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Group H at World Cup 2010

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Group H World Cup Profile

Spain and Chile are regarded as the group’s “Big Guys” despite the European champions taking the upper hand. Now Honduras and Switzerland somehow look overshadowed by the so-called favorites.

Group H – The favorites at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

Spain's national football team celebrating after a goal scored by David VillaSpain

La Roja are aware that they have all it takes to rule Group H, and probably, win the World Cup. Still, they seem to show good signs of psychology by disallowing complaisance to get them distracted. The Spanish are surrounded by strong-minded countries who are all aiming for a place in the knockout phase of the 2010 World Cup, and this is what makes it harder for the Euro 2008 champions to feel relax in their group.

Nonetheless, the bronze medalists of the 2009 Confederations Cup are said to be in the best of shapes, shining through some of the world’s biggest stars, among which lie David Villa, Fernando Torres, and a bunch of other players. Getting a maximum of 9 points in Group H will certainly be a must for Coach Vicente del Bosque, who looks poised to positively change Spain’s history in the tournament and bring his country their first World Cup trophy ever.

 

ChileChile players celebrate together.

The fact that the Chileans ended their World Cup qualification just behind Brazil has remained in everybody’s mind. The South Americans – generally considered as a very technical team – are also a big threat to Spain. Methodically, they hold the most weapons to challenge the Spanish, and get their way out of their group along with the European rulers. Chile have had a negative record in the World Cup tournament since they finished third back in 1962; but now, with a recharged side, the Red One could find back the pride they carried several years ago.

Switzerland players looking desperate.Group H – The outsiders at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

Switzerland

The Swiss are not to be despised. They couldn’t cross the second round of the 2006 World Cup, but regardless of this fact, they were capable of making a clean sheet record in that competition. They could obviously set another record in South Africa – more or less impressive – but in any case, the inclusion of a few youngsters in their national football squad could add more pace and tactics to their style of play. Why wouldn't they put some icing on the cake after the country's U-17 side shocked everyone by winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup tropy on the African continent last year?

HondurasHonduras players unite in celebration.

The rising CONCACAF side is certainly looking forward to turning their second World Cup participation into a sweet and special experience. One might think that the Central Americans lack of star players to reach their goal, but in some ways, this is what makes them even more special. Honduras enjoyed a stunning and great qualification road into the 2010 World Cup. Now, it will be up to them to finish what they have already started.

Group H – Players to watch at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

Spain: Iker Casillas, Carlos Puyol, Sergio Ramos, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, David Villa, Fernando Torres

Chile: Humberto Suazo, Matías Fernández, Alexis Sánchez.

Switzerland: Alexander Frei, Blaise Kufo.

Honduras: Carlos Pavón, Wilson Palacios.

Group H – The crunch match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South America

Switzerland vs Chile

As the odd in Group H, Switzerland will not want to be cheaply erased from the tournament. They would definitely prefer to progress as runners-up, rather than going home empty-handed. However, the Swiss’ destiny in the 2010 World Cup might only be decided when they face Group H’s second favorites Chile – who are also anticipating a place in the Last 16 stage.

Group H –South Africa 2010 Logo A look back at some big points

Spain and Switzerland – the 1966 World Cup

On the 14th of July 1966, a number of Spanish fans though that their side was going to be defeated by the Swiss. Quentin first gave Switzerland the lead midway through the first half, but in the second half, Sanchis and Amancio’s strikes got La Roja back in the game – which they eventually won 2-1.

Spain and Switzerland – the 1994 World Cup

This meeting between both countries didn’t prove to be less productive for southern-western Europeans. A first goal from Hierro in Washington on 15 minutes quickly put La Roja in front, before Luis Enrique ensured Spain had the victory by adding to the tally on 73 minutes. Finally, with four minutes remaining in normal time, Spain tripled their lead to win this match 3-0.

Group H – The big question

On the last match-day of the group stage, will the Chileans be able to shock the Spanish just like they overpowered the Argentines during the qualifiers?
 

Group H Standings

Pos. TeamMPWDLGFGADP
1   Profile | Matches | Videos | News 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9
2   Profile | Matches | Videos | News 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 4
3   Profile | Matches | Videos | News 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 2
4   Profile | Matches | Videos | News 3 0 1 2 3 6 -3 1

Group H World Cup Videos

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Group H World Cup News

The Uruguayan Football Association's President wants the tournament to be held in his country to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first World Cup Read More...
While USMNT have plummeted to 18th place, the 2010 World Cup champions Spain have made advancements in their road to reclaiming the number one spot from Germany Read More...
La Furia Roja playmaker Xavi has decided to retire from international football after one World Cup trophy, and two Euro crowns. Here, we look back at his career with the Spanish national side Read More...
After clinching the trophy in Brazil, Germany top Fifa's latest world rankings, followed by Argentina, whilst Spain drop to eighth Read More...
La Albiceleste ace Angel Di Maria's dramatic extra time goal against Switzerland proved too much to handle for one Argentine commentator Read More...
Argentina are through to the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup thanks to Di Maria’s lone goal in extra-time which downed Switzerland 1-0. Messi provided the assist. Read More...
Argentina, despite winning three out of three matches in this tournament, has not been highly impressive. The attack of the Swiss side will test their defense. Read More...
The penultimate World Cup 2014 Round of 16 match takes place at 12:00 ET / 13:00 local time / 16:00 GMT / 17:00 BST on Tuesday. Check out Argentina and Switzerland's line-ups. Read More...
Lionel Messi aims at guiding Argentina into the World Cup quarter-finals as they get ready to face Switzerland in their round of 16 clash Read More...
Overall, the Brazil-Chile rating ranks third among all Round of 16 matches, behind only USA-Brazil (9.3 on July 4, 1994) and USA-Ghana (8.5 on June 26, 2010). Read More...

Syndicated Group H News

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GMA News
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Philippines, Guam record famous victories in AFC World Cup qualifying
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The National
Asian heavyweights Japan and Iran kicked off their 2018 World Cup bids with surprise draws against Singapore and Turkmenistan on Tuesday as the region's minnows continued to justify the decision for a qualifying revamp. Singapore owed much to ...
Japan held to 0-0 by Singapore in Asian World Cup qualifier
Washington Times
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Yemen forfeit World Cup qualifier over ineligible player
Times LIVE
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As of this writing, Bahrain (0-1), Uzbekistan (0-1) and Yemen (0-2) have yet to earn points in Group H. The top team in their group will advance to the much tougher next round of the 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup qualifiers and automatically qualifies for ...
Italy could be unseeded in World Cup qualifying, chance for Wales
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World Cup roundup: Thailand beat Taiwan
Bangkok Post
TAIPEI - Teerasil Dangda scored both goals as Thailand beat Taiwan 2-0 Tuesday night to make it two wins in two games of the World Cup 2018 qualifying matches for Asia. Teerasil was on target in the 20th and 39th minutes at Taipei Municipality Stadium ...
Women's World Cup: confident Japan to stick to passing style for USA rematch
The Guardian
With a win, Japan would become just the second team to repeat as World Cup Champions (Germany, 2003 and '07) in consecutive World Cups, and it would solidify the national team's standing among the world elites. The United States is seeking its third ...
In Asian World Cup qualifying, Philippines shock Bahrain as Oman, Jordan ...
The National
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