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

Raees NaikContributor IJune 8, 2010

WITBANK, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 01: The  World Cup is displayed during the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca Cola on June 01, 2010, in Witbank, South Africa.
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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.




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.




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.




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.




Key player: Diego Forlan


One to watch: Edinson Cavani


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



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.


Key player: Taye Taiwo


One to watch: Kalu Uche

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



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.




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.



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.



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.




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.




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.





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.



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.




Key player: Tim Cahill


One to watch: Brett Holman


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




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.





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.




Key player:   Nicklas Bendtner


One to watch: Simon Kjaer


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




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.




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.






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.




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.




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.




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.






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.  





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.




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.




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.






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.




Key player: Valon Behrami


One to watch: Gokhan Inler


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




Key player: Wilson Palacios


One to watch: Julio Cesar de Leon


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




Key player: Humberto Suazo



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