Only NZ and octopus undefeated

   FIFA WORLD CUP RANKINGS BY MATCHES LOST
  Team Rank     Odds Lost To
 1 NZ   32 2000/1    0  
 2 Spain    1    7/2    1 Switzerland
  Brazil    2    9/2    1 Holland
  England    3    6/1    1 Germany
  Argentina    4    7/1    1 Germany
  Holland    5   11/1    1 Spain
  Italy    6   14/1    1 Slovakia
  Portugal    9   22/1    1 Spain
  Ivory Cst   10   33/1    1 Brazil
  Paraguay   11   50/1    1 Spain
  USA   13   66/1    1 Ghana
  S. Africa   18   80/1    1 Uruguay
  Australia   20  100/1    1 Germany
  Switzerland   25  200/1    1 Chile
  Slovenia   27  250/1    1 England
17 Germany    7   16/1    2 Serbia, Spain
  France    8   20/1    2 Mexico, S. Africa
  Chile   11   50/1    2 Brazil, Spain
  Uruguay   13   66/1    2 Holland, Germany
  Ghana   13   66/1    2 Germany, Uruguay
  Serbia   13   66/1    2 Australia, Ghana
  Denmark   18   80/1    2 Japan, Holland
  Mexico   20  100/1    2 Argentina, Uruguay
  Nigeria   20  100/1    2 Argentina, Greece
  S. Korea   23  125/1    2 Argentina, Uruguay
  Greece   24  150/1    2 Argent, S. Korea
  Japan   25  200/1    2 Holland, Paraguay
  Slovakia   27  250/1    2 Holland, Paraguay
  Algeria   29  350/1    2 Slovenia, USA
  Honduras   30  500/1    2 Chile, Spain
31 Cameroon   13   66/1    3 Denm, Japan, Holl
  N. Korea   31 1000/1    3 Braz, Iv Cst, Port

The odds above are those offered by British bookmaker William Hill on 26 May, a few days before the start of the World Cup.

(My rankings are those of the bookie, not FIFA.)

Note that William Hill cruelly rated New Zealand twice as unlikely to lift the trophy as North Korea (at 2000/1 compared with 1000/1).

This despite the All Whites’ FIFA ranking being 26 places higher than Kim Jong-Il’s hermits (78th to their 104th).

How very ironic, then, that our so-called easy-beats should end up as the unbeatables — indeed the only 2010 finalists to remain undefeated in World Cup Finals since 1982.

But even New Zealand’s surprise showing must take second place to the stellar achievements of Paul the Psychic Octopus.

In picking Germany to beat Uruguay for third, and Spain to beat Holland in this morning’s final, the oracle mollusc finished the tournament with a perfect 8 correct picks out of 8.

William Hill could do worse than offer him a job.

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