Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland
Algeria, Cameroon, Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa (hosts)
Australia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay
North & Central America
Caribbean, Honduras, Mexico, USA
Joy and Emotions
Finally, the hectic and competitive world cup qualifying rounds have ended, the 32 teams that are heading to the World Cup in South Africa next year have finalized. Congratulations to Slovenia, France, Portugal, Greece and Uruguay who made it through in the playoff. Besides, it was also a heartbreaking night for teams who were so close to qualifying for world cup. We can see how devastated it was for Republic of Ireland where they claimed that they were robbed, and cheated by Thiery Henry's hand of god. There were also the end of a host of fantastic runs by one of the most respectful coach- Guus Hiddink, who knocked England out of the last European Cup. Despite this, there is also a good news for him as he will now become a wanted man. Teams like Real Madrid, Liverpool or Man City will probably be targeting him after some dissatisfying season so far.
We have seen the some strong nations such as Spain, England, Brazil and Holland all qualified without much trouble. While there are also some of the traditional powerhouse nations like Argentina, France, Portugal struggled and just manage to make it. However, when it comes to the world cup, the result is the bottom line, it does not border how well you play in the process of making it. And I heard of a jinx where the teams who did very well in qualifying round will struggle in the actual world cup. Is it true? Well, we will see. So, for the 32 teams who have qualified, let us look forward to a wonderful world cup next year!
Friday, November 20, 2009