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Old Nov 18th 2013, 05:32 AM
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Will an African team finally make it to the men's World Cup semi-finals in the next 4 World Cups (2014, 2018, 2022, 2026)?
They came close in 1990, when Cameroon led England 2-1 in the quarter-final, before England turned it round.
They came close in 2002, when a Turkish golden goal ended Senegal's dream.
They came close in 2010, when Suarez's hands ensured a penalty shoot-out in which Ghana lost.

As we can see, Africa has come very close to being in a World Cup semi-final, but at the same time, those are the only three times Africa has been represented in the World Cup last 8.
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Old Nov 18th 2013, 06:36 PM
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Will an African team finally make it to the men's World Cup semi-finals in the next 4 World Cups (2014, 2018, 2022, 2026)?
They came close in 1990, when Cameroon led England 2-1 in the quarter-final, before England turned it round.
They came close in 2002, when a Turkish golden goal ended Senegal's dream.
They came close in 2010, when Suarez's hands ensured a penalty shoot-out in which Ghana lost.

As we can see, Africa has come very close to being in a World Cup semi-final, but at the same time, those are the only three times Africa has been represented in the World Cup last 8.
I don't believe North America (Canada & USA) have ever been in a men's World Cup quarter-final. Will a North American team finally make to the men's World Cup semi-finals in the next 4 World Cups (2014, 2018, 2022, 2026)?

Why Africa and not North America? If you are favoring underdogs, North America is the bigger underdog.
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Old Nov 18th 2013, 07:01 PM
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Why Africa and not North America?
Because over 20 years ago football experts were expecting Africa to start competing with Europe and South America at the top. Instead, they have plateau'd, and only reached 2 more quarter-finals since then, to the surprise of football experts everywhere. Nothing to do with who is the biggest underdog of CONCACAF, Australasia or Africa, and that's why I didn't mention underdogism in the thread title, or OP.
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Because over 20 years ago football experts were expecting Africa to start competing with Europe and South America at the top. Instead, they have plateau'd, and only reached 2 more quarter-finals since then, to the surprise of football experts everywhere. Nothing to do with who is the biggest underdog of CONCACAF, Australasia or Africa, and that's why I didn't mention underdogism in the thread title, or OP.
Every expert prediction about Africa over the last century (politics, economics, sociology, etc) has turned out to be categorically wrong - so wrong as to be 100% opposite of actual reality.

Why anyone would expect 'football' expert predictions about Africa would be any different is beyond me.
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Every expert prediction about Africa over the last century (politics, economics, sociology, etc) has turned out to be categorically wrong - so wrong as to be 100% opposite of actual reality.

Why anyone would expect 'football' expert predictions about Africa would be any different is beyond me.
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http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/11/zimb...hcraft-to-win/

It follows that Zimbabweans have been big proponents of Keynesian economics.
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It follows that Zimbabweans have been big proponents of Keynesian economics.
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