Let's take a quick look around the group for some news of note...
Ghana - This will come as no surprise, but the Black Stars are basically thinking along the same exact lines as of all of us statesiders: gotta gotta gotta win the first one.
Portugal - Uh oh. That is not "'nuff said" for this gang - but it's in the general area. Keep a watchful eye on this story.
Germany - Die Mannschaft is set, and lots of folks are having overdone reactions that Miroslav Klose is the only quote-unquote true striker in the bunch. It's a false narrative. Not only have Germany been using a lot of hybrid forwards around a #9 type in recent years, but Podolski, Müller, Götze, Schürrle and Draxler all can operate in this manner. So, yeah, let's try not to worry too much about Germany.
- Greg Seltzer