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World Cup Draw

    Millions of viewers around the world watched as the draw for next year’s football World Cup is made in Korea. Thirty-two countries will be vying for international football’s top honor. The tournament co-hosted by Japan and South Korea. The teams are being drawn into eight groups of four to compete in this, the first World Cup to be held in Asia.

    Last year’s World Player of the Year, French midfielder Zinedine Zidane says he’s expecting a physical game as defending champions France take on World Cup newcomers Senegal in the tournament’s opening game in Seoul. The French team favored to top group A, which also includes Uruguay and Denmark.

Michael Platini (Former French Captain): So the final could be France-Argentina, after you know that if you play Argentina or France, England, or Brazil, Italy, Spain, you’re not sure to win.

    Strong contender Spain along with Slovenia, Paraguay and South Africa make up group B. Four-time champions Brazil will play in South Korea in Group C, which shouldn’t cause them too many problems. They’ll take on Turkey in the first group match on June 3. World Cup first timers China and top North and Central America qualifier Costa Rica complete the group. Co-host Korea has been drawn against Poland, the United States and Portugal in group D. After securing their place in the tournament in the last minute, following the decidedly shaky qualifying campaign, three-time winners Germany face stiff opposition. They’ve been drawn in Group E, which includes Republic of Ireland as well as Cameroon and Saudi Arabia.

Juergen Klinsmann (Former Germany Captain): You know everybody’s really curious, you know, what comes out, which teams you meet. And there’s always a lot of tension and especially for the coaches now being here. But you know, you just take it the way it comes out and hopefully we have a not too difficult group.

    England take on arch rival Argentina, top South American qualifier, in what looks like the toughest group. 1996 Olympic gold medallists Nigeria and Sweden, home team of England manager Sven Goran Eriksson complete the Group F lineup. Hotly tipped Italy take on Ecuador, Croatia and Mexico in Group G, while Group H pits co-hosts Japan against Belgium, Russia and Tunisia.

    The 2002 Football World Cup kicks off in Korea on May 31.

    Emma Jones, BBC News. 

 

难点注释:

vie: v. 竞争   (注:因本则新闻的接收效果不佳,音质较差,请读者原谅。)

arch: a. 为首的,主要的。


参考译文:

全世界数以百万计的观众收看了在韩国举行的足球世界杯抽签仪式。世界杯将于明年开始。三十二支国家的足球队将争夺国际足球的最高荣誉,这次比赛将由日本和韩国共同主办。参赛球队被分为八个组,每组各有四个队,他们将首次在亚洲举行的世界杯上一比高低。

    将于汉城举行的世界杯开幕赛中,卫冕冠军法国队将对阵世界杯的首次参赛队伍塞内加尔队,去年的世界足球先生,法国中锋齐内丁·齐达内说,他估计那将是一场体力对抗赛。在还包括了乌拉圭队和丹麦队在内的A组中,人们预计法国队会名列小组榜首。

迈克·普拉蒂尼(前法国队队长) : 冠军将在法国和阿根廷之间产生。在抽签结果产生后,你如果要与阿根廷、或者法国、英格兰、巴西、意大利、西班牙交锋,那你就不能肯定会获胜。

    B组除了实力不错的西班牙队外,还有斯洛文尼亚队、巴拉圭队和南非队。曾四度夺冠的巴西队将参加C组在韩国的比赛,这应该不会有什么大问题,他们会在六月三日与土耳其队比赛。这是这个小组的首场比赛。这个组还有世界杯的首次参赛队伍中国队和北美及中美洲的入围队伍哥斯达黎加队。主办国之一韩国队的抽签结果是在D组,迎战波兰队、美国队和葡萄牙队。三次世界杯得主德国队好不容易在外围赛的最后阶段取得了决赛权,这次他们将面临严峻的挑战。德国队被分在包括爱尔兰共和国队、喀麦隆队和沙特阿拉伯队在内的E组。

于尔根·克林斯曼(前德国队队长) :你知道,大家都很好奇,想知道最后的抽签结果是什么,很关心自己与哪个队交锋。气氛很紧张,在这里的教练更是这样。不过,你应该接受抽签结果,然后希望自己没有被分在一个很难对付的组。

    英格兰队的主要对手是南美头名入选队伍阿根廷队,这个组看来是最不好对付的。F组剩下的两队分别是1996年的奥运会金牌得主尼日利亚队和由英格兰人埃里克森任经理的瑞典队。在G组,人们普遍看好的意大利队将会与厄瓜多尔队、克罗地亚队和墨西哥队交手。在H组,比赛主办国之一日本队则会与比利时队、俄罗斯队及突尼斯队比高低。

    2002年的世界杯将在明年的5月31日在韩国揭幕。

    英国广播公司记者埃玛·琼斯报道。

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