The South American big guns have departed, gone are the ill fitting suits of Maradona and the awfully dressed Dunga, presumably to face the fashion police on their return home.
In the absence of Brazil and Argentina, Spain now head the betting again to lift the world cup.
The Spanish started the tournament as favourites, but after some encouraging performances by the two South American giants, and a defeat to unfancied Switzerland for the Spanish, they lost the favourites tag.
I must admit I didn’t see the Holland and Germany results coming. I thought Brazil would win a tight affair 1-0 against the Dutch, with Holland putting in a decent performance, but ultimately going home as galent losers.
And as for the Germans, well, who seen a 4-0 thrashing coming? I certainly didn’t, the result almost makes England’s 4-1 defeat look not so bad! Ok, maybe not.
It would appear the bookies see the winner of Germany V Spain as the eventual world cup winner. They only just favour Spain at the moment, but the winner will almost certainly be odds on for the final. The fact that the Dutch are third favourites behind Spain and the Germans all but confirms that.
Uruguay carry the hopes of South America now, according to the bookies they can forget it though with prices of 10,11, and 12/1 available on them. They are as long as 6/1 just to beat Holland on Tuesday.
World Cup Outright Winner Betting
Spain are 2/1 with William Hill, Stan James, Blue Sq and 888 Sport.
Germany are 21/10 with Paddy Power, Stan James, Sportingbet and Coral.
Holland are 9/4 with VC Bet.
Uruguay are 12/1 with Skybet and William Hill.