Follow the World Cup draw via a live blog beginning at Noon ET/9am PT/5pm GMT today. Whether you’re at work and away from the TV set or you want to join in the discussion online as you watch it on TV, join MLS Talk blogger Adam Serrano as he takes you through the draw and all of the suspense surrounding it.
Adam Serrano will be liveblogging not just the draw itself, but also focusing on ESPN2′s coverage of this massive event.
Again, come back here at Noon ET today to experience the live blog. And be sure to post your feedback, reactions and analysis in the comment section below. Also, for fans of the England national team, our sister site EPL Talkwill be conducting a live blog starring blogger Iain Liddle which will begin at Noon ET and will cover the draw by watching BBC2’s coverage.
Also, be sure to follow MLS Talkon Twitter as Kartik Krishnaiyer who is at ESPN’s studios today to learn more about ESPN’s coverage as well as to interview the commentators and legends.performance of the United States in the Confederations Cup.
12:16PM PST: As the Scott Van Pelt show starts and the conversation returns to College Football. That will be all from me here at MajorLeagueSoccerTalk.com. Remember to check back at MLSTalk later as Kartik gives you the 411 on the ESPN’s World Cup draw festitives from Bristol, Connecticut. Thanks again for following along with me and if you want to follow more of my musings remember to visit me at www.twitter.com/adamserrano.
12:09 PM PST: Before I leave, I will take part in the madness and give you my nations that I believe will advance from the groups.
Group A: 1. France 2. Mexico
Group B: 1. Nigeria 2. Argentina
Group C: 1. England 2. United States
Group D: 1. Germany 2. Australia
Group E: 1. Netherlands 2. Denmark
Group F: 1. Italy 2. Paraguay
Group G: 1. Brazil 2. Ivory Coast
Group H: 1. Spain 2. Honduras
Yes…maybe a bit with my heart over my head but I’ll have 188 days to analyze this initial reaction.
12:07PM PST: Before we start counting our chickens and pencil the United States into the second round. Remember that the US fell to England 2-0 in Wembley last year (sans Donovan), Algeria defeated African Champion Egypt and Slovenia was able to dispatch Guus Hiddink and Andrei Arshavin’s Russia.
12:06 pM PST: As we prepare to close up shop, here are a few reactions from a few players who look to be playing in the World Cup
Jozy Altidore, US Forward: The group is tough but it could have been worse.
Jonathan Bornstein, US Defender: Looks like we are playing England in the first game of the 2010 World Cup! Let the games begin!
Maurice Edu, US Midfielder: Talking 2 my boy Charlie Davies right now. We got two goals after watching the draw: get fit, get to South Africa!!!! USA 2010!!
Giuseppe Rossi, Italy Forward: not that bad of a draw…there are a few tough groups…its gonna be a great world cup!!!!
11:48 AM PST: Stevie Mac stating that Clint Dempsey is much more highly regarded among European circles than Landon Donovan. Stevie says “If it’s not in Europe, it’s not good enough!” Lalas looks more indignant by the minute. What are your thoughts??
11:45 AM PST: Rob Stone now interviewing Landon Donovan at Nevada Smith’s. Landon is promising a “little smack talk” when he finally talks to David Beckham again. Rob Stone begging Landon to keep “eating his vegetables” so that he can stay healthy.
11:39 AM PST: ESPN2 reporting live from epic US Men’s soccer bar Nevada Smith’s in NYC. US Fan’s impression of Group C: “Revolutionary War Part 2!”
11:33 AM PST: For those thinking of making the trip to South Africa, here is mandatory reading from SI’s Grant Wahl, who complied a complete travel guide to visiting the Rainbow Nation.
11:25AM PST: Looking in at the comments, I can see that Charlize Theron’s “performance” during the draw is a serious point of contention. IMO, I have to say that the draw may have been the most awkward show that I have ever watched. Not so much because of Theron’s banter but the stiffness of the Drawmaster. I would have liked to see a bit more banter between them.
11:18AM PST: Bob Ley now speaking to ESPN’s greatest acquisition for their World Cup coverage. English commentator Martin Tyler. Tyler affirming that he DID NOT cover the 1950 Shot heard around the world in Belo Herzionte. In addition, it appears as if ESPN scored another coup with fantastic footage of that fateful day.
11:16AM PST: Efan Ekoku’s analysis of the Nigerian squad, “we have good players but there is no cohesion and we have far from a world class coach”. The Super Eagles have traditionally been African powerhouse, but there has been a lack of organization in the Nigerian FA over the last decade.
11:14 AM: Very touching moment as French head coach Raymond Domenech comes up to Aguirre and presents him with a France jersey as well as a few kind words. “
11:12 AM PST: Schapp speaking to Mexican Head Coach/ Messiah, Javier Aguirre. He seems very proud of the group that El Tri has drawn. I have to say this, I love his accented english. Half John Wayne, Half Cheech Marin. Just Awesome.
10:59 AM PST: Schapp now interviewing a very chic looking Bob Bradley. Bradley states that “We feel that this group gives us a real fair chance to advance to the next round.”
10:50 AM PST: Courtesy of my friend Shawn Francis (THE MLS INSIDER), here is a video of US Star Landon Donovan’s reaction of the drawing against England.
