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World Cup Scouting: Netherlands / New Zealand

by Matthew Wood

After a hugely impressive group stage performance at the European Championship two years ago (dispatching of France, Italy and Romania), the Netherlands will be desperate to replicate the same form beyond the first round this time around. Despite only playing in one qualifying match during Holland’s road to South Africa, Eljero Elia could be Bert […]

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World Cup Scouting: South Korea / Mexico

by Matthew Wood

South Korea will enter their seventh consecutive World Cup tournament this summer and be quietly confident they can overcome Argentina, Greece and Nigeria to advance. Despite the impressive qualifying record of the Asian side, only once have they made the progression out of the group stages. It was 2002 on home soil when Guus Hiddink’s […]

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World Cup Scouting: Japan / North Korea

by Matthew Wood

One of three Asian sides competing at the 2010 World Cup, Japan make their fourth appearance in South Africa. In the heart of the Japanese midfield could be Keisuke Honda, a midfielder who is gradually making his mark in Europe. After transferring from Nagoya Grampus to Dutch side VVV Venlo in January 2008, the 23-year-old […]

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World Cup Scouting: Honduras / Italy

by Matthew Wood

Honduras will take part in their second-ever World Cup this summer, making their first appearance since 1982. With a fantastic goal scoring record at international level, the experienced Carlos Pavon will be looking to fire Honduras into the last 16. Experienced is perhaps an understatement, the 36-year-old has taken in 19 different transfers over his […]

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World Cup Scouting: Ghana / Greece

by Matthew Wood

Ghana make their second consecutive appearance at a World Cup Finals in South Africa. After a respectable last 16 appearance in 2006, the Ghanaians will be looking to go one step further this time around. At the head of their strike force will be 24-year-old Asamoah Gyan. Although appearing at his second finals, Gyan’s relatively […]

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World Cup Scouting: France / Germany

by Matthew Wood

2006 World Cup finalists France will be looking to upset the odds again as Raymond Domench’s much un-fancied side take on South Africa, Mexico and Uruguay in Group A. Making his debut at a major international tournament, Yoann Gourcuff could become a global sensation in South Africa. A graceful and elegant dribbler, Gourcuff began his […]

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World Cup scouting: Ivory Coast / Denmark

by Matthew Wood

We’re a third of our way through the World Cup teams now with the Ivory Coast and Denmatk featuring in today’s socut report. The Ivory Coast will appear at their second consecutive World Cup Finals in South Africa, after finishing third in a group consisting of Argentina, Holland and Serbia in 2006. Having captained his […]

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World Cup scouting: Cameroon / Chile

by Matthew Wood

The World Cup scouting is back today with a look at both Cameroon and Chile. With Cameroon making their return to the World Cup scene, having missed out in 2006, the Indomitable Lions will form part of a strong African presence at the 2010 finals. Along with the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Ghana expectancy levels […]

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World Cup scouting: Australia / Brazil

by Matthew Wood

The World Cup scouting continues with Matthew Wood taking a look at Australia and Brazil. Anyone with the nickname ‘Jesus’ is well worth covering in our World Cup scouting feature. While Joshua Kennedy did appear at the 2006 finals (labelled as Guus Hiddink’s ‘secret weapon’), it’s likely that many of you won’t of heard too […]

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World Cup scouting: Algeria / Argentina

by Matthew Wood

In the first of BackPageFootball’s World Cup scouting articles, Matthew Wood looks at players to watch from Algeria and Argentina. Once proclaimed as the ‘next Zidane’ by supporters in France (and no, it’s not Bruno Cheyrou), now playing in Serie A with Lazio, Mourad Meghni could provide the creative spark to boost Algeria’s aspirations of […]