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February 28, 2011, 6:00 am

Preparing the World Cup Guest List

By ANDREW DAS

Filip Singer/European Pressphoto Agency FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter, faces some difficult discussions about the 2014 World Cup.

FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter, said Friday that his organization’s executive committee would meet this week to decide the allocation of berths for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Do not expect earth-shaking news. Soccer officials are slow to change the status quo (even in the face of scandal, technological advances, popular outcry, …).

But there is at least the possibility of some intrigue.

Europe has long dominated the World Cup allocations — it had 13 places in last summer’s tournament in South Africa — and for just as long has wanted more. But power shifts in recent years toward Africa and Asia — shifts that were wholeheartedly supported by Blatter — have put him in the uncomfortable position of having to disappoint somebody.

• Africa’s case for retaining the sixth bid it had in South Africa was hurt by the fact that only one of its six teams (Ghana) advanced out of the group stage. The fact that several of its top officials were caught up in last year’s bribery scandal won’t help, either.

• South America probably has a better case for that extra place. It sent five teams to South Africa, and four reached the quarterfinals. With Brazil already in, South American officials can make the (credible) argument that guaranteeing places for five more teams from the host continent isn’t asking for much.

Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters Mohammed Bin Hammam leads the Asian Football Confederation.• Asia’s confederation has sent clear signals that it will not accept anything less than the four and a half spots it had last time. (Four are guaranteed and a fifth can get in through a playoff with an Oceania team; New Zealand won the spot last time around.) And with Asian soccer’s powerful chief, Mohammed bin Hammam of Qatar, set to challenge Blatter for the FIFA presidency this summer — perhaps with the backing of officials from Europe — Blatter may be loath to cross him.

• The confederation representing North and Central America and the Caribbean, meanwhile, is also demanding an extra place, since Mexico and the United States routinely claim two of the three guaranteed berths available. “We believe that Concacaf deserves another full place at the World Cup finals due to the performances of our teams on the field and the actions of our confederation off it,” the Concacaf president Jack Warner declared. Warner, a powerful figure in FIFA, has plenty of motivation to hold firm on his demand; he felt slighted when the United States lost in the bidding for the 2022 World Cup.

Here is what the continental breakdown was for last summer’s tournament (South America and Oceania both gained places not guaranteed to them, via playoffs):

Europe: 13

Africa: 6

South America: 5

Asia: 4

North/Central America: 3

Oceania: 1

Without expanding the 32-team field — the tournament had only 16 teams the last time it was played in South America, in 1978 — the only way for one continent to get what it wants in Brazil is for another to lose something it surely feels it has earned.

So when FIFA meets this week, is there anyone you would like to see rewarded, or demoted, if there are changes in the offing?

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Well here we are in 2014 and here's:

10 Things to Know About the 2014 World Cup

Thinking about traveling to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup this summer? First, you'll need to think about logistics. Here are 10 tips on destinations, accommodations, transportation, and more for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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So where is the originator of this thread? Where are you Alex? You started this thread, the WC is almost over and no updates have been posted!! LOL, probably to busy??

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Go GERMANY :):):):):):)

OK - good! But do you realize that many of the members of the German team are sons of immigrants? Some Turks etc.

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Actually I would say destroyed Brazil.

Brazil lost a top player and the rest of them forgot how to play.

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Some European TV stations have already tuned in on Brazil showing how the Brazilians are now preparing for the final game without their own participation.

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