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

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