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Are France bad or just unlucky?

France’s 2-0 defeat in the Ukraine suggests that they will not qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It is therefore likely that France will be the only former World Cup winners absent from the competition but are France … Continue reading

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Draws are upsets too

During the BBC live text feed of this week’s World Cup qualification matches Northern Ireland were described as having been “within 10 minutes of an upset” in Portugal. However, the draw which Northern Ireland managed in Portugal was not only … Continue reading

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Should Trappatoni be under pressure?

Ireland’s 6-1 home defeat by Germany last weekend has left manager Giovanni Trappatoni under enormous pressure and some commentators are hoping that he departs the job later this week. The Italian is perceived as having not delivered the results since … Continue reading

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How lucky were Poland in 1973?

On Tuesday evening, Poland host England for the sixth time in World Cup qualification, and the eighth time in qualification for either the World Cup or European Championship. The England team have won three of the last four qualification matches … Continue reading

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How World Cup qualification has become fairer (Part 2)

It is unclear how the qualification groups were decided prior to the introduction of performance related indicators like the FIFA World ranking. However, looking at the 1974 and 1978 qualification groups I would suggest that participation in the previous World … Continue reading

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The luck of the draw strikes twice in World Cup qualification

The definition of luck is ‘success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions’. The draw for the groups to qualify for the 2014 World Cup was made more than a year ago, nearly four months … Continue reading

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