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Monday, June 14, 2010

FIFA Rankings Vis a Vis the World Cup

Among the highest ranked teams not in the World Cup:

Croatia (10)
Russia (11)
Egypt (12)
Norway (22)
Ukraine (23)
Israel (26)
Romania (28)
Turkey (29); and
Czech Republic (33).

Among the lowest rated in the World Cup:

New Zealand (78)
South Africa (83); and
North Korea (105).

Among the most populated countries:

China (84)
India (133).

So, about 1/3 of the world's population has bad soccer teams, at least for now.

If you want to read more about the rankings, click here.

Early observations: the Germans have played the best (by far).

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