Harsh draw for Argentina, England

Updated: 25 February 2007 07:37 IST

The draw for next year's Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Japan and South Korea released in South Korea.

Harsh draw for Argentina, England

Busan, South Korea:

The draw for next year's Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Japan and South Korea is out and it's an interesting one. According to the final draw that took place at Busan's Bexco exhibition hall, defending champions France will kick off their campaign in the opening match against their former colony and debutante, Senegal on May 31. England will be horrified to find itself in what will certainly be called the group of death. They are up against Argentina, 1996 Olympic champs Nigeria and Sweden, whom they haven't beaten since 1968, in Group F. Group B includes Spain and first-timers Slovenia. Four times champions Brazil have a relatively easy time in group C after the tough time they had qualifying for the finals the reprieve will be welcome. In Group D co-hosts South Korea will take on Poland, the US and Portugal. Germany is in Group E, as are Olympic gold medallists Cameroon. Argentina, Italy and Germany were the seeds allocated to play in Japan, while four-time champion Brazil will play in South Korea along with France - which gained an automatic seeding in Group A - Spain and South Korea. Groups A to D will be based in South Korea and Groups E to H will be based in Japan, with each nation hosting 32 matches.

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