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National Manager

Even Long Shots Make It



     On 7th September 2002 Scotland's national football team drew with Faroe Islands in one of our worst results ever. That night I contacted the Scottish Football Association saying as protest to the way the team was being run by manager Berti Vogts, that I no longer wished to be considered for international selection. On 1st November 2004 (two whole years later) Beri Vogts resigned from the job. I knew I could have done a better managing the team than Berti, and he lasted more than two years.

     A few years later the Scotland job was vacant again, so I decided to apply. The Scottish Football Association didn't ever reply, but I was one step closer to becoming a national manager. There are 207 international football teams. One down, 206 to go.

A plan like this takes two things; a logo, which would be easy enough to make, and some way to order all 207 teams. Luckily for that one the people at Fifa are nice enough to rank all the teams, from Brazil to Papua New Guinea. Now I was ready to become a national manager.



Ranking* Country Applications Auto-Replies Replies
1 Brazil Application
2 Spain Application
3 Netherlands Application
4 Italy Application
5 Germany Application
6 Russia Application
7 England Application
8 Argentina Application
9 France Application
10 Croatia Application
11 USA Application
12 Greece Application
13 Serbia Application
14 Australia Application Auto-Reply
15 Switzerland Application
16 Denmark Application
17 Portugal Application
18 Czech Republic Application
19 Bulgaria Application
20 Côte d'Ivoire Application
21 Chile Application
22 Israel Application
23 Paraguay Application
24 Mexico Application
25 Ukraine Application
26 Romania Application
27 Turkey Application
28 Uruguay Application
29 Cameroon Application
30 Scotland Application Auto-Reply
31 Northern Ireland Application Reply
32 Egypt Application
33 Ghana Application
34 Nigeria Application
35 Gabon Application
36 Ecuador Application
37 Poland Application
38 Republic of Ireland Application
39 Costa Rica Application
40 Japan Application
41 Sweden Application
42 Honduras Application
43 Norway Application Auto-Reply
44 Algeria Application
45 Slovakia Application
46 Bosnia-Herzegovina Application
47 Hungary Application
48 Colombia Application
49 Korea Republic Application
50 Tunisia Application
51 Venezuela Application
52 Burkina Faso Application
53 Mali Application
54 Slovenia Application
55 Guinea Application
56 FYR Macedonia Application
57 Morocco Application
58 Latvia Application
59 Bolivia Application
60 Iran Application
61 Finland Application Auto-Reply
62 Lithuania Application
63 Trinidad and Tobago Application
64 Bahrain Application
65 Saudi Arabia Application
66 Canada Application
67 Wales Application
68 Belgium Application
69 Jamaica Application
70 Austria Application
71 Togo Application
72 Uganda Application
73 South Africa Application
74 Oman Application
75 Panama Application
76 Cyprus Application
77 Belarus Application
78 Benin Application
79 Congo Application
80 Senegal Application
81 Zambia Application
82 Libya Application
83 Qatar Application
84 Mozambique Application
85 El Salvador Application
86 Uzbekistan Application
87 Cuba Application
88 Moldova Application
89 Montenegro Application
90 Korea DPR Application
91 Peru Application
92 Angola Application
93 Albania Application
94 Tanzania Application
95 Syria Application
96 Sudan Application
97 Iceland Application
98 Iraq Application
99 Gambia Application
100 New Zealand Application Auto-Reply
101 Namibia Application
102 Fiji Application
103 Barbados Application
104 Kenya Application
105 Malawi Application
106 Antigua and Barbuda Application
107 China PR Application
108 Grenada Application
109 Haiti Application Reply
110 Kuwait Application Reply
111 Guatemala Application
112 Georgia Application
113 Cape Verde Islands Application
114 Estonia Application
115 Thailand Application
116 Luxembourg Application
117 Rwanda Application
118 Congo DR Application
119 Suriname Application
120 Zimbabwe Application
121 Sierra Leone Application
122 Guyana Application Auto-Reply
123 United Arab Emirates Application
124 Chad Application
125 Armenia Application
126 Burundi Application
127 Singapore Application
128 Hong Kong Application
129 Jordan Application
130 Equatorial Guinea Application
131 Madagascar Application
132 Botswana Application
133 Indonesia Application
134 New Caledonia Application
135 Niger Application
136 Kazakhstan Application
137 Ethiopia Application
138 Vanuatu Application
139 Azerbaijan Application
140 Malta Application
141 Nicaragua Application
142 Yemen Application
143 Kyrgyzstan Application
144 Liberia Application
145 Myanmar Application
146 Vietnam Application
147 Turkmenistan Application
148 St. Vincent and the Grenadines Application Reply
149 India Application
150 Lebanon Application
151 Liechtenstein Application
152 Malaysia Application
153 St. Kitts and Nevis Application
154 Bermuda Application
155 Maldvies Application
156 Swaziland Application
157 Eritrea Application
158 Philippines Application
159 Sri Lanka Application
160 Lesotho Application
161 Mauritania Application
162 Solomon Islands Application
163 Faroe Islands Application
164 Netherlands Antilles Application
165 Puerto Rico Application
166 Chinese Taipei Application
167 Bangladesh Application
168 Pakistan Application
169 Somalia Application
170 Laos Application
171 Cambodia Application
172 Tajikistan Application
173 Palestine Application
174 Mongolia Application
175 Nepal Application
176 Belize Application
177 Bahamas Application
178 Seychelles Application
179 Turks and Caicos Islands Application
180 Brunei Darussalam Application
181 Cayman Islands Application
182 Mauritius Application
183 Dominican Republic Application
184 Samoa Application
185 Guinea-Bissau Application
186 Guam Application
187 Cook Islands Application
188 Djibouti Application
189 Tahiti Application
190 St. Lucia Application
191 Afghanistan Application
192 British Virgin Islands Application Reply
193 Macau Application
194 Tonga Application
195 Andorra Application
196 Bhutan Application
197 Dominica Application
198 Aruba Application
199 Timor-Leste Application
200 US Virgin Islands Application
201 Comoros Application
202 Central African Republic Application
203 San Marino Application
204 Anguilla Application
205 Montserrat Application
206 American Samoa Application
207 Papua New Guinea Application




*Ranking as at 01 Oct 2009