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WTFifa? Even Though They Haven’t Qualified For 16 years, Colombia Seeded Above Italy And Holland

by | 17th, October 2013

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ALL football fans know that FIFA are beyond farce. They fine racist clubs the equivalent of lunch money while doling out huge penalties to people who divert from their sponsors and, of course, look for all the world like the kind of company that MIGHT accept bribes to move to tournaments to Qatar, for the first World Cup to be built on a graveyard.

And now, they’re at it again. The bewildering FIFA Ranking system confirmed that Italy and Holland will not be in Pot 1 for the 2014 World Cup draw. The seeded teams are Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina (so far, so fine), Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland and provided they don’t lose to Jordan in a play-off, Uruguay.

That’d be Uruguay, who didn’t qualify automatically, Switzerland and Colombia who aren’t exactly great footballing nations, and Belgium (we’ll let Belgium off because they’re great at the moment and Enzo Scifo is a god), ahead of Italy and the Netherlands!

The Azzurri and Oranje were runners-up at Euro 2012 and World Cup 2010 and, more importantly, the first nations outside of Asia to qualify for Brazil. They battered their groups, and with a couple of rounds to spare, qualified unbeaten. In fact, Italy haven’t lost a World Cup or European Championship qualifier for 40 games. That’s seven whole years of winning.

Holland meanwhile, have a better competitive record than Spain, winning 26 of its last 28 competitive

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