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No host nation has ever lost the opening game of the World Cup. Now combine that nugget with knowing that South Africa is the lowest-ranked football team, by some distance, to have ever hosted the competition – the squad is 83rd in FIFA's rankings. What do you think is going to happen when they face up to Mexico (ranked 17th) …

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  1. The Indomitable Gall
    FAIL

    "hold the Jules Rimet Trophy aloft"

    Nuff sed.

  2. Paul 37
    Thumb Up

    The Only Stat you Need

    Bookies always have twice as many "Paying In" windows as "Paying Out" windows....

  3. Andy Scott
    FAIL

    Jules Rimet Trophy

    Eh they've not played for the Jules Rimet Trophy since 1970 when Brazil won it and got to keep it as the first country to win the it 3 times.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_World_Cup_Trophy

  4. Potts
    Dead Vulture

    Really?

    "Analysis: No host nation has ever lost the opening game of the World Cup."

    Maybe I'm wrong, but didn't the host playing the opening game only start in 2006 with Germany?

    Not really the best stat' el' Reg...

    1. OMGeek
      Pint

      Tittle

      Maybe Mr Blincoe is writing this from the pub after a few adult beverages, or perhaps El Reg could use some stat help from BetterLogic, eh? lol iornee.

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