The eyes of the world are on the Cape of Good Hope where excitement levels are reaching fever pitch ahead of Friday 4 December's Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Beginning at 7pm local time in Cape Town, the 32 finalists are about to discover the identity of their group rivals for the global showpiece - set to take place from 11 June to 11 July next year.
“I’m really looking forward to the draw,” said Germany coach Joachim Low, summing up the mood of players, coaches and fans around Planet Football. "That’s when the World Cup really starts for me, this is what it’s all about.”
And come Friday, millions will be looking on intently as the draw progresses, with football followers keeping their fingers crossed that their national sides can avoid the toughest groups. Even for experienced FIFA World Cup performers, getting out of the group can prove fraught with danger if the Draw goes against you, with fancied sides invariably falling at the first hurdle.
Indeed, every Draw throws up at least one fiercely competitive section, where several traditional powers have to fight for the right to progress. Who can forget Group C at Germany 2006, which comprised Argentina, Côte d'Ivoire, Serbia and Montenegro and the Netherlands? Then there are the dark horses to contend with, quality teams which strive to spring a surprise and relish the opportunity to upset the game's established heavyweights.
So, with the stage perfectly set for Friday evening's proceedings, FIFA.com has decided to use this week’s 'Have Your Say' feature to ask a very pertinent question:
What are you hoping for in the FIFA World Cup Final Draw?
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