December 4th, 2009

World Cup 2010: The Draw Is Up


Even though David Beckham’s hair is embarrassing us, we still believe. Oh, yes we believe. Image via Reuters

Were you watching? For those in a non-footy environment, we offer our condolences. Trying to explain to randoms why you are excited, flushed and hitting refresh on your computer every 40 nanoseconds can be stressful.

Note: Charlize Theron is forever banned from this site. Her jokes during tense moments made us stabby.

There’s nothing bigger or better than the World Cup, folks. We’re nearly there. And with 6 months to go, you still have plenty of time to plan an “emergency” that will require you to take June/July off of work.

How are you feeling about the draw results (full list below)?

We’re a little freaked by England drawing USA in Group C and sympathize for the hosts getting a tough line up. And oh, mercy, Portugal and Brazil?

Okay, we have to stop talking about it. Time to pre-book our therapist.

Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea, Greece
Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia
Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana
Group E: Holland, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon
Group F: Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, Korea DPR, Ivory Coast, Portugal
Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile

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108 Responses to “World Cup 2010: The Draw Is Up”

  1. Annie says:

    Becks is awesome!

  2. taaa_T says:

    england will win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Lidoli says:

    OMG! I NEED Cris to stay until at least the quarterfinals! GOOD LUCK PORTUGAL!

  4. Rocanlover says:

    Yay The Worl CUp is Almost here!

    Yikes first of all Becks NEEDS TO GO BACK TO Italy(he looked younger when he was in Milan), he looks ten years older! And that haircut! It looks like after they shaved the sides he said

    WAIT!!! I can still work with it, if you stop here!….lol

    Im totally looking foward to All the groups!WC is full of surprises AND New hot players!

  5. Frida says:

    The team everyone is underestimating is Mexico.
    With Rafa Marquez, Carlos Vela, Giovani, Andres Guardado and Cuauhtemoc, everybody should watch out.

    El Tri are well known to raise their level significabntly against tough opponents. (That means you France)
    We will show our level in the inaguration, even though the refs will be against us.

    • Rocanlover says:

      I cant wait for Mexico vs France!!!

      I love Gourcuff(france) but I want Mexico to beat them!!!big time!!

    • Innocenza says:

      I disagree. Mexico and the US are big fish in a small pond (CONCACAF). World Cup qualification is practically expected for both teams every four years. Mexico does well at home. They don’t play many teams outside of CONCACAF and CONMEBOL… their last friendly apart from those countries was their loss to Sweden in January (right after we took Sweden out with a Kljestan hat trick :) . If you want to bring up big competitions like the World Cup, they haven’t reached the quarters since 1986.

      They beat minnows like El Salvador and Barbados a lot. Mexico and the US are pretty evenly matched. Mexico beats the CONMEBOL minnows like Peru, but they lost 4-1 last time they played Argentina.

      My opinion is that people think that Mexico won’t go farther than the second round is because Mexico hasn’t given them a reason lately to think otherwise.

  6. boo says:

    Becks reminds me of the Rammstein dude

  7. Pamela says:

    Oh no we are in the same group with Spain. mamma mia! Although Spain has never beat us in a WC match, they were barely able to tie us in Spain 82(only by that free unexistent Penalty kick that was given to them) rrghh! Revenge is gonna be more than sweet next year! Unless they screw us up by allowing them a Thierry Henriesque handball or give them a free PK again. Honduras -3 Spain-0 lol

  8. Gigi Neville-Brown says:

    I hope that the Yanks give it to the Limeys. And good!

  9. Liz says:

    Italy has it easy! I am so happy for that.

    I live in Australia, but I do not support the Socceroos. I am waiting for Aus to finish second and then get beaten by England in the Round of 16 :D All Socceroo fans in Aus jumped on the bandwagon when we made the last World Cup.

  10. Dii says:

    Oh I am so relieved. Spain managed to make themselves into a very easy group, I’m so thankful for that. ¡Viva la Furia Roja! I just hope they won’t have to face Brazil on the second round…

  11. Spain have a relatively easy group as do Argentina. I can breathe easy now.

    Viva La Furia Roja!

