WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION TOO HARD FOR SOME!!!

WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION TOO HARD FOR SOME!!!

Post by DUNCAN SANDER » Sun, 23 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Teams should not have an easier or harder task to qualify for the World
Cup simply based on geographical location. Surely the World cup should be
about the best few countries in the World doing battle. This should be
regardless of whether these teams come from Europe, Asia or whatever.
European countries do however traditionally have a harder task to qualify
than do other nations simply because of the greater depth of competition
there. Last time Denmark (the then holders of Euro Champs), England and
France to name a few all missed out on the finals whilst surely 'lesser'
teams from other continents made it largely because there was a lack of
depth in their qualifying groups. > >

Quote:

> I am sure that many weaker European teams who will never qualify for the

World Cup with the present structure would do so comfortably if placed in
Asia, Oceania or African groups. If this is true are we really seeing the
Worlds best at the World Cup ?

It seems that FIFA want to get a Worldwide audience for the World Cup
rather than allowing the best nations to qualify !!!

Duncan Sanders

 
 
 

WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION TOO HARD FOR SOME!!!

Post by Mink Leu » Wed, 26 Feb 1997 04:00:00

: Teams should not have an easier or harder task to qualify for the World
: Cup simply based on geographical location. Surely the World cup should be
: about the best few countries in the World doing battle. This should be
: regardless of whether these teams come from Europe, Asia or whatever.
: European countries do however traditionally have a harder task to qualify
: than do other nations simply because of the greater depth of competition
: there. Last time Denmark (the then holders of Euro Champs), England and
: France to name a few all missed out on the finals whilst surely 'lesser'
: teams from other continents made it largely because there was a lack of
: depth in their qualifying groups. > >
: >
: > I am sure that many weaker European teams who will never qualify for the
: World Cup with the present structure would do so comfortably if placed in
: Asia, Oceania or African groups. If this is true are we really seeing the
: Worlds best at the World Cup ?

I agree if placed in East or South-East Asia, but I'm uncertain
about Mid-East(remember Saudi Arab in WC94?), and I totally
disagree the case of Africa. I think at present time there are
at least 4-5 African teams that are strong enough to challenge
the traditional A level team in Europe, let alone South America.

: It seems that FIFA want to get a Worldwide audience for the World Cup
: rather than allowing the best nations to qualify !!!

This is true for all sports.

ML
: Duncan Sanders

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