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How predictive are qualifying results?

Updated: March 3, 2010, 10:37 AM ET
By Paul Carr | ESPN Stats & Information

The United States faces the Netherlands in an international friendly Wednesday in Amsterdam (2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ESPN360). The Dutch are ranked No. 4 in ESPN's Soccer Power Index and are among the World Cup favorites after running the table in qualifying. The Netherlands and Spain were the first countries to win all of their qualifiers in the last four cycles, and both seem to be in fine form as the World Cup nears. Five other countries also qualified for the 2010 World Cup without suffering ...

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