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    There's a great article in the times explaining how such nations game the system to ensure the best chance of being seeded in World Cups etc.

    Can't link it as it's no longer free but it won't surprise you to know The FA aren't progressive enough to bother.
    Think arrogance, stupidity and a obsession with money are also to blame. Swear I read that the reason why home game are always played at Wembley is down to the FA needing to claw back money to pay off the money used to redevelop it.

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      Well they would be high up the rankings. Swizaland is FIFA's home Team.

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      On the brighter side, we could get drawn with Switzerland or Poland... and we won't get France, Italy or Spain..
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      On the brighter side, we could get drawn with Switzerland or Poland... and we won't get France, Italy or Spain..
      What about Iceland?
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      What about Iceland?
      Oh, yeah. Never mind.
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      Trouble is, friendlies pay the debt for the new Wembley - so the FA are caught between a rock and a hard place. Play them, get poor rankings, lose in major tournaments, growing public apathy towards an unsuccessful national team, but pay the debt. or don't play them, better rankings, probably still lose in major tournaments (but possibly slightly less badly), sightly less apathy, but can't afford to pay for stadium and go bust.

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      ....according to FIFA. I'll just leave that there.

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      Let bookmakers provide the rankings.

      They compare the qualities of teams more accurately than any system I've seen.
      Almost, England buck the trend as however shit we think they are the liability is ALWAYS huge on them so they are always a shorter price than they should be.
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      Almost, England buck the trend as however shit we think they are the liability is ALWAYS huge on them so they are always a shorter price than they should be.
      Used to be true, but nowadays the betting market is so enormous, any irregularities such as this are ironed out.
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      Won 8 in a row in World Cup qualifying....
      I have just looked at that as I don't take much interest in international football... To be fair Hungary, Faroe Islands, Andorra and Latvia in one group is unbelievable.. they could well win 9 and lose 1 in qualifying and still not qualify in a playoff...

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