World Cup 2010 Countdown - Group of Death
The 2010 World Cup draw is just two days away and FIFA have now announced who will be seeded in which pot.
The seedings pretty much went as planned apart from the Netherlands, who qualified unbeaten, sneaking into the top group ahead of France.
Football.co.uk has looked ahead to possible draw scenarios for Fabio Capello's England team, now we look at possibilities for the group of death.
In 2006, Ivory Coast were considered as one of the best up-and-coming African nations but their campaign was scuppered as they were drawn into a group containing Argentina, Holland and Serbia and Montenegro.
This time around they will be looking for an easier draw but, for the purpose of this article, they will take their place in another tough group.
The Ivorian's pot is one of the toughest with teams like Ghana, Chile and Cameroon all hoping to progress past the group stages.
In Pot A, which contains the top eight seeds, lie the favourites, including Brazil, Spain and England.
This year Holland and Argentina will avoid each other, as well as World Champions Italy. The Italians have a strong squad but are not considered amongst the front-runners to lift the Jules Rimet trophy next year.
One of the pots will contain the eight remaining European teams and includes tough nations like France and Portugal.
Both struggled to qualify, needed play offs to ensure their participation, but will be hoping to go the distance in South Africa.
The final pot will possibly be the weakest, the stand out teams being United States of America, Mexico and Australia.
All of these sides will be believe that they have the capabilities to upset some of the bigger nations and will add competition to a nightmare group.
Brazil are looking strong but couple them in a group with Ivory Coast, France and USA and it is tough to pick the two qualifiers.
-by David Brenchley
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