Jun 4, 2014; Frisco, TX, USA; Ivory Coast forward Yao Kouassi (10) dribbles the ball against El Salvador during the game at Toyota Stadium. Kouassi has a goal and an assist. Ivory Coast defeats El Salvador 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions as a World Cup Team

If the Detroit Lions were a World Cup team, which one would they be?

Frank Schwab of Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner took up the task of matching each of the 32 NFL teams with their World Cup “doppleganger.”

Schwab pegged the Lions as Ivory Coast, or Côte d’Ivoire in French if you want to get fancy. The explanation:

Ivory Coast has gotten a lot of hype in the past few World Cups, but hasn’t gotten out of the group stage. It’s kind of surprising with the talent on the roster that Ivory Coast hasn’t done better. Right, Lions fans?

Ouch. That hits close to home and it hurts. Unfortuantely, it’s also accurate.

Elsewhere in the NFC North, Schwab draws the following parallels.

Chicago Bears – Chile
Green Bay Packers – Uruguay
Minnesota Vikings – Mexico

That would make for a strong foursome in group play and unfortunately, one that the Lions/Ivory Coast wouldn’t be projected to survive to advance to the knockout stage.

Uruguay is ranked seventh in the latest FIFA rankings with Chile 14th, Mexico 20th and Ivory Coast 23rd. Maybe not quite a “group of death” but strong nonetheless.

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