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WORLD CUP PREVIEW: BLAME IT ON RIO

[...] The next basic fact is that Europe and South America dominate. Actually, after Brazil and Argentina, the powerful teams are Western European. In rough order, the countries to look out for, after the Big Four are: France, England, Netherlands, and Spain. Beyond that, one could name the Czech Republic (which is in the US’ group), Portugal, Poland, Sweden, or Croatia.  Rick Moran summarizes the favorites. FIFA Rankings. If you watch the Cup, you will hear about FIFA Rankings. They are nonsense. Among Group E countries, the Czech Republic is ranked 2nd in the world, and the USA 5th. And Italy is ranked 13th, along with countries like Turkey and Nigeria. The FIFA Rankings simply don’t reflect the geographic realities, the dominance of Europe and South America. Don’t get me wrong, the USA and the Czech Republic are strong teams, but they are not in the top five. [...]

Comment Posted By More 2006 World Cup Notes at The Politburo Diktat On 10.06.2006 @ 20:56


 


 


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