FIFA World Cup 2010: U.S.-England Kickoff June 12 On ABC

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The U.S. will open the 2010 FIFA World Cup against its motherland, England.

In the opening match of Group C, the Yanks, No. 14 in the FIFA rankings, will play the Three Lions, rated ninth on June 12. The match will air on ABC at 2:30 p.m. (ET).

Joining those sides in Group C are No. 28 Algeria and No. 33 Slovenia.

Televised by ESPN, the World Cup draw took place in South Africa, which as the host nation headed Group A, which also includes Mexico, Uruguay and France. Les Bleus were a controversial qualifier against Ireland, following Thierry Henry's hand ball.

In Group B, Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, arguably the best player in the world, will battle with Greece, Nigeria and South Korea.

The 2006 host Germans will face Group D competition in the form of Australia, Ghana and Serbia, while Group E features The Netherlands, Japan, Cameroon and Denmark.

Italy will begin defense of its 2006 World Cup initially against the trio of New Zealand, Paraguay and Slovakia.

The so-called Group of Death, as declared by ESPN World Cup draw analysts Alexi Lalas, Steve McManaman and Efan Ekoku, is Group G, with Brazil, Ivory Coast, Portugal and North Korea. This also will be the favorite group for ESPN Deportes, which air 40 matches in Portuguese, including Brazil-Portugal on June 25 at 10 a.m.

The final group is headed by FIFA No. 1 Spain, which will vie with Chile, Honduras and Switzerland.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will televise the 64-match tourney from June 11 through July 11.

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