  12. laz says:

    First off very pleased with the England draw for the group stage at least, and if the other big teams on our half of the draw continue their somewhat iffy form (yes i am talking to you france & argentina) then it wouldn’t be the biggest surprize if England at least made it to the semis. Little annoyed reading some of the players comments from various international countries saying how lucky england was but no ones really mentioned what lucky sods France are (nothing against the french in general, just the way their team qualified) – they get through on a handball, have the nerve to complain about not being seeded and then get drawn in a group that they may as well have been seeded for (with not a bad 1st knockout round match if there are no real surprises in groups A & B). The best news for the big hitters on our side of the draw (that be england, germany, argentina and france) is that the 2 favourites (brazil and spain) have been drawn in groups next door to each other and could face each other in the 1st knockout round and if that doesn’t pan out (cos lets be honest spain and brazil will probably end top of the groups & still be on course for the final many want) there are still 2 potental big hitters in the same group as brazil (ivory coast and portugal) – basically what i’m trying to say is the great news for teams in groups a-d (and e & f to an extent as well) is that by the end of the 1st knockout round at least 2 teams who could do some damage to the rest of us will already be eliminated before they get to the rest of us ( my moneys on portugal and ivory coast to be out before the QF – nothing against either, they are both strong and entertaining teams but i don’t see spain or brazil messing up – though it be in the best interest of many over teams and their supporters if they did early on) but as a football fan it’s really good to have these juicy matchups early on before anyone major can get knocked out and the juicy match ups not able to materialize. We are all going to be watching the group of death with much excitement plus there will be the (99% certain unless spain and north korea both pull huge upsets) matchup later in the 1st knockout round of spain vs brazil/portugal/ivory coast which must be the pick of match for that round for neutrals.
    Overall the draw went brillantly well i think – and next summer should be awesome!

  13. Hp says:

    Who thought Charlize was a bad host? At times I thought she got a bit annoyed at Jerome Valcke spouting his facts. I reckon Heidi Klum was more welcoming last World Cup Pot Draw.

    • Mila says:

      I thought the giant lady was an awful choice. Could they not find someone who actually cares about football. :(

      • Hp says:

        Charlize was just there is because she's a big star, just like Heidi Klum was five years ago. Although, I thought Heidi Klum was a great host, even though she wasn't all that knowledgeable about the game, and at least Klum hosted all the way (she was really friendly to the audience). I reckon the Carol Manana lady should of hosted all the way.

  14. aristeia says:

    FORZA AZZURRI!!!!!!!!!

    I’m maniacally excited for the WC. And I have great faith that the USMNT can get out of that group to the next round– and hopefully much further!

  15. IS says:

    ENGLAND ENGLAND DAVID BECKHAM 7 !! .. love you becks ! the king ..

  16. Inés says:

    Charlize Theron’s hosting was a complete s***! she looked so freakin’ cold!
    Uruguay (my country) has to play the first match against France….yeah, the draw was a big crap for me!

  17. Depa says:

    WOOHOO!! England v USA…BRINGIT. xD We'll be fine if DeMerit & Onyewu are back to resume serious CB duty, although Onyewu looks like he's not going to get a lot of playtime before WC. Whatevs, IT'S GONNA ROCK.

  18. FootballerChick43 - "Mrs.Ballack" says:

    COME ON, GERMANY. Pretty tough group. Don’t think I can handle seeing Michael Essien and Michael Ballack pitted against each other.

  19. Zatti says:

    OMG! i’m a brazilian but i still want portugal to pass, poor cris!!!!!!!
    besides, in the quarter-final is posible will have BRAxESP or PORxESP! it should not be so soon!!!!!!

  20. hoda says:

    i really have so much hope for england as they are such a graet team,and its last chance for some of them like david,rio,even frank..hope they back with cup i really look foward!
    and after them say hoora for spain and my nando and cesc!

  21. Amyy says:

    Okayyy soo i dnt reli care tht the USA r against England. I want England to kill them :/ Sorry guysss. Will b watching for the shirtless hugs tho :)

    Teamm England!

  22. Mel says:

    Yay for Group E, I think Denmark will advance :D I’m soo painting flags on my face next summer. Who would have thought Denmark would actually be a favorite in Group E :D

    I’m over the top exstatic!!!!!

