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Who'll Rule the World?
Grant Wahl
May 27, 2002
Before you scoff at an American magazine's World Cup picks, bear in mind: People snickered when SI tabbed host France to win its first World Cup four years ago. This time around the French may be cofavorites (with Argentina) to repeat as champions by taking the final in Yokohama, Japan, but we'll cast our lot instead with Italy, a veteran group fully capable of cashing in on the kindest draw imaginable.
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May 27, 2002

Who'll Rule The World?

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Before you scoff at an American magazine's World Cup picks, bear in mind: People snickered when SI tabbed host France to win its first World Cup four years ago. This time around the French may be cofavorites (with Argentina) to repeat as champions by taking the final in Yokohama, Japan, but we'll cast our lot instead with Italy, a veteran group fully capable of cashing in on the kindest draw imaginable.

FIRST ROUND (in predicted order of finish; top two from each group advance to second round)

A

FRANCE
DENMARK
SENEGAL
URUGUAY

B

SPAIN
SLOVENIA
PARAGUAY
SOUTH AFRICA

C

BRAZIL
TURKEY
CHINA
COSTARICA

D

PORTUGAL
UNITED STATES
POLAND
SOUTH KOREA

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