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Ore's ones to watch

Ore's world Cup 2010

Newsround's man on the ground in South Africa is firmly on the ball when it comes to who's who in the World Cup 2010.

Here Ore lets us into his thoughts on which matches and players to look out for each day of the tournament.

Ore will keep you posted daily, so check back in to get the latest!

Sunday 10 July

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Spain v Netherlands at Soccer City in Johannesburg

WATCH OUT FOR: It's the World Cup final baby!!

Doesn't get much bigger than this.

Neither the Netherlands nor Spain have won it before so they'll have the hopes and pressure of their entire country resting on their shoulders.

Spain haven't played that brilliantly so far but they have a real knack of keeping the ball and winning games.

I'm backing the Netherlands and they've already been the world's best side in Brazil.

The two sides have world class players and because it's the World Cup final... anything could happen!!!!!!! Oooooh!!!


Saturday 10 July

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Uruguay v Germany play-off for third and fourth place

WATCH OUT FOR: The two sides missed out on the dream of playing in the World Cup final.

So they'll want to make sure their campaign finishes on a high.

They've both got awesome strikers in the shape of Diego Forlan for Uruguay and Miroslav Klose for Germany.

They both have four goals each and still have a chance of getting the golden boot if they can find the net for their country.

Wednesday 7 July

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Germany v Spain, at Durban

WATCH OUT FOR: A repeat of the Euro 2008 final... but with a different result!

Spain aren't playing like the team that became European champions in Austria two years ago, whereas Germany look to be getting better every game.

Germany's Miroslav Klose and Spain's David Villa are two of the tournament's top strikers so both teams have goals in them.

But it could come down to who has the most possession - if Bastian Schweinsteiger is given the time and space to find his passing range, Spain could be in trouble!

Tuesday 6 July

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Uruguay v the Netherlands, Cape Town

ONE TO WATCH: Everyone's eyes are going to be on Uruguay as they are the last South American team in the competition.

Saturday July 3

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Argentina v Germany, Cape Town

ONE TO WATCH: Everyone's eyes are going to be on Maradona's Argentinean army against the young guns of Germany - two World Cup powerhouses paired in what will hopefully be one of the games of the tournament.

Argentina haven't really been challenged by a top team yet and Germany have scored four goals in a game twice so expect a lot of attacking. Magical Lionel Messi has to score sometime, surely??

Paraguay against European champions Spain is the last game of the day and ought to be quite straight forward for the Spanish. So to stop David Villa adding to his four goals so far, Paraguay might park their team bus on their goal line.

Friday July 2

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Uruguay v Ghana, Johannesburg (Soccer City)

ONE TO WATCH: The quarter-finals kick off with 5-times World Champions Brazil taking on the Netherlands in Port Elizabeth.

This should be a good game, especially if Dutch winger Arjen Robben continues his flying form.

Brazil have been the best team to watch so far in the tournament and it would be a shame to lose them at this stage, but I predicted the Netherlands would win before the competition started, so I've got to go with them.

But we should see a real cracker of a game later today when Uruguay meet Ghana, the two surprise packages of this World Cup.

Ghana could become the first ever African team to reach the semi-finals…they're loving their World Cup journey, so don't be surprised if they do it.

Tuesday June 29

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Spain v Portugal in Cape Town

WATCH OUT FOR: As close as these two countries are to each other, they hardly ever meet in international football which could make for a really open game.

The teams have two of the deadliest forwards in the world, in Cristiano Ronaldo and David Villa, who could both spearhead some electric attacking.

Portugal will remember the last time they played at Green Point in Cape Town they thrashed North Korea 7-0.

Spain's defence will be much better but if the two play like they can, this could be one of the games of the tournament so far.

Monday June 28

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Brazil v Chile at Johannesburg

WATCH OUT FOR: In the early stages of the tournament, Chile showed signs that they could be a bit of a dark horse.

But a few of their important players aren't available for the game through suspension, so that should play right into their opposition's hands.

And Brazil also beat Chile 4-2 and 3-0 in qualification for the World Cup so unless Chile line up all 11 players on their goal line expect a Brazilian goalfest!

