- Jul 11, 2005
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
100%.Why 16 groups of 3 will be a bad idea. Firstly, teams only play 2 group games is very thin. Secondly, a lot of mediocre teams will make it spread out over 16 groups, so the finals will have more thrashings like this.
4 per division or even 5 per division would filter thru only rhe quality teams.
From Asia how many more spots do we get? Could see the UAE, Iraq and Oman get through and then get absolutely pumped.
So many teams this WC drop their 1st game (Argentina, Australia, Iran, Costa Rica, Germany, Serbia, Senegal, Cameroon) and then either recover to get out of their group (Australia/Argentina/Senegal) or push it til the last match day before they were eliminated (Iran/Costa Rica/Germany/Serbia/Cameroon).
We would have missed out on massive games in all groups besides Groups A (Qatar) and F (Canada) where combinations of ALL 4 teams could progress out of the group.
Instead we likely end up with dead rubber games. Take Group A for instance if its Aus/Fra/Den.
France beats Denmark. Australia beats Denmark. Denmark are now out but that makes Australia v France a dead rubber. FIFA will bill it as "excitement for a team to try and finish top" but instead teams will just rest and rotate players as teams did this WC.
Although I have seen articles this morning saying FIFA are considering going back on the 3 team group idea.