    • Mel says:

      With that being said, I hope Spain win the world cup. Spain is by far the hottest national team. Why is that not a competition???

      The thing I look forward to the most, is the shirt swapping after a game. Doesn't matter who takes off his shirt, as long as it comes off. Anything else is just wrong!

      Plus it saves time in the dressing room. Easier to undress and shower as one of the first. Which leaves more time to look in the mirror and correct hair.

      OMG I think I have figured out The Ramos :D

    • dutchie says:

      Denmark a favorite ? Sorry, I respect the Danes, but I think the Netherlands will be the favorite to go through…

      • Mel says:

        Nah ahhhhaa!!!! Denmark is sooooo much better than Holland!

        But if two teams go through in that group I would say it must be Denmark and Holland. (I don't know who many team advance.)

        That's why i named Denmark favorites.

        Also keep in mind, Denmark (we) finished first in our qualification group, and we defited Protugal twice. Denmark won 3-2 in Portugal.

        I rest my case.

        • Susie says:

          In all fairness, Portugal dominated that match but let their guard down in the last 15 minutes. ;)

          • Mel says:

            And that's when Denmark won! They scored 2 goals in those 15 minutes.

            So who cares if Portugal dominated the game, Denmark won :D

        • agger♥lover says:

          now i wouldn't call denmark better than holland.. but i fancy their chances :P

          • Mel says:

            I will. I don’t think we will win, Spain will be world champions, but I think we are better than hollad now, because of their injuries with important players, but they might recover in time for the WC.

            But as I recall we beat Holland in Amsterdam recently!!!!

  23. kaya says:

    Well thank god I came here. I was soo annoyed by Charlize and the only thing the “boy sites” talk about is that she looks good in HD. I was beginning to wonder if I was watching the same draw of if they were watching on mute.

  24. Rusty (Mrs Clemens F says:

    I have many teams, and three of them might play each other in the second round.

    Also, group H makes me laugh, because Switzerland are the only non-Spanish-speaking team.

  25. carly says:

    This draw was a nightmare and I wasn't amused for having to wait until the last balls to find out our faith.

    Tough group.

    It's funny that FIFA have been so concerned in protecting their seeded teams and then you get a draw where the two biggest candidates to win the WC – Brazil and Spain – can meet in the first knock-out match.

  26. Lisa says:

    I’m at work and I was watching it on the Internet.
    Brazil and Spain are my teams, and when I saw that one of them was going to get Portugal I started banging my head on my desk!! And I could not stop the NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO that erupted!
    So now I may be free for South Africa afterall. Who needs a job anyway?

  27. Anna says:

    ooooooomg Brasil! X___________X. group G killed me. Germany and England, plz go through X_X

  28. HiL says:

    Group G is definitely the strongest+scariest one!
    I’m rooting for England and Germany and I think England will take this one easily, USA are strong but the other two are not strong enough i think.
    Germany got a tough and interesting one! it’s not going to be easy..

    (is anyone else a bit annoyed that France got South Africa and not one of the other ones in pot 1? not being disrespectful to SA they’re good, but you know..)

  29. Cannuck footy says:

    Can you say Donovan vs. Beckham!!!! CAN NOT WAIT!!!

    • melissa says:

      OMG I DIDN'T EVEN REALIZE!!!!! usa and england are my 2 teams in addition to spain (have lived in all three) so I LOVE MY GROUP!!! (but usa is my #1 team as I am an american) I totally think we can advance out, maybe even win our group!!


      p.s. becks looked a little worried. I had read several places that we were included in their worst case draw. I think we're stiffer competition to them, then they were to us in relation to others we could have drawn (as in, while there aren't many better teams than use they could ahve drawn, we had about 6 teams that we could have drawn better than them)

    • ft9ftw says:

      THAT was the first thing that came to MY mind!

      BECKS & HIS BOYS FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Cosmic_Chicken says:

    I have to say I felt a little angry inside watching that draw today, I'm Irish so that doesnt need any explaining……grrr…….Anyhoo I am adopting Spain as my team for the world cup :D (purely based on talent and hotness :D )

    And Beckham looked awful! Never seen the attraction with him anyway….

