Dexy’s Group B Preview

by Dexy Longshot

Saturday, June 5th, 2010
 

Argentina

Mmm, let me think of something nice to say about the Argies…..er……erm……..you can’t beat a nice bit of Corned Beef and piccalilli? The best team on paper managed by the best player ever (maybe after Pele, Bobby, The Kaiser and Johan). When it comes to tactics though, he is pony, how dirty Diego is in charge after the drugs shame of 94 is a joke but then it’s Diego Maradonna and Argentina). It will be funny to see his press conferences if things start to go pear shaped for the pear shaped manager. Any team with Messi though could win it, even though his form for the National team is newted by Maradonnas tactics. Not that he is their only hope. From front to back, they have the players to bring home the trophy again and I expect goals galore if they click, it’s a big if blue & white stripy if though.

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The best player of his generation, young Lionel, goes without saying.

Greece

I’d love to see the Greeks upset the odds again but the former 100-1 Euro champs haven’t got much in the wooden horse locker this time. The Den’s big boss man will actually be flying The Greek flag on his hols out there in the med so maybe we’ll get behind them as the Den’s unofficial 2nd team, especially when they play Diego’s mob. Expect the same hard as nails, robotic organised bore fest as in 2004 & a Greek tragedy in scene 2

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Theo Gekas is the Greek God with the winged boots. He dispatched an impressive 10 goals in qualifying although 6 of them were against Latvia so don’t start doing each way goalscorers bets just yet.


Nigeria

The Super Eagles were getting on a bit when I covered the last African Nations so expect some grey hairs in the showers. Maybe we should call them the bald Eagles. They still have some class in Martins, Yakubu, Kanu, Mikel, Yobo and erm Shittu so they may soar with a bit of luck, they will need plenty of it though, new coach Lars Lagerback has only been in charge for a few months.

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Obi Martins will be relishing getting his feet on this new ball and whacking in some longshots, I think he’s quality when on his game and I will be putting him in a couple of goalscorer bets. He’s 9-4 joint fave with the Yak to be his countries top marksman. Get on.

South Korea

The best fans on show when they hosted in 2002. That win against Italy lives long in the memory. I doubt they will hit such heights this time but I hope they last longer than their neighbours from up north (that shouldn’t be too hard). They are in an intriguing group and it all depends if Argentina turn up. If the Argies go to pot, The Koreans could sneak through along with Greece if they press the big guns.

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Park Ji-Sung is the South Korean version of David Beckham without the nancy haircuts. I like him a lot and think he is very under-rated. His tireless work will be crucial if his team are to progress.

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