Netherlands take on Slovakia which won't be an easy game for the Dutch. Slovakia knocked the reigning World Champions Italy out so they'll be on a roll. Netherlands are my outsiders to reach the final.

But I also predicted they would play England then - shows how much I know!

Sunday June 27

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Germany v England at Blomfontein

WATCH OUT FOR: Renewing old rivalries - England against Germany is always a MASSIVE game, so much so that on her birthday my sister has let me to watch it with my mates! Thanks sis!

I don't think the match will go to penalties, despite all the talk.

It's the time and stage for Wayne Rooney to play like the Rooney that scored 34 goals for Manchester United last season.

And he's might have revenge on his mind, after United were knocked out of the Champions League by German champions Bayern Munich.

The winner will play Argentina or Mexico next… could there be an upset on the cards in that game?

Saturday June 26

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: USA v Ghana in Rustenburg

WATCH OUT FOR: It really is do-or-die for all the teams left in the World Cup now, because it's time for the knockouts.

Uruguay v South Korea is the first of the last-16 clashes and could set the tone for an exciting and tense round.

But with the whole continent behind them,Ghana could get to the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history by beating the USA.

They'd also become only the second African team reach the last eight for 20 years.

Friday June 25

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Portugal v Brazil

WATCH OUT FOR: Not many goals, but a pulsating match between Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Brazil.

The two teams play fairly similar football too and could cancel each other out. But with the quality of players on the pitch, anything could happen…

Portugal will want to win to keep alive their hopes of qualifying top of the group and avoiding old rivals Spain in the next round.

A win forIvory Coast over North Korea and the 'Elephants' could sneak through via the back door… Imagine that - Elephants sneaking!

Thursday June 24

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: *UPSET ALERT* Cameroon v Netherlands in Cape Town

WATCH OUT FOR: A rainbow-coloured Group E clash in the Rainbow Nation's most colourful city.

The blur of red, green, yellow and luminous orange that will be painted on the pitch when Cameroon meet the Netherlands might not help you get to bed tonight.

And, if the football is up to their standards, neither will the memory of what may have been a fantastic World Cup match.

Netherlands have qualified so only pride is left to play for.

Wednesday June 23

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: England v Slovenia

WATCH OUT FOR: After a disastrous draw with Algeria, England need to win to guarantee getting out of the group stage of the competition.

It's definitely going to be a tense match for England fans!

Their opponents in that game could be Australia or Serbia as the two teams battle for a place in the last 16. Don't be surprised if this one gets a bit feisty...

Tuesday June 22

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: *UPSET ALERT* France v South Africa at Bloemfontein

WATCH OUT FOR: The first day of the final group games.

Mexico take on Uruguay in what could be a battle for who will represent South America in the knockout stages.

Greece could find themselves on the end of a thrashing fromArgentina if they're still playing for the place in the last 16.

But it will be all eyes on South Africa v France. France are the favourites to win the group pretty easily but no World Cup host has ever failed to get past the groups yet - South Africa will need the entire country to get behind them.

Monday June 21

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Portugal v North Korea at Cape Town

WATCH OUT FOR: An all-star performance from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Portugal only just qualified for the tournament and managed to draw against lowly Cape Verde (ranked 117th in the world) in a warm-up friendly.

North Korea are ranked 105th in the world, but in their first WC appearance since 1966 they'll be up for a fight.

Cue former World Player of the Year and captain Cristiano Ronaldo to drag his team over the line with goals, tricks and skills to thrill the crowd.

Sunday June 20

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Brazil v Ivory Coast at Soccer City in Johannesburg

WATCH OUT FOR: This could be a really awesome game. It's two teams that love to go forward and attack.

We could see some good goals as Brazil's flair comes up against Ivory Coast's power, especially if the two team's defences are as leaky as they can be.

Brazil were the holders at the last World Cup in 2006, so getting knocked out at the quarter-final stage wasn't good enough by their extremely high standards.

A win here could be a big confidence boost for the team.

