2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone (UEFA). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 51 UEFA teams entered the competition. The European zone was allocated 14.5 places (out of 32) in the final tournament. France, the defending champions, qualified automatically leaving 13.5 spots open for competition between 50 teams.

The 50 teams were divided into nine groups, five groups of six teams and four groups of five teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify. Among the runners-up, the runner-up of Group 2 was drawn randomly to advance to the UEFA / AFC Intercontinental play-off. The other runners-up would advance to the UEFA play-offs.

In the play-offs, the eight teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The four aggregate winners qualified.

Qualification seeding (UEFA)[edit]

The draw was made in December 1999, and was based on average points per game achieved in 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification and UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying.

Notable things:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5

 Spain 2.61
 Romania 2.60
 Norway 2.50
 Sweden 2.39
 Netherlands 2.38
 Czech Republic 2.30
 Germany 2.28
 Belgium 2.25
 Yugoslavia 2.22

 Austria 2.11
 Portugal 2.10
 Italy 2.06
 Scotland 2.05
 England 2.00
 Russia 2.00
 Ukraine 2.00
 Denmark 1.94
 Turkey 1.94

 Republic of Ireland 1.89
 Croatia 1.88
 Slovakia 1.65
 Bulgaria 1.63
 Israel 1.63
 Greece 1.61
  Switzerland 1.50
 Poland 1.44
 Lithuania 1.40

 Cyprus 1.38
 Hungary 1.33
 Finland 1.31
 Iceland 1.20
 Macedonia 1.17
 Latvia 1.15
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.11
 Slovenia 1.00
 Wales 1.00

 Georgia 0.83
 Armenia 0.80
 Estonia 0.75
 Northern Ireland 0.67
 Albania 0.55
 Faroe Islands 0.45
 Azerbaijan 0.39
 Belarus 0.39
 Moldova 0.25
 Liechtenstein 0.20
 Andorra 0.00
 Luxembourg 0.00
 Malta 0.00
 San Marino 0.00

First round[edit]

Legend
Countries that directly qualified for the 2002 World Cup
Countries that advanced to the play-offs

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Russia 10 7 2 1 18 5 13 23
 Slovenia 10 5 5 0 17 9 8 20
 Yugoslavia 10 5 4 1 22 8 14 19
  Switzerland 10 4 2 4 18 12 6 14
 Faroe Islands 10 2 1 7 6 23 −17 7
 Luxembourg 10 0 0 10 4 28 −24 0
 
Faroe Islands  1–0 0–3 2–2 0–1 0–6
Luxembourg  0–2 1–2 1–2 0–3 0–2
Russia  1–0 3–0 1–1 4–0 1–1
Slovenia  3–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–1
Switzerland   5–1 5–0 0–1 0–1 1–2
Yugoslavia  2–0 6–2 0–1 1–1 1–1

Russia qualified. Slovenia advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Portugal 10 7 3 0 33 7 26 24
 Republic of Ireland 10 7 3 0 23 5 18 24
 Netherlands 10 6 2 2 30 9 21 20
 Estonia 10 2 2 6 10 26 −16 8
 Cyprus 10 2 2 6 13 31 −18 8
 Andorra 10 0 0 10 5 36 −31 0
 
Andorra  2–3 1–2 0–3 0–5 1–7
Cyprus  5–0 2–2 0–4 0–4 1–3
Estonia  1–0 2–2 0–2 2–4 1–3
Republic of Ireland  3–1 4–0 2–0 1–0 1–1
Netherlands  4–0 4–0 5–0 2–2 0–2
Portugal  3–0 6–0 5–0 1–1 2–2

Portugal qualified. Republic of Ireland advanced to the UEFA / AFC Intercontinental Play-off

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 10 6 4 0 22 6 16 22
 Czech Republic 10 6 2 2 20 8 12 20
 Bulgaria 10 5 2 3 14 15 −1 17
 Iceland 10 4 1 5 14 20 −6 13
 Northern Ireland 10 3 2 5 11 12 −1 11
 Malta 10 0 1 9 4 24 −20 1
 
Bulgaria  0–1 0–2 2–1 3–0 4–3
Czech Republic  6–0 0–0 4–0 3–2 3–1
Denmark  1–1 2–1 6–0 2–1 1–1
Iceland  1–1 3–1 1–2 3–0 1–0
Malta  0–2 0–0 0–5 1–4 0–1
Northern Ireland  0–1 0–1 1–1 3–0 1–0

Denmark qualified. Czech Republic advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 10 8 2 0 20 3 17 26
 Turkey 10 6 3 1 18 8 10 21
 Slovakia 10 5 2 3 16 9 7 17
 Macedonia 10 1 4 5 11 18 −7 7
 Moldova 10 1 3 6 6 20 −14 6
 Azerbaijan 10 1 2 7 4 17 −13 5
 
Azerbaijan  1–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 0–1
Macedonia  3–0 2–2 0–5 1–2 1–2
Moldova  2–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–3
Slovakia  3–1 2–0 4–2 0–0 0–1
Sweden  3–0 1–0 6–0 2–0 1–1
Turkey  3–0 3–3 2–0 1–1 1–2

Sweden qualified. Turkey advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.

