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Old 02-28-2010, 07:31 PM
 
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Egypt is the best one that is not in the World Cup.

They even won the 2010 African Cup of Nations a couple of months ago, beating 4 of the 6 countries that Africa will have in the World Cup.

Some of the scores in that tournament

Egypt 3-1 Nigeria
Egypt 3-1 Cameroon
Egypt 4-0 Algeria
Egypt 1-0 Ghana
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Old 03-08-2010, 04:49 PM
 
Location: NYC & NJ
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I was hugely surprised that Turkey bottled it and didn't make it. I'm sure Turkey would have done a mildly better job against Spain than Bosnia did.
I thought Turkey played really well in the '02 WC and then Euro '08.
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Old 03-13-2010, 01:07 PM
 
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Ireland are an avg team not a good team IMHO. They got ripped off against the French but they rose to the occasion and nothing more. If it was a normal qualifier it would have been 2 - 0 result in France easily and their qualifying campaign shows that. The Irish team is full of avg players that think they are superstars but they have no passion for the International game.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:50 PM
 
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Ireland are an avg team not a good team IMHO. They got ripped off against the French but they rose to the occasion and nothing more. If it was a normal qualifier it would have been 2 - 0 result in France easily and their qualifying campaign shows that. The Irish team is full of avg players that think they are superstars but they have no passion for the International game.
To say the Irish play without passion for internationals is just silly.
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Old 04-06-2010, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Europe
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I'll go with: Russia, Croatia and Egypt

Next: Ireland, Tunisia and Turkey

Significant nations not to qualify: China and India (I know they fancy other sports more, but why these hugely populated nations fail to see the opportunity soccer provides, and how easy qualifying can be in Asia is beyond me).
Ireland much better than Eygpt, I would say Turkey is too.
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Old 04-06-2010, 02:22 PM
 
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Egypt is the best one that is not in the World Cup.

They even won the 2010 African Cup of Nations a couple of months ago, beating 4 of the 6 countries that Africa will have in the World Cup.

Some of the scores in that tournament

Egypt 3-1 Nigeria
Egypt 3-1 Cameroon
Egypt 4-0 Algeria
Egypt 1-0 Ghana
The goalkeepers in Africa are really really below par, defending is terrible. African team are exciting and inventive in attack, but horrifying and ineffective in defence.
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