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England are now officially worse than Bosnia at football… and Scotland aren’t far behind
metro.co.uk ^ | 17 July 2014 | James Phillips

Posted on 07/20/2014 1:21:49 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

England have dropped ten places to 20th in the latest FIFA world rankings, meaning they are now officially worse than Bosnia-Herzegovina according to the complex system.

The Eastern European nation, who participated in their first World Cup in Brazil, also exited in the group stage but, unlike England, managed to win a game. They have now moved up two places to 19th, leapfrogging Wayne Rooney and co.

Other nations to feature above the Three Lions now include surprise quarter-finalists Costa Rica plus Mexico, Greece and the USA – who all made the last 16 at the World Cup.

(Excerpt) Read more at metro.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: fifa; worldcup2014
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1 posted on 07/20/2014 1:21:49 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking
2 posted on 07/20/2014 1:23:15 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (World Cup 2014 Final: Germany 1 Argentina 0)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Ouch. The Limeys will not be pleased.


3 posted on 07/20/2014 1:24:13 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Berlin_Freeper
England hasn't fielded a decent World Cup team since what, the 1930's?

I still enjoy following Premier League though. Even if deep down you know it's not on a par with the Continentals.

4 posted on 07/20/2014 1:24:36 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Should’nt it be “England IS now officially worse.
vs. “England ARE now officially worse? Unless the word England is now being used as a collective pronoun.
I know, I know, the point of this article was soccer, they don’t give a happy hoot about grammar.


5 posted on 07/20/2014 1:25:42 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: 1rudeboy

Look at the bright side, one team has to be the worst.


6 posted on 07/20/2014 1:26:38 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: IronJack

I would trade a Bundesliege network for a Premier League network in a heartbeat. But the advantage (obviously) of the latter is that the announcers speak English.


7 posted on 07/20/2014 1:27:29 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: IronJack

“England hasn’t fielded a decent World Cup team since what, the 1930’s?”

England won it in 1966; one of only eight teams to have won.


8 posted on 07/20/2014 1:29:49 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: lee martell

Thank you.


9 posted on 07/20/2014 1:30:10 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: lee martell
… and Scotland isn't far behind
10 posted on 07/20/2014 1:30:56 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (World Cup 2014 Final: Germany 1 Argentina 0)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
15 USA

18 Mexico

I am satisfied with that.

11 posted on 07/20/2014 1:33:38 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Hopefully US youth soccer will pay attention to England's demise because right now that's where most of our coaches are imported from.
12 posted on 07/20/2014 1:45:00 PM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: lee martell

13 posted on 07/20/2014 1:51:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: truth_seeker
England won it in 1966

I stand corrected. It's only been HALF a century ...

14 posted on 07/20/2014 1:54:20 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: Berlin_Freeper

England are now officially worse than Bosnia at football...


Meh. Maybe they should try Soccer. I understand it’s pretty big in Europe.


15 posted on 07/20/2014 1:59:11 PM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

16 posted on 07/20/2014 2:08:58 PM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!")
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To: BenLurkin

Hey buddy, google “hockey+embellishment.”


17 posted on 07/20/2014 2:23:36 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: lee martell

Ya that was the first thing I saw too......


18 posted on 07/20/2014 2:24:47 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Not only that but, the grammar is atrocious. ..


19 posted on 07/20/2014 2:27:17 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: truth_seeker
England won it in 1966

With a little help from the Ref.


20 posted on 07/20/2014 2:28:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator; truth_seeker
He attended the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final and claims to have been influential in persuading the linesman, Tofiq Bahramov (who was from Azerbaijan), to award a goal to Geoff Hurst when the England striker had seen his shot hit the crossbar of opponents West Germany, leaving doubt as to whether the ball had crossed the line. Clarke's position in the Wembley crowd was right behind the linesman at the time, and he shouted at the official to award a goal.

David Cameron will LOSE election blasts Ken Clarke

21 posted on 07/20/2014 2:40:50 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (World Cup 2014 Final: Germany 1 Argentina 0)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

That would be like American losing #1 to Cuba in football.


22 posted on 07/20/2014 3:24:55 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Good. The quicker we can bury soccer and those awful little veggie sandwiches the Brits serve at afternoon tea, the better off the world will be.


23 posted on 07/20/2014 3:27:14 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: BenLurkin

Well expressed. You’re right.


24 posted on 07/20/2014 3:29:08 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: lee martell
Should’nt it be “England IS now officially worse. vs. “England ARE now officially worse? Unless the word England is now being used as a collective pronoun.

I've noticed that the British always seem to use the names of sports teams in the collective sense (e.g. the United were in Liverpool last night). Here, they appear to be referring to "England" as the English World Cup team, rather than the country, and so are in keeping with the collective tradition. And it is grammatically correct, although it sounds odd to the American ear.
25 posted on 07/20/2014 3:45:12 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: IronJack

Have you never heard of Bobby Moore, or Jack and Bobby Charlton!? Seriously!?


26 posted on 07/20/2014 5:21:42 PM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: fr_freak

“I’ve noticed that the British always seem to use the names of sports teams in the collective sense “

They do it for “government” and “parliament” too.

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27 posted on 07/20/2014 5:24:22 PM PDT by Mears
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To: ExpatGator

I only started following soccer a few years ago when my son got me interested. But England’s failure to field a competitive World Cup team is the stuff of legend.


28 posted on 07/20/2014 5:27:10 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: 1rudeboy

If you have GOLTV on your cable system the Bundesliga is already available, about 2-3 games per week, live. Starting next season, the Bundesliga will be on Fox, so look for it on FoxSports 1 in the 2015-16 season.


29 posted on 07/20/2014 6:30:50 PM PDT by gusty
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To: IronJack

They have had a bad run, I agree. However, I am a fan of English style of play. Not so much grandstanding and flopping. Their blue collar style has always appealed to me. My stepmother grew up in Manchester, so I got educated from my early teens. Started playing at the same time, 40 years ago. A life ago, it seems. Played until my mid 30’s when back and neck issues forced me out. Went out on a good note, a goal and an assist. I miss it.


30 posted on 07/20/2014 6:32:23 PM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: IronJack

Oh, you should go to Youtube and look at some of the footage on that ‘66 English team.


31 posted on 07/20/2014 6:34:38 PM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: ExpatGator

England made the semis in 1990. We’re unlucky to lose in penalties to....guess who?


32 posted on 07/20/2014 6:40:30 PM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: ExpatGator

You left out Nobby Stiles; who played every minute in the 1966 World Cup.


33 posted on 07/20/2014 7:21:55 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: ExpatGator

Well, if you have roots in Manchester, then you’ve seen the best the Premier has to offer. And like I said, even if the Brits can’t put together much of a Cup team, I still follow the Red Devils fairly closely. And I agree, their style of play is a lot of fun to watch.


34 posted on 07/20/2014 7:23:01 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: dfwgator

That was when Geoff Hurst’s hat trick did the trick. Believe that’s the year that North Korea beat the Italians, who were pelted with rotten veggies by their “ Tifosi “ when they arrived back in Italy: 1966.


35 posted on 07/20/2014 9:12:21 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Berlin_Freeper

For the author, Mr. Phillips:

England are....should be England IS.

England have....should be England HAS.


36 posted on 07/21/2014 5:54:19 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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