Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Group A (Ger/CRC/Pol/Ecu) Preview


Most likely favourites: really hard to tell. Germany have the best squad. Jens Lehmann will be more of a success than Oliver Kahn in net - just look at his 11 game shutout streak in the Champions League. But Germany's defence lacks depth.

Ecuador have been doing all right in their last few games . Christian Lara will be a key player for them.

Costa Rica aren't going anywhere. They are just going to fail. They were awful against the Ukraine last week, losing 4-0, letting in some crappy goals.

Poland might be the surprise team of the group, but Thomas Kuszczak (right) in net is a disaster. Did anyone see the goal he let in against Colombia on Tuesday? He let the other goalkeeper score from a clearance! Bounced right over his head. Jerzy Dudek should have been picked.

Main bullet point of this presentation - no one knows who will win the group, but unless Poland ditch Kuszczak, Germany and Ecuador should make it through to the next round.

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