Let's Welcome Slovakia to the Party

Unless if Gabon or Bahrain qualify, it looks we'll only have one debutante at the World Cup next summer.

Slovakia is in for the first time since they split from the Czech Republic. An own goal by Poland's Seweryn Gancarczyk early in the first half was enough for the Slovaks to break through in snowy Warsaw. They blew their chance on Saturday after losing to Slovenia, who have qualified for the playoff themselves.

It's weird that we may only have one newbie in the tournament.

The euro playoffs are set. The draw is next Monday. One half of the draw has Portugal, France, Russia, and Greece. Their potential opponents: Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ireland, and the Ukraine. Why do I think the Irish will draw France?

Argentina are in, Uruguay to the playoff, and Ecuador are out. Smooth Jimmy Apollo strikes again.