Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), David De Gea (Atletico de Madrid), Diego Lopez (Villareal), Jose Manuel 'Pepe' Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona).
Defenders: Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Osasuna), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).
Midfielders: Xabier Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Javier Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), Marcos Senna (Villarreal), David Silva (Valencia), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona).
Forwards: Santiago Cazorla (Villarreal), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Juan Manuel Mata (Valencia), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Daniel Guiza (Fenerbache), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), David Villa (Valencia).
Ridiculous amount of talent. Every player listed is absolutely world class, and it's a testament to the depth of the team when someone like Victor Valdes is being considered as a third-choice goalkeeper, and Arsenal captain (and one of my favourite players) Cesc Fabregas is often on the bench. Xavi, Iniesta, Villa, Torres, Xabi Alonso... Spain are the team to beat and rightfully favourites. If they play anything like they did in the European championships, they'll be virtually unstoppable. The best goalkeeper in the world, solid defence, arguably the best midfield in the business, and guys like Torres and Villa up front...
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Doni (AS Roma), Gomes (Tottenham Hotspur)
Defenders: Maicon (Inter Milan), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Michel Bastos (Olympique Lyon), Gilberto (Cruzeiro), Lucio (Inter Milan), Juan (AS Roma), Luisao (Benfica), Thiago Silva (AC Milan)
Midfielders: Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Felipe Melo (Fiorentina), Ramires (Benfica), Elano (Galatasaray), Kaka (Real Madrid), Julio Baptista (Roma), Kleberson (Flamengo), Josue (VfL Wolfsburg).
No Ronaldinho or Adriano... a lot of talent here as well. Brazil are always tough customers, and I think going out in the quarter finals last time around shook them up enough to settle down and regroup. Dunga's style of football isn't as pretty or flashy as we all know and love Brazil to be, but damn if it ain't effective.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Federico Marchetti (Cagliari), Salvatore Sirigu (Palermo)
Defenders: Salvatore Bocchetti (Genoa), Leonardo Bonucci (Bari), Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Mattia Cassani (Palermo), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Fabio Grosso (Juventus), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Gianluca Zambrotta (AC Milan)
Midfielders: Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Antonio Candreva (Juventus), Andrea Cossu (Cagliari), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Simone Pepe (Udinese), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan)
Forwards: Marco Borriello (AC Milan), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus), Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria), Fabio Quagliarella (Napoli), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal)
No Francesco Totti or Luca Toni. Great players, but I guess they're past their prime now. At first glance, maybe not the strongest looking team, but then again nobody gave Italy a chance in '06 and they won the World Cup. Always a very resilient team, and can be very effective. Oddly, not a single Inter Milan player... very strange. I guess coach Marcello Lippi figured Marco Materazzi was more of a liability than an asset ..great player, but borderline psychotic.
Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren), Vincent Angban, Daniel Yeboah (both Asec Mimosas), Aristide Zogbo (Maccabi Netanya); Souleymane Bamba (Hibernian)
Defenders: Arthur Boka (Stuttgart), Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal), Abdoulaye Meite (West Brom), Siaka Tiene, Benjamin Angoua (both Valenciennes), Kolo Toure (Manchester City), Steve Gohouri (Wigan)
THe best African team, Drogba is probably one of the top 3 strikers in the world. Kolo Toure earned a ton of praise for his Arsenal performance and Yaya Toure has had a great season at Barcelona. African players have become stars in top clubs from Barcelona to Arsenal to Real Madrid, if guys like Drogba can perform as well for his country as he does for Chelsea, we could see this team become the first African team to win the world championship.
Solid stuff from the Germans. I don't see Klose repeating his feats of yesteryear, but Ballack and Schweinsteiger make a strong midfield and Müller's been on fire lately. The tragic loss of Robert Encke is felt, but Germany still have a good selection of goalkeepers. We'll see if Bayern's involvement in the Champion's League final will have any effect on the team's preparations.
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), David James (Portsmouth), Robert Green (West Ham).
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Tottenham), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ledley King (Tottenham), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), James Milner (Aston Villa), Scott Parker (West Ham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City).
Forwards: Darren Bent (Sunderland), Peter Crouch (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).
Defender Jamie Carragher has been convinced to return to the team, which is just as well because John Terry's been shaky since the incident (he had an affair with fellow England defender Wayne Bridge's ex wife, which prompted Bridge to leave the team) and Rio Ferdinand's form has been off this season. Ashley Cole (another love cheat) has also been in iffy form so England's defence really needed a boost. Midfield, if Lampard and Gerrard can finally figure out how to work together, great things will happen as they're both absolutely top-class players. Walcott and Wright-Phillips can be excellent, but are inconsistent. Up front, Rooney is obviously the man but Peter Crouch (the huge tall guy who looks like a giraffe) has a knack for scoring for England (despite having all the grace of a refrigerator). Defoe's been good this season too. Emile Heskey is repeatedly called out for being useless, but for some bizarre reason England score a lot more when he's playing than when he's not. Like, a lot. I'm not sure what's going on or what he does, but it works, whatever it is.
