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  Saturday, 1 December, 2001, 10:17 GMT
World Cup Group A
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BBC Sport Online looks at the countries drawn in Group A at the 2002 World Cup finals.



FRANCE
Coach: Roger Lemerre
France - winners of the World Cup in their own country in 1998 and also holders of the European Championship - will be among the pre-tournament favourites.

Coach Roger Lemerre has built on the squad Aime Jacquet left behind, and has overseen the development of younger players such as Arsenal duo Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry.

France also have the genius of Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane in midfield to complete an outstanding team unit.

They are solid in defence, where Marcel Desailly remains a giant presence, and mix silk and steel in midfield and attack.

Any team with hopes of winning the World Cup will have to eclipse France first.



SENEGAL
Coach: Bruno Metsu
Senegal will be appearing at their first ever World Cup finals after they qualified as African group winners.

And the Lions of Teranga fully deserve their place in Korea and Japan, showing great consistency in their qualifying campaign.

With strikers such as Khalilou Fadiga, El Hadj Ousseynou Diouf and Henri Camara, the Lions have the core of their squad in the French league.

Senegal play with confidence, a tough fighting spirit, skill and the kind of pace on show at the highest level in European football.

Some of the credit must go to French coach Bruno Metsu, as well as the team's former German technical director, Peter Schnittger.



URUGUAY
Coach: Victor Pua Sosa
A nation with a proud soccer heritage as twice winners, in 1930 and 1950 is playing in its first finals since 1990.

Coach Victor Pua has assembled a squad of talented young players who will be around for a few years, and in players like Recoba, Magallanes and Montero they have players of genuine world class.

But the Uruguayan temperament is often suspect and sometimes fatal and Pua will have to weld discipline to the undoubted talent the squad possess.

Could be a surprise package if they get the right draw.



DENMARK
Coach: Morten Olsen
Denmark are now under the control of former playing legend Morten Olsen, and their supporters will bring a dash of traditional red and white to the World Cup.

They may not be the force of old, but still have enough talent in their squad to shock some of the bigger names in Korea and Japan.

Sunderland goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is a reliable last line of defence, while Everton's tough midfield man Thomas Gravesen guarantees attitude in midfield.

And an attack containing players of the calibre of Ebbe Sand, Chelsea's Jepser Gronkjaer and former Newcastle United forward Jon Dahl Tomasson will pose a threat.

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