Diamond Dog wrote:
Maybe with virtually all of the best players in the World eventually ending up playing in Europe, the different qualities of each continents players is being 'rounded off' and we're ending up with a homogoneous 'pan worl footballer' who is, basically, the same as everyone else.
I think the "texture" of respective footballing cultures is being swallowed up by that. There isn't any mystery left, but that to a certain degree belongs to romantic nostalgia. I mean, Panama really shouldn't have been there in hindsight - they were no better really than a non-league team.
The only change I would personally make is to ban Saudi Arabia permanently from qualifying - although with Qatar, it's going to be easier for them.