Population - slightly less than Uruguay.
Economics - How does that affect a team?
Nameless - My name is Mike Mcloughlin and I have been watching my country play for 40+ years.The current form says we are one of the best four teams in Europe and have one of the world's best players.We've had too many reality checks in the past so I must humbly beg your forgiveness for daring to actually enjoy a very rare success for our country!
WC Qualifying - Which country do you follow? How easy is their route?Would they get out of any UEFA group?
Allocation - Still not 50% though
Best Teams etc- Last time they were there New Zealand went out undefeated.Why shouldn't they have the same chance as everyone else?
Slots - Increasing the Asian and African allocations improved the game there no end.Would regular Inter-American competition not help to improve the current CONCACAF nations?
Best teams? - Not always,sometimes absolute joke sides get in where better sides from other areas don't but that is the beauty of the game.To stifle the world game the way the CL stifles most club football would be a mistake.