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Skysports.com takes a look back at the most memorable opening games from World Cups of yesteryear.Back to story
@Alphonce: It used to be the World Champion from the prior Cup that opened. Now it's the host nation.
Posted 21:48 9th June 2010
In response to Alphonce (no rhyme intended): It's just the way it's drawn. They are all group A games, but when the draw is made, both the host and defending champs are the first 2 drawn.... it just comes down to 50/50 as to which one is in group A
Posted 13:52 9th June 2010
what determines the opening game teams. I have noticed that at times its the defending champions while at times its the host nation e.g. in this World cup, South Africa starts as the hosts while in 2002, France started as the defending champions
Posted 11:23 9th June 2010
this wil be the great opening game in the cup history south africa vs mexico
Posted 10:55 9th June 2010