Wednesday, June 30, 2010

World Cup 2010 Schedule and Bracket for Quarterfinals

The 2010 World Cup tournament will take a break for a couple of days, as players are preparing for the quarterfinals. We've gone from 32 World Cup contenders down to the final eight. Unfortunately, Team USA is not in the mix.

The quarterfinals will include the following matches which will take place on July 2 and July 3:

Netherlands vs Brazil - July 2nd at 9:00 AM CDT
Uruguay vs Ghana - July 2nd at 1:30 PM CDT

Argentina vs Germany - July 3rd at 9:00 AM CDT
Paraguay vs Spain - July 3rd at 1:30 PM CDT

As you can see, the top two teams ranked by FIFA, Brazil and Spain, are both still in the mix. Many expect a Brazil vs Spain final, and such an event would be high profile. The two teams have been going back and forth as the #1 and #2 teams, with Brazil currently in the lead.

Brazil will also host the 2014 games, so if they are then the defending champions that would be great. Soccer is very important to this country, as it is with many other Latin American and European countries.

The World Cup will go on until July 11, so we are getting closer and closer to the end. Once over, the World Cup won't come around again until 2014 in Rio de Janeiro.

Team USA was taken out of the mix, although their soccer program keeps getting better. Soccer is gaining popularity in the States, where other sports such as baseball and basketball and football have been more popular.

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