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Group A

France France Denmark Denmark Uruguay Uruguay Senegal Senegal

Reigning champions France should pull through comfortably. Senegal are a rising African soccer power. Denmark look formidable. Uruguay are brimming with talent.

Group B

Spain Spain Paraguay Paraguay Slovenia Slovenia South Africa South Africa

Spain are the undisputed leaders of the pack. Slovenia are capable of making the next round. Paraguay shows flashes of genius. South Africa are the minnows of this group.

Group C

Brazil Brazil Turkey Turkey Costa Rica Costa Rica China China

Brazil can breathe easy before the big games begin. Turkey are emerging as a soccer power. Costa Rica holds promise while China will have a baptism by fire.

Group D

Portugal Portugal Poland Poland South Korea South Korea United States of America USA

Portugal are the darkhorses of the tournament. Cohesion is Poland's strong point. South Korea are known for their never-say-die spirit. Which means the going will be tough for the United States.

Group E

Germany Germany Cameroon Cameroon Ireland Ireland Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

Germany are not in the same class of their teams of yore. Cameroon are the great African hope. Ireland are known for their pluck. Saudi Arabia should offer token opposition.

Group F

Argentina Argentina England England Sweden Sweden Nigeria Nigeria

Argentina are loaded with talent. England are struggling with injuries. Nigeria could be dangerous customers. Sweden won't be pushovers. Expect fireworks!

Group G

Italy Italy Croatia Croatia Ecuador Ecuador Mexico Mexico

Italy holds sway in this group. Croatia offers formidable opposition. Mexico are competent and could surprise. Ecuador could be cannon fodder for the other three.

Group H

Japan Japan Russia Russia Belgium Belgium Tunisia Tunisia

Belgium are the heavyweights in this group. With the home advantage, Japan could cause an upset or two. Russia are well-organised upfront and in defence. Tunisia are the weakest of the lot.


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