Somalia- Here are the two things I can remember about the Somalia team. 1) They were not very good. They are going to have to step it up significantly if the expect to compete at all. Especially in this group. 2) They have by far the best national anthem in the tournament. Harlem Shake who?
Italy- A surprise team from last year. Italy began the tournament with a series of strong performances but fell apart as the tournament went on. A middle of the pack team that most likely will not win the tournament but will be competitive at least.
El Salvador- El Salvador will be the same El Salvador as we have seen in years past. A quick, skilled team that can hang with the upper echelon teams. However, without any resounding pick ups I don't believe that El Salvador will have the ability to make it out of the quarters much less their own group.
France- It was only two years ago that France looked poised to almost certainly win the WCP Cup but they came up just short. Though they had a bit of a down year last year it was simply for them to reload. Coming off a fantastic victory in the RSA Men's tournament France look like the odds on tournament to
3. El Salvador
Like I said France look in fine form and are favourites to win the whole thing. I also think people will start to figure out Sudan which will ultimately lead to their downfall. It is incredibly hard to repeat. Would not want to meet them in playoffs though. Therefore I have ES as the odd man out just because I think they will fall to both Sudan and France. Italy might make a game or 2 interesting while Somalia will sputter at best.
3. El Salvador
Same predictions as Mike here. France are awesome, so any group they are in I had to have them winning it. I think Sudan will just edge ES in a deciding game for the 2nd playoff spot. Italy have a squad in which they could possibly upset one of the top 3 teams which could stir everything up. Somalia hopefully went out and recruited some talent, otherwise they will experience the same results as last year.