Strengths: France boasts enough Nobel Prize winners to field a side composed solely of them. Sartre, Gide, Beckett (he did become a French citizen, I think; he certainly wrote several of his most famous works in French), latter-day Kundera, Anatole France, and of course, Camus. And then there are the older writers, from the medieval poet Chrétien de Troyes to Moliére (nearly Shakespeare's equal at dramas) to Balzac, Collette, Hugo, Flaubert...I could just keep listening a few dozen more, so let's just say that France has an abundance of talent, okay?
Weaknesses: Alexandre Dumas.
Prediction: Brilliant form on both sides, with lots of back and forth action, but the overwhelming crush of the French existentialist counter-attack will provide the decisive goal.
Strengths: Where to begin? The most obvious name would be Jorge Luis Borges and his labyrinthine stories certainly are a major influence on writers of the past 50 years. Then there is José Hernández, who composed one of the last great epic poems, Martín Fierro. And then there are the generations of 1880 and 1937. And Adolfo Bioy Casares, Leopoldo Lugones, Manuel Puig, Oliverio Girondo, Macedonio Fernández, Roberto Arlt, Angélica Gorodischer, and the glorious talents of Julio Cortázar.
Weaknesses: El críado de los porteños. What part of Argentine life is it not a weakness?
Strengths: South Korea has a long tradition of poetry composed to music, several of these compositions have survived to the present day.
Weaknesses: There is no strong Korean tradition of writing prose and until very recently, very few Korean works were available in other languages, so South Korea's literature is virtually unknown in the West.
Prediction: Borges weaves a bifurcating passing path that entraps the Korean side, enabling the Argentines to win with ease.
Strengths: Despite being a young nation rife with political, ethnic, and social divisions, Nigeria has produced several excellent writers over the past half-century. Chinua Achebe, Ben Okri, Helen Oyeyemi and the child of Nigerian immigrants, Nnedi Okorafor, are some of the great authors that are Nigerian or who are influenced strongly by Nigerian traditions. There are several others with whom I am unfamiliar, but I can comfortably say that these four are among the best that I've read in recent years.
Weaknesses: The usual problem with Third World nations - lack of international exposure commiserate with the level of talent being produced.
Strengths: Back in the day, when all schoolchildren walked barefoot, uphill both ways, in the snow carrying the firewood to school, the Greeks were perhaps the most widely-read of authors there. Euripides, Aristotle, Aristophanes, Thucydides, Xenophon, Meander, Hesiod, and the beat goes on. All classics, all used to be read in the original Attic Greek even into the early 20th century in the best of public schools.
Weaknesses: Modern Greek literature is a pale shadow to its ancient forebears and is largely invisible to Anglo-American audiences.
Prediction: The Nigerians try to wear out the ancient Greek side, but after a disqualification for age-related taunting, the Greeks score the deciding goal.