World Cup qualifying: Is there another way?

Mexico is in the World Cup, and Egypt is not. And that seems unfair. It’s not that simple, of course. One incorrect meme making the rounds: Egypt won seven games and Mexico won only four. Actually, Mexico won 10, sweeping all six of their third-round games to get to the Hexagonal. Still, we can shake our heads at the notion that Mexico feasted on New Zealand in a winner-take-all playoff while Egypt’s reward for a perfect round-robin was a playoff with Ghana. Shouldn’t we give teams more of a fair shake? Sure. And we can also turn the last stage … Continue reading World Cup qualifying: Is there another way?