Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 12:10:30 PM EST
from the diaries. -- Jérôme
If you are interested in football, I do not have to remind you of today's evening's event. Today, in Leipzig the drawing for the 2006 championships will take place. The show will start at 20.15 MET, at least on German public channel ARD. If you do not want to watch Heidi Klum and Reinhold Beckmann, just tune in at 21.31. Then, the actual drawing will start. According to protocol, it will take 23 minutes.
(Update with the draw results by DoDo:)
Group A: Germany, Costa Rica, Poland, Ecuador
Group B: England, Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Sweden
Group C: Argentine, Côte d'Ivoire, Serbia & Montenegro, The Netherlands
Group D: Mexico, Iran, Angola, Portugal
Group E: Italy, Ghana, USA, Czech Republic
Group F: Brazil, Croatia, Australia, Japan
Group G: France, Switzerland, South Korea, Togo
Group H: Spain, Ukraine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia
Original post from here
The drawing pots (is that the right word?) look as follows:
Pot 1: Germany (Group A), Brazil (Group F), Italy, Spain, Argentina, France, England, Mexico
Pot 2: Ivory Coast, Angola, Ghana, Togo, Tunesia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Australia
Pot 3: Switzerland, Czechia, Ukraine, Netherlands, Croatia, Sweden, Portugal, Poland;
Special Pot: Serbia und Montenegro
Pot 4: South Korea, Japan, Iran, Saudi-Arabia, USA, Trinidad/Tobago, Costa Rica
Since the setup of the pots is clear, everyone here has been talking about the Netherlands. Every German except Franz Beckenbauer is afraid of playing against the Netherlands in the first round. Me too. For the most part because their team is better than ours. I am begging Pele, who will be responsible for the drawing from Pot 3, to spare us Germans the fate of being the first football championship host kicked out of the tournament in the first round.
Are you going to watch the drawing tonight? What would be your favourite group for your team?