The draw for the 2010 edition of the World Cup in South Africa took place today, and despite Charlize Theron's babbling and the introduction of half the famous people in Africa, the opening round fixtures were finally set.
In what is set to be an epic tilt, the United States of America will face England in the opening game of Group C. The mother country will face the colonists in Rustenburg on Saturday, June 12. Rounding out the group are Slovenia and Algeria, neither of whom the US has faced in world football. The US have to be the favorites to advance behind the English, but I would dearly love to see you limey fucks knocked off your pedestal. Oh you won the World Cup in '66? That's awesome, and 44 years ago. Bring it.
The remaining schedule for the USA: June 18 versus Slovenia in Johannesburg and June 23 versus Algeria in Tshwane/Pretoria. Slovenia qualified by defeating Russia in a 2-leg Euro playoff while Algeria beat Egypt in an African playoff to book their place.
The French, who cheated their way past Ireland to gain entry into the finals, got a very favorable draw with the weak Mexicans being their only semblance of opposition in Group A. Lesson: cheaters are rewarded with an easy group stage.
The 'Group of Death' distinction goes to Group G, which boasts six-time World Cup Champions Brazil, African powerhouse Ivory Coast, and the fancy-boy parade that is the Portuguese national side. North Korea is the fourth squad.
Here's a graphic of the overall draw: