Europe alone has 13 (+1) spots and Africa just 5 in the World Cup. The idea that because European teams (UEFA) rank higher in FIFA Rankings they must be granted more spots in the FIFA World Cup Festival is an unfair idea. Exactly because the rankings themselves are FIFA’s! Worse, it is European greed.
The rest of the world that also plays the game, albeit without Europe’s monied funfair, is entitled to plenty more than just a few spots in a festival that wants to be regarded as truly global.
A few words about FIFA’s troublesome rankings. Every continent has competitions. But Europe alone has 10,000 tournaments (literally) where their players get all the exposure, even from playing “bought” talented African players on and off the pitch. Yaya Touré, for instance, a world class midfielder from the Ivory Coast, did nothing else last season in the British Premier League, except to warm the bench and enrich the skills of De Bryune (Belgium) and Aguero (Argentina) at training. The list here is endless. Heck, Europeans have control of world resources enough to be able to fund all this entertainment and free transfer of hard earned African skills. But to turn around and say African teams are weaker for it is odd.
These African players are right there making these European teams stronger and stronger each year. What? Like Lukaku is from Belgium? Like Pogba and Kante are French? Like the French, and not the African Union, defeated Iceland in the last European Cup? To punish other confederations, the African Federation in particular, to only 5 spots while Europe spots 13 of those, in a tournament that FIFA wants to be regarded as global is a bit rich, or dare I say, greedy.
If it’s all about the money then stop making the case that it is a true world event. For it is not. It does not look or feel like it. The FIFA world cup feels European. All in the name of a meritocratic FIFA ranking? So Poland ranks like number 8 and Senegal like 27? Like Czech Republic ranked 2 and Ghana like 50 back in 2006? It is fraudulent!
When you begin to look at the rankings and its disingeniousness, together with the oversized exposure European players get because of their money and control over world resources, I see FIFA only making European soccer markets more and more money so they can have better and better leagues, than say Africa. And then to use that ranking to further punish other federations. It’s a vicious cycle for everyone but European teams and to a lesser extent the “favored” South American teams, including the USA.