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This is from Football365.com and I found it interesting, here it is:
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And so, as 32 of the best football nations in the world head for Japorea and the 2002 World Cup finals, Ryan Giggs, Andrei Shevchenko and Ruud van Nistelrooy head for Disneyland.

It just isn't right, is it?

It's not that we begrudge the qualifying nations their places at FIFA's beanfeast, it's just frustrating that so many talented footballers will not be there and that the World Cup won't be as good as it could easily be.

China, for example, are clearly a fine side and will no doubt give Brazil, Costa Rica and Turkey a thorough testing. But wouldn't they be even better with Van Nistelrooy leading the line?

So we've done something about it.

Working backwards from the finalists with the lowest slot in FIFA's rankings (50th placed China) all the way up to champions, favourites and chart toppers France, we've held an American football style draft to place Nostrilboy and co with national teams that are already good but could still be improved.

Some of the choices are logical, some mischievous and some are stabs in the dark. Here's how it went (FIFA rankings in brackets)…


1. China (50) - Ruud van Nistelrooy, striker, Netherlands
2. Senegal (42) - Andrei Shevchenko, striker, Ukraine
3. South Korea (40) - Edwin van der Sar, goalkeeper, Netherlands
4. Poland (38) - Ryan Giggs, wide midfield, Wales
5. South Africa (37) - Pavel Nedved, midfield, Czech Republic
6. Ecuador (35) - Patrick Kluivert, striker, Netherlands
7. Saudi Arabia (34) - Sami Hyypia, centre back, Finland
8. Japan (32) - Harry Kewell, wide midfield, Australia
9. Tunisia (30) - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, striker, Norway
10. Costa Rica (29) - Oscar Cordoba, goalkeeper, Colombia
11. Nigeria (27=) - Jaap Stam, centre back, Netherlands
12. Russia (27=) - Eidur Gudjohnsen, striker, Iceland
13. Slovenia (25) - Mark van Bommel, central midfield, Netherlands
14. Uruguay (24) - Cosmin Contra, fullback, Romania
15. Belgium (23) - Dejan Stankovic, midfield, Yugoslavia
16. Turkey (22) - Kevin Hofland, defender, Netherlands
17. Croatia (21) - Marc Overmars, wide midfield, Netherlands
18. Denmark (20) - Mohammed Kalon, forward, Sierra Leone
19. Sweden (19) - Tomas Rosicky, midfield, Czech Republic
20. Paraguay (18) - Edgar Davids, central midfield, Netherlands
21. Cameroon (17) - Sammy Kuffour, centre back, Ghana
22. Ireland (15=) - Jan Koller, striker, Czech Republic
23. United States (13) - Nolberto Solano, wide midfield, Peru
24. England (12) - John-Arne Riise, wide midfield/fullback, Norway
25. Germany (11) - Stephane Henchoz, centre back, Switzerland
26. Spain (8) - Clarence Seedorf, midfield, Netherlands
27. Mexico (7) - Jari Litmanen, forward, Finland
28. Italy (6) - Mark Viduka, striker, Australia
29. Portugal (5) - Pierre van Hooijdonk, striker, Netherlands
30. Brazil (2=) - Juan Pablo Angel, striker, Colombia
31. Argentina (2=) - Robbie Savage, centre midfield, Wales
32. France (1) Tomas Repka, centre back, Czech Republic
 
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