Thursday, July 08, 2004

The top in Europe - for other reasons

I was looking through the National Statistics' most recent newsletter the other day and was struck by the road deaths totals. Portugal and Greece top the list while the UK sits at the bottom.

Of course there's no link between traffic accidents and footballing ability, but it is of passing trivial interest to note that those teams which disappointed - England, Holland, Denmark and Sweden - are all at the bottom, while the underachievers, Germany and Italy, sit in the middle.

If there was a correlation then surely Luxembourg and Belgium would be better performers at international tournaments?

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