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Friday, June 05, 2009

Just What Part Of Europe Are These Countries In

England will face Kazakhstan and Wales play Azerbaijan in 2010 World Cup Qualifying this weekend.

These matches are part of the European qualification groups. So, there's just one, itsy bitsy minor problem. Both of these countries are actually in Asia. The CIA website , no less, will tell you that Azerbaijan is in Southwestern Asia and even provides you with a helpful map so you can see that it is actually east of Iran.

Kazakhstan is a slightly different issue, granted, as it's a vast country and does have some territory that can be considered to be in Europe, but really it's in Central Asia. It borders China, for crying out loud.

So, the question is : why are these countries playing in European qualification? Why aren't they playing in the Asian groups, fighting it out with mighty Uzbekistan and the like.

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posted by mark_s at 6:07 PM


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