2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

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Iran vs South Korea
Uzbekistan vs Bahrain
Uzbekistan vs Japan 2009

The Asian Football Confederation was allocated four assured qualifying berths for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and one place in a play-off. 43 teams were in the running for these spots; Laos, Brunei and the Philippines did not attempt to qualify. This was the first time Timor-Leste competed in World Cup qualification and the first time Australia attempted to qualify for the World Cup as a member of the AFC, having moved from the Oceania Football Confederation at the start of 2006.

Asia's four automatic qualifying berths were taken by Australia, Japan and both North and South Korea. Bahrain failed to become a fifth Asian representative in the World Cup after losing their AFC/OFC playoff against New Zealand.

Seeding[edit]

The initial seeding (used in the draw for the first two rounds) was based on each team's performance during the qualification stage for the previous World Cup.[1] The admission of Australia to the AFC complicated matters slightly (as they had not taken part in the previous AFC qualification cycle, but had progressed to the World Cup finals in Germany - and had advanced further than the AFC qualifiers).

Initially, the AFC placed Australia as the first seed even though this contradicted the letter of the seeding - past practice (such as adopted by the AFC in the draw for the qualification to the 2008 Olympic Football Tournament) would have seeded Australia last.

By the time of the main qualification draw in Durban (which included the AFC third round), the seeding had been adjusted to rank the top 5 AFC nations according to their performance in the World Cup Final Tournament (of 2006). This resulted in minor changes to the seeding at that point.

Seeding for the first two rounds[edit]

Teams ranked 1–5 received a bye from the first two knockout rounds and are entered into the third round.
Teams ranked 6–43 entered at the first round, with teams ranked from 6–24 drawn against teams ranked from 25–43.
Of the first round winners, the eight lowest remaining seeds would go on to play in the second round. The other teams would receive a bye to the third round.[2]

Top Seeds
(Ranked 1st to 5th)
Pot A
(Ranked 6th to 24th)
Pot B
(Ranked 25th to 43rd)
  1.  Australia
  2.  South Korea
  3.  Saudi Arabia
  4.  Japan
  5.  Iran
  1.  Bahrain
  2.  Uzbekistan
  3.  Kuwait
  4.  North Korea
  5.  China PR
  6.  Jordan
  7.  Iraq
  8.  Lebanon
  9.  Oman
  10.  United Arab Emirates
  11.  Qatar
  12.  Syria
  13.  Palestine
  14.  Thailand
  15.  Turkmenistan
  16.  Tajikistan
  17.  Indonesia
  18.  Hong Kong
  19.  Yemen
  1.  Vietnam
  2.  Kyrgyzstan
  3.  Maldives
  4.  India
  5.  Singapore
  6.  Sri Lanka
  7.  Malaysia
  8.  Chinese Taipei
  9.  Bangladesh
  10.  Macau
  11.  Pakistan
  12.  Afghanistan
  13.  Mongolia
  14.  Guam
  15.    Nepal
  16.  Cambodia
  17.  Bhutan
  18.  Myanmar
  19.  Timor-Leste
  • Guam and Bhutan withdrew after the draw, but before playing any matches.

First round[edit]

The official draw took place on 6 August 2007 at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Teams from Pot A were randomly paired with a team from Pot B.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Pakistan  0–7  Iraq 0–7 0–01
Uzbekistan  11–0  Chinese Taipei 9–0 2–0
Thailand  13–2  Macau 6–1 7–1
Sri Lanka  0–6  Qatar 0–1 0–5
China PR  11–0  Myanmar 7–0 4–04
Bhutan  w/o2  Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan  2–2
(5–6 pens)
 Jordan 2–0 0–2 (aet)
Vietnam  0–6  United Arab Emirates 0–1 0–5
Bahrain  4–1  Malaysia 4–1 0–0
Timor-Leste  3–11  Hong Kong 2–35 1–8
Syria  5–1  Afghanistan 3–0 2–11
Yemen  3–2  Maldives 3–0 0–2
Bangladesh  1–6  Tajikistan 1–1 0–5
Mongolia  2–9  North Korea 1–4 1–5
Oman  4–0    Nepal 2–0 2–0
Palestine  0–7  Singapore 0–41 0–36
Lebanon  6–3  India 4–1 2–2
Cambodia  1–5  Turkmenistan 0–1 1–4
Guam  w/o3  Indonesia
  1. ^ For security reasons, Iraq played their home leg in Syria, Palestine played their home leg in Qatar and Afghanistan played their home leg in Tajikistan.[3]
  2. ^ Bhutan withdrew.[4]
  3. ^ Guam withdrew.[5]
  4. ^ FIFA decided to move Myanmar home match to Malaysia.[6]
  5. ^ Timor-Leste elected to play their home leg in Indonesia.
  6. ^ Palestine failed to appear; Singapore was awarded a 3–0 win. The Palestine Football Federation appealed to have the match rescheduled on the grounds that its players did not receive permits to leave the Gaza Strip, but FIFA dismissed the appeal.[7]

