2010 FIFA World Cup Bracket: Picking the First Weekend's Games

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2010 FIFA World Cup Bracket: Picking the First Weekend's Games

Over the past two weeks, the group stage weeded out half of the 32 teams in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Now, soccer's biggest competition assumes a format more familiar to American fans: a bracket.

This year's "sweet 16" are a mixed bunch of quadrennial favorites, including five of the seven countries who have ever won the championship, and surprise entrants—most notably Slovakia, who emerged from Group F in the place of 2006 winners Italy.

From here on out, of course, it'll only take 90-plus minutes of superior class to advance. Each match figures to be hard-fought, and—thanks to the depth of some groups and topsy-turvy results from others—tough picks abound from the get-go, including all four of the matches to be played this weekend.

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