First week of the World Cup has been a trouble for many BIG teams. First France with a weak performance, then England with a surprising draw with the Americans. The Japanese astonishingly beat the Cameroon; Italy ended up with a tie with Paraguay; Brazil was embarrassed for some time till it was able to beat the North Koreans; and Spain, the foremost qualified team to win the title, was defeated by the Swiss. The map of football that we have been used to for quite a long time is now changing, and new powers are emerging. The Africans and the Asians are rapidly developing and producing some of the best players in the world. Apparently, the change of powers in our modern age is not exclusive to politics and economics. The world of football is also witnessing a new phenomenon that will set new rules for the years to come. (photo taken from The Hindu).