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World Cup, NCAA Style: Midwest Region

We're halfway through the first round of our mock World Cup based on FIFA rankings and arranged like the NCAA basketball tournament with four regions and seeded teams. Today we look at the Midwest, led by the Netherlands. If you haven't participated yet, there's still time to vote in the South and West brackets.

Four Midwest matchups now, four more later today:

keep going.....

By Steve Goff  |  March 18, 2009; 9:49 AM ET
Categories:  FIFA , Poll  
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Japan beating Chile? Chile has 16 points right now, tied with Argentina and one under Brazil, you guys are nuts!

Posted by: Springfie1d | March 18, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

There seems to be a strong pro-Asia, anti-South America bias among the voters. First South Korea beats Uruguay, now Japan beats Chile. It's like people think the only two non-sucky teams in South America are Argentina and Brazil.

Posted by: bennyf118 | March 18, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Diego Forlan was unavailable due to injury.

Posted by: Reignking | March 18, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

well, these 8-9 games are always hard to call. Japan and South Korea have both been among the stronger teams in Asia for the last several years. Unless you are following South American qualifying closely you probably don't know much about Chile. They haven't exactly been a regional powerhouse. Who have they played to accumulate those 16 points?

Posted by: fedssocr | March 18, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the pro-Asia (Japan & S. Korea) anti-South American bias. The S. American qualifiers have gone through a full round, so Chile has played everyone in S. America. Japan and S. Korea both have poor records against Latin American opponents. I could see them beating the teams that are currently not performing so well in S. America (e.g., Bolivia and Peru, mostly due to poor organization not lack of talent), but in a neutral venue they'd probably lose against Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia and of course Brazil and Argentina.

Posted by: JPHT | March 18, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

to answer fedssocr question: South America plays the qualifiers with a "league-type" system, meaning that all the teams play twice with each other, one time home and one time away. The first round is already over and the second one is under way, that means that Chile has already played once against each team in South America. In Santiago, Chile has beaten ARGENTINA, Colombia, Peru and has lost to Brasil and Paraguay. Away, Chile has beaten Bolivia, Venezuela, has tied with URUGUAY at Estadio Centenario, and lost with Argentina and Ecuador. Chile is currently third in South America, behind Paraguay and Brasil, and over Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador and Colombia. Besides, Chile's B team travelled o play with Japan at Kyoto last year and managed to tie, and after that it beat South Korea 1-0. So it seems ilogical by all points of view that Japan leads Chile in this poll which reflects nothing more that the nationalities of the people that log into this website and vote. Football-wise, Japan chances to beat Chile, given the facts I've already stated, are slim to none.

Posted by: jiceppi | March 18, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I totally agree with Springfield. You guys need to analize more who you pick. Japan is in shambles. They have never and are still not doing anything in the world scene. Other than the world cup that they had in their backyard, they are still struggling with a new coach. Player wise, Chile is better and they have a better coach also. Japan only has like 3 or 4 guys that play in Europe. Chile has like 12 and their league is hands down better.

Posted by: silentbat | March 18, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Plus, Chile has the South American equivalent of Cristiano Ronaldo -- Alexis Sanchez.

Posted by: CubanApex | March 18, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

The selection committee did its reputation no favors by selecting such a weak bracket.

Why not just hand the Dutch Boys a direct invitation to the Final Four?

Where's George Mason?

Where's the cyberspace blogosphere outrage for this mockery of a mock tournament?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 18, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, while riding my high horse of indignation I forgot what I was going to post.

El Salvador's national team players have abandoned training camp (they host US in 10 days) over disputes about pay:

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 18, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

There is absolutely nothing funny about any of this. Including this post.

Posted by: joedoc1 | March 18, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so what happens if they decide not to come back? No game? Forfeit? Play against amateurs?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 18, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I would imagine El Salvador would just call in other guys. I don't know if we're talking about a union/scab situation like the US strike that happened a few years back. It'll just be a worse El Salvador squad than the one they already have.


Japan's biggest problem is a lack of forwards that makes us look stacked. There's just no sharp edge to their team. Chile's got a good team together after years of struggling (after Zamorano and Salas were no longer Zamorano and Salas).

For what it's worth, though, I took Korea over Uruguay on penalties, and I stand by that. Korea's got a better team than Japan, and their never-stop-running style would cause Uruguay a lot of discipline problems.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 18, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

you guys are nuts!

Posted by: Springfie1d | March 18, 2009 10:10 AM

And this is news to you? We are all nuts and reading our comments will make anyone nuts. But there's no recourse. I think the legal term is "assumption of risk."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 18, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

>You guys need to analize more who you pick.

You are a lot of fun!

Posted by: Reignking | March 18, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Uruguay has beat S. Korea 3 out the last 3 times they met (since 02). The last game (07) was in Seoul; Uruguay won 2-0.

S. Korea is a hard working team but they have won little when they have not had help from referees (as they did against Italy and Spain in 02).

Posted by: JPHT | March 18, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Well maybe the US will luck out and the Salvadorans will be hurling their missiles at their own players this time around...?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 18, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

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