You might think that the world would be focused on the upcoming match between Germany and the United States on Thursday morning. And you might be right as that promises to be the most interesting game remaining in the first round if you consider the GermanoMurican angle, the coaches and the possible collusion so both teams advance. But I say NO! The most interesting game is today between Greece and the Ivory Coast! Why?
Ivory Coast’s players are on a reported €17,900 (roughly $25,000 USD) bonus per man per win in Brazil. On Monday the president of the national assembly, Guillaume Soro, was dispatched to the squad’s training base in Águas de Lindóia with the message: "The president of the republic asked me to tell you that Ivorians are proud of you, he is proud of you. Despite the loss, you were brave against Colombia. He also instructed me to inform you that the bonus match against Greece will be doubled."
Whoooooooooo! Cote d'Ivoire! I'll worry about Germany and Estatos Unitos tomorrow!