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World Cup: Domestic Equivalent

Wednesday 16 June 2010 by

When I watch international football I always have a look to see what the domestic equivalent is. International teams hardly play each other so it’s something I do to help me compare teams and understand what to expect in a game. Below you can see the top 105 teams in the FIFA World Rankings and their English domestic equivalent (according to their finishing positions of teams in the England football leagues). Here are a few highlights.

Brazil – Chelsea
Spain – Manchester United
England – Everton
USA- Bolton
Switerland – Cardiff City
North Korea – Kidderminster Harriers

So Everton drawing with Bolton doesn’t seem so bad and Kidderminster Harriers giving Chelsea a decent game seems a fantastic achievement. And Cardiff getting a win over Manchester United isn’t that much of a surprise really.

This is a classic thing that means absolutely nothing, but hey you might find it interesting to compare teams when you are watching the World Cup. It might distract you from the Vuvuzelas!

Oh – Watford’s International Equivalent is Denmark.

1 Brazil Chelsea
2 Spain Manchester United
3 Portugal Arsenal
4 Netherlands Tottenham Hotspur
5 Italy Manchester City
6 Germany Aston Villa
7 Argentina Liverpool
8 England Everton
9 France Birmingham City
10 Croatia Blackburn Rovers
11 Russia Stoke City
12 Egypt Fulham
13 Greece Sunderland
14 USA Bolton Wanderers
15 Serbia Wolverhampton Wanderers
16 Uruguay Wigan Athletic
17 Mexico West Ham United
18 Chile Burnley
19 Cameroon Hull City
20 Australia Portsmouth
21 Nigeria Newcastle United
22 Norway West Bromwich Albion
23 Ukraine Nottingham Forest
24 Switzerland Cardiff City
25 Slovenia Leicester City
26 Israel Blackpool
27 Côte d’Ivoire Swansea City
28 Romania Sheffield United
29 Turkey Reading
30 Algeria Bristol City
31 Paraguay Middlesbrough
32 Ghana Doncaster Rovers
33 Czech Republic Queens Park Rangers
34 Slovakia Derby County
35 Colombia Ipswich Town
36 Denmark Watford
37 Sweden Preston North End
38 Honduras Barnsley
39 Bulgaria Coventry City
40 Costa Rica Scunthorpe United
41 Republic of Ireland Crystal Palace
42 Gabon Sheffield Wednesday
43 Scotland Plymouth Argyle
44 Ecuador Peterborough United
45 Japan Newcastle United
46 Latvia Norwich City
47 Korea Republic Leeds United
48 Burkina Faso Millwall
49 Venezuela Charlton Athletic
49 Lithuania Swindon Town
51 Bosnia-Herzegovina Southampton
52 Finland Colchester United
53 Peru Brentford
54 Mali Walsall
55 Tunisia Bristol Rovers
56 Northern Ireland Milton Keynes Dons
57 Hungary Brighton & Hove Albion
58 Poland Carlisle United
59 Belgium Yeovil Town
60 Benin Oldham Athletic
61 Iran Leyton Orient
61 FYR Macedonia Exeter City
63 Canada Tranmere Rovers
64 Montenegro Hartlepool United
65 Bolivia Gillingham
66 Saudi Arabia Wycombe Wanderers
67 Cyprus Southend United
68 Austria Stockport County
69 Bahrain Notts County
70 Morocco Bournemouth
71 Zambia Rochdale
72 El Salvador Morecambe
73 Uganda Rotherham United
74 Panama Aldershot Town
75 Senegal Dagenham & Redbridge
76 Togo Chesterfield
77 Wales Bury
78 New Zealand Port Vale
79 Albania Northampton Town
80 Iraq Shrewsbury Town
81 Jamaica Burton Albion
82 Belarus Bradford City
83 South Africa Accrington Stanley
84 China PR Hereford United
85 Mozambique Torquay United
86 Malawi Crewe Alexandra
87 Guinea Macclesfield Town
88 Angola Lincoln City
89 Moldova Barnet
90 Iceland Cheltenham Town
91 Oman Grimsby Town
91 Haiti Darlington
93 Gambia Stevenage
94 Uzbekistan Luton Town
95 Trinidad and Tobago Oxford United
96 Qatar Rushden & Diamonds
97 Kuwait York City
98 Syria Kettering Town
99 Estonia Crawley Town
100 Armenia AFC Wimbledon
101 United Arab Emirates Mansfield Town
102 Libya Cambridge United
103 Congo Wrexham
104 Jordan Salisbury City
105 Korea DPR Kidderminster Harriers

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