Can the Socceroos Survive the 'Group of Death'?

1/06/2010

Historically dubbed the 'group of death', group-D lives up to its name with the German powerhouse overshadowing the group and the determined Ghanan's looking a strong favourite for second place. Australia will have their work cut out for them if they want to survive.

 

Soccer world cup 2010Germany - Clinical efficiency and unbending resolve are the two characteristics that have earned Joachim Low's boys the title of #1 seed. Even the former coach of their Russian arch rivals Guus Hiddink was surprised by their 'utter determination', tipping them as the main contender in South Africa.

The likes of star striker Miroslav Klose and versatile full back Phillip Lahm make Germany a dangerous team not only in attack but also defence. Australia's fullback will have to be equally resolute & determined to match the German juggernaut in the first round.

 "We've grown up with the conviction that Germany are always good enough to reach the Final. We're definitely among a group of countries with a chance of taking the Trophy. We were third at the World Cup and second at the EURO, so our goal for 2010 is to make the Final and win the Trophy". Defender Philipp Lahm

Ghana Black Stars - As the only country to represent Africa in the knock out rounds of the previous wolrd cup the Ghanaian side are a force to be reckoned with. The home crowd advantage make this passionate team a serious danger to the Socceroos defence line.

Even without star Chelsea midfielder Michael Essein, the Ghana Black stars are staunch that they will progress in the competition, especially in the crunch match against Australia in the second round. Aussie midfielders will have their hands full with star midfield duo Sulley Muntari and captain Stephen Appiah.

 "This team is very hungry to play in the finals again. My players are aware of what they can achieve, and we have the quality to go far. I am very confident about the future". Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac.

Serbia - Even though they're tipped as the wooden spoon of the group underestimating the Serbians would be a grave mistake. Drawing with France in the qualifying round & smashing Romania 5-0 showed they're no amateurs.

Nemanja Vidic is the stalwart defender that helps form an impenetrable back line. Named English premiere league player of the year 2008/09 he heads up a formidable back line. Any goal scored against the Serbians will be payed for in blood, sweat and tears.

 "We're thrilled to have booked a place in South Africa. We've proven ourselves to be a strong team. I am sure that we will play the best we can and not let our fans down at the World Cup," Serbia forward Nikola Zigic.

The Socceroos - Their last performance in 2006 gained them unprecedented credit in the world sport, with a last second knock out by Italy who went on to win the cup. Under Pim Verbeek's guidance this years team is tight knit and highly focused. Players to watch include Tim Cahill, Mark Schwarzer and Harry Kewell.

"We have to go there and do it better than last time. I think you have to make targets in life and the players are going to do that also. We want to do better than last time, and we will do everything possible to do that" Australia coach Pim Verbeek.

If the Socceroos really do want do better it will most likely come down to their 2nd match with Ghana. Both Australia and Ghana look set to fight it out for second place with Serbia marked as the wooden spoon and Germany looking unbeatable in the lead up to Johannesburg. Lets hope the Socceroos can prove the critics wrong and do us proud in South Africa.


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