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Japan had one of the worst run-ups to a World Cup ever. We should judge teams by how well they play, not the FIFA world rankings.

by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 11:05:29 AM EST
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We should judge teams by how well they play

Such judgements are always bound to be subjective. It depends on how high you value the opponents, and how you weigh by the seriousness of the match (friendlies are often used to test new configurations and players and thus don't tell much about tournament performance), and how far back you look at it (I'm guessing you only looked at Japan's performance this year, rather than back to at least two years). FIFA rankings are based on past performance just like yours, just with an apparently different weighting.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 04:38:19 PM EST
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