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Defending champs draw soft group

Originally Published: May 17, 2010
By Nate Silver | Special to ESPN.com

 

No group in the World Cup is easy. But if Group G, which we'll tackle next week, is the Group of Death, Group F might be as well be the Group of Life.

Indeed, as far as SPI is concerned, this is about the weakest possible permutation of teams that might have been drawn into competition together. Save for the hosts, Italy has the worst SPI rating among the eight seeded teams that were drawn out of Pot 1 in December. New Zealand had the worst SPI rating in Pot ...

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