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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    In regards to why I don't particularly like their soccer team, because it just looks like they don't belong. I'm guessing the hype there in the US isn't very big, and most people wouldn't care.
    Well this is the 3rd WC since I came to US and IMO this time around, the media coverage is a lot more, media hype about the US team was definately a lot more than previous years.

    But you are right, people dont really care, none of my colleagues have/had any idea about it.

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    It is fair to say if the USA were not in the World Cup, FIFA would be very upset. CONCACAF were only given more potential places for the World Cup because of the fears that the USA and Mexico could miss out. FIFA could not afford to lose a huge part of it’s potential audience (the TV right's deal in the US is bigger than any other nation I am told).

    Needless to say China’s failure to qualify also was a cause of concern for FIFA and come hell or high water, China need to be in South Africa in four years time.

    The US in FIFA eyes are not minnows but one of the best sources of prosperity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TT Boy
    Needless to say China’s failure to qualify also was a cause of concern for FIFA and come hell or high water, China need to be in South Africa in four years time.
    Do they have any such plan for INDIA ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanz
    Do they have any such plan for INDIA ?
    Unfortunately I think India are a bit too dire to qualify for the World Cup right now, no matter how many concessions they got, but I'm sure if they improved to be a decent team by Asian football standards FIFA would be desperate to have them qualify, given how significant sporting success is in Indian culture.
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    NZ is going to qualify in 2010... It is going to be huge

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
    Unfortunately I think India are a bit too dire to qualify for the World Cup right now, no matter how many concessions they got, but I'm sure if they improved to be a decent team by Asian football standards FIFA would be desperate to have them qualify, given how significant sporting success is in Indian culture.

    India actually were one of the best teams in Asian football during the 50's, 60's and 70's but unfortunately the game fell away as cricket took sway.

    Amazingly enough they actually qualified for the 1950 world cup but they couldn't go due to a lack of funds.

    They've recently appointed an English Coach in Bob Houghton, so they are hoping to improve on their world rankings witrh him.
    There does appear to be quite a bit of footballing talent over in India if you beleive some of the people associated with Indian football.

    These BBC article on the topic are quite revealing http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/foot...ll/3937015.stm
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/5071330.stm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gajanayake
    India actually were one of the best teams in Asian football during the 50's, 60's and 70's but unfortunately the game fell away as cricket took sway.

    Amazingly enough they actually qualified for the 1950 world cup but they couldn't go due to a lack of funds.
    That's right we were successful when no one in Asia played the game. And let's not blame cricket, please !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gajanayake
    Amazingly enough they actually qualified for the 1950 world cup but they couldn't go due to a lack of funds.
    I thought you never went because FIFA wouldn't let you play in bare feet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze
    NZ is going to qualify in 2010... It is going to be huge
    That would be so awesome.

    It will actually be our best chance to qualify for ages - we only have to beat one team that's miles better than us instead of two like usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze
    NZ is going to qualify in 2010... It is going to be huge
    It would be funny if they did and a certain turncoat nation didn't...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero
    I thought you never went because FIFA wouldn't let you play in bare feet
    The lack of funds was they couldn't afford boots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Redman
    That would be so awesome.

    It will actually be our best chance to qualify for ages - we only have to beat one team that's miles better than us instead of two like usual.
    Yeah it would be Uruguay or someone like that wouldn't it? I reckon NZ football is improving all the time.

    It would be nice if we could play-off against a team like Saudi Arabia or someone like that instead of a South American nation...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhmaster
    Aren't U.S.A number 9 in the world?
    No, laughably they're actually fifth!

    For soem kind of perspective on that Argentina are 9th, we're 10th & Italy 13th....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze
    It would be nice if we could play-off against a team like Saudi Arabia or someone like that instead of a South American nation...
    Didn't that happen once, and Australia were beaten by Iran?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    Didn't that happen once, and Australia were beaten by Iran?!
    Yeah in 98, Iran went through on away goals.

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