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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

World Cup Seedings

FIFA released the seedings for the 2006 World Cup yesterday and really there's not too many surprises. All the big footballing nations get seeded and the rest don't. It is - of course - totally objective and based on previous World Cup performances combined with current world rankings. Nothing at all to do with maximising revenues from television companies and advertisers. Oh no.

Anyway, here's the 8 seeds :

Germany, England, Brazil, Argentina,
Italy, Spain, Mexico, France.

The other pots are as follows :

Pot Two : Australia, : Ghana, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Angola and Togo, Ecuador and Paraguay.

Pot Three : Croatia, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Pot Four : Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea,Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States.

Serbia and Montenegro - the lowest ranked European football team - get a Pot all of their own. Which mean they will be cannon fodder for Brazil or Argentina. Lucky old Serbia.

posted by mark_s at 1:36 PM


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