World Cup 2010: Switzerland 0-0 Honduras


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. Matt says:

    A much more balanced / fun approach to World Cup qualification would be for all the FIFA nations to be chucked into a hat (I suppose seeding into 6/7 pots wouldn’t spoil things too much) and 30 groups drawn out at random to supply one finalist each to join the holders and hosts. This way we should get good teams thru’ and the “lesser nations” get much more chance to have a decent pay day and occasion by getting drawn against at least one of the top sides … wouldn’t you love to see Brazil away to Vanuatu? The World is small enough these days to make the travel reasonable …

  2. David Howell says:

    Disagreed if taken *that* far, but an intercontinental playoff round to provide maybe ten teams? That would be good.

    Something I proposed in 2006 for 2010:

    * Europe: nine group winners to WC proper, runners-up to playoffs.
    * Africa: qualification iterates to three groups of five (to join South Africa at the Cup of Nations), winners to WC proper, runners-up to playoffs.
    * Asia and Oceania: two elimination rounds leading to three groups of six, winners to WC proper, runners-up to playoffs.
    * South America: top three in round robin to WC proper, next three to playoffs.
    * North America: three to WC proper, two to playoffs.

    Something along those lines executed a bit differently at the margins could work in future…

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