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Americas claim eight of 16 berths
by Paul Kennedy, June 26th, 2014 6:41PM

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[MAKING A LIST] Teams from Concacaf and Conmebol, the South American confederation, claimed eight of the 16 berths in the knockout phase of the World Cup. Only Honduras and Ecuador from among the 10 entrants exited after the first round. The big continental loser was Asia, whose four entrants combined for three points -- all from ties -- in 12 games.

Survivors:
6/13 Europe
5/6 South America
3/4 Concacaf
2/5 Africa
0/4 Asia

Group Winners:
4 Europe
3 South America
1 Concacaf

Points-Per-Game:
2.28
South America (13-2-3)
1.58 Europe (18-7-14)
1.50 Concacaf (5-3-4)
0.80 Africa (3-3-9)
0.25 Asia (0-3-9)
Records: W-T-L.


9 comments
  1. charles davenport
    commented on: June 26, 2014 at 9:47 p.m.
    how about another slot for commebol and concacaf next world cup?

  1. New WorldOrder
    commented on: June 26, 2014 at 10:45 p.m.
    Another big continental loser is Europe. 7 out. 4 of them FIFA TOPn 10. Take 1 slot from each Africa and Asia plus 2 from Europe and give 2 each to Concacaf and Conmebol. Conmebol also did very well last world cup.

  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: June 27, 2014 at 10:17 a.m.
    In the last few world cups, CONCACAF consistently performed better than Africa and Asia, and the discussion about increasing their slots for the finals came out every time. The reason why FIFA doesn't increase them is the fact that most of the good results came out of two teams, Mexico and the USA. Costa Rica qualified to the second round only for the second time this cup. The rest of CONCACAF teams have never gone beyond the group stage. This time, it should be clear to FIFA that the other teams are getting better and should convince FIFA to at least give the region 4 slots (instead of 3.5). In my opinion, CONCACAF deserves equal number of slots to Africa and Asia.

  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: June 27, 2014 at 10:17 a.m.
    This world cup Concacaf had 3.5 spots and Conmebol had 5.5 due to Brazil being the automatic qualifier as host. Giving 2 each to both of them is unrealistic. I would hope that a half spot would be assigned to Concacaf so the region would have 4 guaranteed spots. I suspect the most Conmebol could hope for would also be to keep 5.5 spots so they would have a possibility of 6 teams qualifying. There are only 10 teams competing after all. The half spot from Asia should be given back. They really only deserve 4 based on recent results. Where you get the other half is up for discussion but I'd say it's time to dissolve the Oceana region and put it with Asia. Otherwise it's always going to be New Zealand playing off against someone else...and probably losing.

  1. New WorldOrder
    commented on: June 27, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.
    Gus the ferwer the slots the fewer the chances of advancing for any federation. Why does Africa deserve 5 slots? Why does Asia deserve 4?? Over Concacaf?? And why in heavens does UEFA get 13?? Taking 2 from Uefa is easily justifiable.

  1. New WorldOrder
    commented on: June 27, 2014 at 1:14 p.m.
    Albert, and 13 for UEFA is realistic?? 5 for Africa?? Slots are given due to overall performance and these World Cups are a measuring stick. One could say that Asia doesnt even deserve 4 or Africa 5 based on results. These African teams always have a problem getting paid from their federations and seem to always be distracted by these sort of situations.

  1. New WorldOrder
    commented on: June 27, 2014 at 1:18 p.m.
    Costa Rica outplays Italy and England and UEFA deserves 13 spots?? USA ties Portugal and loses by 1 goal to Germany. 13 spots for these guys?? European leagues are heavily overrated and this is being proven yet again.

  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: June 27, 2014 at 4:47 p.m.
    New WorldOrder, (Interesting name, by the way) There are many ways to look at the performance of different confederations. although, this is the first time Africa qualifies 2 teams to the round of 16, their teams are always competitive and, in total, 6 different countries qualified from the group stage at different cups (4 countries in case of Asia). While CONCACAF seems to always have one of two teams succeeding and they are Mexico and USA. Their other teams are rarely competitive. This year, though, things are different and this why they deserve more slots. But don't expect more than 4 slots unless the world cup expand to 40 teams and then most likely CONCACAF will get 5 slots.

  1. M B
    commented on: June 30, 2014 at 9:59 a.m.
    The reason that 8 of the final 16 berths are from the Western Hemisphere is obvious to even a stupid schoolboy. It's called money. And one achieves this through what no one wants to speak audibly: Manipulation. One gets the three from CONCACAF with a Colombia and Chile thrown in for good measure because these are countries more adjacent to the hosting nation, in this case Brasil. Go back and look at Germany 2006. Where did the bulk of the lineup then come from? France 1998? FIFA is not stuipd. They don't want the very real possibility and total embarassment of lots of empty seats at what is now supposed to be billled as the world's number one sports event. Were there ever more African nations participating prior to the South Africa hosted WC 2010? The most obvious example: Just remember how unfathomably well South Korea did in year 2002 - as a host. Wow. Yes, even a very dull and mentally lackluster schoolboy can see this. So, yes, the Western Hemisphere will artificially feature well in this WC 2014 edition. This is about money. Not about validity.


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