And now we come to the favorites, Spain. In all my years of following football closely, I've never seen such an under-valued, ignored and overlooked tournament favorite than Spain. These guys were the rage of the Confederations Cup, the Euro two years ago and now on the biggest stage, no one is talking Spain.
Well, I'm going to say it: Spain. Spain. Spain. The rest of the tournament better pray for rain.
Xavi and Iniesta are the best midfield in the world, one of the best ever. Casillas is the best keeper (OK, maybe Julio Cesar is right there with him). Torres, when healthy, is one of the world's top 3 finishers. This is a cakewalk -- well, it should be.
So the battle is for second and it's going to be a war between Chile and Switzerland, and hell, maybe even Honduras. The Swiss are the Under 17 World Cup winners and are building a quietly interesting team over there. Honduras always plays with a lot of heart in Concacaf and survived a group that included the US and Mexico among others. Chile, meanwhile, was a point back of Brazil in World Cup qualifying, right there with Paraguay. This is probably the toughest call in the tournament, but I'm making it based on, yes, my hemisphere rule. Spain and Chile.
- Spain 7 points
- Chile 5
- Switzerland 4
- Honduras 0