28 down, 4 to go…

By this time tomorrow, we’ll have seen all 32 teams play their opening match. Right now, the only teams we haven’t seen play yet are tomorrow’s Spain versus Ukraine, and Tunisia versus Saudi Arabia.

What’s interesting is that there hasn’t been any team that has looked like a definite champion. Brazil weren’t firing on all cylinders today. Italy and Holland had to labor to get their wins. England looked uninspiring in the second half. France looked dismal. The Czechs were on fire, but against a weak opponent. And Germany has a lot of defensive headaches to cure.

Out of all of the teams, Argentina look the most impressive. That said, they too had defensive issues in their match (against Ivory Coast). There’s still a long way to go, but so far Argentina has to be the favorite with Brazil a close second.


About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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