Planting Seeds Of Doubt At The World Cup

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Steve says:

    Wouldn’t the World Cup be the better for completely random qualifying draws, and completely random groupings at the competition itself? Trying to ensure a classic finale of Brazil v Germany prevents the possibility of a qualifying group of, say, Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Italy. The knowledge that 2 of them would go out would ensure better games, better viewing and also opens up the thrill of a minnow going on a mazy dribble to the quarters or semis a la Cameroon.

  1. October 11, 2009

    [...] Ireland and Italy draw 2-2 at Croke Park, meaning the Irish will have to endure FIFA’s seeding reversal, a decision insidious because of its timing according to Ian King. [...]

  2. October 12, 2009

    [...] Planting Seeds Of Doubt At The World Cup “By Wednesday night the make up of the automatic UEFA qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup finals will be known and it is at least possible, if not likely, that there will be one or two surprises amongst them. Serbia, for example, only need one win from their two remaining matches against Romania and Austria to condemn France to second place in their group, whilst it is almost certain that, in spite of having two comfortable home matches against Hungary and Malta as their final two fixtures, the “lottery of the play-offs” will be the best that Portugal will be able to manage and they might yet even lose out on second place to one of Denmark, Sweden or even Hungary. Even Germany may only finish in second place in their group, a scenario which will become considerably more likely should they lose to Russia today.” (twohundredpercent) [...]

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