The South American bus was motoring down Highway 2010 early in the tournament.
All five teams from South America (
Things didn’t go nearly so swell in the quarters, as we know, with only the Diego Forlan-driven Uruguayan express moving on.
So, you can make the argument that
Whatever happens, it could well affect the
Probably. When is the last time a CONCACAF team moved into the quarterfinals without beating another team from the region in the Round of 16? Think about that for a second before you answer. Remember, the
El Tri has made it to the quarterfinals twice – but only in tournaments the Mexicans hosted, in 1970 and 1986.
So, if you subtract the significant advantages of home country edge, and subtract the instance of beating another CONCACAF side, it has NEVER happened in modern World Cups that a side from this region went through to the quarterfinals. That’s not good.
So, it wouldn’t surprise me if CONCACAF gets just three spots for Brazil 2014, with South America getting four plus
Of course, you could also argue against so much African representation, given how poorly six entrants did this year, with so much expected of them. So it is possible that