  31. Anja (Miss Red) says:

    Hey girls, stop worrying about England & USA, because Slovenia will beat them both. ;) 1st of all, we're not as weak as you think, you should see how we played through the qualifications! We may not have the players all the world knows, but we have the HEART! ;) Plus, some of our ballers are much hotter than Cristiano, Becks, Torres etc. ;) Google them!

    OK, I feel better now. And I admit, I like Beckham's hair! Kind of punk-ish… <3


    • Petra says:

      I completely agree with you. We may not be as strong as all those big countries, but we will definitely fight til the end. We deserved the spot in the world cup, no matter what Russia and everyone else thinks..

      slovenija gre naprej! (:

      • Anja (Miss Red) says:

        Yaaay, it’s nice to know that there are other sLOVEnian Kickettes here! :D Tako je, Slovenija gre naprej (iz skupine ;) )…

  32. Very pleased England's group steered clear of 'group of death' status.

  33. Meer. says:

    The Netherlands for world champions! Yeah!

    But we will suck after groupmatches, as alwaysLOL Just hope that we can finally win the cup. We do sort of have the best players in the world, defenitly for a country as small as ours. They're just not a real team. Which is typical. Everyone is in it for himself. Sigh…

    BTW, found this on a Dutch football page:

    To speak in the spirit of McDonalds: I'm lovin' it!

    (Oh, btw, it says TAKEN at the end. And Bleed Orange below)

  34. randomsausage says:

    someone posted a great pic of Becks, over in The Guardian's footie blog. I think he's looking a bit better here:…

  35. Lolinha says:

    As a Brazilian, Group G is looking good. Spain is my second favorite and I'm not sweating for them either. :) Denial is my bf.

  36. I would try to offer something profound but I keep laughing at that thing on David's head.

    First night in training camp, the English boys should have a bonfire and burn David's hair. Removing it first is optional.

    • Susie says:

      "First night in training camp, the English boys should have a bonfire and burn David’s hair. Removing it first is optional."

      I love the humor in this place.


  37. K! says:

    I can't believe my 2nd favorite team is going to be my country's oponent! GO HONDURAS! Im excited to see nando and villa playing against my team!

    • melissa says:

      thats how i am im from honduras and i love spain but im going for honduras they did there best qulifying

  38. Venice says:

    Interesting draw… of course, not as interesting as it might have been, ahem, but still exciting.

    Feel bad for the teams in the group of death, but at least it'll be more interesting for us neutrals.

    As for neighbouring countries, Slovenia got a tough draw, but Serbia on the other hand are in a favourable position and I'd be surprised if they didn't go through.

    But for any legitimate prediction we'll have to wait for May and see how the teams look then.

  39. Ella says:

    NOOOOOOO! I don't want the US to play England so early in….this sucks. My two teams I usually root for….I guess now England is the enemy, LOL! It'll still be super fun to see our guys play against some of my favorite PL players.

  40. Mel says:

    Oooooh, Brazil and Portugal in the same group Ö Ronaldo vs. Kaka. Interesting!!!

  41. Innocenza says:

    I'm curious about how Group A will turn out.

    Even if SA sucks, never underestimate the home team. Uruguay, Mexico and France will depend on who wants it more, who has the best hair, and who can use handballs most discretely and effectively.

  42. Kat says:

    I didn't realize that they had just finished drawing the teams for World Cup until I tuned into ESPN. Oops.

    Obviously, U.S. and England sharing a group definitely caught my attention. I love both teams and I would hate to see either team go out early (although I hope the U.S. boys don't go out on the group stage again…).

    Portugal vs. Brazil. Someone's going to come out of this match-up cryin', that's for sure.

    After the whole World Cup qualification fiasco that allowed France to go through (but not Ireland), I'm tempted to watch them get their comeupptance by being bounced out of the tournament very early. I doubt that will happen with the group that they are in, though.

    • Kaldy says:

      dont worry England and USA will be fine , because Algeria didnt deserve to qualify in the first place , and Slovinia are not a very good team . and for the first time Egypt will be supporting USA in thier game , go AMerican boys , come on you English lads , make me happy .

      I also like so much Chalize's joke , thats so true ;)

  43. Innocenza says:

    Hey- anybody remember what happened the last time the USA played England in the World Cup?


