Search | Euro 2004 Portugal | Soccer Shop | Football News | Betting | Euro 2008 | Blog | Forum | Friends | Books on Football
World Cup 2006 | World Cup 2002 Archive | Links | Flights | Match Tickets | Contact | Home

A.League | Coaches | Confederations Cup | Croatia | England | FIFA Rankings | Football DVDs | Interviews | J.League | K.League | Liverpool |
Man Utd | MLS | Players | Spain | SPL | World Cup 2010 | Club World Championship


Home|South Africa 2010|Travel|Guide|Groups|Group E



South Africa World Cup 2010 Group E

Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

GROUP E

Holland.

*The Netherlands

With many cultural and trading links to South Africa, the Netherlands may relish exporting "Total Football" to the Cape. Twice runners-up at the World Cup, a team that sailed easily through European qualification will fancy its chances of escaping a relatively lightweight group. Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Real Madrid's Rafael van der Vaart provide the craft with captain Mark van Bommel supplying the steel. Doubts remain about the defence and in goal if Manchester United's Edwin van der Sar decides to stay in retirement. For the Nerherlands to really make an impact Milan striker Klass-Jan Huntelaar needs to rediscover his best form.

Fixtures

The Netherlands team jersey kit 1 (c) Soccerphile. The Netherlands team jersey kit 2 (c) Soccerphile.

The Netherlands Kit 1
Copyright © Soccerphile

The Netherlands Kit 2
Copyright © Soccerphile

The Netherlands v Denmark 14 June; Johannesburg
The Netherlands v Japan 19 June; Durban
The Netherlands v Cameroon 24 June; Cape Town

Coach

Bert van Marwijk

Record

1934, 1938 First Round; 1990, 2006 Second Round, 1994 Quarter-finals; 1998 Semi-finals; 1974, 1978 Runners-up

FIFA Ranking

Men to watch

Rafael van der Vaart

Predictions & Latest Odds

The Oranje will make it out of the group and go out in the second round as they did four years ago.
World Cup Betting

How they qualified

Topped European qualifying group 9.

On the sidelines

Patrick Kluivert is the Netherlands's highest goalscorer with 40.
Buy World Cup Tickets

Analysis

The Netherlands Team Profile

Shirt

Netherlands Team Shirt

Japan.

Japan

Japan's present coach Takeshi Okada lead Japan to three defeats at World Cup 1998 but now claims a best-four finish is the target for the much improved Blue Samurai. "I don't think it was a bad draw. I have no intention of changing our goal, which is to get to the last four," said the optimistic Okada. Previous coach Ivica Osim believes a more realistic target would be escaping the group. Japan lost 3-0 in a friendly to the Netherlands earlier in 2009 and will be hoping to turn the tables in Durban. Speedy and skilled, Japan lacks a killer instinct and height at the back.

Fixtures

Japan jersey kit 1 (c) Soccerphile. Japan team jersey kit 2 (c) Soccerphile.

Japan
Copyright © Soccerphile

Japan
Copyright © Soccerphile

Japan v Cameroon 14 June; Bloemfontein
Japan v The Netherlands 19 June; Durban
Japan v Denmark 24 June; Rustenburg

Coach

Takeshi Okada

Record

1998, 2006 First Round. 2002 Second Round

FIFA Ranking

Men to watch

Shunsuke Nakamura, Yasuhito Endo, Takayuki Morimoto

Predictions & Latest Odds

Last four? No, third or fourth in the group.
World Cup Betting

How they qualified

Second place in Asian qualifying group 1.

On the sidelines

Defender Masami Ihara has the most caps (123) for Japan.
Buy World Cup Tickets

Analysis

Japan Team Profile

Shirt

Japan Team Shirt

Cameroon.

Cameroon

Ex-Rangers and PSG coach Paul Le Guen turned around the Indomitable Lions' qualifying campaign and a 2-0 win on the road in Morocco secured a record six appearance for an African team at the World Cup. Names familiar to European fans will be Inter's Samuel Eto'o, Sebastien Bassong of Tottenham and Arsenal's Alexandre Song.

Fixtures

Cameroon team jersey kit 1 (c) Soccerphile. Cameroon team jersey kit 1 (c) Soccerphile.

Cameroon
Copyright © Soccerphile

Cameroon
Copyright © Soccerphile

Cameroon v Japan 14 June; Bloemfontein
Cameroon v Denmark 19 June; Pretoria
Cameroon v The Netherlands 22 June; Cape Town

Coach

Paul Le Guen

Record

1982, 1994, 1998, 2002 First Round; 1990 Quarter finals

FIFA Ranking

Men to watch

Samuel Eto'o

Predictions & Latest Odds

Second round.
World Cup Betting

How they qualified

Won group A in the African qualifying zone.

On the sidelines

Rigobert Song is still going strong with over 130 caps.
Buy World Cup Tickets

Analysis

Cameroon Team Profile

Shirt

Cameroon Team Shirt

Denmark.

Denmark

After winning Group 1 in some style, Denmark are quietly confident of pulling off a few surprises in the Rainbow Nation. Coach Morten Olsen has quietly built a well-organized and fluent team that overcame both Portugal and Sweden in their qualifying group. Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner, ormer Newcastle forward Jon Dahl Tomasson and Juventus hardman Christian Poulsen are the influential players in a team without stars. Overall, the squad lacks depths in case of injury.

Fixtures

Denmark team jersey kit 1 (c) Soccerphile. Denmark team jersey kit 1 (c) Soccerphile.

Denmark
Copyright © Soccerphile

Denmark
Copyright © Soccerphile

Denmark v The Netherlands 14 June; Johannesburg
Denmark v Cameroon 19 June; Pretoria
Denmark v Japan 24 June; Rustenburg

Coach

Morten Olsen

Record

1986, 2002 Second Round; 1998 Quarterfinals

FIFA Ranking

Men to watch

Nicklas Bendter

Predictions & Latest Odds

Early flight home for Olli and the boys.
World Cup Betting

How they qualified

First in European qualifying group 1 ahead of Portugal and Sweden.

On the sidelines

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel won 129 caps for the Danes.
Buy World Cup Tickets

Analysis

Denmark Team Profile

Shirt

Denmark Team Shirt


Football Travel Book Shop



Terms of Use.

"The Onside In-Site" Copyright © From 2000. All rights reserved. Soccerphile Ltd.

Top of Page.