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.


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