Certainly one of the stories of this Cup is the apparent demise of the European Soccer super powers. There are 7 European sides in the top 10 rated teams in the world according to FIFA.
their collective record is 3-5-3, so far, and would be much worse without those two wins by the Netherlands.
Eastern europe, africa, asia, and north america appear to have not only caught up with Western Europe, but at the moment surpassed them.
Maybe it is the water