I think I'm going to make this a recurring column topic for the WCP Cup. Just like in 2010, Norway is in the playoffs again. And hey, while we're at it, Norway is also atop the overall standings for the entire tournament - so there's that too.
Of course, making the playoffs didn't come without a ton of hard work. Gritty wins against England, Serbia, Portugal and Sierra Leone were what enabled the Norwegians to advance, and lucky for fans, the matchup on Sunday against Ireland comes at a time when Norway is peaking as a team.
Not gonna lie, making the playoffs already feels pretty darn good. No other team has the luxury of saying that yet (although Ireland, Laos and Poland are well on their way) and I think it would be a shame if I wasted the opportunity to gloat. For everyone who doubted Norway again this year, that's two straight tournaments starting off 4-0. Not too shabby. I'm already looking forward to the playoffs.