Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he is delighted by the number of giant-killing acts at this World Cup.
The plight of football's "superpowers" has been one of the most notable features of the competition in Korea and Japan.
Reigning champions France, favourites Argentina and Euro 2000 semi-finalists Portugal were all knocked out in the first round.
South Korea have beaten Italy and Spain in the knock-out stages.
Blatter said this World Cup showed how his efforts to develop the game worldwide had worked.
"It just goes to show that all the developmental work started by
Joao Havelange (former Fifa chief) and then taken up by myself is
"Differences that existed between countries in terms of money
available, training facilities and personnel have been reduced.
"What strikes me most about this World Cup is that even the
greatest of teams can be humbled if they are not ideally prepared.
"I do not want to lay myself open again to charges of being
anti-European, but I find that a good thing."
Blatter was easily-re-elected to a new four-year term as
secretary-general of Fifa before the finals began.
A major reason was his popularity among the smaller nations in Fifa.
Blatter remains at loggerheads with Uefa, the governing body for European football, which argues he is trying to reduce the influence of European football.