2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for UEFA teams. A total of 51 teams took part, divided in 8 Groups - five groups of 6 teams each and three groups of 7 teams each - competing for 13 places in the World Cup. Germany, the hosts, were already qualified, for a total of 14 European places in the tournament.

The teams in each group would play against each other in a home-and-away basis. The team with most points in each group would qualify to the World Cup. The runners-up would be ranked. For the sake of fairness, in groups with 7 teams, results against the 7th placed team were ignored. The two best ranked runners-up would also qualify to the World Cup. The other six runners-up were drawn into three home-and-away knock-out matches, winners of those matches also qualifying.

The race to join hosts Germany at the 2006 FIFA World Cup featured an unlikely winner in Europe where Ukraine became the first team to qualify, having finished above Turkey, Denmark and Greece in arguably the continent's toughest qualifying group.

Serbia and Montenegro and Croatia also advanced to Germany at the head of their sections, the former forcing Spain into the play-offs in the process. Besides the eight group winners, two teams progressed automatically as best runners-up, namely Poland and Sweden while the play-offs offered a second chance to six others.

Qualification seeding (UEFA)[edit]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6 Pot 7

 France
 Portugal
 Sweden
 Czech Republic
 Spain
 Italy
 England
 Turkey

 Netherlands
 Croatia
 Belgium
 Denmark
 Russia
 Republic of Ireland
 Slovenia
 Poland

 Bulgaria
 Romania
 Scotland
 Serbia and Montenegro
 Switzerland
 Greece
 Slovakia
 Austria

 Ukraine
 Iceland
 Finland
 Norway
 Israel
 Bosnia-Herzegovina
 Latvia
 Wales

 Hungary
 Georgia
 Belarus
 Cyprus
 Estonia
 Northern Ireland
 Lithuania
 Macedonia

 Albania
 Armenia
 Moldova
 Azerbaijan
 Faroe Islands
 Malta
 San Marino
 Liechtenstein

 Andorra
 Luxembourg
 Kazakhstan

Tiebreakers[edit]

If teams are even on points at the end of group play, the tied teams will be ranked as follows:

  1. greater number of points obtained in matches between the tied teams
  2. goal difference in matches between the tied teams
  3. greater number of goals scored in matches between the tied teams
  4. goal difference in all group matches
  5. greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  6. a play-off on neutral ground, with extra time and penalties if necessary (in qualifying)
  7. drawing of lots (at the final event)

This is a change from the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where total goal difference was the first tiebreaker.

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 12 10 2 0 27 3 +24 32
 Czech Republic 12 9 0 3 35 12 +23 27
 Romania 12 8 1 3 20 10 +10 25
 Finland 12 5 1 6 21 19 +2 16
 Macedonia 12 2 3 7 11 24 −13 9
 Armenia 12 2 1 9 9 25 −16 7
 Andorra 12 1 2 9 4 34 −30 5
  Andorra Armenia Czech Republic Finland Republic of Macedonia Netherlands Romania
Andorra  0–3 0–4 0–0 1–0 0–3 1–5
Armenia  2–1 0–3 0–2 1–2 0–1 1–1
Czech Republic  8–1 4–1 4–3 6–1 0–2 1–0
Finland  3–0 3–1 0–3 5–1 0–4 0–1
Macedonia  0–0 3–0 0–2 0–3 2–2 1–2
Netherlands  4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 2–0
Romania  2–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–2

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ukraine 12 7 4 1 18 7 +11 25
 Turkey 12 6 5 1 23 9 +14 23
 Denmark 12 6 4 2 24 12 +12 22
 Greece 12 6 3 3 15 9 +6 21
 Albania 12 4 1 7 11 20 −9 13
 Georgia 12 2 4 6 14 25 −11 10
 Kazakhstan 12 0 1 11 6 29 −23 1
  Albania Denmark Georgia (country) Greece Kazakhstan Turkey Ukraine
Albania  0–2 3–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–2
Denmark  3–1 6–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–1
Georgia  2–0 2–2 1–3 0–0 2–5 1–1
Greece  2–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–1
Kazakhstan  0–1 1–2 1–2 1–2 0–6 1–2
Turkey  2–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 4–0 0–3
Ukraine  2–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–1

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Portugal 12 9 3 0 35 5 +30 30
 Slovakia 12 6 5 1 24 8 +16 23
 Russia 12 6 5 1 23 12 +11 23
 Estonia 12 5 2 5 16 17 −1 17
 Latvia 12 4 3 5 18 21 −3 15
 Liechtenstein 12 2 2 8 13 23 −10 8
 Luxembourg 12 0 0 12 5 48 −43 0
  Estonia Latvia Liechtenstein Luxembourg Portugal Russia Slovakia
Estonia  2–1 2–0 4–0 0–1 1–1 1–2
Latvia  2–2 1–0 4–0 0–2 1–1 1–1
Liechtenstein  1–2 1–3 3–0 2–2 1–2 0–0
Luxembourg  0–2 3–4 0–4 0–5 0–4 0–4
Portugal  4–0 3–0 2–1 6–0 7–1 2–0
Russia  4–0 2–0 2–0 5–1 0–0 1–1
Slovakia  1–0 4–1 7–0 3–1 1–1 0–0

