After the draw on Friday night, the unanimous reaction from every Norway player was "This could not have turned out any better." Getting placed in Group B with ROI, England, Serbia, Sierra Leone, and Portugal is like getting handed a golden ticket to the 2011 playoffs.
The big team in Group B is obviously ROI, but its also the team that Norway has played the best against in the past. I wrote this last year, but here's a refresher, "Norway has never lost to ROI in the WCP Cup." That includes the 2007 final. Obviously both teams have changed a lot since then, but I'm still confident we can make it extremely interesting.
For the other teams, I'm only slightly worried about Serbia because I know they have some decent players who can break a game open. Otherwise England should be pretty easy, Sierra Leone is new and experience definitely makes a difference, and Portugal is losing its two best players - more on that later.