dont think we can use this as an excuse ... i mean togo and Trinibag and tobago qualified and they have an even smaller population
Agreed. It's an argument I get sick of hearing. I don't see how a bigger population size should mean better footballers, or better anything for that matter. Sure there may be more good ones in actual numbers, but you have to sift through a heck of a lot more mediocre ones to find them. But when it comes down to it, it's all down to how they are coached, or trained or taught, how the activity, whatever it may be, is encouraged, the quality of coaches/trainers/teachers/experts etc. Just because one country has x million people and one has z million people doesn't have to mean one of them should be better at something.
They love this excuse here in NZ, I guess that's why I'm tired of it. Whenever they don't do so well at something it's always "oh, but we only have 4 million people, of course we must be shit
It's commonly heard here throughout the Olympics when they come around, especially after the event ends and they only have 1 or 2 medals. "Who cares about numbers, we have more medals per capita than ..."