No goal scored, no pass made. The World Floorball Championships haven’t started yet and we already know how all is going to end. Sorry for spoiling.

1. Sweden
Jan-Erik Vaara’s offensive powerhouse will be the team to beat. Not only snipers like Enström, Nilsson or Galante Carlström score Sweden’s goals. Only so called defensive guys such as Sundstedt, Nilsberth or Ostholm provide a unique offensive quality, too. Perhaps the strongest Swedish team ever.
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2. Finland
Of course Finland seem to be the only team able to beat Sweden. Yet, the last results against their biggest rival don’t promise a lot – 2:4, 6:6 and 2:7. Elderly statesmen Kohonen (39 years old) might come in handy in powerplay, but this time the melody will be played by youngsters such as Kotilainen and Kailiala.
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3. Switzerland
The Swiss are equipped with a talented squash and a lot of know-how on the bench. Pixbo’s former head-coach David Jansson is leading the team together with finish legend Esa Jussila – lately with more than solid results. Funny story: second assistant coach Luan Misini missed to get a valid ID in time and won’t join the team in Riga.
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4. Czech Republic
More and more Czech players find their spots in rosters of Swedish Superligan teams. However, the team of Radim Cepek is not on the absolute top of his game. Against the traditional bronze medal opponent Switzerland the Czechs have lost the last four encounters.
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5. Latvia
Not only the home advantage will help Latvia to succeed. In fact, the team of Normunds Grunckis is playing a very successful year. At the Four Nation Cup in Lilienthal (Germany), Latvia beat all possible direct opponents – Denmark 4:1, Germany 7:3 and Norway even 8:1. Still, the top four will keep their distance.
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6. Norway
Norway remains one of the top six floorball nations on this planet. Even without the legendary hands of Fauskanger the team assembles plenty of experience, and thanks to Kronberg and Straete an incredible amount of talent, too.
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7. Estonia
Estonia is approaching. Slowly but sustainably. In Riga the Balts will be close to home and after their performances at the qualifiers, where they beat Denmark, they will be a team to count with.
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8. Slovakia
In the qualifiers Slovakia kicked Russia out of the competition and the performances of their junior team at the last U19 WFC promises a lot for the future. With Lukas Rezanina (Linkopings IBK) they have a Superligan player now, too.
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9. Denmark
A very close call. In their qualification group Denmark ended up on place three behind Estonia and advanced just thanks to a better score. However their latest results (a 3:2 against Germany for example) and the quality of all-star goalie Mike Wede Trolle might keep them among the top 10.
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10. Germany
2016 was full of up’s and down’s for Germany. A harsh 1:11 defeat against Norway, a cool 11:3 win against Poland. On home turf, in Lilienthal, Germany lost to all direct contenders, Denmark, Norway and Latvia. But in Riga Philippe Soutter will present a different squad ready to surprise.
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11. Canada
After a 6:5 win against the USA (and a 27:1 win against Jamaica) the Canadians are number one among all American countries. Alexander Bodén provides knowledge to the bench, Youtube star Pavel Barber glamour to the field.
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12. USA
Thanks to several players active in Swiss competitions the US team bears some amount of European floorball experience. 2014 they even almost stretched down team Germany. Though, this year’s competition might come up stronger.
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13. Poland
Since their 14:1 win against Great Britain in the qualifiers Poland has lost all its matches in 2016, including high defeats by Germany and Slovakia. It’s unlikely that the once ambitious nation will finally catch up.
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14. Australia
Australia reigns the Asian-Oceanian division. (Un-)Fortunately the competition is not very strong there. Though star coach Petteri Nykky might be an “alchemist”, he’s not a magician.
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15. Singapore
Singapore is the most experienced Asian team in the history of the game. As the runner-up of the Asian-Oceanian division they qualified easily. But Riga will offer some different calibers.
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16. Thailand
Thailand was by far the biggest surprise of the qualification. By beating Japan 6:1 and Korea 9:6 they finished third in the Asian-Oceanian division. However, any point at the WFC would be an ever bigger surprise than the qualification itself.
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