There is a lot of discussion going on right now as to the causes of the poor play of some great nations and of some excellent players. Is there a trend? With France, England and Italy failing and Germany and Spain experiencing issues as well.. decline seems to have hit the European football world. The players are excellent, at least.. when they perform for their club teams.. In this tournament however they seem to play awful.. uninspired, unorganized, simply crappy football. Why? Are the players tired? Rebellious against coaches that demand too much? Too egoïstic to play in a team? Or just not good enough?? Is the league system to blame or just the squads themselves? Africa too seems to suffer with only Ghana in a somewhat decent position to make it to next round. On TV they say it's maybe because of their European coaches who implement discipline and defensive play, thereby actually taking away the African players strength: the rush forward - the personal initiative and creativity? Or is the main problem that the coach only gets appointed a few months before the tournament, giving him not enough time to build a squad? South America... entirely different. Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, all in excellent positions to advance to the last 16 and.. by times.. excellent football. Have they gotten better or are they simply profiting from the malheur elsewhere?