7/10. Talented squad and will be fighting with the hosts for a place in the last 16. The opening game is decisive.

 

URUGUAY

 

Key player: Diego Forlan

 

One to watch: Edinson Cavani

 

Chance of Progression: 6.5/10. Very tight group and Uruguay are my outsiders.


GROUP B


ARGENTINA


Key player: Lionel Messi


One to watch: Angel Di Maria


Chance of Progression: 8/10. Not a bad group at all but Argentina should rise above the challenge.


NIGERIA


Key player: Taye Taiwo

 

One to watch: Kalu Uche

Chance of Progression: 7/10. Decent squad but will fall short and claim third place.


KOREA REPUBLIC

 

Key player: Ji-Sung Park

 

One to watch: Chung-Yong Lee

 

Chance of Progression: 7.5/10. As always, a very efficient squad and will claim second place.

 

GREECE

 

Key player: Giorgos Karagounis

 

One to watch: Sotoris Ninis

 

Chance of Progression: 6.5/10. They stand a decent chance of qualifying but in my view they are the fourth best in group B.



GROUP C


ENGLAND


Key player: Wayne Rooney


One to watch: James Milner


Chance of Progression: 9/10. Not as challenging as the other groups and Fabio Capello’s men should progress with ease.


USA

 

Key player: Landon Donovan

 

One to watch: Edson Buddle

 

Chance of Progression: 8/10. Only real threat to England and makes for an intriguing opening to group C.

 

ALGERIA

 

Key player: Nadir Belhadj

 

One to watch: Karim Ziani

 

Chance of Progression: 6/10. The Algerians are capable of causing an upset but it is unlikely. Third place.

 

SLOVENIA

 

Key player: Robert Koren

 

One to watch: Samir Handanovic

 

Chance of Progression: 5/10. Another minnow in the group and I think they will struggle.

 

 

GROUP D

 

GERMANY


Key player: Bastian Shweinsteiger

 

One to watch: Mesut Ozil


Chance of Progression: 7.5/10. My group of death but I think Germany’s efficiency and talent will send them through.


GHANA

 

Key player: Sulley Muntari

 

One to watch: Andre Ayew

 

Chance of Progression: 6.5/10. A lot has changed since Germany 2006 and I feel the Black Stars will fall short.

 

AUSTRALIA

 

Key player: Tim Cahill

 

One to watch: Brett Holman

 

Chance of Progression: 6.5/10. Talented squad in a tough group.

 

SERBIA

 

Key player: Nemanja Vidic

 

One to watch: Milos Krasic

 

Chance of Progression: 7.5/10. The Serbians are my dark horses and I think a quarter-final or even semi-final berth is on the cards.

 


GROUP E


NETHERLANDS

 

Key player: Mark Van Bommel

 

One to watch: Eljero Elia

 

Chance of Progression: 8/10. Great attacking squad who thrive in the early stages, will top the group.

 

DENMARK

 

Key player:   Nicklas Bendtner

 

One to watch: Simon Kjaer

 

Chance of Progression: 7/10. Will push Japan all the way to second place.

 

JAPAN

 

Key player: Keisuke Honda

 

One to watch: Yasuhito Endo

 

Chance of Progression: 7.5/10. Work well as a unit and I see them advancing in second place.

 

CAMEROON

 

Key player: Samuel Eto’o

 

One to watch: Enoh Eyong

 

Chance of Progression: 6.5/10. I’m not too impressed with this squad but the Indomitable Lions have the spirit and talent to cause an upset.

 


GROUP F

 

ITALY

 

Key player: Andrea Pirlo

 

One to watch: Claudio Marchisio

 

Chance of Progression: 8/10. World champions will back themselves to top the group despite dodgy performances in recent times.

 

PARAGUAY

 

Key player: Christian Riveros

 

One to watch: Oscar Cardozo

 

Chance of Progression: 7.5/10. Very good qualifying round and have the ability to beat Italy to that top spot.

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

Key player: Ryan Nelsen

 

One to watch: Rory Fallon

 

Chance of Progression: 1/10. The experience of the Confederations Cup gives them some kind of hope but I don’t see them accumulating any points.

 

SLOVAKIA

 

Key player: Marek Hamsik

 

One to watch: Miroslav Stoch

 

Chance of Progression: 6.5/10. Very able to cause an upset, talented squad but will short of Paraguay and the experienced Italians.

 


GROUP G

 

BRAZIL

 

Key player: Kaka

 

One to watch: Michel Bastos

 

Chance of Progression: 8.5/10. A very strong group so there is no room for error, but the Brazilians will triumph in the group stages as is expected of them.  

 

 

KOREA DPR

 

Key player: Nam Song-Chol

 

One to watch: Hong Yong-Jo

 

Chance of Progression: 0/10. Harsh but true. The North Koreans have no chance and will just be happy that they get to face such quality opponents.

 

PORTUGAL

 

Key player: Cristiano Ronaldo

 

One to watch: Duda

 

Chance of Progression: 7/10. Terrible qualifying run and will fall short fall of qualification. Would it be the shock of the tournament? Well, not for me.

 

IVORY COAST

 

Key player: Didier Drogba

 

One to watch: Gervinho

 

Chance of Progression: 7.5/10. Drogba might miss the opening game but this is a talented squad that will cope with the loss and beat Portugal on June 15.

 


GROUP H

 

SPAIN

 

Key player: Xavi

 

One to watch: Javier Martinez

 

Chance of Progression: 10/10. My favorites to land the trophy and the only thing that might set them back would be having too much of talent; yes, it can be a problem.

 

SWITZERLAND

   

Key player: Valon Behrami

 

One to watch: Gokhan Inler

 

Chance of Progression: 6/10. Will rival Chile for second place but will fall short.

 

HONDURAS

 

Key player: Wilson Palacios

 

One to watch: Julio Cesar de Leon

 

Chance of Progression: 2/10. Weak side in a strong group.

 

CHILE

 

Key player: Humberto Suazo

 

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