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2010 SWC Group D Profile
2010 SWC Group D Profile

Bringing the two ends of the world together...here is a breakdown of Group D's profile...

 

 
 
The Australian national soccer team, Socceroos, has only appeared in the FIFA World Cup twice but when it made it second comeback during the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, it made a strong statement when reaching the knockout stage.
 
 
It clearly shows that the Socceroos is back in the game now that it is making its second consecutive qualification to the tournament and their road to South Africa shows more than normal determination an average soccer team would. They were one of the first nations to reach South Africa 2010 after finishing top of Group 1.
 
 
 
 
The Germans are three-time FIFA World Cup winners, third rank world champions after Brazil and Italy. They have participated in every FIFA World Cup tournament except the 1930 and 1950 and have reached the FIFA World Cup Final seven times, a record they share with Brazil.
 
 
Boasting of Chelsea midfielder who has earned 97 senior caps, Ballack, they appear to be the most dangerous team in this group. Key strikers like Bayern Munich striker Klose, Schweinsteiger and Podolski certainly pose a threat.
 

 
 
Once known as cream of the continent, the Ghanaian team, the Black Stars is anxious to prove themselves as champions and best performing team in the whole continent. You will remember that Ghana was the only African team to get out of the group stages at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and it was the first to qualify for 2010 World Cup so you cannot expect a just-average performance from them.
 
 
We are talking about four times CAF African Cup of Nations championships here, two times FIFA U-17 World Cup champions and first ever African team to lift the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009. 
 

 
 
Serbia is only appearing for the second time in the FIFA World Cup as an independent team however, it has taken part in nine FIFA World Cups as former part of two now disbanded teams: Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro. The former finished runners-up at the UEFA European Championship twice.
 
 
Schedule for Group A Matches
 
 
13 June 2010
Serbia http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/ff/Flag_of_Serbia.svg/22px-Flag_of_Serbia.svg.png
Match 7
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/19/Flag_of_Ghana.svg/22px-Flag_of_Ghana.svg.png Ghana
Loftus Versfels Stadium, Pretoria
Germany http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png
Match 8
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b9/Flag_of_Australia.svg/22px-Flag_of_Australia.svg.png Australia
Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
18 June 2010
Germany http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png
Match 21
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/ff/Flag_of_Serbia.svg/22px-Flag_of_Serbia.svg.png Serbia
Nelson Mandela Stadium, Port Elizabeth
19 June 2010
Ghana http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/19/Flag_of_Ghana.svg/22px-Flag_of_Ghana.svg.png
Match 25
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b9/Flag_of_Australia.svg/22px-Flag_of_Australia.svg.png Australia
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
23 June 2010
Ghana http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/19/Flag_of_Ghana.svg/22px-Flag_of_Ghana.svg.png
Match 39
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany
Soccer City, Johannesburg
Australia http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b9/Flag_of_Australia.svg/22px-Flag_of_Australia.svg.png
Match 40
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/ff/Flag_of_Serbia.svg/22px-Flag_of_Serbia.svg.png Serbia
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
 
 
Germany looks like the strongest team in this group Ghana too does not appear any weaker. If one was to guess which two teams will make it out of the group stages, the likelihood is that most would choose these two. However, Australia appears to have a very powerful comeback and with Serbia boasting of players like Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic, who are regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the world; who know what will happen?
 
 
 
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