10:45 AM PST: Special Treat for American views of ESPN2 as ESPN gets an interview with Fabio Capello, the manager of the English National Team. Capello praises the American’s performance in the Confederation Cup and states that he believes that Algeria could be the surprise of the group. Also, Capello makes an analogy comparing the Premiership to the NBA. “If you play in England, you’re a good player”
10:43AM PST: The United States will play on June 12 v England in Rustenberg, June 18 v Slovenia in Johannesburg and June 23 v Algeria in Tshwane/Pretoria
10:29AM PST: Overall, this has to be the best draw for CONCACAF ever. Mexico will be in South Africa’s group with a Uruguayan side that squeeked by Costa Rica and an underachieving French side. While Honduras will have every chance to get qualify for the Second Round as they will face off against Switzerland, Spain and Chile. Although the Chileans have proved to be incredibly difficult to play, one has to believe that Honduras may just be talented enough to qualify.
10:26AM PST, My intital thoughts, You have to believe that the US and England have a fantastic draw. American and British eyes are smiling as the United States and England have to believe that they can advance into the second round. However, there are no smiles in AbIdjan, Ivory Coast right now as the best African nation is drawn with Portugal and Brazil in their group.
10:24 AM: Parties in the streets of London and US as England and USA draw Slovenia. Remember however that this team defeated a very tough Russian side so stay wary.
10:21AM PST: Mexico, Uruguay and South Africa draw France! Crazy Ray looks very happy at this draw.
10:16AM: Algeria drawn into the group with England and USA
10:09AM: USA gets its dream draw with England. Remember Joe Gatejens and the victory over Stanley Matthews. June 12th, the first game of Group C. You have to love the banter between Stevie Mac and Lalas. Lalas wants to jump into the pitch now.
10:07PST: Mexico drawn in the group with South Africa and will play in the Opening match in the FIFA 2010 World Cup
10:07am PST: CONCACAF/ASIA/OCEANIA pot up next.
1:04pm est/10:05 PST: Here We go.
Group A: South Africa,A2: Mexico, A3: Uruguay, A4: France
Group B: Argentina, B2: Nigeria B3: Korea Republic, B4: Greece
Group C: England, C2: United States, C3: Algeria, C4: Slovenia
Group D: Germany, D2: Australia,D3: D4: Ghana, D4: Serbia
Group E: Netherlands, E2: Denmark E3: Japan, E4: Cameroon
Group F: Italy, F2: Paraguay F3: New Zealand F4: Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, G2: North Korea, G3: Ivory Coast, G4: Portugal
Group H: Spain, H2:Switzerland, H3: Honduras, H4: Chile
1pm EST/10 AM PST: tO dRAW POTS 1-4 hAILE gEBRSELASSIE, LEGENDARY Ethopian Marathon. South African Rugby Captain, John Smit, To Draw the pots for groups A-H Maakhaya Ntini (who also can’t keep heis hands off of Thereon), SA’s own defender Mathew Booth, and last but certainly not least David Beckham.
12:57PM EST/ 9:57 AM PST: I’ve got to say, the two of them have a good chemistry. This may be better than any Oscars that I have watched in years.
12:52 PM EST/9:52PT: We’re about to begin, FIFA Drawmaster shares a horribly awkward kiss with Charlise Theron. Perhaps the most awkward kiss on world television since Angelina Jolie and her brother.
12:46pm ET/9:46am PST: As we reach a break in the coverage, lets get a dialogue going. Who is everyone supporting in South Africa? Also, who do you hope your country draws in the World Cup??
12:29 pm ET/ 9:29 am PST: As we continue, ESPN2 is breaking down of the players to watch in South Africa. No surprises here: Messi, Torres, Kaka, CR7 among others.
12:24 pm ET/9:24 am PST: Thank you to all following us here at MajorLeagueSoccerTalk.com. For all of those still looking to take fate into their own hands, here is a handy dandy draw generator for Mexico’s Record Newspaper. It is in Spanish but its pretty self explanatory,
12:15 pm ET/9:15 am PST:ESPN2 doing a great job to setting up the history of a country few americans know much about. A beautiful montage about the city of Soweto, site of demonstrations which put in motion, the fall of the Apartheid Government.
12:09 pm ET/ 9:09 AM PST: In the words of the immortal Kanye West, “If you ever wanted to be something, there will always be somebody that shoot down that dream. There’ll always be haters.” The World Cup draw is no different as two journalists were arrested for staging a bomb hoax outside the draw. Check BBC for complete analysis.
12:04 ET/ 9:04PST: ESPN2 is going all out today in studios with former England Midfielder Steve McManaman, Nigerian forward Efan Ekoku, Ex American defender Alexi Lalas and the most credible reporter in ESPN’s family of networks, the great Bob Ley.
12:00 pm ET/9:00 am PST: Buenos Dias Gente! This is Adam Serrano, The coverage of the draw has began! ESPN 2 is broadcasting live from among other locations, the Cape Town Convention Center for the most important Lottery in the World.
10:42 am ET: Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez joins ESPN team for the 2010 World Cup commentary and analysis.
10:15am ET: Official World Cup unveiled: exclusive video.
9:45am ET: Adidas unveils World Cup ball in South Africa.