Saturday June 19

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Cameroon v Denmark at Pretoria

WATCH OUT FOR: Brazilian legend Pele once predicted that an African team would win the World Cup by the year 2000.

He was obviously wrong... But with two African teams taking to the pitch today in the World Cup's first African tournament we could see a whole continent get behind both Ghana (v Australia) and Cameroon (v Denmark).

Cameroon are Africa's most successful side and will want to re-live the memories of the 1990 World Cup when they reached the quarter-finals... before getting knocked out by England.

Basically, when Cameroon do well, so do England! (Please note I can't definitely prove this theory!)

Friday June 18

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: England v Algeria in Cape Town

WATCH OUT FOR: England should make light work of the Algerians - a team that lost out to Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final earlier in the year.

England went on to beat the three-time African champions Egypt 3-1 earlier in the year at Wembley, but these results could count for nothing.

Algeria stunned Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast at the Cup of Nations in Angola with a 3-2 win, and in their home continent the north Africans won't roll over easily.

Thursday June 17

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: *UPSET ALERT* Argentina v South Korea at Soccer City in Johannesburg

WATCH OUT FOR: Argentina's World Cup qualifying campaign was anything but smooth under coach Diego Maradona.

Their World Cup performances haven't been too much to write home about since the present coach captained his country to the final in 1990.

A well organised South Korea could frustrate the Argentinians, especially if Manchester United's Ji-Sung Park plays like I know he can (and I'm not biased AT ALL!!).

Wednesday June 16

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Spain v Switzerland, in Durban

WATCH OUT FOR: The hottest striker partnership in world football finally takes to the stage when Spain meets Switzerland.

After their success at Euro 2008, Spain's David Villa and Fernando Torres will want to spearhead their team to back-to-back major championship trophies.

Tuesday June 15

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Ivory Coast v Portugal at Port Elizabeth

WATCH OUT FOR: D-Day in the 'Group of Death'. With Brazil, Ivory Coast and Portugal all in the same group the tournament will lose one of world football's powerhouses after the first round.

We'll be hoping for fireworks when Cristiano Ronaldo and Dider Drogba - two of the Premier League's hottest strikers in recent years - meet in Port Elizabeth.

Meanwhile it could be a goalfest when highest-ranked Brazil take on lowest-ranked North Korea.

Monday June 14

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: Netherlands v Denmark, at Soccer City in Jo'burg

WATCH OUT FOR: Italy begin the defence of their title against Paraguay, but they're often slow starters in major competitions so don't expect many goals.

The earlier game of Netherlands v Denmark could be a lot more exciting and colourful (you've got to love the Dutch bright orange kit!).

Arjen Robben was one of the Champions League's star players for finalists, the German champs, Bayern Munich. With him in full flight, he could cause the Danes some problems.

Sunday June 13

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: *UPSET ALERT* Germany v Australia, at Durban

WATCH OUT FOR: Australia felt hard done by at the last World Cup in 2006 after conceding a late penalty against Italy that denied them a place in the quarter finals.

Led by Everton's Tim Cahill (who's excellent at headers by the way), the Socceroos could just spring our first surprise. A win could open up the path for an England v Germany face-off in the first knockout round. Please no penalties!

Saturday June 12

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: England v USA, at Rustenburg

WATCH OUT FOR: Fabio Capello's men finally get their campaign underway. England are expected to win... as we were back in 1950. But they lost that game 60 years ago 1-nil. Surely history won't repeat itself?!

Lionel Messi might start on his path to win the tournament's Golden Boot if he can get in one of the goals against Nigeria. The world's best player performing in the World Cup... it doesn't get much better!

Friday June 11

Ore's update

MATCH OF THE DAY: South Africa v Mexico, at Soccer City, Johannesburg

WATCH OUT FOR: "Finally, after six years of intense preparation, the talking is over and South Africa kick off the World Cup against Mexico.

Bafana Bafana will have all the pressure on them, but a noisy home crowd could give them the edge.

Also keep an eye out for France - they play Uruguay. Republic of Ireland fans will hope they get off to a bad start after Les Bleus denied them a place in the competition."