So why isn't Taiwan in the World Cup? Maybe it's because they are forced to call themselves Chinese Taipei. But also because they ain't no good. Let's look at our path to Germany:
Two matches against Macau in the preliminary round turn in Taiwan's favor. 3-1 and 3-0. We're on our way!
Thumped by Palestine 8-0. Never recover.
Lose to Uzbekistan in close 1-0
Thumped by Iraq twice. 6-1 and 4-1
Grudge match against Palestine results in close 1-0 match
Grudge match against Uzbekistan results in 6-1 thumping
Total goals against: 26. Total goals for: uh, 3. Hey, we're just a little island.
Even bigger islands like the Philippines didn't enter this year. While I was asking myself this question and trying to find the answer, I ran across this cryptic remark in the Wikipedia dictionary regarding the Philippines national team's performance in the Asian Cup:
Asian Cup record
My question is of course: Who or what is Heisei Cantero? And why he/it cause the loss of the Philippines national team in the Asian Cup? The plot thickens!