Originally Posted by Kid A
Yeah. I guess "depth" wasn't technically the right word, but a much less diluted pool. Italy, Spain, Netherlands etc have to fight just to advance from their group play, whereas in the WC they practically stroll into the second elimination round most times.
As this article points out
, "a host nation, Italy, Germany, Brazil or another South American outfit have won every WC except the most recent" whereas "in the 13 tournaments since its inception in 1956, nine different teams have hoisted the Euro trophy." Germany is the only outlier to this parity, having won three times. The bloodbath has occasionally allowed teams like Greece or Denmark (very very solid teams in global scheme, but underdogs in this setting) to win it all, something we've never seen in the WC.
Over the last 3 FIFA tournaments, 6 (2010), 8 (2006), 6 (2002) 20 teams have finished the group stage with 0 and 1 total points, the breakdown of those teams: 6 African teams, 4 European teams, 6 Asian teams and 4 North and Central American teams.
Asia sends 4 teams to each tournament, that means 50% of all Asian teams have earned 0 or 1 point.
Africa sends 5 to each tournament, more than 33% of all African teams earned 0 or 1 point.
Concacaf sends 3, that means abbout 45% of all Concacaf teams earn 0 or 1 point.
Europe sends 13 teams, that means about 11% of European teams earn 0 or 1 point.
For reference, 0% of 5 or 6 South American teams earned 0 or 1 point, and New Zealand earned more than 1 point the one time they went.