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 10 5 5 0 14 2 +12 20
 Switzerland 10 4 6 0 18 7 +11 18
 Israel 10 4 6 0 15 10 +5 18
 Republic of Ireland 10 4 5 1 12 5 +7 17
 Cyprus 10 1 1 8 8 20 −12 4
 Faroe Islands 10 0 1 9 4 27 −23 1
  Cyprus Faroe Islands France Israel Republic of Ireland Switzerland
Cyprus  2–2 0–2 1–2 0–1 1–3
Faroe Islands  0–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–3
France  4–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Israel  2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–2
Republic of Ireland  3–0 2–0 0–1 2–2 0–0
Switzerland  1–0 6–0 1–1 1–1 1–1

Group 5[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 10 7 2 1 17 8 +9 23
 Norway 10 5 3 2 12 7 +5 18
 Scotland 10 3 4 3 9 7 +2 13
 Slovenia 10 3 3 4 10 13 −3 12
 Belarus 10 2 4 4 12 14 −2 10
 Moldova 10 1 2 7 5 16 −11 5
  Belarus Italy Moldova Norway Scotland Slovenia
Belarus  1–4 4–0 0–1 0–0 1–1
Italy  4–3 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–0
Moldova  2–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–2
Norway  1–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 3–0
Scotland  0–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–0
Slovenia  1–1 1–0 3–0 2–3 0–3

Group 6[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 10 8 1 1 17 5 +12 25
 Poland 10 8 0 2 27 9 +18 24
 Austria 10 4 3 3 15 12 +3 15
 Northern Ireland 10 2 3 5 10 18 −8 9
 Wales 10 2 2 6 10 15 −5 8
 Azerbaijan 10 0 3 7 1 21 −20 3
  Austria Azerbaijan England Northern Ireland Poland Wales
Austria  2–0 2–2 2–0 1–3 1–0
Azerbaijan  0–0 0–1 0–0 0–3 1–1
England  1–0 2–0 4–0 2–1 2–0
Northern Ireland  3–3 2–0 1–0 0–3 2–3
Poland  3–2 8–0 1–2 1–0 1–0
Wales  0–2 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–3

Group 7[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Serbia and Montenegro 10 6 4 0 16 1 +15 22
 Spain 10 5 5 0 19 3 +16 20
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 10 4 4 2 12 9 +3 16
 Belgium 10 3 3 4 16 11 +5 12
 Lithuania 10 2 4 4 8 9 −1 10
 San Marino 10 0 0 10 2 40 −38 0
  Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Lithuania San Marino Serbia and Montenegro Spain
Belgium  4–1 1–1 8–0 0–2 0–2
Bosnia-Herzegovina  1–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–1
Lithuania  1–1 0–1 4–0 0–2 0–0
San Marino  1–2 1–3 0–1 0–3 0–6
Serbia and Montenegro  0–0 1–0 2–0 5–0 0–0
Spain  2–0 1–1 1–0 5–0 1–1

Group 8[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Croatia 10 7 3 0 21 5 +16 24
 Sweden 10 8 0 2 30 4 +26 24
 Bulgaria 10 4 3 3 17 17 0 15
 Hungary 10 4 2 4 13 14 −1 14
 Iceland 10 1 1 8 14 27 −13 4
 Malta 10 0 3 7 4 32 −28 3
  Bulgaria Croatia Hungary Iceland Malta Sweden
Bulgaria  1–3 2–0 3–2 4–1 0–3
Croatia  2–2 3–0 4–0 3–0 1–0
Hungary  1–1 0–0 3–2 4–0 0–1
Iceland  1–3 1–3 2–3 4–1 1–4
Malta  1–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 0–7
Sweden  3–0 0–1 3–0 3–1 6–0

Play-offs[edit]

Sweden and Poland qualified directly to the World Cup. The other teams had to play-off.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 10 8 0 2 30 4 26 24
 Poland 10 8 0 2 27 9 18 24
 Czech Republic 10 7 0 3 23 11 12 21
 Spain 10 5 5 0 19 3 16 20
 Switzerland 10 4 6 0 18 7 11 18
 Norway 10 5 3 2 12 7 5 18
 Slovakia 10 4 5 1 17 7 10 17
 Turkey 10 4 5 1 13 9 4 17

First leg[edit]

12 November 2005
22:00 CET
Spain  5–1  Slovakia
Luis García Goal 10'18'74'
Torres Goal 65' (pen.)
Morientes Goal 79'
Report Németh Goal 49'

12 November 2005
20:45 CET
Switzerland  2–0  Turkey
Senderos Goal 41'
Behrami Goal 86'
Report
Stade de Suisse, Bern
Attendance: 31,130
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)

12 November 2005
19:30 CET
Norway  0–1  Czech Republic
Report Šmicer Goal 31'
Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo
Attendance: 24,264
Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)

Second leg[edit]

16 November 2005
20:15 CET
Slovakia  1–1  Spain
Hološko Goal 50' Report Villa Goal 71'
Tehelné pole, Bratislava
Attendance: 23,587
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

Spain won 6–2 on aggregate.


16 November 2005
20:15 EET
Turkey  4–2  Switzerland
Tuncay Goal 22'36'89'
Necati Goal 52' (pen.)
Report Frei Goal 2' (pen.)
Streller Goal 84'

Switzerland 4–4 Turkey. Switzerland won on away goals.


16 November 2005
20:15 CET
Czech Republic  1–0  Norway
Rosický Goal 35' Report
Toyota Arena, Prague
Attendance: 17,464
Referee: Graham Poll (England)

Czech Republic won 2–0 on aggregate.


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