For years now, Chicago fans and basketball analysts have criticized the Bulls' lack of an inside scorer.‚ It was the missing piece that was holding the team back, we were told - and reasonably so.‚ Well guess what?‚ Chicago just got one.
Much like in my preview of the quarterfinal, I will not be handicapping this Netherlands match. As a lifelong fan of the Netherlands who suddenly finds his team within reach of glory, I dare not make predictions.
I can analyze ad nauseam, though, and I will.
Most people never think about Uruguay...why would you? The tiny piece of land is home to only 3.5 million inhabitants and resembles a sliver stuck between the toes of the much larger Argentina or Brazil. ‚ The country is known for three things: Green tea, cattle, and soccer.
Before the tournament began, I told fellow Worldview blogger that the injury to Michael Ballack was a blessing in disguise for Germany. "Now they've no superstars," I said, "and they don't have to play to Ballack's strengths or make adjustments to get him into a game."