- Czech Republic
I know the naysayers will immediately start pointing out that these rankings are meaningless and that they don't measure how good a team actually is. And I'd agree with them, since the U.S. has been eternally ranked behind Mexico until now, even though we've owned them outside of Mexico City since 1999 or so. But still, these are the only rankings there are, and they measure a teams performance over time with past World Cups including the dreadful performance of the U.S. in 1998.
I'm feeling pretty good about the World Cup now. I still give the U.S. only about a 50% chance of advancing from their group, but this should buoy their spirits a bit.
And for all you soccer-haters and sports fans who don't normally follow soccer: Now is the time to start paying attention.
NP: "French Disko" - The Editors