FIFA’s Flawed Rankings

Italy were ranked 11th in 2006.

The final four European teams to qualify for next year’s World Cup in South Africa will be decided Wednesday by the second legs of home-and-away playoffs—but not without controversy. In late September, FIFA announced that the match-ups between the eight playoff teams wouldn’t be drawn randomly as many expected, but would be seeded according to the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings. One minor problem: The rankings are notoriously untrustworthy. Read about it in the Wall Street Journal.

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