Brazil 2014: the story so far
Monday, 16th June 2014 at 09:26am
Still reeling after a whirlwind weekend of World Cup qualifying exploits, there are more questions than answers as to where the trophy is destined to go.
The Netherlands have already turned the betting world on its head by hammering five past the misfiring Spaniards in Salvador. It is worth remembering that reigning champions Spain lost their opening qualifying match at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, before going on to prove the doubters wrong, so this is not the time to write off the multi-talented Red Fury. Some of the best Dutch players might be on the wrong side of 30, but the likes of Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie, could still have one last swansong left in them.
Group D is still up for grabs. The much touted Uruguayans, with the brilliant Luis Suarez, crashed to bitter defeat at the hands of unfancied Costa Rica, while England still faded against a lacklustre Italy.
Amidst the volatility, it was left to the blistering Brazilians to maintain a semblance of 'business as usual' with a fortuitous 3-1 victory over the unlucky Croatians.
With such topsy-turvy results, all eyes will be turning to the Germans and Argentina to restore some stability to the established World Cup social order. The Argentines have a tough task in Group F, facing the gifted Bosnia-Herzegovinans and the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
The games are really coming thick and fast during world cup qualifying 2014. There is only one place to keep up with the all the action.
The two teams to emerge from the opening skirmishes looking like serious contenders to the usual suspects both come from South America. Watch out for the compelling Chileans, led by the outrageously talented Alexis Sanchez and the capricious Colombians who seem to have overcome the loss of injured super striker Radamel Falcao to continue the South American surge.