In case you haven’t been paying attention, the world cup just finished the first round of games, and now its going into the elimination rounds. Surprisingly this year only 6 of the European teams made it to the elimination rounds, and all of the South American teams (5) moved forward.
last time around 10 of the 16 where European teams, and the final four were all Europe.
Indeed, this year might see a rather heavy dose of South American teams in the final stages.
The cup started slowly and there have been some good games, but the playing is not as high in emotions as I’ve expected so far. Some countries have surprised with how well they play (e.g. Japan and Chile), and many more have surprised on how poorly they played given the expectations (too many to mention them by name, but France is particularly egregious in this).
I was glad to see that many teams that relied only on defense to push them forward were kicked out, so that the more aggressive teams passed to the next round.
I would like to see the final be Holland-Argentina, with Uruguay-Spain paying for the 3rd place. I’m hoping this is the time Holland will win.
Of the next round, the games of England-Germany and Spain-Portugal should be really good. I also have high hopes for Brasil-Chile, but I’ve found that Brasil has not played as strong as they should. We will see.