World Cup Draw

I gotta be honest, as a young, through high school and yes even two years in college I played footie. For those in America we know it as soccer. The World Cup is held every 4 years (sorta like the Olympics but more exciting), but the competition spans a three year qualifying period. This year the host country is Germany…ja, Zee Germanz!

Today was the draw for the unseeded squads, which were divided into three “pots” by geographic location. When the draw was complete, there were 8 groups labeled A through H. For those in the USA, they are in Group E, along with Ghana (first time qualifier), the Czech Republic and European powerhouse, Italy. Group E is already being called, “group of death“, where any of the four teams could qualify for the next round or be eliminated.

Of course when it comes to World Cup action, I always enjoy watching Italia, a country rich in football history. Their last World Cup championship was back in 1982, since then their best showing was 1994 as the runners-up to Brazil who won 3-2 on penalty kicks after the extra time expired at 0-0. Did I mention these guys kick ass in FIFA Soccer for Xbox?

Their current squad is very strong from Christian Vieri, (Italy’s greatest striker the last decade) to Fabio Cannavaro (Captain of the 2005 Italian national team) and Gianluigi Buffon, keeper for Juventus (Italy’s oldest, most successful football clubs) and the national team.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany finals are scheduled in 12 venues in throughout Germany between 9 June and 9 July 2006. Group E action begins on 12 June with Italy facing Ghana and the United States taking on Czech Republic.