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World Cup 2006

I've had a few people recently look at me like I'm an idiot when I've said that I think that the Czech Republic or Mexico are good bets for the World Cup this year.

Both teams have impressed me in the last year or so and I think they are certainly worth an outside bet. Well, I've just had a look at FIFA's Top 20 and it seems that the stats might back up my claims.... the Czech Republic are currently Rank 2 in the world and Mexico is Rank 7. It's also interesting (but not surprising) to note that Germany does not deature in the Top 20. They currently languish at #22.

1 Brazil 0    835
2 Czech Republic 0    789
3 Netherlands 0    788
4 Argentina 0    765
5 USA 1    764
6 Spain 0    763
7 Mexico -1    762
8 France -3    760
9 England 0    756
10 Portugal 0    755
11 Turkey 0    743
12 Nigeria 0    738
12 Italy 0    738
14 Denmark 0    736
15 Cameroon 1    726
16 Sweden -1    725
17 Egypt 0    714
18 Japan 0    712
19 Iran 3    705
19 Croatia 4    705

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ua_meruti
Mar. 26th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
Blimey, when did the Americans get good at football? They can't even call it by the right name!
angusabranson
Mar. 26th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
The USa have actually been getting better since they hosted the tournament in the early 90's. Many of their players now play over here in the UK and their domestic league has started to become more popular.

At the last World Cup in Japan/Korea they managed to get into the Quarter Finals only to loose against Germany who eventually were in the Final itself. To be honest the USA should have actually beaten Germany as the Germans were having a poor quality performance - they just got lucky and sometimes luck makes all the difference.
gypseymission
Mar. 26th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
The Czech Republic do look like a good bet but only one team has ever won the world cup out of their own continent and that was Brazil (with Pele). Germany can be expected to rise to the occasion but The Netherlands look to me to be the team to watch, and there is some history there from 74 which they will be very aware of. Id say have a punt on the top 4 being brazil germany Czech republic and the Netherlands. If the draw allows it go for a Netherlands, Brazil final
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