European all-time low in World Cup last 16

2010-06-26 11:01

Only six European teams have qualified for the last 16 of the World

Cup – an all-time low, after yesterday saw the end of group action.

With the early demise of both holders and four-times champions

Italy and 1998 winners France, only two European former champions remain in the

shape of Germany – three titles and 1996 winners England.

England now meet the Germans so one of that pair will fall by the

wayside before the quarter-finals.

The other four European survivors – Holland, Slovakia, Spain and

Portugal – have never lifted the trophy but the Dutch were finalists in 1974 and

1978, while Spain are reigning European champions and among the

favourites.

Brazil – five titles to their name, and Argentina and Uruguay (two

wins apiece) also remain as the only other former champions.

Of the remaining seven countries in the mix, only the United States

(in 1930), Chile (1962) and South Korea (2002) have been as far as the

semi-finals.

Mexico, Paraguay, Japan and Ghana make up the rest of the second

round line-up.


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