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Gio in World Cup opener

Posted on 4 December 2009  - 12:00

Giovani dos Santos will kick-off the World Cup next summer after Mexico were paired with South Africa in Friday night's draw.

Gio in World Cup opener

Giovani dos Santos will kick-off the World Cup next summer after Mexico were paired with South Africa in Friday night's draw.

South Africa are the seeded team in Group A and Mexico were drawn first as team A2 and will therefore take on the hosts in the opener at Soccer City, Johannesburg on Friday, June 11.

"It's such a special game to be involved in," said Gio after the draw on Friday night.

"The opening game of the World Cup has to be one of the biggest games in the world.

"Just think about all the people around the world who will be watching that game and the interest in South Africa. It will be fantastic, a great honour."

That won't be the only big game for Gio and Mexico as they've also drawn France in Group A, with Uruguay completing the quartet.

Further Spurs interest comes with Wilson Palacios' Honduras in Group H alongside highly-fancied Spain, Switzerland and Chile while Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Sebastien Bassong will line-up for Cameroon against Holland, Denmark and Japan in Group E.

Meanwhile, our English contingent including the likes of Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Peter Crouch will, if selected, come up against USA, Algeria and Slovenia in Group C.

Heurelho Gomes will also be hoping to make the plane to South Africa with Brazil and they take on North Korea, Ivory Coast and Portugal in a fascinating Group G.

Here are the groups in full...

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, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal.

Group H - Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile.