FIFA 2010 World Cup Preview Group E

Group E

Cameroon, Denmark, Japan, Netherlands
Group E is a fairly solid, particularly Netherlands, Denmark and Cameroon. Logic says that the world’s 4th ranked team, the Netherlands, should top this group. The Dutch side has arguably one of the most complete midfields in the tournament, with Wesley Sneijder dictating the pace from his role as midfield kingpin. Up front Holland again boast quality in the form of Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie and Klaas Jan Huntelaar. Defense is where Holland midget be exposed.

Dutch Fans
Denmark is an experienced side, and with that experience comes discipline. Their World Cup qualifying saw them contain the likes of Portugal and eliminate Sweden to top their group. They lost to Bafana in a warm up game, but I don’t think we can read too much into that. Christian Poulson runs the midfield for Denmark and is a consistent performer, key to their success. Betner upfront can be erratic, but he can also turn a game on its head, he’s partnered by Soren Larsen who topped the qualification group for goals scored.

Cameroon, I think this is ultimately where African hopes will lie for World Cup success, and by this I mean being the first African team to progress past the quarterfinals. A balance of youth and experience bolster this side. A solid defense that is able to easily mobilise into attack and support the likes of Alexandre Song and Jean Makoun in midfield. Upfront the insatiable Samuel Eto’o leads this side, which have the potential to challenge any side they draw.

Cameroon Fan
Japan lack European league experience, but they do work well as a team. Similar to the South Koreans they are boundless in their energy, and while not an obvious threat to any of the sides in their pool, taking them for granted could be a fool’s mistake. They are determined, have experienced players and an organised defense, their goal scoring abilities are more opportunistic than a result of a patient build up. I wished Japan would inject some of their mind boggling absurdity, inherent in their game shows, into the game plan, then we’d have a spectacle on our hands.

Japan Fan
What we think will happen:

The final standing of this group depends on how the Dutch approach their qualification. If they field a full strength side for all 3 games they’ll finish top. However there is the chance that they’ll cement their place in the next round by winning their first two matches, decide to rest players and be unlocked in their 3rd game against Cameroon. Should this happen, Cameroon has a chance to top the group, provided they win their first 2 games. I think this is Cameroon’s chance to shine, I’ll be routing for them to pip Holland, Japan and Denmark and finish top. Denmark are tough to call, I think they’ll miserly defend their goal, but might struggle to accrue goals the other end, and finish third. Japan will play with heart and valor, but ultimately this group is too strong for them.

Final Standings

  • Netherlands
  • Cameroon
  • Denmark
  • Japan
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~ by bowlphilosophy on June 14, 2010.

One Response to “FIFA 2010 World Cup Preview Group E”

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