Friday, December 4, 2009

World Cup draw 2010

Millions are watching the 2010 World Cup draw on television. Children are pushed away: “Don’t stand in front! We can’t see through you!”. The young ones get the clue something important is going on, start to follow and try to understand what fires up the adults.

All around the world people can’t be disturbed by anything else at the moment of the draw. So it seems. Just like a Cameroonian-Dutch family in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Running in and out of the kitchen, the proud Cameroonian mama Quinta Dobgima, tries to keep one eye on her cooking. And her other focused on what’s happening on the TV. She manages to do both well. A scene like many other households and just like many back home in Cameroon.

What’s to see on the big magic glowing piece of equipment? Hands that stir through a bowl. In the bowl names of countries. Countries who are going to take part in the up and coming football competition: World Cup Football 2010 in South Africa.

Who’s going to play who? The television show is a welcome break away of the worries about the world wide economic crisis that is hitting hard. But in the house of this Cameroonian-Dutch family a picture of a extra tense summer is drawn: Cameroon vs The Netherlands.

If both teams pass the play-offs and semi finals, it will be a hell of a party! If both get kicked out of the competition, the coming summer will be a lot less fun. And back to business as usual, well as usual as it can be in these times of crisis. If one team gets kicked out by the other, well… summer will be hell. To make an understatement.

The selection on TV goes without an incident. The show is as beautiful as the tension of the lottery. The promotion campaign of the coming world champions in South Africa is as nothing seen before: the most amazing ever seen for a football cup. And next year in 2010, football -the people’s sport- is coming to the motherland

From our international desk - Auke VanderHoek

Group A
South Africa
Mexico
Uruguay
France

Group B
Argentina
Nigeria
South Korea
Greece

Group C
England
United States
Algeria
Slovenia

Group D
Germany
Australia
Serbia
Ghana

Group E
Netherlands
Denmark
Japan
Cameroon

Group F
Italy
Paraguay
New Zealand
Slovakia

Group G
Brazil
North Korea
Ivory Coast
Portugal

Group H
Spain
Switzerland
Honduras
Chile

Source image: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/

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