It just had to be this way, didn’t it?
The United States were drawn with Portugal, Germany and eternal World Cup nemesis Ghana in next summer’s “Group of Death.”
Before the draw began, many on Twitter joked they couldn’t wait to see how FIFA would rig the draw. It’s not so funny anymore. The draw may not have been rigged, but the opposition the Americans will face is certainly stacked.
Group G is riddled with some fantastic story lines. The USA first got drawn against the two countries that eliminated them in the past four World Cups (Ghana in 2010 and 2006, and Germany in 2002 and in 1998). Jurgen Klinsmann is facing the team he led to a third-place finish in 2006 and won a World Cup with in 1990. Germany’s Jerome Boateng will line up against his brother Kevin-Prince and Ghana. And if that wasn’t enough, the powers that be tossed in the world’s top player at the moment, Cristiano Ronaldo. Ooof!
Predictably, the response on twitter was a mix of giddy excitement and pure, unbridled terror:
Ouch. #WCdraw— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas)
What fun watching USA get the group of death. :/ ugh— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach)
It’s going to be absolutely epic when Jurgen is on our sideline while we play Germany. I can’t wait. #TimmyTakeover— ESPN (@espn)
— Kevin-Prince Boateng (@KPBofficial)
Group G (Germany, USA, Portugal, Ghana) is the only group in which all four teams reached the knockout stage of the 2010 World Cup.— STATS Football (@STATS_Football)
Group G isn’t the only tricky group next summer. Far from it. You could make a good case that England’s group (D) is just as difficult to navigate as the USA’s. The Three Lions will have to face Uruguay and Italy in Group D. Luis Suarez and Mario Balotelli are licking their chops as you’re reading this. And while Costa Rica is presumably the clear underdog, you just have to ask the US or Mexico how difficult they are to beat.
Tough group…but so what? If we want to win it we will have to play the best teams anyway!!— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere)
England, Suarez, Balotelli and 99 per cent humidity in a World Cup, what could go wrong?— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian)
I’m happy with England …— Warren Barton (@warrenbarton2)
Spain and Netherlands are the first two countries to contest the final of one World Cup and meet in the group phase in the next #worldcup— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) December 6, 2013