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Paraguay – functional rather than spectacular

June 8, 2010
Paraguay – functional rather than spectacular

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino has used his pre-tournament friendlies for experimentation, both in terms of formation and personnel, making his starting line-up for the opening game against Italy difficult to predict.
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Nigeria may struggle for creativity in midfield

June 8, 2010
Nigeria may struggle for creativity in midfield

Nigeria have traditionally been the strongest African nation, at least in terms of the quality of players they’ve produced. The likes of Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, Cameroon and Egypt have shown quality at points throughout the past two decades, but Nigeria has produced a stream of genuinely top-class players.
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A defensive-minded 4-2-3-1 for Australia

June 7, 2010
A defensive-minded 4-2-3-1 for Australia

Australia got to the first round in their first World Cup, the second round in their second World Cup, so is a quarter-final spot the natural outcome for their third World Cup?
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Don’t expect much from Honduras

June 7, 2010
Don’t expect much from Honduras

On paper, Honduras look like providing the least excitement of any side at this World Cup – but then people probably said that about Greece in Euro 2004, didn’t they?
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France unpredictable with new formation

June 7, 2010
France unpredictable with new formation

As you might recall, France qualified for this tournament in rather controversial circumstances, squeezing past Ireland in the playoff after finishing behind Serbia in the group phase.
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