So, in case you hadn’t noticed the 2010 FIFA World Cup is now in full swing, and admitedly, we thought initially that Slovenia was theÂ next team up.
Regardless of the opposition, we’re glad to report thatÂ England fans remain optimistic about the Three Lions making it to the play-off stages.
Next up isÂ Algeria in Cape Town, which is a rather substantial 900 miles from the location of the first game (and Englandâ€™s World Cup HQ) in Rustenburg.
And for those lucky fans whoÂ need directionsÂ but areÂ unlucky enough not to be using CoPilot Live v8, we’ve produced a turn-by-turnÂ itinerary to get you from Rustenberg to the Green Point Stadium. Click here.
This will be the first time that England have played Algeria in any competition but they have made several previous World Cup appearences. This year they were top of their group in the 2010 African Cup of Nations, beating Egypt in the play-offs to qualify.
Â With a squad drawn from players playing regularly in the French league, the could prove tricky opponents for England.
Â Here are some little known facts about our African opponents:
- The Sahara covers more than four fifths of its land mass
- It became an independent state in 1962
- Itâ€™s national football team are know as the â€˜ Les Fennecsâ€™ (â€˜The Desert Foxesâ€™)
- Over 90 percent of its inhabitants live along the coast
- Couscous is the national dish
Â Finally, the majority of the ALK Football Pundits Panel were wrong-footed by USA’s “1-1 win” – although congratulations to ChristianÂ who actually callled it right (shame you didn’t have a tenner on that btw).
Seems like everyone’s still very optimistic about getting a result this Friday though:
CoPilot Live Pundits Corner â€“ England v Algeria
|Matt||Senior Development Manager||England 2 â€“Â Algeria 0|
|Amit||Customer Support||England 4 â€“Â Algeria 0|
|Christian||Webmaster||England 2 â€“Â Algeria 1|
|Riji||Product Manager||England 2 â€“Â Algeria 1|
|David||Marketing Director||England 2 â€“Â Algeria 0|
|Helene||PR Executive||England 1Â â€“Â Algeria 0|