    • Sasha says:

      Yeah, US won 1-0!!! LOL too bad it was 50 years ago :(

    • Mel says:

      I would be very scared of USA. Remember they defited Spain, the euro champions, in the confederations cup this summer!

      • Innocenza says:

        Yeah, my boy Clint scored. :) We don't know if Davies will be back by then, though, and he's kind of a big deal. It was so awesome though.

        • melissa says:

          And my boy landon… and robbie… and carlos…. and benny….

          seriously, the entire US national team are my boys…

          I think we can def. advance outta this group.

        • Mel says:

          I pray for Spain that they don't run into USA ;)

          Perhaps USA can play just as well without Davies. They should def. remember that they have beaten Spain, the current euro champions, and they are not an easy opponent!

          Good luck :)

          • Sasha says:

            I think a lot of people blow America off. But people should be careful! Even Del Bosque said a couple days ago that he didn't want to be in a group with America. I'm confident…I have faith in my boys…I'm Team America all the way!

            • Mel says:

              I think the underdog role, is a role that fits America nicely!!! The best of luck!

              (I also hope Denmark don't run into America) :)

  44. Kleon says:

    I'm rooting for Spain but I feel Italy is going to revenge us in quarter T_T

    BTW according to my calculations Holand will win

  45. LoveLamps says:

    Oh mercy me. Group C should be challenging but hopefully England and USA will make it through. Group G is truly the Group of Death. Group D is also very tough. Some teams got really easy draws, but I won't pout. I won't. I can't wait to see the action! This is going to be one fantastic World Cup!

  46. Boston Red says:

    Group G will likely set a record for most dives ever in a World Cup group.

    Since Ireland were cheated I was just going to stay neutral. USA v. England is mouth watering though!

    • Ah, BR!! Comment of the day!! LOL!

    • Sasha says:

      LOL…most divers ever…I second this comment.

    • Susie says:

      Yes, because the English dont EVER dive.

      Gerrard dive?


      And the French?

      No Thierry Henry is just a saint. Lets forget that amazing dive, combined with facial theatrics, he comitted against Portugal in the last World Cup, in order to get a penalty kick. And the dive against C. Puyol was quite memorable too, come to think of it.

      As for the Italians and Argentinians, never dive….hell, no one dives besides Brazil, Portugal and Didier Drogba.

      And lets not get into the countries who like to use brute force to put players out instead of actually playing football. Lets hope Khalid Boularouz stays far away from Cristiano Ronaldo at this World Cup. Amazing that you can try and break someone's leg and not even get a card, for it!

      In defense of my peeps, Portugal never had to handball anyone to qualify and Cristiano doesnt have a few trophy cases full of silver wear for hitting ground. Maybe if some countries had better footballing skills, players would try to actually play the ball instead of aiming for his ankles and taking him down.

      I suppose the injury he's currently getting over was sustained from diving?

      *rolls eyes*

      • Regiane says:

        Oh Susie, thanks for all the words that would've come out of my mouth if only you hadn't said them before me.

      • Mel says:

        Ronaldo just proved tonight that he falls easily.

        That penalty kick against Almeria…If the game had been played anywhere else than the Bernabeu, there wouldn't have awarded a penalty kick to Real Madrid!

        And the arrogant way he "celebrates" getting the penalty kick… OMG!

        But that man never dives right……. *Rolls eyes*

        • Mel says:

          OH yeah, he was also awarded a red card for a vengeance act, kicking down his opponent, pretending to fall himself.

          So he ain't no saint!!!!!!

          Remember Beckham's red card in the world cup game against Argentina. It was exactly the same situation Ronaldo was in, and he acted just like Beckham, and was sent off the pitch.

          Beckham though grew out of the vengeance acts, but will Ronaldo???

          (Quite an exciting story actually, I would so follow, if it was made into a telenova drama or something like that :D )

        • Susie says:

          Did I say he's never dived?


          But for someone in his mid twenties, he hardly invented the concept.

          It was happening well before he started to get any notoriety at Manchester. The problem is some people only have eyes for the faults of foreign players and never look at the faults of their own.

          That is the crux of my problem.

          I acknowledge that Ronaldo dives, but he isnt the worse. And if other players are allowed to get away with it, why cant he? There are people who dive far more often than he does, only difference is he plays for small little Portugal, while some serial cheaters play for countries who carry more clout with FIFA.

          • Mel says:

            True, I think Italy startet the "diving concept", I believe they teach it at academies….. ;) They are very good at it. Also in Italy it is perfectly natural to mix politics and sports, cause it is soooo normal that the prime minister owns a football club….

            I think everyone dives once in a while, and sometimes they get away with it, and sometimes they don't.

            I do think Ronaldo is one of the worst divers, if there is such a thing. Perhaps because of his many years in England.

            But there might be a lot of other less known players who are bigger divers, but it is not noticed, because they are not Cristiano Ronaldo.

            I hope now Ronaldo is in Madrid, he will "cut down" on his diving, because the fall that caused the penalty kick to madrid yesterday, was def. not penalty kick worthy!

            But of course he is not the only one diving.

            • Susie says:

              Well, atleast you are trying to be a bit more objective, Mel. :)


              At 1:25, I rest my case.

              And this coming from a player who continuously complains about diving ruining the sport but is no stranger to hitting ground, himself.

              Like Thierry Henry, both first class hypocrites in my book.

            • Mel says:

              I think sometimes they hit their head when they dive, and that makes them forgetfull.

              They complain when it is a “dive” against them, and they forget all morals when they dive themselves.

              I the heat of the moment, kind of. But it cmoes off very contradicting at times!

              That being said, I still believe Ronaldo is diving often. Especially when his side is in trouble or behind, but perhaps everyone is like that.

              But it takes away some of the fairness and fun of the game.

              And again, Ronaldo was named player of the match against Almeria, and he got a red card…. Like Zidane was named best player of the World Cup 2006, and got a red card in the final for the headbut against Materazzi. (spelling?) Who is it possible to be the best player of the turnament after that? And was there not a runner up, who skould have gotten that title instead. Honouring an act like that with the title best player of the turnament, sends out a bad message in my mind!

              Sometimes I don’t understand the decision makers! Maybe it’s just me…

  47. barcafan6 says:

    seriously Charlize is a bad bad bad host, her jokes are not funny. I much liked that Swiss model who hosted the champions' league draw.

    I'm rooting for Spain!!! too bad Spain won't meet Brazil in the final.. a quarter would still be good.

    • Laura says:

      actually, when ESPN went through their predictions for the entire tournament, Spain wouldn't meet Brazil until the final. apparently after the round of 18, the organization does a little switch-eroo, and Spain could end up playing Italy or something.

  48. Riya (Come on you Re says:

    Viva la furia roja!

    The England v USA draw made my heart stop. So psyched for that. Seriously.

    And Group G is the Group of Death. Which is good since I don't like any of those teams.

    I cannot wait until June. It's gonna be one hell of a summer!!!

  49. Sasha says:

    Brazil Portugal and Drogba? Wow that's a doozy…and who ever gets second has to face Spain in the next round….Ouch.

    Other than that, Woo Hoo USA!!! LOL

  50. Joan says:

    Thank you for banning Charlize Theron. I did not need her opinion or her stupid little jokes. She is on my list FOR LIFE. As a Brazil supporter, I feel a bit violated. I was literally rocking back and forth in a sitting fetal position in front of my laptop praying for Switzerland. We are in the group of death. I'm one of the unlucky in a non-football environment so none of my friends will understand why I'll be so jittery and train-wrecked for the rest of the day.

    • Regiane says:

      Joan, as a fellow Brazilian I can tottally relate! You aren't and won't be alone in your suffering…

  51. Merel says:


    We have a good poule.

  52. HiL says:

    Plus it's important to think about player interactions after every match, which hugs are we going to see?? lol

    (example: Michael Ballack and Michael Essien! :0 )

    • Lisa says:

      If that's the case I want Spain vs Germany-I neeeed to see a shirtless Michael Ballack hug a shirtless (God I wish) Iker.

      It might kill me but what a way to die!

  53. Meer. says:

    Okay… Let me re-read the drawing results.

    Right then! The Netherlands have nice poule. Not easy, not the hardest either. But defenitly one to lick your fingers!

    On the other draws: Brazil – Portugal, oh wow…

    A, B, E & G are the pouls to watch, in my opinion!