Group 5[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Poland 10 6 3 1 21 11 10 21
 Ukraine 10 4 5 1 13 8 5 17
 Belarus 10 4 3 3 12 11 1 15
 Norway 10 2 4 4 12 14 −2 10
 Wales 10 1 6 3 10 12 −2 9
 Armenia 10 0 5 5 7 19 −12 5
 
Armenia  0–0 1–4 1–1 2–3 2–2
Belarus  2–1 2–1 4–1 0–2 2–1
Norway  0–0 1–1 2–3 0–1 3–2
Poland  4–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 0–0
Ukraine  3–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 1–1
Wales  0–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–1

Poland qualified. Ukraine advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.

Group 6[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Croatia 8 5 3 0 15 2 13 18
 Belgium 8 5 2 1 25 6 19 17
 Scotland 8 4 3 1 12 6 6 15
 Latvia 8 1 1 6 5 16 −11 4
 San Marino 8 0 1 7 3 30 −27 1
 
Belgium  0–0 3–1 10–1 2–0
Croatia  1–0 4–1 4–0 1–1
Latvia  0–4 0–1 1–1 0–1
San Marino  1–4 0–4 0–1 0–2
Scotland  2–2 0–0 2–1 4–0

Croatia qualified. Belgium advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.

Group 7[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 8 6 2 0 21 4 17 20
 Austria 8 4 3 1 10 8 2 15
 Israel 8 3 3 2 11 7 4 12
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 2 2 4 12 12 0 8
 Liechtenstein 8 0 0 8 0 23 −23 0
 
Austria  2–0 2–1 2–0 1–1
Bosnia and Herzegovina  1–1 0–0 5–0 1–2
Israel  1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1
Liechtenstein  0–1 0–3 0–3 0–2
Spain  4–0 4–1 2–0 5–0

Spain qualified. Austria advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.

Group 8[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 8 6 2 0 16 3 13 20
 Romania 8 5 1 2 10 7 3 16
 Georgia 8 3 1 4 12 12 0 10
 Hungary 8 2 2 4 14 13 1 8
 Lithuania 8 0 2 6 3 20 −17 2
 
Georgia  3–1 1–2 2–0 0–2
Hungary  4–1 2–2 1–1 0–2
Italy  2–0 1–0 4–0 3–0
Lithuania  0–4 1–6 0–0 1–2
Romania  1–1 2–0 0–2 1–0

Italy qualified. Romania advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.

Group 9[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 8 5 2 1 16 6 10 17
 Germany 8 5 2 1 14 10 4 17
 Finland 8 3 3 2 12 7 5 12
 Greece 8 2 1 5 7 17 −10 7
 Albania 8 1 0 7 5 14 −9 3
 
Albania  1–3 0–2 0–2 2–0
England  2–0 2–1 0–1 2–2
Finland  2–1 0–0 2–2 5–1
Germany  2–1 1–5 0–0 2–0
Greece  1–0 0–2 1–0 2–4

England qualified. Germany advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.

Germany lost a World Cup qualifying match for only the second time on 1 September 2001, when they were defeated 5–1 by England in Munich. They had played 62 World Cup qualifying matches before (47 wins, 14 draws, 1 loss). Apart from Germany, no team having played more than 20 World Cup qualifying matches has lost less than three of them.

Play-offs[edit]

Republic of Ireland qualified to the UEFA / AFC Intercontinental Play-off. The other teams qualified to the UEFA play-offs.

Matches[edit]

10 November 2001
Belgium  1–0  Czech Republic
G. Verheyen Goal 28' Report
Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels
Attendance: 39,000
Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland)
14 November 2001
Czech Republic  0–1  Belgium
Report Wilmots Goal 85' (pen.)
Letná Stadium, Prague
Attendance: 18,996
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)

Belgium qualified by the aggregate score of 2–0.

10 November 2001
Ukraine  1–1  Germany
Zubov Goal 18' Report Ballack Goal 31'
14 November 2001
Germany  4–1  Ukraine
Ballack Goal 4'51'
Neuville Goal 11'
Rehmer Goal 15'
Report Shevchenko Goal 90'
Westfalenstadion, Dortmund
Attendance: 52,400
Referee: Vítor Melo Pereira (Portugal)

Germany qualified by the aggregate score of 5–2.

10 November 2001
Slovenia  2–1  Romania
Ačimovič Goal 41'
Osterc Goal 70'
Report M. Niculae Goal 26'
14 November 2001
Romania  1–1  Slovenia
Contra Goal 65' Report Rudonja Goal 55'
Steaua, Bucharest
Attendance: 24,500
Referee: Hellmut Krug (Germany)

Slovenia qualified by the aggregate score of 3–2.

10 November 2001
Austria  0–1  Turkey
Report Buruk Goal 60'
Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Manuel Mejuto González (Spain)
14 November 2001
Turkey  5–0  Austria
Baştürk Goal 21'
Şükür Goal 31'
Buruk Goal 45'
Erdem Goal 69'85'
Report
Ali Sami Yen, Istanbul
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)

Turkey qualified by the aggregate score of 6–0.

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