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So, World Cup 2010 is just around the corner!

64 days to be exact and i really cannot wait. This is a soccer related post just to let people know, so they can turn away now if they are in any way allergic to the greatest sport on earth. 
I am from england and will be thus supporting those wearing the three lions. Rooney is hobbling and our entire hopes for any kind of success are resting firmly on his shoulders. We have a huge bank of stars from Gerrard to John Terry and are a very good example of a team who are far less value than the sum of their parts.. we are incredible chokers and have been for the past 40 years. Not that we don't appreciate the other nations quality, i think it's a common misconception that england thinks it has a divine right to be in the final stages, i don't think that's true but our best players play at such a high standard in world football it is incredibly frustrating when we can't even qualify for a european tournament. It's also true that our league is mostly foreigners and therefore our general quality of football suffers, our average standard of play is nowhere near the likes argentina or brazil, even spain or italy.. but i like to think our very best are pretty damn good.
Semi Finals would be the best thing ever. Capello would be hailed if he could get us to the semi final of a world cup which we haven't done for a long time. Quarter finals should be acceptable but we've had so many heartaches at that point... my head says that's acceptable but my heart is like NOOOOOOWEARETHEBEST
We are in a group with the USA, slovenia and algeria. Algeria and slovenia are rather big underdogs but have done amazingly to get this far and will be up for it like no others. Slovenia has only about 2 million people living there i think? and they can put together a squad good enough to get to the world cup finals. Algeria had a pretty heated final qualifying game with egypt and beat them, some say they got pretty lucky against them but they at least have a decent standard to beat the african champions.
USA a few years ago would be easy as pie but they are an up and coming nation now in the footballing world (not that their public would know hehe). Donovan, Altidore, Dempsey, Howard, all premier league class. They have others that are in european leagues and of good quality. It would be silly to say england are not favourites but i don't think england have ever made a game easy for themselves. The gulf is class is not big enough for england not to be on the top of their game.
BUT AHHH I CANT WAIT will actually be away for the final in greece, so hopefully england don't get that far lol. Anyone else excited? the south african atmosphere will surely be insane