If you’re only going to read one thing, make it the poetic review at the end. But my next section should not be ignored either:
Totally Inaccurate Power Rankings
Last ranking in brackets.
This team is a soccer machine. They tore apart Portugal with efficiency. Only Germans can be that efficient. They have so many talented players that even with Marco Reus out injured, they were able to leave Klose, Podolski, Schürrle, and even Schweinsteiger (Schweini!) on the bench and still have a world class starting XI. You can make a team out of Germany’s bench and win the World Cup. But can they pull it off in Brazil? I’m not sure.
It didn’t take long for the host nation to drop their first points, and some will argue that they also didn’t deserve a win in the first game. They have 4 points, and they should still qualify out of their group with ease (Cameroon are the only team they have left to play–easy win…right?) but they haven’t looked dominant at all.
Against Bosnia (I’ll get to them) this team looked completely disjointed in attack. But Messi is a player who can change the game. Everyone talks about Neymar, and Cristiano Ronaldo has been the crème de la crème for the past year and a half, but Messi could very well prove why he’s the best at this World Cup. They have an easy draw to start, but Messi needs better help to win the World Cup.
They only started attacking well when Messi moved further back into the midfield in the second half allowing him to get on the ball. However, he then had further to go to get to the goal, which created enough time for Bosnia to close down on him, forcing him to pass to one of his teammates. It normally didn’t go well. Argentina need to get that star-studded attack working well.
Nothing will come easy. At some point I will probably write an article talking more about Belgium (I would’ve wrote one for yesterday but I got a headache after the US game, and then the headache was made worse because I was upset because I had a headache), but for now, I want to leave it at this: you can’t become title-contenders in one cycle. Nothing comes easy.
Throughout the build-up and now during the actual tournament, I’ve heaped praise on the World Cup debutants. If Messi wasn’t playing, they probably would’ve won, or at least got a draw. Also, you must consider that their own goal was fluky. It counted, of course, but if that same game would’ve been played 20 times, it’s something that wouldn’t have happened more than once or twice. If Messi was Bosnian, it would’ve been 4-0. That’s how good Messi and all of Bosnia were compared to the rest of Argentina. They defended very well, and I have little doubt that they’ll handle Nigeria and Iran.
Likely Round of 16 opponents for Bosnia, the French are in a great year. How do I know that? In 1994, France didn’t make the World Cup. In 1998, France won it. In 2002, they went out in the group stage. In 2006, they came excruciatingly close to winning it again. In 2010, they imploded. Based on the pattern of being horrific one tournament and excellent the next, this should be a good year for Les Blues.
This Mexico team has proven that they are much better than the 2013 team. They will still probably need a result against Croatia to make it through, but a draw would cut it due to their impressive 0-0 draw vs. the mighty Brazil. Oh, and they should’ve beat Cameroon 3-0 instead of 1-0. This team has been very good so far.
There are still some issues, and Jozy Altidore’s injury is worrying, but this team does have quality, and most importantly an ability to get results.
Yeah, I intentionally put the US right above England.
Man, they looked terrible. Half of their backline is gone (Pepe suspended for the next game, Coentrao out for the tournament with injury), their striker is gone (Hugo Almeida injured for the next game), and their star player (Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been struggling recently) was a non-factor against Germany. But then again, it was against Germany.
The Swiss, I think, have a good chance to make it out of the Group of Life. Unless they mess up against Honduras, they should be able to afford a poor result in the next game against France, as long as the other teams also do so.
They needed to pick up 3 points to have a sizable chance to win the group. They failed, but if they can hold on they can make it to the Round of 16.
The Ghanaians are very one-dimensional in attack. They prefer to play on the counter. The US defended deep, not pressing too much in order to protect space in behind, so they forced Ghana to break them down. They couldn’t do it. Their next task is the team that just beat Portugal 4-0.
They should’ve gotten more than a point against Iran, but I’ve already written them off anyway. Bosnia is a good team, and you’re either ignorant or Nigerian if you thought they weren’t favorites to join Argentina out of the group.
The Koreans just got a point against the best team they’ll face in the group stage that doesn’t have Eden Hazard. They absolutely have a fairly good chance to make it out of the group stage.
They got close, but they couldn’t last the whole game. They have a shot if they can get an upset against France, but it’s looking unlikely.
As I said, France are good this year. Everyone will drop points against France. Honduras need to get points against Switzerland and Ecuador. Possible, but not at all easy.
Maybe 32nd was harsh, but they couldn’t hold their lead. Again, I have no idea what I’m doing.
Remember, I said it was “Totally Inaccurate.” That wasn’t a joke at all.
USA-Ghana: Poetic Review
(Forgive me for it sounding bad. I don’t make poetry that often.)
The Black Stars were sloppy as the game was beginning.
But Dempsey was ready, and focused on winning.
In half a minute, the US were in control,
A third World Cup for Deuce with scoring a goal.
Ghana looked nervous, and frantic as well.
Their World Cup’s start wasn’t too swell.
While the US wasn’t good in possession,
Ghana couldn’t rule the game with oppression.
They tried and tried, but failed to break them down.
Every Black Star attack ended with frowns.
Altidore hurt, and then Besler, too.
Is it over-training that Klinsmann should rue?
Fiftieth, sixtieth, seventieth minute.
America looked quite like they would win it.
But with a moment of brilliance, the lead was gone.
Andre Ayew the goal, assisted by Gyan.
It was tied up, and it looked without hope.
“We’re still in in the game!” says the US coach.
Fabian Johnson won a nice corner kick.
The US with a chance, but the clock moving quick.
Here comes the sub, Graham Zusi to take it.
Brooks with the header, trying to make it.
And then in a moment not to forget,
The ball went into the back of the net!
“GOAL!” they all shouted, jumping up and down.
Brooks, stunned, just fell to the ground.
Relief, excitement, and much jubilation,
To everyone all across the nation.
Next up is Manaus, with many piranhas.
But for now, it’s the joy of beating Ghana.
That’s it! Stay tuned for more later on. I’ll be here for the whole World Cup and beyond. Annoy everyone you kind-of know with emails about my blog. The more people reading this the more motivated I am to do better.