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Post Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:25 pm 
 

Lewisexi wrote:Actually the States are ranked 5th because the are by far the best team in a consistently poor qualifying group. They have a high ranking for making every World Cup with comparative ease. If they had better opposition they'd be ranked alot lower. They do have some decent players e.g. McBride is quite good upfront at Fulham but their rating is artifical really.


yeah youre quite right there. mexico though is an absolute laugh! how the hell are they ranked 4th. there should be some levying factor related to the ranked teams that they are actually playing.

ie. scotland are 59th and are prb just as good if not better than USA.... go figure!

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:28 pm 
 

Probably the most accurate football rankings are calculated using the Elo system (similar to that used in chess) based on all internationals from 1872 to date. it also gives an idea of the relative strength of each team

World Football Elo Ratings

At present (up to Brazil 2 Australia 0) they give:

1        Brazil        2047
2        Holland        1989
3        Spain        1966
3        England        1966
5        Argentina        1954
6        Portugal        1924
7        Italy        1914
8        France        1913
9        Germany        1899
10        Czechia        1893
11        Denmark        1866
12        Mexico        1838
13        Sweden        1836
14        Uruguay        1818
15        Romania        1816
16        Australia        1812
17        Rep of Ireland        1794
18        United States        1793
19        Croatia        1788
20        Switzerland        1781

Spain will be clear 3rd after tonight's win, leaving England on 1966 (Hmmm what does that remind you of ???)


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:54 pm 
 

obiter wrote:Probably the most accurate football rankings are calculated using the Elo system (similar to that used in chess) based on all internationals from 1872 to date. it also gives an idea of the relative strength of each team

I don't understand that at all.  Why would the team's performance in 1872 (or even 2-3 years ago, really) have any relevance on the same team today?  They aren't the same players!  Unless you're raising the dead, which I wouldn't put past some of you...  :lol:

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 6:08 pm 
 

The system is built on the strength of teams at the time they play. Every ranking system is built on historical strength. Each country has a running total for its strength which changes or at least has the potential to change with each match.

The historical data is really useful if you want to see who were the strongest teams at any stage between 1872 and now. It also allows some vaugue comparison of the strength between say the 1958 Brazilian team, and the 1970 side.

Effectively any team which has performed exceptionally well during any period will build up a higher score. That score and the score of the opposition determine (in a broad sense) the points at stake in any match.

It's all explained much more clearly at the Elo site if you follow the link.


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 6:28 pm 
 

obiter wrote:Probably the most accurate football rankings are calculated using the Elo system (similar to that used in chess)

Kasparov to beat y'all, then?

obiter wrote:3        England        1966

It figures... Image

  

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:50 am 
 

Mars wrote:
Xaxaxe wrote:^^^^ Ka-CHING! 1,000 posts! LOL, LOL, LOL :)

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No argument here on the American football angle. It is a sport played by ... well, Americans. Some Canadians, too, but that's it.

It requires too much equipment, is very expensive, and has too many arcane rules to ever go much beyond the colonies.


Can you imagine what American football would be like if it was a worldwide phenomenon?  Picture a team from Japan with a front line of Sumo wrestlers.  They may choose not to wear the full equipment and keep it simple with the diapers.


Never happen...never.  World already hates Americans.  Imagine if we also kicked their asses in the Sport of Kings.

Football is too American...tough, violent and expensive.  Lord!  think of the casualties if they ever tried!  Better stick to soccer.

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:57 am 
 

You know strange happenings are going on in the universe when the Hartford Image Whalers win the cup.............just glad Kevin Dineen never got to drink from it  :twisted:

  

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:24 am 
 

Here is something that World Cup and D&D fans can appreciate:

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:30 am 
 

Kingofpain89 wrote:Here is something that World Cup and D&D fans can appreciate:

eBay

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yeah he is one of their midfield players (i think thats the position he plays anyway)

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:04 pm 
 

Where's SWITERZERLAND though?

  

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:50 pm 
 

El Diablo Robotico wrote:Where's SWITERZERLAND though?


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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:52 pm 
 

El Diablo Robotico wrote:Where's SWITERZERLAND though?


It's in between Lucksemberg, Awestreea, and Jermanie.  :roll:

  

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:13 pm 
 

Ya forgot the Fürstentum of Leech-ner-Stein (unfortunately not founded by the Grand Duke of Frank-ner-Furter).

But then, most people do. :)

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El Diablo Robotico wrote:Where's SWITERZERLAND though?


8O  8O  8O  8O  8O  8O

akkk.... 1,210 hits on Google. Image

Somewhat less hesitantly, I think it's that country which managed to somehow exist 350 years before it was actually independent (contrary to those 700th anniversary celebrations...).

  

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:44 pm 
 

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Can you imagine what American football would be like if it was a worldwide phenomenon?  Picture a team from Japan with a front line of Sumo wrestlers.  They may choose not to wear the full equipment and keep it simple with the diapers.


Never happen...never.  World already hates Americans.  Imagine if we also kicked their asses in the Sport of Kings.

Football is too American...tough, violent and expensive.  Lord!  think of the casualties if they ever tried!  Better stick to soccer.

Mark   :lol:


I might go with expensive (salaries mostly but maybe equipment) but not tough or violent...one word rugby...football without pads.


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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 3:05 pm 
 

i would still love to see a dual-game:

one half (40 mins) - rugby (league or union) against one half (30 mins?) American Football - both in their own formats.

i still think the rugby lads - fitness and physical would wipe the floor.

but hey thats just what i think :)

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 4:19 pm 
 

Overall fitness? No question about it — American football is played in seven- to 10-second bursts, with long pauses in between. The NFL guys' tongues would be hanging out after the first three minutes of a rugby game.

A more interesting matchup would be with our NBA players, who are expected to run up and down the court all night for about 115 nights per year (including exhibitions and playoffs). The NBA guys would still lose a rugby game, of course, but at least they would be standing at the end.

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 4:25 pm 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:Overall fitness? No question about it — American football is played in seven- to 10-second bursts, with long pauses in between. The NFL guys' tongues would be hanging out after the first three minutes of a rugby game.

A more interesting matchup would be with our NBA players, who are expected to run up and down the court all night for about 115 nights per year (including exhibitions and playoffs). The NBA guys would still lose a rugby game, of course, but at least they would be standing at the end.


I am not sure about the NBA players. Maybe 20 years ago that would have been the case. The players today are so much larger than ever before and the game is much more physical. There would be an adjustment period perhaps but eventually I am thinking the NBA types could hold their own.


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Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 4:48 pm 
 

GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL for Sweden at 89:50 8O  8O  8O


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