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01-28-2013, 06:36 AM
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Originally Posted by tobo View Post
Complaining about "weak" European sides participating in the World Cup, but forgetting to mention rubbish like Nigeria, Cameroon and North Korea qualified in '10. Seriously, a lot more unequal matches are being played at WC than EC. They should get rid of some CONCACAF teams. Why were Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago in Germany '06 anyway, or Honduras in South Africa?

And besides, you're so focused on the 2010 edition, but take a look back in time. In 2002, Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia failed to survive the group stage. Only Paraguay and Brazil qualified for the knockout stage. They joined 9 UEFA-teams. In '06 10/16 teams that reached the knockout stage were European.
Bla bla bla... If I'm not mistaken in the last 3 WCs, 10 out of 14 SA teams made it to the 2nd round, that's 71%, while 25 out of 41 European teams made it, that's 61%.

So it's not just 2010, SA also did better in 06 contrary to what you imply. And in 98 too, which I didn't include but would widen the gap even more (4 out of 5 SA teams made it).

Also SA teams which fail to make it are more likely than European teams to still be good enough to not finish bottom of their group, with European teams being twice as likely to finish bottom.

Other than Eurocentrism, there is really nothing to suggest that the top non qualifiers from Europe are any better than the ones from SA. If anything evidence would suggest that the reverse is true.

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