World Cup Picks: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast, Uruguay vs. England, and Japan vs. GreeceNo Falcao, no problem. Colombia were exquisite in their opener against Greece. An early goal set the tone and they continued the dominance through the entire 90 minutes.
World Cup Picks: Netherlands vs. Australia, Spain vs. Chile, and Croatia vs. CameroonThe Netherlands provided the most stunning upset of the first set of matches with their 5-1 drubbing of defending champions Spain.
World Cup Picks: Belgium vs. Algeria, Brazil vs. Mexico, and Russia vs. South KoreaThe Belgians are the dark horses of the dark horses. A popular pick among those who have seen them play, Belgium is chock full of youthful players that are overflowing with talent.
World Cup Picks: United States vs. Ghana, Nigeria vs. Iran, and Germany vs. PortugalNigeria may play with three attackers, but their attack lacks pace and creativity. Emmanuel Emenike is the only striker that can truly strike fear in the minds of opponents.
World Cup Picks: Switzerland vs. Ecuador, France vs. Honduras and Argentina vs. Bosnia & HerzegovinaThe Swiss play soccer like they approach politics, safely. In their opener in 2010 they shocked the eventual champions Spain with a 1-0 win in which they seemed to have Spain in a trance.
World Cup Picks: Greece vs. Colombia, Japan vs. Ivory Coast, Costa Rica vs. Uruguay, and Italy vs. EnglandUsually the first words when talking about Colombia are Radamel Falcao, but his knee will keep him out of the World Cup.
World Cup Picks: Mexico vs. Cameroon, Spain vs. Netherlands and Chile vs. Australia El Tri are still thanking their lucky stars, and Graham Zusi specifically, that they are even in the tournament, but not that they're here, they expect success.
World Cup Picks: Brazil vs. CroatiaPlaying the host nation in the opening game is an unfair task for just about any challenging side, so Croatia will have to do something special to even earn a draw.