World Cup scouting: The 32

The following 32 names represent Football Further‘s players to watch at the 2010 World Cup. We’ll be following their performances closely over the course of the tournament, with weekly scouting reports rounding up their progress.

Names preceded by squad numbers. Players in bold have been scouted by Football Further in the build-up to the World Cup. Players in brackets were scouted but not called up by their national sides.

Group A
South Africa: 9. Katlego Mphela
Mexico: 17. Giovani dos Santos (Jonathan dos Santos)
Uruguay: 14. Nicolás Lodeiro
France: 19. Abou Diaby (Moussa Sissoko)

Group B
Argentina: 15. Nicolás Otamendi
Nigeria: 15. Lukman Haruna
South Korea: 16. Ki Sung-Yong
Greece: 18. Sotiris Ninis

Group C
England: 23. Joe Hart (Jack Wilshere)
United States: 4. Michael Bradley
Algeria: 7. Ryad Boudebouz
Slovenia: 15. Rene Krhin

Group D

Germany: 6. Sami Khedira
Australia: 23. Mark Bresciano (Tommy Oar)
Serbia: 3. Aleksandar Kolarov
Ghana: 18. Dominic Adiyiah

Group E
Netherlands: 2. Gregory van der Wiel
Denmark: 3. Simon Kjær
Japan: 18. Keisuke Honda
Cameroon: 3. Nicolas N’Koulou

Group F
Italy: 10. Antonio Di Natale
Paraguay: 19. Lucas Barrios
New Zealand: 20. Chris Wood
Slovakia: 15. Miroslav Stoch

Group G
Brazil: 6. Michel Bastos
North Korea: 9. Jong Tae-Se
Ivory Coast: 10. Gervinho
Portugal: 23. Fábio Coentrão

Group H
Spain: 22. Jesús Navas
Switzerland: 23. Xherdan Shaqiri
Honduras: 12. Georgie Welcome
Chile: 14. Matías Fernández

7 Responses to “World Cup scouting: The 32”

  • Chris Hollindale:

    Thanks for all the pre-tournament articles so far – they’ve been fantastic to read. Can’t wait for it all to kick off now!

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  • Great stuff. Will link to it at lunchtime.

    Congrats on WSC – thoroughly deserved.

  • […] World Cup scouting: The 32 Matías Fernández (Chile) “The following 32 names represent Football Further‘s players to watch at the 2010 World Cup. We’ll be following their performances closely over the course of the tournament, with weekly scouting reports rounding up their progress. Names preceded by squad numbers. Players in bold have been scouted by Football Further in the build-up to the World Cup. Players in brackets were scouted but not called up by their national sides.” (Football Further) […]

  • JBJ:

    Mphela, Dos Santos and Diaby all did rather well. Lodeiro had limited time to do anything as did Otamendi.

    Haruna wasn’t that impressive and I missed out the South Korea-Greece game (ppv unless I want to watch the rerun tonight at 02:20…)

  • dj:

    Enjoyed reading this blog to further develpo my WC fever. Always disappointed when someone recommends books without All Played Out featuring though.

    Bradley, Khedira and SungYeng all did a decent job in deep midfield; I thought Bradley was the best midfielder on the field on Saturday. Khedira looked good for Germany, but he simply has to get the ball to Bastian, who is easily the most improved player in the world over the last two years I would say. He looks to be a proper general in the Overath mould.

  • Vijay B:

    My players to watch from the major teams.

    England : Glen Johnson
    France : Yoann Gourcuff
    Germany : Mesut Ozil
    Italy : Antonio Di Natale
    Spain : Cesc Fabregas
    Portugal : Fabio Coentrao
    Brazil : Felipe Melo
    Argentina : Angel Di Maria

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