I'm repeating myself over and over again... the big teams are playing like bunch of rookies. I don't know if it's age, arrogance, money, tiredness, injuries, the climate, the voodoo magics or what, but the 'big' teams do not deserve to move on and some of them already were sent home, the others will soon follow. I do hope that an underdog team will win.
I can't fully agree with this.
Brazil plays most efficient soccer. I see them on a very high level.
Argentinia has won all three matches and Messi has already shown magic.
The Netherlands are also strong. Maybe they didn't have the best matches, but you don't need to play always well to win.
Portugal was strong as well. 0-0 against Cote d'Ivoire, 7-0 against North Korea, 0-0 against Brazil. Always a "0". This defense is super strong. Portugal vs. Spain now could become one of the best matches of the year.
England had two draws and a modest victory. But now against Germany? We'll see a different England.
Germany had a good match against Australia, then a very unlucky match against Serbia. Considering we have played with 10 men from the 34th minute on and still had many great chances to score, the match was on a very high level from us. The Ghana match had a certain bitter taste to it, but it has to be considered that Ghana is indeed playing a very strong World Cup.
Spain beat Chile last night, and Chile is really, really strong. Brazil will have their problems with them, mark my words.
So, who are the big teams which really disappointed the world? France and Italy, no doubt. England with the two draws. Cote d'Ivoire, because considering the players, they should be in the next round. But they were in a group with Brazil and Portugal.
It tastes a bit like the big teams aren't playing well because we're happy for teams like Slovakia, Chile, Urugay or USA (sorry USA, but you're not a "big" team yet). I hope especially for Urugay to go for, because I really like Diego Forlan a lot. But to the final...?
We have this idea that the big teams don't do well because of the quality of the matches. This World Cup hasn't brought up really memorable matches so far.
Until Sunday, that is. Until penalty shootout.