America was founded on ROMAN tradtions anyway.
Ghana put up a good fight, but they just didn’t look like they had anything much in front of goal other than Essien hitting it from outside the box. Italy played well but were shaken by the intensity and strength of the Ghanaians. I expect Italy to improve and be a threat this world cup, they have so much talent.
Czech Republic were superb, Nedved bossed the game and Rosicky was a revelation (and he just signed for Arsenal for a bargain ?7M :). Trouble is they are short on attacking options, with Koller probably out for the rest of the tournament and Baros taking longer than expected to return from a foot injury. They seem to be a big game team though so they could do well.
Holland looked pretty good, Robben and Sneijder could take them a long way.
I’d love my boys England to go all the way, we certainly have a strong team. Eriksson just needs to find a way to get them to play effectively, and booting the ball over the top to Crouch constantly is not it - we have so much talent in midfield we can do better than that. Striking options are limited, Owen was rubbish on Sat, still doubt about Rooney’s match fitness, Crouch is ok but needs someone to play off him. Walcott is a child, bizarre decision to take him.
Still, England have the best midfield and defence in the world cup, a good goalkeeper and if Rooney comes back and Owen pulls his socks up we are looking like a VERY serious outfit.
This is getting very long so I’m going to gloss over the rest:
Germany: will get out of the group but I don’t expect them to go any further.
France: On paper very good but I think they will bottle it.
Brazil: Team to beat, nuff said.
Australia: outside chance of getting out of their group.
Argentina: realistic threat.
Mexico: Could do well, very organised outfit and in a relatively easy group.
Portugal: will come second in their group and not go any further than the last 16.