After nearly two weeks of what most observers believe has been one of the most exciting starts to a football world cup, the Group stages of the tournament have now been completed. The qualifiers for the last sixteen have been finalised and sports gambling fans all over the world can now refine their selections. It is not yet known how much money has been spent worldwide gambling on football during this tournament so far, but there is no reason to suppose that the predictions from the big sports gambling companies of a huge gambling fest have not been met. This world cup has also proved yet again that football gambling is not easy at any level. Who would have thought before the tournament began for instance that Costa Rica would not only qualify but actually top their group at the expense of both England and Italy. Football gambling enthusiasts have also seen the exit of European champions Spain in the group stages followed last night by Portugal. European fans of gambling on football are left with Germany, France, and Holland as the most likely to progress further and compete with the South American countries, with Greece, Belgium and Switzerland also in the frame. Africa are represented by Nigeria and Algeria with the USA making up the numbers of non-South American sides. Most football gambling fans around the world will still find it difficult to look beyond the hosts Brazil for the eventual winner of the tournament but there is still a long way to go. This has been an exciting world cup so far with some excellent attacking football, and it has already thrown up some surprise results. Clearly gambling on football as with many other sports gambling activities does not always follow the form book. Enjoy the rest of the tournament and best of luck in picking a winner.