The group qualifiers are now in the past and it has been quite the ride so far.
We have had upsets, predictable scores – at least by the One Player Down team on Facebook – and a few controversies.
First the upsets and like a Rioja, Spain did not travel well. A tournament too far for some, a real shame for it to end like that for Casillas in particular.
Portugal proved that without Ronaldo is not a top team at the moment, lots of individuals.
In general it has been a bad cup so far for the European, African an Asian teams.
This has so far been the World Cup of the Americas, but the fun starts now.
For the top predictions follow One Player Down on Facebook, we have surprised ourselves with our accuracy. Yes that is us patting ourselves on our back that you can here.
To the controversies and there have been a few…the big one aka Count Suarez need not be approached here. The others have been some referee decisions, a few offside goals, some dubious penalties etc but these things happen. Brazil might have benefited more than others but a tournament with the home nation not getting a few calls is impossible and the World Cup is always richer with Brazil in it.
We predicted an Argentina win and we are gonna stick with that, there are shades of Mexico 86 and the one man show that Maradona put on then with Messi being the difference in all the games so far.
Just one side note, the support for the US team has been a massive surprise at this tournament. It can only be good for the game in general to have the US take to the beautiful game.