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World Cup Football 2010

Updated on December 28, 2012

Who are you rooting for?

Which team would you love to win the World Cup 2010?

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Who will win the World Cup 2010?

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The World Cup kicks of on Friday 11th June 2010 in South Africa. The first match in the competition sees host nation South Africa playing against Mexico.

The first round of the World Cup competition

As usual the qualifying teams have been divided into 8 groups. The groups are letteredĀ A to H and there are four teams in each group. Here are the groups and teams:


  • South Africa
  • Mexico
  • Uruguay

  • France


  • Argentena
  • Nigeria
  • South Korea

  • Greece


  • England
  • United States
  • Algeria
  • Slovenia


  • Germany
  • Australia
  • Serbia

  • Ghana


  • Netherlands
  • Denmark
  • Japan

  • Cameroon


  • Italy
  • Paraguay
  • New Zealand

  • Slovakia


  • Brazil
  • North Korea
  • Ivory Coast

  • Portugal


  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Honduras
  • Chile

The World Cup is a process of elimination. Each round sees winners, and sometimes runners up, going through to the next round of the competition.

Each team has to play a match against the other three teams in their group.

The first and second placed football team in each group will go through to the second round. There will be eight matches in the second round. Each of these matches has the winning team from one group playing the runner-up from another group.

From these sixteen teams eight will go through to the quarter finals. The four quarter final matches are to be played on July 2nd and July 3rd.

Four teams will go through from the quarter finals to the semi finals, which are to be played on July 6th and July 7th.

July 10th will see a football match to determine the 3rd and 4th placed teams in the overall World Cup competition.

The World Cup 2010 final is to be played on July 11th, in Johannesburg.

England's chances of winning.

England's group is no worse and maybe no better than other groups. At first glance it does not look a particularly hard group but you never know. The England Squad can be unpredictable, to say the least. Who knows, perhaps England and the United States could be the qualifying teams in Group C.


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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Aye Billy. Sadly I am ready for it.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Ethel you have it all covered - bring on the World Cup!

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Katie. Habee it could be a US and UK final lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I had no idea the US was even in the running!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Great topic, I enjoyed reading your hub on World Cup Football 2010 Groups and more, much more indeed. Bravo! Thanks and Peace :)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      See, ethel, you are getting the football fever. Thank you for a very well written hub.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thnaks Mick and lori

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      MickS 7 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Another excelent hub Ethel,



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      loriamoore 7 years ago

      Football in USA and football in the rest of the world are two different things. The only sport I watch is college basketball. The World Cup is a big deal, though. Good hub.