Friday, 21 May 2010
Ok here we go. Well the stand-out matches are on the final day of the group stage. Brazil Portugual and Chile Spain. Back to back. Super Friday for sure.
Brazil's second fixture in the Group of Death against Ivory Coast has all the makings of a classic. Is there any chance that Brazil could fail to make the second round for the first time since the disastrous 1966 campaign?
Argentina Nigeria on Sat 12 is another that catches the eye. They are old adversaries after meeting in 2002 and 1994 (in what I remember as a cracking match). But although Argentina won both those clashes, being in the same group as the Africans has not been particularly lucky for them. In 2002 they crashed out, finishing 3rd behind Sweden and England with Nigeria propping up the group. And in 1994 they did manage to progress but only in 3rd place, following Maradona's drug ban. They then lost to Romania in the next stage.
And Chile's first game is 0730 local time. Jeez. Need to find where the breakfast party's at.
(All times Santiago local time. Asuncion - no change. + 1 hour Buenos Aires/ Montevideo/ Rio)
Friday 11 June
Uruguay v France Cape Town 1430
Saturday 12 June
Argentina v Nigeria Johannesburg 1000
Monday 14 June
Paraguay v Italy Cape Town 1430
Tuesday 15 June
Brazil v North Korea Johannesburg 1430
Wednesday 16 June
Chile v Honduras Nelspruit 0730
Uruguay v South Africa Pretoria 1430
Thursday 17 June
Argentina v South Korea Johannesburg 0730
Sunday 20 June
Paraguay v Slovakia Bloemfontain 0730
Brazil v Ivory Coast Johannesburg 1430
Monday 21 June
Chile v Switzerland Port Elizabeth 1000
Tuesday 22 June
Uruguay v Mexico Rustenburg 1000
Argentina v Greece Polokwane 1430
Thursday 24 June
Paraguay v New Zealand Polokwane 1000
Friday 25 June
Brazil v Portugual Durban 1000
Chile v Spain Pretora 1430