Originally Posted by Jungle Jumbo
Can't see myself avidly watching the games in this group. Poland and Germany - how can a team as poor as Ecuador get to the finals again?
Ecuador finished third behind Brazil and Argentina IIRC.
SAM nations generally all win at home in qualifiers and struggle away. Brazil and Argentina for instance have never won against Uruguay in Montevideo! Quito is 3000m above sea level so that just adds to the degree of difficulty.
I don't think the Germans have much of a side but it is at least on par with their 2002 side, what they lose down back they make up for in a much improved attack. The English have a massive chip when it comes to the krauts, I can't see them losing until at least the quarters.