Upstarts providing good party during World Cup

Colombia's Juan Quintero, left, celebrates after scoring his side's second thought opposite Ivory Coast's goalkeeper Boubacar Barry during a Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. (AP)

Colombia’s Juan Quintero, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s second thought opposite Ivory Coast’s goalkeeper Boubacar Barry during a Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. (AP)

BRASILA, BRAZIL — Step aside, Spain, you’ve had your turn. No pouting, England, we have to let others play, too.

Neymar’s hairstyles and a goal-a-palooza aside, a many engaging thing about this World Cup is a upstarts. Colombia is holding a dance celebration to a second round, and Chile modernized by knocking out fortifying champion Spain.

England is roughly positively headed home after a organisation theatre for a initial time given 1958, interjection in partial to Costa Rica upending Group D with a opening feat opposite Uruguay. And CONCACAF, a segment that has never been mistaken for a powerhouse, is 3-1-1 interjection in partial to a USA’s stirring win opposite Ghana.

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“It’s a really engaging World Cup,” Colombia manager Jose Pekerman pronounced after his team’s engaging 2-1 win vs. Ivory Coast on Thursday. “I wish (fans) suffer this, given it’s really formidable to play a World Cup. But a organisation has had this thought given they arrived in Brazil. There was always a joining to perform well.”

There’s a difference, however, between not annoying yourself and holding a contest by storm. Only 8 countries have won a World Cup — Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, Germany, France, England and Spain — and it’s no warn that a same names always seem to be there during a finish of large tournaments.

Besides talent, it takes savvy and steely nerves to hoop a vigour and grub of a World Cup, and that customarily takes experience.

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But a soccer universe has gotten most smaller, and a best players on roughly all of a teams in Brazil are holding their possess in a tip leagues in Europe and a Americas.

Midfielder James Rodriguez, who out jumped Didier Drogba in a 64th notation and headed in a dilemma flog for his second thought of a tournament, plays during Monaco in a French league. Midfielder Juan Quintero, who came off a dais to measure what would be a game-winner, is during FC Porto.

All yet one of Colombia’s starters Thursday plays in Europe, and a difference is during Argentina’s famed River Plate. Ditto for a bench, where usually 3 players accost from Colombian teams.

It’s a same for a other celebration crashers. Only 5 Chileans play in their domestic league, with everybody else in Europe or Brazil. All yet 9 of a Costa Ricans play overseas.

Better foe creates for improved players, who in spin make for improved inhabitant teams. Asked about Rodriguez removing a best of Drogba, Pekerman forked out that a 22-year-old faces that kind of foe all year long.

“He’s reaching a tip levels,” Pekerman said. “He’s going to be one of a best players in this World Cup.”

It’s too early to contend either these formula vigilance a changing of a ensure or an anomaly.

The Netherlands, runner-up for a third time in 2010, was officious cruel in a 5-1 subjection of Spain. (It wasn’t utterly as considerable opposite Australia, yet a letdown was frequency a surprise.) Germany bulldozed Portugal in a opener and can close adult a mark in a second spin with a feat Saturday opposite Ghana.

Former champs Argentina, Italy and France are atop their groups after opening wins, and that should reason by a weekend. Italy faces Costa Rica today, and Argentina on Saturday plays Iran, whose goal-less pull with Nigeria in a opener was duller than paint drying.

France has a toughest game, confronting a group’s tip seed, Switzerland, today.

But only as upsets by underdogs are what make a NCAA contest so great, a reorganization is good for a World Cup, too. Particularly during this theatre of a tournament. No one wants to see incomprehensible games, and there can be some genuine snoozers during a finish of organisation play if things go according to plan.

Not to discuss that everybody, from a former champs down to a minnows, wants to have wish for as prolonged as possible.

“It’s a outrageous pleasure to see Colombia during this level,” Pekerman said.

For him, and everybody watching.

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