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Post by Guest on Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:46 pm

So, for WC qualifying, the pool leaders in Europe will be Spain, Netherlands, Germany, England, Portugal, Italy Croatia, Norway and Greece.

Explain to me how Norway is ranked so high when they haven't qualified for a major competition since 1998. And Greece is another scratch as they've stunk since 2004.

Meanwhile, you have France and Turkey that are going to potentially get one of the other top teams because they're in the second pool.

Just strange.

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Post by Doc on Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:25 pm

Norway? I wonder (no offense to any Norwegians out here) if it has to do with the rather tragic massacre that took place and not so much with football. FIFA likes nothing better than a good PR gimmick. Because I know one of the things about WC qualifiers is that you're placing depends on what you did during the last qualifier and suffice to say, Norway finished last qualifiers with 10 points, not even good enough for the 2nd best team play offs.

Greece one can make an argument but it would probably just be shut down...

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Post by hrealmadrid on Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:32 pm

It's not opinion, it's all based on a point system (performance based). It's not like FIFA purposely chooses who wins and loses.

1 Spain 1588 0 -283
2 Netherlands 1542 0 -119
3 Germany 1305 0 -112
4 Brazil 1202 1 72
5 Uruguay 1156 13 247
6 England 1146 -2 0
7 Portugal 1076 0 30
8 Italy 1059 -2 0
9 Croatia 1033 -1 0
10 Argentina 1013 0 34
11 Chile 973 16 191
12 Norway 972 -1 0
13 Greece 959 -1 0

14 Côte d'Ivoire 922 0 0
15 France 920 0 0
16 Japan 918 -3 -7
17 Montenegro 915 -1 0
18 Russia 914 -1 0
19 Sweden 884 0 0
20 Mexico 869 -11 -138
21 Denmark 857 -1 0
22 Slovenia 833 -1 0
23 Australia 831 -1 2
24 Turkey 820 -1 0
25 Peru 805 24 222

Edit: Only UEFA chooses who wins and loses Wink
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Post by Guest on Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:44 pm

The point system is beyond wack is my point. It makes no sense at all. How in the world are Norway and Greece ranked so high when neither has performed anything in official tournaments since forever. Are friendlies counted the same as official tournaments? How about opponents?? Sweden didn't even qualify for the 2010 WC and lost in the pool stage of Euro 2008. Denmark qualified for the WC in 2010 (lost in pool play) and not the Euro 2008...yet they're somehow ranked ahead of Mexico?? How the heck is Mexico 20th???? They went to the round of 16 in both the 2006 and 2010 WC.

It's plain stupid.

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Post by billy_gr on Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:52 pm

Correction: Greece stunk on 2004 as well… we were just stinking less than we do now.
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Post by Guest on Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:57 pm

@billy_gr wrote:Correction: Greece stunk on 2004 as well… we were just stinking less than we do now.

You guys won the Euro that year... fluke or not, you won it and deserved respect. But since??? not a heck of a whole lot.

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Post by billy_gr on Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:00 pm

We did. And yes it was an achievement. However this team was nothing special really in terms of quality.
Yes they were better than the current team but not that better.

This is the magic of football I guess. Sometimes unexpected things can happen.

We are definitely not suited for pool leaders
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Post by hrealmadrid on Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:04 pm

Oh it's beyond ridiculous, I completely agree. Even more so think about CONCACAF, the reason USA and Mexico are always rated so high on the world rankings is because they play against crap teams
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Post by Guest on Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:05 pm

I actually think Mexico is either top 10 or top 15 in the world. Their current ranking is low.

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Post by hrealmadrid on Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:21 pm

USA used to be like 8th
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Post by Babun on Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:52 pm

Norway, the new footballing super power Very Happy They rob other teams of fifa points over distance like vikingers did with their speedy boats Very Happy

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