First things first: the best team won. Many, including myself, dismissed Egypt's chances of defending their crown because of a ropey qualifying campaign and because they lost a number of important players from their 2006 squad. But the Pharaohs showed that their domestic league continues to cultivate quality footballers.
''I don't want to come across as a demagogue,'' interrupts Claude Leroy, instantly proving he's not your everyday football manager, ''but can you hear that sound in the background? It's wonderful!'' The extraordinary French coach Claude Leroy speaks about his dream of achieving World Cup qualification with the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country ravaged by war, disease and malnutrition.