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World Cup 2006 Preview - Germany by David Walker

Outright Odds: 8/1
Group A Winners: 4/9

Former national favourite and Tottenham Hotspur diving enthusiast Jurgen Klinsmann takes control over the next generation of German players who are keen to end 16 years of hurt and win the World Cup for a fourth time on their own soil.

Klinsmann has thrown the traditional playing style manual out of the window. Gone is the patient, tight gameplay, his teams are sent out to play a "fast-paced, attacking and very aggressive" game which has significantly improved their goal tally. However, this strategy, along with a number of inexperienced defenders (none have played at a World Cup finals before) has seen a once resolute back line concede almost as many goals as the team score at the other end.

The current squad is void of any true superstar names, with only Michael Ballack offering real world class status. Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger hope to prove there is life after former heroes Lothar Matthaus, now-manager Jurgen Klinsmann and Andreas Moller.

While there are question marks over the defence, Schweinsteiger forms part of an outstanding midfield alongside Ballack and the more experienced Sebastien Diesler and Torsten Frings. These players will have to work hard to ensure their untested defence (bar veteran goalkeeper Oliver Kahn) does not get caught out and that a sufficient supply line meets their equally World Cup virginal strikeforce of Kevin Kuranyi and Podolski.

As always, host nations will have their critics about how ready they are to perform on the biggest stage of all after playing only friendly matches for over a year. Germany did participate in last year's Confederations Cup which offered a decent level of competition. The Germans finished third but a 2-2 draw against Argentina and narrow 3-2 defeat against World Cup favourites Brazil suggests they are on the right track. Strikers Kuranyi and Podolski also rattled in five goals between them.

German sides appear to relish being criticised and seen as the underdog", yet are always there or thereabouts at the business end of the tournament. Indeed, they were dumped out of the 1998 tournament in the quarter-final stage by Croatia, their worst result at the World Cup since 1958, but reached the final four years later.

Klinsmann's side has learned to accept their limitations but combat this by working for eachother as a team. Rudi Voller lead his much-criticised Germany team to the final of the 2002 World Cup so the message here is, never write off the Germans, especially on their home turf.

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Expect Klismann's side to come out all guns blazing during the tournament and with home advantage they should ease through the group stage. A much criticised German side reached final four years ago, so why not this time aswell?

Germany to win Group A @ 4/9
E/W Germany to win the World Cup @ 7/1

David Walker runs a free World Cup bets website. A free 45-page World Cup Preview guide is available from the website and features a "free World Cup football shirt for every reader" offer.

Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/World-Cup-2006-Preview---Germany/29096

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World Cup 2006 Preview - Australia by David Walker

Outright Odds: 125/1
Group F Winners: 14/1

After a 32 year absence from the finals, Australia finally overcame their play-off hoodoo to qualify for Germany. Play off agony to Iran in 1997 and Uruguay in 2001 was vanquished last November as the Australians again faced Uruguay and beat them in a penalty shoot-out. Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was nearly taken off before the shoot-out commenced, but two stunning saves booked Australia's World Cup place.

Under coach Guus Hiddink, Australia have progressed immensely. The former South Korea coach and England target took over from Frank Farina last July and even though teams such as Fiji, Vanatu and Tahiti were brushed aside with ease, Hiddink successfully completed what he called almost mission impossible".

Australia netted 32 goals in seven qualifying matches and even their two-legged final against the Solomon Islands was a farce as they ran out 7-0 winners in Sydney in the first leg. Indeed, only fifth-placed South American side Uruguay offered genuine competition, winning 1-0 in Montevideo only for Australia to win the return leg by the same scoreline and triumph on penalties.

When Australia switch to the Asian qualifying zone after the finals the quality of opposition they face will improve dramatically and will make for a better team. Entry to this year's World Cup will be a step into the unknown despite the squad all having experience of European club football at some stage in their careers.

Despite their lack of success as an international team, punters in the UK may be inclined to lump on the Aussies due to their Premiership contingent. Players such as Blackburn Rovers' Brett Emerton, Everton's Tim Cahill and Liverpool's Harry Kewell will provide plenty of midfield class while Middlesbrough striker and Australia captain Mark Viduka can be a frightening prospect when he's in the mood.

