Breaking down the FIFA 2010 World Cup South Africa groups
Breaking down the FIFA 2010 World Cup South Africa groups - outh Africa's Steven Pienaar had four goals and three assists in 30 English Premier League appearances for Everton. France's attack has an Orion's belt of stars in Nicolas Anelkaof Chelsea, Thierry Henryof Barcelona and Franck Ribéry of Bayern Munich; they combined for 33 points during their 2009-10 seasons. Uruguay's Diego Forlanhas been sensational for Atletico Madrid, netting 22 goals in 48 games.
South Africa vs. Mexico, Friday. No World Cup host country has failed to advance to the second round. But South Africa might make unfortunate history beginning with the opener against Mexico. El Tri is formidable and with former Cup champions Uruguay and France waiting in the wings, South Africa needs a victory if it is going to emerge from the group.
Argentina coach Diego Maradona has vowed to run through the streets of Buenos Aires naked should his team win the World Cup. Maradona has no prior coaching experience, but he did help win Argentina's last World Cup title in 1986. ... Beloved Nigerian striker Ikechukwu Uche was left off coach Lars Lagerback's final 23-man roster, stirring up unrest on the team. Among those uneasy with Lagerback's decisions is Uche's brother, Kalu.
England's attack will be led by MF Frank Lampard and F Wayne Rooney, who was the team's leading goal scorer in World Cup qualifying. The USA will need solid performances from MF Landon Donovan, MF Clint Dempsey and G Tim Howard. Keep an eye on Algeria D Madjid Bougherra of Scotland's Glasgow Rangers.
Swiss captain Alex Frei suffered an ankle injury Wednesday, hours before the squad was to leave for South Africa. Frei's status for the first game is unknown. … The health of Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres has been questioned in the months leading up to South Africa. Torres' knee and Cesc's leg seem healthy, and both are confident in their fitnes