How is it unfair to the associate teams?
How is it unfair to the associate teams?
FIFA's next world cup is going to protect brazil, germany and Italy, and they will get automactic entry up to the semi's ... because in the most recent world cup current champions Italy were kicked out first round and FIFA doesnt want that repeated.
I get the minnow sympathy here,that they have done well but the format does not suit them etc.But the format does not suit them because they are not good enough.Simple.If they were,they would be in the top four of their group.If anything,having two groups of 7 each gives more chance to every team to settle down,and a more fair system of which are the best teams in a group and in what order.
Having a system with more groups and lower teams in each group is only an excuse to make an upset caused by a minnow appear larger than it actually is.It's a world cup.Not an upset cup.Bring on the upsets,but if you can't follow it up with enough victories to clear the group stage then it's the team's incompetence.Not the system's.
Also,FIFA will somehow conjure up a system to accomodate Italy,Brazil and Germany till the semis?
Blatter is an idiot,but it is not humanly possible to treat a 32 team event like a puppet show where you control which team goes through and which team does not.You could plan out a safe passage for a team,but all of that would go down the drain should group placings in even one or two out of the 8 groups don't go according to the 'supposed' plan.
Last edited by salman85; 10-03-2011 at 04:07 AM.
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FIFA WC is different though because there are many more contenders for the title - 8-10 usually can be called "contenders". Here we're all talking about how wonderfully open the WC is with 5ish contenders.
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In this format the team that wins the world cup will have done so without playing every other nation, IMO that is a flawed system.
The problem with the current format, or any format with a stagnant massive-group-phase, is that you end up with all sorts of games that barely mean anything. This not only has the effect of losing interest in those games, but also makes the more memorable matches fade off into obscurity as they are drowned out by several predictable results in dull matches.
If you want to value consistency, fine. But that's not what event tournaments are about. You may as well make the no.1 ranked side champions and not bother with the tournament.
Every game should have as much riding on it as possible. That said, we can't have a straight knockout, partly because it wouldn't last long enough and party because a team going home after one match would be ridiculous. So a fair comprimise to me would be four groups of four, top two from each to progress to the knockouts.
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Just on the frequency of matches, I quite like having no more than two per day. It reduces the possibility of conflict. Not to mention tv rights are where the money is these days, and they want to get the most out of the tournament. It's not changing any time soon.
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