2006 FIFA World Cup Preview

The most-watched sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup, kicks off this Friday in Germany. Here’s a team-by-team look at the 32 nations vying for the most coveted prize on the planet.

Group A
(Teams listed in predicted order of finish within their groups.)

Germany:
History bodes well for the Germans, as tournament hosts have won the World Cup six times since the tournament’s inception in 1930. Finalists in 2002, Germany boasts star player Michael Ballack to lead a cast of relatively young players.

Poland:
This is a difficult team to put a finger on. Poland made a very impressive run through qualifying, finishing in second position in their group behind England