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    Never mind Africa, CONCACAF is a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Yeah, again, this is fine on paper, but there's little joy to be had from watching a team full of players who look like they'd rather be on a beach somewhere.
    Only really Cameroon have been like that. Iran and Algeria both put in decent defensive performances, Honduras were atrocious but you could not really accuse them of not wanting to be there.

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    Yeah, I'm not trying to bash the smaller nations, it's just unfortunate that many of the African teams over the last few tournaments have shown up and really done little to suggest there they're for anything more than just making up the numbers.

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    It is a shame Cameroon keep getting there, think they were one of the ones that got lucky with the teams getting deducted. Is a shame Egypt never make it, sure they would offer more.


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    Egypt's continued failure to qualify for the World Cup, given their record in the African Nations Cup, always baffles me.
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    The 2006 World Cup was a weird one. Not quite sure how Togo and Angola managed to get in.

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    Do the African players care more about the African Nations Cup? Some players always go even if it pisses their manager off.

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    I don't know, I've never really followed it. But as Pothas alluded to earlier, it's curious that the winner of the African Nations scarcely ever qualifies for the World Cup (i.e. Tunisia won it in 2004, Egypt won three in a row between 2006-2010, and Zambia won it in 2012). None of these nations have appeared at a World Cup since Tunisia in 1998.

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    That is odd. Countries peaking between World Cups happens but to win 3 and not qualify is wierd.

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    I was thinking today that the Ivory Coast team at this world cup probably looked like the most cohesive, complete African team I've seen at a world cup. Not to say they're a great side, but they're solid all round and very clearly the second best team in their group. They'll probably get knocked out in the second round but they're better than average I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Yeah, again, this is fine on paper, but there's little joy to be had from watching a team full of players who look like they'd rather be on a beach somewhere.
    I feel as though you're being a bit harsh on Africa. Perhaps they've overall been a bit disappointing but I think one of the best things about the World Cup is how FIFA currently gives out the number of teams for each confederation. Probably South America are the most unlucky not to get an extra opportunity IMO. Its not that hard to bash any confederation, for instance perhaps Europe gets too many teams:

    Countries to have let in 5 goals in a game*
    - Spain
    - Switzerland


    Countries knocked out of the Cup after 2 games
    - Cameroon
    - Australia
    - Spain
    - England
    - Honduras
    - Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Greece have been poor too but still in with a chance.

    *yes the teams that scored 5 might be from Europe
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    Add another European minnow to the list in Portugal.

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    Anyone know why the Group B matches are being held before the Group A matches for the final group phase? I don't want to cry about host advantage but it gives Brazil an opportunity to pretty much pick who they'd want to play between Chile and Netherlands.

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    TV reasons I suspect.

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    I guess they want the hosts on at prime time for people in the host country.

    I take it everyone is watching Chile-Netherlands and Croatia-Mexico though?
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