Wednesday, 4 August 2010


Richard Scudamore, head of the Premier League, was quoted as saying the following regarding the England team's poor World Cup showing:

"We're only a small island, we have to be realistic - there are, I think, 217 countries registered with Fifa. That's a lot of people playing football and England don't have a God-given right to win every tournament."

Let's take a look at the populations (according to the World Bank) of the countries that made the Quarter Finals shall we?

Spain (and eventual winners): 45,555,716
Netherlands (and eventual runners-up): 16,607,493
Germany (and eventual 3rd place finishers): 82,110,097
Uruguay (semi-finalists): 3,334,052
Ghana: 23,350,927
Brazil: 191,971,506
Paraguay: 6,237,855
Argentina: 39,882,980

England's population?  51,446,000

So two countries have a larger population than England.

Small island compared with Papua New Guinea, yet one with a sizeable & relatively affluent population, a large economy, and a very very very rich Premier league.

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