Cue the funereal music for Serbia & Montenegro. After a thrashing like that, maybe the country should just dissolve. This result brings to mind, again, the cosmic injustice that Europe doesn’t have more teams in the tournament. Why, it’s political correctness run amok! Why should spots be cleared for the likes of Trinidad, Australia and Ecuador when Europe undoubtedly has at least six more teams just as good as S & M that don’t make the field? What the World Cup really needs is more Polands, Serbias and Ukraines!
Seriously, though—what is wrong with Eastern European football? So far, the Czechs are looking great and the jury remains out on Croatia. But everything else from beyond the Tattered Curtain is in abysmal shape, to say nothing of the absence of Russia and Romania. Do we need a soccer Marshall Plan? (That last bit was for you, Scruffins.)