...other teams coming soon.
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Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Diego Pozo (Colon)
Defenders: Nicolas Burdisso (Inter Milan), Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Walter Samuel (Inter Milan), Gabriel Heinze (Olympique Marseille), Nicolas Otamendi (Velez Sarsfield), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Juan Manuel Insaurralde (Newell's Old Boys), Clemente Rodriguez (Estudiantes), Ariel Garce (Colon)
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Sebastian Blanco (Lanus), Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes), Jesus Datolo (Olympiacos), Jose Sosa (Estudiantes), Maximiliano Rodriguez (Liverpool), Mario Bolatti (Fiorentina), Juan Mercier (Argentinos Juniors), Angel Di Maria (Benfica), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle), Javier Pastore (Palermo)
Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Diego Milito (Inter Milan), Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli).
This team is an enigma. Its difficult to look at any team that contains Messi, Tevez, Macherano and Aguero and not be intimidated, but at the same time with Maradona as a coach this team has underperformed to a stunning degree, at one time even being in danger of not qualifying. Long time Inter defender Zanetti was not chosen, which further brings up questions regarding Maradona's stewartship of the famed national team:
I'm very excited for this WC, lots of talented teams, anything could happen.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham)
Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Hull), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles), Brian Ching (Houston), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Eddie Johnson (Aris)
USA is easily the most improved squad of the last 20 years. There used to be a time when the only reason they qualified was because of how easy their region was, just like New Zealand today. But now there are some good players on the squad playing for decent european clubs: Clint Dempsey just played for Fulham in UEFA Cup and Onyewuis signed for Milan although he barely gets put in the game which is a shame. Jozy Altidore is also a great potential player for the future, saw him play really well for US during the Confederations Cup. Tim Howard is IMO one of the top 15 goalkeepers int he world and plays for Everton. Lets hope this man can come back from injury:
Goalkeepers: Lee Woon-jae (Suwon), Kim Young-kwang (Ulsan), Jung Sung-ryong (Seongnam)
Defenders: Kang Min-soo (Suwon), Kwak Tae-hwi (Kyoto), Kim Dong-jin (Ulsan), Kim Hyung-il (Pohang), Oh Beom-seok (Ulsan), Lee Young-pyo (Al Hilal), Lee Jung-soo (Kashima Antlers), Hwang Jae-won (Pohang), Cho Won-hee (Wigan), Cha Doo-ri (Freiburg), Cho Yong-hyung (Jeju)
Midfielders: Koo Ja-cheol (Jeju), Ki Sung-yong (Celtic), Kim Bo-kyung (Oita), Kim Nam-il (Tom Tomsk), Shin Hung-min (Pohang), Kim Jae-sung (Pohang), Kim Jung-woo (Gwangju), Lee Chung-yong (Bolton), Kim Chi-woo (Seoul), Park Ji-sung (Manchester United)
Forwards: Park Ju-young (Monaco), Ahn Jung-hwan (Dalian Shide), Lee Seung-ryul (Seoul), Yeom Ki-hun (Suwon), Lee Keun-ho (Jubilo Iwata), Lee Dong-guk (Jeonbuk)
Park Ji-Sung is undoubtfully the star of the team, the Manchester United midfielder ran over 14 km per game for his club, and will bring that high work rate and energy to his country. Park Chu-Young is their speedy forward, running the 100m in 10.5 seconds and is also the dead ball specialist for his club AS Monaco. South Korea will likely struggle to get out of their group and will likely get destroyed by both Nigeria and Argentina though..
