Russian football is supposed to be undergoing a renaissance, with huge money being poured into the league there. But the national team is still pretty mediocre from what I've seen. Any1 remember the great 'keeper they had called Dasyev? Played Euro '88 (!)
Croatia v. impressive today. The boy Modric played a tidy game, but it was the team's overall ability to keep posession that impressed me most. International teams from the British Isles are light years behind these guys, Holland, Spain, Portugal etc. etc. in this regard.