Spain's last visit to South Africa ended with a shocking and heavily hyped 2-0 loss to the United States in the semifinal of last summer's Confederations Cup. Now, in its first World Cup group stage match, Spain suffered defeat to another plucky underdog in the Swiss. The lone goal of the match was pretty much as sloppy as a goal can get -- the run up to it even left Spain defender Gerard Pique bleeding from the head -- but Swiss midfielder Gelson Fernandes knocked it in and got the otherwise well-organized 24th ranked team* a massive victory.
Of course, underachieving in the World Cup is nothing new for Spain and even though the Euro '08 champs were highly regarded coming in, its World Cup campaign is now in serious, serious trouble. No team has ever won the World Cup after losing its first match.
The Swiss -- who are 250-1 longshots to win the whole thing -- have just made this tournament a whole lot crazier, though. And for that, we should be thankful. Unless we're Spain fans.
*Note: FIFA rankings really shouldn't be counted for much.
- Gelson Fernandes