New Zealand vs. Slovakia
28 years down the line and New Zealand is finally back in the World Cup and will be making their second World Cup appearance. It’s hard to say how they will do; their defence has looked good in qualifying, but a year ago they did not feature at all in the Confederations Cup which makes us think the World Cup will be no different for them.
Much like Slovenia, Slovakia defied the odds to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. They don’t have too many players to mention, yet together as a unit they are formidable and could cause a huge upset in this tournament.
Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) vs. Portugal
If we want to put our hope in one African team to walk away with the World Cup trophy it would be the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire). They walked through their qualifying and have probably the most dangerous man leading them upfront, Drogba.
Let’s face it, Portugal had a terrible qualifying campaign and never really looked good. On the flipside of that they came from looking down and out and eventually qualified for the World Cup on a high note. They have a star-studded side which can beat any side when they want to – let’s hope they bring that game to this World Cup.
Brazil vs. Korea DPR
Do we really have to say much about Brazil? It’s no doubt that Brazil are going into this tournament as one of the favourites, like they do in every tournament. They finished on top of their qualifying group and won the Confederations Cup last year. They are definitely on form and ready to make it number six.
Unless Korea DPR can live up to their reputation for surprising everyone, they are unlikely to do much in this tournament. They would have to do very well to cause any major upsets, although in the game of soccer any team can surprise you.