1986 FIFA World Cup qualification

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1986 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Teams 121 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 308
Goals scored 801 (2.6 per match)
1982
1990

A total of 121 teams entered the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 24 spots in the final tournament. Mexico, as the hosts, and Italy, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 22 spots open for competition. The draw took place on 7 December 1983 at Zürich, Switzerland.

The 24 spots available in the 1986 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

  • Europe (UEFA): 13.5 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier Italy, while the other 12.5 places were contested by 32 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from OFC).
  • South America (CONMEBOL): 4 places, contested by 10 teams.
  • North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 2 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier Mexico, while the other 1 place was contested by 17 teams.
  • Africa (CAF): 2 places, contested by 29 teams.
  • Asia (AFC): 2 places, contested by 27 teams.
  • Oceania (OFC): 0.5 place, contested by 4 teams (including Israel and Chinese Taipei). The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from UEFA).

A total of 110 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 308 qualifying matches were played, and 801 goals were scored (an average of 2.60 per match).

Continental zones[edit]

To see the dates and results of the qualification rounds for each continental zone, click on the following articles:

Group 1 - Poland qualified. Belgium advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.
Group 2 - West Germany and Portugal qualified.
Group 3 - England and Northern Ireland qualified.
Group 4 - France and Bulgaria qualified.
Group 5 - Hungary qualified. Netherlands advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.
Group 6 - Denmark and USSR qualified.
Group 7 - Spain qualified. Scotland advanced to the UEFA – OFC Intercontinental Play-off.
Play-offs - Belgium qualified over Netherlands.
Group 1 - Argentina qualified. Peru and Colombia advanced to the CONMEBOL Play-offs.
Group 2 - Uruguay qualified. Chile advanced to the CONMEBOL Play-offs.
Group 3 - Brazil qualified. Paraguay advanced to the CONMEBOL Play-offs.
Play-offs - Paraguay qualified over Chile, Colombia and Peru.
Canada qualified.
Algeria and Morocco qualified.
Iraq and Korea Republic qualified.
Australia advanced to the UEFA – OFC play-off

Intercontinental Play-offs[edit]

The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would qualify.

UEFA – OFC Intercontinental Play-off[edit]

Scotland qualified.

Qualified teams[edit]

Final qualification status
  Country qualified for World Cup
  Country failed to qualify
  Country did not enter World Cup
  Country not a FIFA member

The following 24 teams qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup:

Team Finals Appearance Streak Last Appearance
 Algeria 2nd 2 1982
 Argentina 9th 4 1982
 Belgium 7th 2 1982
 Brazil 13th 13 1982
 Bulgaria 5th 1 1974
 Canada 1st 1
 Denmark 1st 1
 England 8th 2 1982
 France 9th 3 1982
 Hungary 9th 3 1982
 Iraq 1st 1
 Italy (c) 11th 7 1982
 South Korea 2nd 1 1954
 Mexico (h) 9th 1 1978
 Morocco 2nd 1 1970
 Northern Ireland 3rd 2 1982
 Paraguay 4th 1 1958
 Poland 5th 4 1982
 Portugal 2nd 1 1966
 Scotland 6th 4 1982
 Spain 7th 3 1982
 Uruguay 8th 1 1974
 Soviet Union 6th 2 1982
 West Germany 11th 9 1982

(h) - qualified automatically as hosts

(c) - qualified automatically as defending champions

Notes[edit]

  • West Germany lost a World Cup qualifying match for the first time ever on 16 October 1985, when they were defeated 0-1 by Portugal in Stuttgart. Including games played by Germany before the 2nd World War, they had played 36 World Cup qualifying matches (32 wins, 4 draws) before. Brazil did better by remaining undefeated until 25 July 1993, when they were beaten by Bolivia in La Paz, after 31 World Cup qualifying matches (24 wins, 7 draws) without a single loss.
  • Scotland manager Jock Stein died during their qualifier at Wales, suffering a heart attack immediately after the Scots scored a late equaliser.

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