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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Dec 4, 2009

World Cup reaction from across the globe

The World Cup draw took place on Friday evening and reaction is flooding in from across the globe after the ceremony in Cape Town.

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We will bring you all the best quotes as managers and players from the 32 teams give their verdict on the draw.

Brazil coach Carlos Dunga (who will face Portugal, Ivory Coast and North Korea)

"Group G is balanced, and that is good because being in a difficult group will put a brake on the atmosphere of euphoria and will force everyone to remain more alert, because matches will not be easy.

"Following qualification, Brazil's problems grew and they tend to increase even further until the World Cup. That is why we need to concentrate and to be calm to work and reach the World Cup in excellent shape.

"The toughest match is going to be the first one (v North Korea) and then the second one (v Ivory Coast) and then the third one (v Portugal). That is the way we think.

"We know how good Portugal are. It will be interesting to see the rivalry between Kaka and (Cristiano) Ronaldo. Both are players in the same club, Real Madrid, and both are constantly competing for individual awards."

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz

"The group reflects the great and universal dimension of football With Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America represented. There are clearly three teams for two places. The line-up shows this.

"Portugal starts against the Ivory Coast and in such a close test there is no room for error. It may be the key game. The first match will be decisive. We have a good chance of beating the Ivory Coast, now we have to prepare ourselves well."

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk (who will face Denmark, Japan and Cameroon)

"It is a dangerous group and we shouldn't underestimate any of our opponents," Van Marwijk told NOS TV. "Denmark won their qualifying) group with Portugal, Hungary and Sweden, so are a strong opponent."

"We recently beat Japan 3-0 in a friendly match, but it wasn't easy at all and the score was a bit flattering, while I consider Cameroon as one of the strongest three countries in Africa."

Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen

"I suppose Denmark and Japan are clearly not as competitive as the Dutch but they all have potential and worth. With two European teams in our group we have a tough programme of matches. We must now get together to prepare.

"The way we finished our qualifying campaign gave us real confidence. Our advantage is now we play in the African Nations Cup (in January) and we can really put some good preparation together. I'm certain we can get second place in the group."

Italy coach Marcello Lippi (who will face Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia)

"I am neither worried nor satisfied,'' said Lippi. "We have to be realistic, they are all strong rivals. They are not easy nor difficult. I believe it becomes more difficult if you underestimate them.

"Slovakia has done very well and have important players. Paraguay has dominated their continental standings for the last two years and have important players. They are rivals to be feared because they have done well. But we will study our opponents and verify their style of play.

"The African nations are much stronger and they will play for the first time at home. Then there are all the other nations that have won the World Cup before.''

France coach Raymond Domenech (who will face South Africa, Mexico and Uruguay)

"Meeting the host nation is never a gift in such a test,'' he said on the France Federation's website. "That said, to play against South Africa, the first African country to host a World Cup on its continent, is a great sense of pride for everything this match could be worth.

"Then Mexico and Uruguay are two teams who have the capacity to frustrate their opponents. They are technical teams, never easy to play against. It's good to play from the first day. You're not waiting around, you're not asking yourself questions, you start the challenge quickly.

"This group will be difficult. The three other teams will have the same desire as us to qualify. South Africa, Mexico and Uruguay will pose us problems. The aim of all the teams here is to win the World Cup, there are 32 teams who are dreaming of becoming world champions.''

South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira

"It's the most well balanced World Cup grouping for the past five or six competitions. Amongst these groups, I would say that ours is one of the most balanced and most difficult.

"It's the only one that has two former champions, France and Uruguay, plus Mexico, who are always qualifying and have lots of World Cup experience. But we do not have to regret anything, this is what we have to face and it presents us with a challenge. We have to prepare ourselves in a very good way.''

Germany coach Joachim Low (who will face Australia, Serbia and Ghana)

"We have lots of respect for Serbia and I have seen some of their games from the qualifiers on DVD and saw how they left France clearly behind them,'' he said. "And Ghana are not an outsider either. Along with Algeria and the Ivory Coast, they are one of the strongest teams.

"They did well in Germany (in 2006) and I think they knocked Brazil out and they have Michael Essien, who Michael Ballack knows well. He is a top-level player. Australia (Germany's first opponents) is going to be an important game for us and it will be important to win it,'' added Low.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque (who will face Chile, Honduras and Switzerland)

"It's not a group to complain about, neither is it one to be euphoric about. Honduras are the least known, but they will present their difficulties. Chile have a great team, and Switzerland are doing well.

"They have a coach in (Ottmar) Hitzfeld who has changed the team a lot and he has built a great side. We will have to prepare well. They are three teams who have qualified well and we must be cautious.

"On my part it would be irresponsible to think of the last 16. First we need to overcome three difficult opponents and focus only on qualifying. They all have their difficulties. This is the first step to gaining confidence."

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