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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    Pretty sure New Zealand qualified last time as winners of their section. Willing to be corrected.
    Nah, had to get past Bahrain. 0-0 and 1-0.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    The Confederations Cup is an absolute irrelevance. I think the last time I paid attention to it was in 2001 when France picked a few non-regulars and we were being heavily linked with Laurent Robert.
    It basically replaced the need for things like Le Tournoi de France where the hosts would hold a friendly tournament the year before the WC.

    Still, I look forwards to England winning it in 2013
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    Because Slovenia, Serbia, Greece and Switzerland so illuminated the last tournament.

    Japan, Korea and every South American were far better value.

    I think the balance of the World Cup is just about ok as it is, it's a shame that Russia and Croatia did not make it but that is their own fault.
    Because hand picking teams from a particular continent that were **** is going to further an argument.

    The teams next in line for Europe were Ireland, Ukraine, Russia and Bosnia Herzegovina. Decent enough. Obviously some teams will outdo themselves in qualifying, others will have a bad qualifying and look a lot better by the time World Cup comes around - such as Russia possibly.

    Personally I think there should definitely be more intercontinental play-offs. You don't need so many sides from Africa etc. to get the whole 'world' element across to the competition. Set a reasonable number of teams to go through from each continent and let the rest play off. You want the best teams playing.
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    It'd be... interesting. Can just imagine Iran going to play a second leg in DR Congo.
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    The Filth have comfortably the better bowling. But the Gash have the batting. Might be quite good to watch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    Nonsense. African teams are regularly amongst the worst at World Cups.

    13 European teams is far too few.
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    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.

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