World Football Insider continues its unrivalled coverage of South Africa 2010 with profiles of the 32 teams taking part in the first ever World Cup on African soil.

World Football Insider will provide facts, figures and analysis of all 32 teams set to do battle in their quest to be crowned world champions. The series of profiles begin next week. Participating teams were divided into eight groups of four at the World Cup draw in Cape Town last December.

“WFI’s strength lies in the depth of its editorial team, and this series is one more example of what makes WFI the go-to source for business news about football,” said Publisher Sheila Scott Hula.

WFI’s Editor Mark Bisson is responsible for the daily editorial content of World Football Insider. James Corbett, WFI correspondent, is an expert on the business of football across Europe.

“Our readers know they will get accurate, original reporting, and analysis and insights they can’t find anywhere else,” said Scott Hula.

World Cup host South Africa will open the finals against Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg on June 11. World Cup 2006 winners Italy start their defence of the trophy against Paraguay at Cape Town’s Green Point Stadium; New Zealand and Slovakia are their other opponents in Group F.

Brazil have the toughest draw and find themselves in the ‘Group of death’. They must see off the challenge of North Korea, Portugal and Ivory Coast in Group G to make the latter stages of the World Cup. The draw also did not favor Germany. They face Australia, Ghana, the best African team in 2006, and Serbia in Group D.

Of the big teams playing at the World Cup, England have arguably the easiest draw. USA, Algeria and Slovenia are not expected to provide a serious threat in Group C.

Spain, the Euro 2008 champions and pre-tournament favorites, take on Switzerland, Honduras and Chile in Group H.

Later in May, WFI will provide our global readership with detailed profiles on the nine stadia and 10 cities hosting the World Cup.

In last week’s WFI’s poll, 53 percent said Lionel Messi could become the greatest player of all time.

Our new poll launched today is sure to divide opinion. WFI asks “Should FIFA award the 2018 World Cup to a European bid?”

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has not publicly confirmed that the 2018 World Cup will be headed to Europe, but he has dropped hints and the general consensus is that it will be a straight fight between England, Russia, Holland-Belgium and Spain-Portugal. This would leave Australia, Japan, Qatar, South Korea and the USA to battle it out for the 2022 tournament.

Have your say on the World Cup bidding contest by voting and leaving a comment on the WFI website.

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