Monday, June 05, 2006

Group B Preview

I don't have a snappy opening, so I'll get right into it.

England:
Rankings: 10th (FIFA), 4th (ELO), 5th (Ziaian), 4th (AQB)
Number of appearances (including 2006): 12
Best result: Champions (1966)

Paraguay:
Rankings: 33rd (FIFA), 29th (ELO), 21st (Ziaian), 22nd (AQB)
Number of appearances: 7
Best result: 2nd round (1986, 1998, 2002)

Sweden:
Rankings: 16th (FIFA), 12th (ELO), 11th (Ziaian), 27th (AQB)
Number of appearances: 11
Best result: Runners up (1958)

Trinidad and Tobago:
Rankings: 47th (FIFA), 67th (ELO), 56th (Ziaian), 67th (AQB)
Number of apperances: 1st
Best result: N/A

I don't think I am being unfair in expecting T&T's appearance at Germany 2006 to be a short one. I would not be surprised if they lose all three matches without scoring, like Canada did in 1986, although perhaps I am bitter because the Canucks failed to qualify. In any case, I'm looking for a three horse race. Paraguay is the lowest ranked of the three, while England might be suffering with the injury to Wayne Rooney, but I think it is Sweden that will falter.

Predicted order of finish:
1. England
2. Paraguay
3. Sweden
4. Trinidad & Tobago

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