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Seen and Heard: World Cup Special 3

Jack Loo | June 7, 2010
Argentina will fancy its chances of topping the group

The outlook of Group B, consisting of Argentina, Nigeria, Korea Republic and Greece, looks slightly more clear-cut than Group A, at least on paper.

Argentina boasts star attacker Lionel Messi and a host of big name players, but the team took a torturous route during the qualifying stages. At one point, the team looked like it would not make the World Cup. The biggest question is how Diego Maradona can find the right mixture of supporting cast for Lionel Messi to bring his Barcelona form to the Argentinean national team.

Nigeria is missing its stars that made the 1994 World Cup a memorable campaign. Like many African teams, administration issues like bonuses and transportation threaten to undermine the preparation stage.

Strong home support, meticulous training regime and Guus Hiddink were the main reasons that saw South Korea make the last four in the 2002 World Cup. This time, there is no home support and Guus Hiddink is not even coaching a team at the World Cup.

Greece won the 2004 European Championships thanks to strong defence and organisational play, as well as scoring from set pieces. Just think of them as a less-refined version of Brazil. The problem is that teams have since figured out how to overcome them and Greece has not produced any key performances of note since then.

Argentina will fancy its chances of topping the group, while the rest are too evenly-matched, though Greece might just scrap into second place.

 

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