While Kewell is capable of world class displays, as he showed in the second leg against Uruguay after coming on as a substitute, there are question marks over the team as a whole which should persuade you to invest your betting bank elsewhere.

There is plenty of flair going forward but there is a telling lack of pace in defence which will be Guus Hiddink's main cause for concern. Full back's Tony Vidmar at 36 and Kevin Muscat at 32 switched to the Dutch and Australian leagues respectively to see out the end of their careers while centre back Craig Moore is not noted for his lightening pace either.

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Australia are capable of causing an upset but they are likely to fall just short of qualifying for the last 16. They could get their campaign off to a flying start with an opening match victory over Japan in preparation to switching to the Asian qualifying zone after the finals.

Australia to beat Japan @ 13/10

David Walker runs a free World Cup bets website and written World Cup previews. A free 45-page World Cup guide is available from the website and features a "free World Cup football shirt" offer.

Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/World-Cup-2006-Preview---Australia/32916

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World Cup Betting - Can Brazil do it for the 6th time by Onesimus Smith

Brazil is one of the strongest teams in the current 2010 Soccer World Cup which is being held in South Africa. The team has a number of superstars who can turn the game on its head all by themselves. There are also a number of other teams in the tournament which have a few stars in their teams but none beats the star-studded Brazilian line up. Apart from being the current tournament favorites, Brazil also holds the record of winning the most number of FIFA World Cups; 5 in all which were won in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. The question remains, can they do it for the 6th time?

The road to their World Cup qualification has been a comparatively smooth task as Brazil qualified extremely convincingly in the South American group and also managed to top their group for World Cup qualifiers. Apart from doing well in the World Cup qualifiers, they also go into the tournament with a lot of confidence as in 2009 they won the 2009 FIFA Confederation Cup after defeating USA 3-2 in the tournament's final match. Their victory run doesn't end there either, to add to their recent tournament victories is also the prestigious Copa America which they won in Venezuela in 2007 after defeating their biggest South American rival, Argentina, 3-0 in the finals.

The Brazilian team consists of a number of world class players but some of those who we think will have the most impact on their World Cup campaign are players like Julio Caesar, Kaka and Luis Fabiano. Julio Caesar is one of the best goalkeepers in the game today and he is as miserly as they come when it comes to goals being scored against him. While in the goal scoring department, Kaka and Luis Fabiano have proved themselves over and over again that they are the best any team can have when it comes to attacking, and world cup betting keep a close eye on this.

One can have the best team in the world but not be able to provide results if the team lacks a good coach and fortunately for Brazil that is not true. Their coach and ex-captain Dunga is the most pragmatic and efficient coach Brazil has seen for a long time. Dunga as a player was one of Brazil's most ferocious who always gave his best for the game and his dedication can be seen in the way he has disciplined and made this team a success.

All teams in the game have their strengths and weakness, while Brazil has many strengths that they display during the game, one has to really dig deep to find a flaw in this perfect team. While the team has no real weaknesses, that itself somehow can be dangerous as the media spotlight is always on the Brazilian team and excess coverage could prove as a major distraction for the players. However, to tackle this issue Dunga conducts most of the training sessions in complete isolation; away from the glaring eyes of the media and especially the raucous Brazilian press.

World Cup betting enthusiasts who want to know what the odds look like will find that most bookies have put Brazil right on top. Here is how the World Cup betting odds look like, the best odds are for Spain which is set at 4/1 and Brazil is next in line with odds of 5/1. The World Cup betting odds will keep fluctuating but in most matches you would find Brazil on the favorite side.

Lastly, the group that Brazil has been placed in has been named by many as the Group of Death. That is because alongside Brazil in Group G are the mighty Portuguese who have the Golden boy Cristiano Ronaldo, C'te d'Ivoire who are being led by their top goal scorer Didier Drogba and the second time qualifiers North Korea who can be extremely dangerous on their day.

Brazil kicks off their World Cup campaign on the 15th of June against North Korea.

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Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/World-Cup-Betting---Can-Brazil-do-it-for-the-6th-time/797607

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