Angus Abranson (angusabranson) wrote,
Angus Abranson
angusabranson

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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