Alright since a blog user took the time to do his power rankings this morning it seemed only fair that David and I take the time to do ours. Mike's will be the 1st number in Blue and David's will be beside me in brackets ( ) in red.
1.(5) Poland - They have been my #1 team since the beginning and have nothing to disprove that. With Jay now scoring at will they are well on their way to the final and nothing can stop them.
2.(4) France - Last years best team has built another very strong team that looks hell bent on proving that they are every bit as good as everyone, themselves included, thought they were. Haven't had a competitive game and they are in a reasonably tough pool.
3.(2) Laos - This is the same team we have come to expect year in year out from Laos. Another team that has played blowout games in a tough group. Slightly lacking on the defensive side of the ball but more than make up for it in attacking options.
4.(1) ROI - They lost some key players from last year and don't seem to have the attacking options they used to. Have been inconsistent as they have been on and off the gas pedal.
5.(3) Sudan - Battled ROI til the final whistle. This is the team that scares everyone. They can play different styles and are extremely unpredictable. Seem able to always conjure something out of nothing.
6.(7) Germany - Germany outplayed the team that was supposed to crush everyone in Poland. Couldn't finish them off though which has always been Germany's problem. That's why they sit where they do.
7.(10) Nigeria - They are a bit of a scary team themselves. Have a a couple players with some real silks and then they have a few of the most unpredictable players in the tournament. That combination is hard to deal with.
8.(6) Afghanistan - What drops Afghan for me is that I don't know which team is going to show up. Will we get the first team that was crushed or will we get the team that looked great against N. Ireland. Too sketchy for me to rank them any harder.
9.(11) El Salvador - They have beaten everyone since they lost to Italy. But they lost to Italy so can I really rank them higher than this. That's unacceptable in my books.
10.(9) Canada - What to make of Canada. They look great one game and the next they lose to Jamaica. I fear that if a team just sits back Canada will be unable to carry the play. Worried about them going through now.
11.(8) Jamaica - So if I think Canada is inconsistent you can only imagine what I think about Jamaica. They tie N. Ireland , then they beat Canada and follow that by getting crushed by Afghan. What am I supposed to even make of that?
12.(12) Norway - Finally one that me and Brown have ranked the same. It's suiting that Norway is ranked right in the middle of the pack. They are middle of the pack players. No one is going to do anything spectacular. Just count on them always putting in a solid showing.
13.(14) Colombia - Poor Colombia. This might be the greatest showing that a team has ever had while coming away with the worst record. They give every team a great challenge but never seem to come out with the win. Improving every year though.
14.(15) Italy - On the opposite side is Italy. Yes they are getting results but can anyone really say they have been super impressed. They do the bare minimum to get by. Can't rank them higher than this.
15.(13) Greece - How Brown has Italy ranked lower than Greece after Italy beat them last night is beyond me. For me Greece is the biggest bust of the tournament. I had high expectations after they made it to playoffs last year but they have disappointed. Might be time for them to start getting younger.
16.(22) Northern Ireland - Big differential here between me and Brown. I pretty much give them credit here for tying Jamaica even though it was pretty. Gets them off the bottom for me.
17.(19) Hungary - I saw Hungary coming into this tournament and thought they were going to be a bottom 3 team for sure. They have surprised though by putting up a few good fights including an excellent losing effort against Nigeria.
18.(17) Portugal - Portugal seems to get worse every year. This is a team that used to make playoffs on a yearly basis and since the quality has just not been there. That trend is continued this year.
19.(16) Scotland - I usually beat up on Scotland on here a bit but I won't. They actually look headed in the right direction. Have added a lot of youth and look quicker and more skillful than the past few years. Haha not that that's saying a lot. Could not resist.
20.(18) Serbia - Plain an simple this is not a team I personally enjoy. I don't like their style of "soccer" and they seem to be getting a little long in the tooth. Still waiting on their Winnipeg players.
21.(20) Somalia - Really struggled to start the tournament but have gradually improved every game. Goalkeeping is abysmal which is really not helping their cause.
22.(21) Botswana - They are what they are. Managed their 1st win this year I believe so that elevates them slightly off the bottom but they are still far from fearsome.
23.(23) South Korea - Consensus on the bottom 2 for us. South Korea are a younger more athletic Vietnam. that is hardly a compliment.
24.(24) Vietnam - I know I am risking opening Pandora's Box here but Vietnam looks like they didn't know what they were getting into for this tournament. I would probably rank some youth teams before them.