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Old foes await at World Cup

Greece will face Argentina, Nigeria and South Korea in the soccer World Cup in South Africa next year, following yesterday’s draw in Cape Town. Two of the three teams in Group B, Argentina and Nigeria, were also in Greece’s group the only other time it has qualified for a World Cup, in the USA in 1994. Greece will meet at least one familiar face, Argentinean superstar Maradona, who scored against the national side in the USA but who is now coaching his country’s national team. «Argentina is the favorite,» said Greece coach Otto Rehhagel. «But we must not forget that Nigeria will also be playing on African soil and are a good side as well.» The German played down expectations of Greece being one of the two sides that would qualify for the next round. «We can qualify from the group if all the players are fit and we play well but all that is six months away and to say anything else now would be pure speculation.»