The teams for the 2012 version of the WCP Cup have been released and its immediately clear that there's going to different look when the tournament rolls along in April.
Seven of the 24 teams that competed in the 2011 tournament are gone for 2012, with only two new teams (so far) stepping up to take their place. I wanted to write a farewell ode like I did for Chile last year, but seven teams is at least five teams too many for me to put in the effort. The seven teams not returning are:
1. Austria; 2. England; 3. Sierra Leone; 4. Serbia; 5. Botswana; 6. Canada; 7. Ukraine.
Interesting to note is three of the teams were ones in Group B, which got pummeled by Ireland and Norway, and two of the teams were in Group D, which was hyper-competitive. The most surprising by far is that Canada is out after making the playoffs in 2011.
The two new teams signing up are Vietnam and South Korea. Good luck to both on their debuts in the tournament. Hopefully they can provide as much entertainment as Sudan did in 2011.