Speaking of the world cup.... This thread was inspired by the World Cup 2006 thread. So, a little background first: I have a very vague idea of how football is played, in the sense that I know what the overrall goal is and mostly know what the rules are. Yet, I am very interested in getting into this sport. I am a huge cricket fan, so I like national teams playing against each other more than domestic teams (basketball, baseball, and NFL in the US). So, here is my request to all those who know anything about world football...can you please tell me more? I know Brazil is a very strong team with Ronaldo and a few other R's (i saw the last world cup match), but I want to know the specifics. Which teams are good, and why? Which teams are explosive offensively, and which teams defend like no tommorow? Is Germany sort of the dark horse in World Football? Is Ballack the only good player on Germany? Basically, give me a gist of what world football is like... Thanks folks! Hope I can watch some of the games during the summer..