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Grading All 32 World Cup Teams (to this point)


by G. de Gourville


BRAZIL: C

I give the Brazilians a C because they were considered the favorites to win it all but they struggled against Croatia and could not beat Mexico. Not a very convincing start!

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MEXICO: B+

The Mexicans almost failed to qualify but at the tournament they completely outplayed Cameroon and managed a draw against Brazil! By any standards they have been a success.

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CROATIA: C

Croatia may be on the outside looking in but a massive win over Cameroon showed their worth. A shock win over Mexico puts them in the Round of 16.

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CAMEROON: F

The Cameroonians always qualify for the World Cup but rarely seem to care that they're there. They have not scored yet and with Brazil left will likely not win a match.

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SPAIN: F

Spain have lost both matches and they have not been respectable in any fashion! Many are calling it the end of the era, I'm not sure how far Spain falls but it was truly a shame.

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HOLLAND: B+

Holland were amazing in their demolition of Spain and looked like title contenders. Against Australia they still showed their worthy but struggled against very weak competition.

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CHILE: B+

The Chileans were expected to make it too the Round of 16 but they have a chance to win the group and avoid Brazil. They have not missed a step yet.

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AUSTRALIA: D

The Australians have a lot of heart. Coming in no one expected the Australians to put up much of a fight but they have been capable in both matches.

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COLOMBIA: A

The Colombians have possibly been the most impressive team in the entire World Cup to this point. They look like they can beat anyone at this point.

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GREECE: D

The Greeks are simply making up the numbers as harsh as it is too say that. They did earn a rather boring 0-0 draw with Japan though. So their is that.

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COTE D'IVOIRE: C

I was afraid that perhaps the Ivorians had gotten a bit too old and they have not done anything to prove me wrong yet. They may still go deep in this tournament but they haven't been convincing.

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JAPAN: C-

The Japanese disappointed me by not being able to beat Greece but they did lead the Ivorians for most of their match and have looked okay to say the least. Their Cup is over though.

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URUGUAY: C

The Uruguayans have had their moments in the tournament but they did not show up against Costa Rica and that cannot be ignored.

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COSTA RICA: A+

The Costa Ricans receive the best grade of the World Cup after 2 matches, who would've predicted that? Dominating 2 former World Champions is the best any nation could ever hope for.

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ENGLAND: C

England are already eliminated but I gave them a C based on the fact that they have looked better than I have seen in years as well as their potential for the future.

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ITALY: B-

They were great against England but were completely outplayed by Costa Rica. I expect them to progress to the next round despite the let down however.

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SWITZERLAND: C-

The Swiss will likely progress to the 2nd round but they should not have won their opening match and were dominated in their 2nd.

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ECUADOR: C

Ecuador will feel unlucky once they're done. They lost too Switzerland on a very late goal and may very well lose too France in their final match. They've looked good though.

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FRANCE: A+

When Frank Ribery went down injured I expected another let down from France. Boy was I wrong! They may be favorites based off of performance so far.

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HONDURAS: D

Honduras have been the worst of the CONCACAF nations but looked like they could get a point from Ecuador. They could've been worse.

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ARGENTINA: B-

Argentina have 2 wins from 2 matches but both came by the skin of their teeth against notably lesser opposition.

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BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: C

The Bosnians were unlucky to be eliminated so early. They looked good against Argentina and were robbed against Nigeria.

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IRAN: C

The Iranians have shocked me to this point. They have been tough too break down and only lost too Argentina on a very late goal.

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NIGERIA: C

The Nigerians look like they will do as expected but have left a lot to be desired with their play. I don't see them getting past the next round.

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GERMANY: B+

The Germans have showed that they can score goals, especially when needed. They do still have 1st place too play for though.

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PORTUGAL: F

They have done very little to prove that they are anything more than Cristiano Ronaldo and a bunch of other guys. They will be home shortly.

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GHANA: C

Ghana are still alive! After suffering a lose to the US it seemed like they would be done soon but they have shown resilience.

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USA: B+

The Americans have been very impressive in one of the toughest groups of the tournament. A win and a draw is a good position to be in at this point.

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BELGIUM: B-

The Belgians were expected to dominate this group but instead they have stolen wins at the last moments of their matches. Improvement is needed.

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ALGERIA: B

Algeria showed what they are capable of in their first 2 matches. Now it will be interesting too see if they can secure a spot in the next round.

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RUSSIA: C-

The Russians seemed like the likely choice for 2nd in this group but now face an uphill battle. They have never passed the opening round since the USSR dissolved.

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SOUTH KOREA: D

The Koreans have not done anything to help their confederation or themselves. They will fail to pass the first round this time around.