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: Fernando Muslera (Lazio), Juan Castillo (Deportivo Cali), Martin Silva (Defensor Sporting)
Defenders: Diego Lugano (Fenerbahce), Diego Godin (Villarreal), Andres Scotti (Colo Colo), Jorge Fucile (FC Porto), Martin Caceres (Juventus), Mauricio Victorino (Universidad de Chile), Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica)
Midfielders: Walter Gargano (Napoli), Egidio Arevalo Rios (Penarol), Sebastian Eguren (AIK Stockholm), Diego Perez (Monaco), Alvaro Pereira (FC Porto), Alvaro Fernandez (Universidad de Chile), Jorge Rodriguez (River Plate), Alvaro Gonzalez (Nacional), Ignacio Gonzalez (Valencia), Nicolas Lodeiro (Ajax)
Forwards: Luis Suarez (Ajax), Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Abreu (Botafogo), Edinson Cavani (Palermo), Jorge Martinez (Catania), Sebastian Fernandez (Banfield)
Urugay has a decent striker combo in Suarez and Forlan, with Forlan being in great form at the moment. Other names that stand our are Cacares and Godin, but they need some help in midfield. While the strong defense will stop many from scoring on them, there is no one in the midfield to connect the offense and defense. The squad is famed for toughness: they can play well or badly, but they can never be faulted for effort. This ‘never say die’ attitude has a name: Garra Charrúa. Diego Forlan just won the UEFA Cup with Atletico Madrid, lets hope he can carry on his form to his national team
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Mickael Landreau (Lille)
Defenders: Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Eric Abidal (Barcelona), William Gallas (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Rod Fanni (Rennes), Adil Rami (Lille), Sebastien Squillaci (Sevilla), Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Marc Planus (Bordeaux), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon)
Forwards: Sidney Govou (Lyon), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Thierry Henry (Barcelona), Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Djibril Cisse (Panathinaikos), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille), Hatem Ben Arfa (Marseille), Jimmy Briand (Rennes)
When Domenech announced his provisional squad, it was easy to wonder whether he was mentally insane. He left out Benzema and included Mathieu Valbuena. He leaves out Viera and includes Yann M'Vila instead. Despite them having an insane coach, France has class throughout the team. Their back line looks great, with Evra, Sagna, Abidal and Gallas form a great back line with Clichy on the bench. Gourcuff provides the magic in the midfield with Malouda being their best winger and Diaby providing a solid defensive mid. Up front it will largely revolve around Ribery. This will also be the likely the last time we see the legendary Thierry Henry playing for France. Lets hope he goes out on a less bizzare note than that certain talismanic midfielder did in the 2006 final, or to not see a repeat of the Ireland handball incident
Midfielders: Kalu Uche (Almeria), Dickson Etuhu (Fulham), John Obi Mikel (Chelsea), Sani Kaita (Alaniya), Lukman Haruna (Monaco), Ayila Yussuf (Dynamo Kiev), Peter Osaze (Lokomotiv Moscow)
Forwards: Yakubu Ayegbeni (Everton), Victor Anichebe (Everton), Chinedu Obasi (Hoffenheim), Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth), Obafemi Martins (Wolfsburg), Ideye Brown (Sochaux), Ikechukwu Uche (Zaragoza), John Utaka (Portsmouth), Peter Utaka (OB Odense), Victor Obinna (Malaga)
This team is strong on offense, weak of defense. Fortunately they have some class up front, with Martins, long long time veteran Kanu and also Ayegbeni providing a threat using speed, arial skill and finishing. Etuhu and Uche can provide some great curving balls in. Unfortunately they are crap on defense, having to will struggle against fast agile teams like Argentina and Uruguay. ****tu is big and strong, but slow and simply can't move fast enough to keep up with modern strikers. Joseph Yobo is their best defender, which really speaks to the defensive weakness of the team.
Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (America), Luis Michel (Chivas), Oscar Perez (Jaguares)
Defenders: Rafael Marquez (Barcelona), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Francisco Rodriguez (PSV Eindhoven), Hector Moreno (AZ Alkmaar), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart), Efrain Juarez (Pumas), Paul Aguilar (Pachuca), Jonny Magallon (Chivas), Juan Carlos Valenzuela (America), Jorge Torres (Atlas)
Midfielders: Andres Guardado (Deportivo La Coruna), Jonathan Dos Santos (Barcelona), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (Pumas), Pablo Barrera (Pumas), Adrian Aldrete (Morelia)
Forwards: Carlos Vela (Arsenal), Giovani Dos Santos (Galatasaray), Guillermo Franco (West Ham), Alberto Medina (Chivas), Adolfo Bautista (Chivas), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz), Javier Hernandez (Chivas)
This team has only a few well known players, mainly Carlos Vela, Marquez and Dos Santos. They also have Javier Hernandez who will soon join Manchester United, along with old veterans like Blanco. Marquez will undeniably be the backline lead, with Nery Castillo was expected to be a force back when Shakhtar Donetsk paid $30 million for him in 2007 but it didn't turn out well. Giovanni Dos Santos can play as a linking attacking midfielder, and seems to be on much better form for country rather than club. Mexico usually play way worse outside N.America rather than inside it, since they have a huge following in both Mexico and the US who give them a home advantage whereever they go:
Forwards: Nikola Zigic (Valencia), Marko Pantelic (Ajax), Danko Lazovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dragan Mrdja (Vojvodina), Dejan Lekic (Red Star Belgrade)
Defensively a monster team, this team could be a leading dark horse. Vidic is one of the best if not the best CB in the world. He's just a monster that will hound you relentlessly and Manchester United owe a lot to him. Branislav Ivanovic is also a big part of why Chelsea won the Premier League this year, he's also some sort of defense playing robot able to play as a SB or CB. Dejan Stankovic will be expected to lead the midfield, but he has both quality veterans like Milijas to support him and up and comers like Tosic to back him up. They do have problems up front, as their strikers generally don't strike fear into opposition defenses. Zigic often resorts to having to just use his 6'9 height for headers or , which often leads them nowhere. Serbia is without a doubt a team built on defense, and when you run into a guy like Vidic, your attack ends very very abruptly, just ask Drogba.