Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
Nah, Ghana were within a penalty of a semi place last time around, Algeria famously beat Jerry in 82 before they were robbed by an Austrian/German carve up, Cameroon downed the bastard Argentine (then champions) in 90 on the way to scaring the **** out of us in the quarters & Senegal also beat the defending champions in 2002's opener whilst on the way to the quarters.
What have Asian teams done? South Korea making the semis in 2002 thanks to some very friendly (read: bent as ****) refereeing decisions & that's it.
Also, the 5+-goal World Cup thrashings since 1994 expansion:
8-0 Germany over Saudi Arabia, 2002
7-0 Portugal over North Korea, 2010
6-0 Argentina over Serbia/Crna Gora, 2006
6-1 Russia over Cameroon, 1994
6-1 Spain over Bulgaria, 1998
5-0 Netherlands over South Korea, 1998
5-0 Argentina over Jamaica, 1998
Three times Asia, twice Europe, once the others.