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2010 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Group Stage

Congratulations to South Africa, for being the first African World Cup host. (2010safwc.com)

With the World Cup now underway, emotions are running high in the land of Mandela, the first in Africa to host the quadrennial tournament. Plenty of action is sure to come, especially in Group G, which contains both the world’s #1 (Brazil) and #3 (Portugal). Tough draw for North Korea to be in, to be sure. They’ll have a tough time avoiding the rage of Kim Jong Il, which isn’t a good thing to have if you’re a North Korean. With #2 Spain in Group H on the opposite side, a #1/#2 or #2/#3 match-up not even in the quarterfinals is all but a certainty.

Only one group by our whopping field of ten experts had its two qualifying teams selected unanimously, and surprisingly, it wasn’t the aforementioned Brazil and Portugal. Instead, it was the United States and Jolly Ole’ England. There were four other teams (Argentina, Italy, Netherlands, and Spain) selected unanimously to win their groups. Four groups also had each of its teams selected by our combined picks to make it out of the group stage.

Three of us are picking Portugal to beat out Brazil in their group, while one of us is picking the world’s #3 to not even make it out of the group stage. One of us also has host South Africa advancing, despite being #83 and in the same group as #9 France, #16 Uruguay, and #17 Mexico.

The World Cup is always quite a draw, and there are plenty of expert selections to mull over. Speaking of which, if an expert correctly guesses a team to advance out of the group stage (finishing in the top two of their group), that’s worth one point, except that if an expert correctly guesses the winner of each group, that’s worth two points. Guessing the amount of goals scored by each group winner in all three games combined to within one is worth one point, or two points if guessed exactly right.

Name Andrew Brian Charlie Dan Erikk Jeff John KC Robert Teddy
Group A Winner France France France France Uruguay Mexico France France Mexico France
2nd Place Mexico Mexico Mexico South Africa France France Mexico Uruguay France Uruguay
Total
Goals
6 6 6 5 7 6 5 6 8 6
Group B Winner Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina
2nd Place South Korea Greece South Korea Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Greece Nigeria South Korea
Total
Goals
8 8 8 6 9 7 9 8 6 7
Group C Winner England United States England England England England England England United States England
2nd Place United States England United States United States United States United States United States United States England United States
Total
Goals
7 5 5 4 7 5 11 6 6 5
Group D Winner Serbia Germany Ghana Germany Germany Germany Germany Germany Australia Germany
2nd Place Germany Australia Germany Ghana Serbia Serbia Ghana Ghana Germany Ghana
Total
Goals
5 6 6 5 8 6 7 8 6 8
Group E Winner Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands
2nd Place Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Denmark Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Denmark
Total
Goals
10 5 4 4 10 8 8 5 10 9
Group F Winner Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy
2nd Place Paraguay Slovakia Paraguay Paraguay Paraguay Slovakia Slovakia Paraguay Slovakia Paraguay
Total
Goals
6 10 6 3 10 5 10 8 6 8
Group G Winner Portugal Portugal Brazil Brazil Brazil Brazil Brazil Portugal Brazil Brazil
2nd Place Brazil Brazil Portugal Portugal Portugal Cote d’Ivoire Portugal Brazil Portugal Portugal
Total
Goals
8 8 8 6 8 7 9 8 11 6
Group H Winner Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain
2nd Place Honduras Switzerland Chile Chile Chile Chile Chile Chile Honduras Chile
Total
Goals
11 9 8 5 10 9 6 8 10 9

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  1. [...] rest of Group A. South Africa will get their next chance against Uruguay to see if they can do what just one person expected: make it to the next [...]

    Posted by An Early World Cup Run Down | Sports of Boston | June 14, 2010, 10:08 pm

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