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Can't see it. Germany will surely beat them given that they have to, and after Australia's crushing win over Serbia they'll get edged out on goal difference.
Every 4 years people talk of the 'rise of Africa.' Right on time, magazines here have front page covers talking about how powerful Africa is. People seem to have a soft spot for African football. There is nothing wrong with that but often it interferes with assessing their ability. They are not, (collectively) as a group, very good.Six places clearly more than Africa should have, of course I'll get panned for saying it, but South America only gets five and a half IIRC. South America has I believe 9 WCs, Africa yet to produce a semi-finalist...
As Sean said, I can't see it. Jerry to thump them IMHO.Ghana a reasonable chance of going through tbf
Fair shout; not one European team has really lived up to expectations so far (Netherlands have got the results, tbf, but haven't looked like Dutch teams of old) & the lesser SA lights (Chile, Paraguay & Uruguay) all likely to feature in the second stage with their bigger brothers.Yeah it is hard to envisage how it would work fairly without an awful lot of matches which Europe would never accept.
South American countries like the current system as well I believe, the big league system has apparently been excellent in raising the standards of the nations other than Brazil and Argentina, something which seems aparent in this tournament so far.
Egypt is a fascinating beast - unquestionably the dominant force in African continental football with an unparallelled record in the African Cup of Nations, yet they virtually never qualify for the World Cup and on the very rare occasions that they have, have achieved nothing.Qualfying is always an interesting process. This WC does not have the 11th and 12th ranked teams in the world (Russia and Egypt, #1 team in Africa by a mile)
Yeah, it usually does. Thats why for 2010 SA were involved in WC qualifying tournament as it doubles as Af Nations qual and Angola (host of Af Nations) was involved in Af Nations qual as it doubled as WC qual.I always thought the African qualifying doubled up as ANC qualifiers?