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World champs look to dominate

FIFA World Cup™ holders Italy will be expecting nothing less than plain sailing in South Africa next month in a Group F where they are the clear favourites.

A pairing with New Zealand, Paraguay and debutants Slovakia makes comfortable viewing for a team that has been anything but brilliant since lifting the world crown for a fourth time in Germany four years ago. Slovakia will be making their first ever appearance and New Zealand only their second, their first being back in 1982 when they lost all three matches.

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