oceania to get a world cup place
heard on the news this morning that the oceania group winner will get an automatic spot in the world cup finals. on one hand, this is great. this will raise the profile of soccer in this country and also make the media take interest. it should also guarantee soccer australia a few $$$ every four years.
on the other hand, it doesnt address the real issue about the lack of competition in this region. there are only two teams who have any chance of making it, australia and new zealand. whilst NZ won last time around, it is usually australia who wins this group. otherwise, there is no significant competition in this region. what is the point of qualifying for the world cup and then getting knocked out early in the group stages? the place given to oceania will be taken from somewhere else. the fifth or sixth best south american team will put up a better show than the first oceania qualifier, so why dumb down what is supposed to be the hunt to find the best footballing nation in the world?
the real answer should have been for fifa to restructure the entire asia region, and create three groups. that way australia ans nz would at least get to play against some quality opposition, such as japan, s.korea etc. we would then have had some practice against quality, so if we qualify for the WC from there, we would have done so with credibility and also be in a position to take on the world.
and while i am ranting, the players that gain qualification for the world cup should be the ones who play in the world cup. what is the point of fielding a team made up of locally based players for the qualification, and then pissing them off when we get to the finals stages so that guys who cant be arsed playing for their country (kewell and viduka et al) can then jump in and try to grab some glory? if they want to play in the world cup finals, let them help out in the group stages.
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