Pic: The team graphics for Mexico v Cameroon in today’s Irish Independent are all over the shop 6 years ago

Pic: The team graphics for Mexico v Cameroon in today’s Irish Independent are all over the shop

With Liam Ridgewell manning the left flank for Mexico and Rio Ferdinand playing centre-half and central midfield for Cameroon, the first game at the World Cup today should be a cracker.

Considering that we’re not immune to an odd gaffe ourselves every now and again we have sympathy for other publications when errors are made, but the boo-boo that occurred in the graph for the predicted teams to be named by Mexico and Cameroon in today’s Irish Independent was spectacular by any standards.

 

We have no idea how it might have happened, but the Mexico team seems to be made up of a few select members of the West Brom side playing in a number of different positions alongside Stoke’s Asmir Begovic up front.

Begovic, meanwhile, is also in action in his usual position between the sticks on the Cameroon side, in front of two banks of four, both of which are made up of three members of Chelsea’s back four from last season and Rio Ferdinand, with Kevin Theophile-Catherine and Olivier Giroud forming an unlikely partnership up front.

We imagine that Begovic would have to play one half for each side in what would be a particularly gruelling encounter in the heat in Natal this afternoon considering that there are only six players (seven when they have Begovic) on either side, but it would be interesting to watch all the same.

Our money’s on Cameroon to get the job done.

Hat-tip to Mark Fitzgibbon and Conor Quinn for sending this one our way