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Friday, January 04, 2008

Smaller Nations Must Get Their Chance

A lot of commentators here in England think that some of the very much smaller European nations (San Marino, Lichtenstein, etc.) should not even be able to take part in the qualifying rounds for the 2010 World Cup football finals.

They think there should be a separate qualifying tournament for these countries and only the winners should be allowed to compete in the World Cup qualifiers proper.

Personally, I think the idea is a terrible one. All footballing nations, whatever their size, should be able to compete for a place in the World Cup finals. It really doesn't matter if San Marino or whoever are terrible and will almost certainly lose. That's not the point.

The point is that there is a (fairly) level playing field at the start of the qualification matches and the best football teams will qualify - no matter who they might be.

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posted by mark_s at 5:34 PM


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