I compared them to most of organizers in the recent years to show that even teams that got bad results in the previous years perform in front of their crowd. What was south korea before their semi in 2002? Did you expect them to reach even round 16? Let's be honest. It is easy to say after it happened that France had world class players. In 97 after they missed 2 world cups and were struggling in most of their matches you were certainly the last to think about them as possible world cup winners. Russia is not a random country with a random leader. They don't invest billions in that to make fools of themselves in front of the world.