Second round[edit]

Of the nineteen teams that progressed from the first round, the eight lowest seeded teams were required to play in the second round (the other eleven teams received a bye to the third round). As with the first round the draw took place on 6 August 2007 at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

As the teams involved were not known at the time, the draw placed teams ranked 16-19 against teams ranked 12-15. The ties drawn were

  • 17th against 14th
  • 16th against 12th
  • 18th against 13th
  • 19th against 15th
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hong Kong  0–3  Turkmenistan 0–0 0–3
Indonesia  1–11  Syria 1–4 0–7
Singapore  3–1  Tajikistan 2–0 1–1
Yemen  1–2  Thailand 1–1 0–1

Third round[edit]

The top 5 seeds were joined by the eleven highest-ranked winners from the first round and the four second round winners.

Qualified teams[edit]

Byes to Round 3 Top 11 Round 1 winners Round 2 winners
  1.  Australia
  2.  South Korea
  3.  Saudi Arabia
  4.  Japan
  5.  Iran
  1.  Bahrain
  2.  Uzbekistan
  3.  Kuwait1
  4.  North Korea
  5.  China PR
  6.  Jordan
  7.  Iraq
  8.  Lebanon
  9.  Oman
  10.  United Arab Emirates
  11.  Qatar
  1.  Syria
  2.  Thailand
  3.  Turkmenistan
  4.  Singapore

1 On 30 October 2007, the Kuwait Football Association was suspended from international football competitions by FIFA. On 9 November 2007, Kuwait was conditionally reinstated to international football competitions by FIFA.[8]

Seeding[edit]

These 20 teams were drawn into five groups of four teams at the main group draw in Durban, South Africa on 25 November 2007. The seeding for the main draw was the same for the first two rounds, with the exception that the five seeded nations (those that qualified for the 2006 finals) were ordered on the basis of results in the 2006 finals tournament.[9] This saw Iran move from fifth to third, and Japan and Saudi Arabia ranked equal fourth.

The four seeding Pots used were:

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D

 Australia
 South Korea
 Iran
 Japan
 Saudi Arabia

 Bahrain
 Uzbekistan
 Kuwait
 North Korea
 China PR

 Jordan
 Iraq
 Lebanon
 Oman
 United Arab Emirates

 Qatar
 Syria
 Thailand
 Turkmenistan
 Singapore

Groups[edit]

The teams in each group played each other twice, once home and once away. The teams that finished first and second in their group qualified for the fourth round.

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Australia 6 3 1 2 7 3 +4 10
 Qatar 6 3 1 2 5 6 −1 10
 Iraq 6 2 1 3 4 6 −2 7
 China PR 6 1 3 2 3 4 −1 6
  Australia China Iraq Qatar
Australia  0 – 1 1 – 0 3 – 0
China PR  0 – 0 1 – 2 0 – 1
Iraq  1 – 0 1 – 1 0 – 1
Qatar  1 – 3 0 – 0 2 – 0

On 26 May 2008, FIFA decided to suspend Iraq from international competition, after the Iraq Football Association was disbanded by the government on 20 May 2008.[10] The suspension was provisionally and conditionally lifted on 29 May 2008.[11]

Qatar fielded the ineligible player Emerson in the 2–0 defeat of Iraq on 26 March 2008, prompting world governing body FIFA controversially[12] to suspend the player but clear Qatar of any wrongdoing, in direct contradiction to its decisions against Singapore.

Iraq appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but it was rejected by the CAS, saying that Iraq submitted documents and the appeal fees too late.[13]

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 6 4 1 1 12 3 +9 13
 Bahrain 6 3 2 1 7 5 +2 11
 Oman 6 2 2 2 5 7 −2 8
 Thailand 6 0 1 5 5 14 −9 1
  Bahrain Japan Oman Thailand
Bahrain  1 – 0 1 – 1 1 – 1
Japan  1 – 0 3 – 0 4 – 1
Oman  0 – 1 1 – 1 2 – 1
Thailand  2 – 3 0 – 3 0 – 1

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 South Korea 6 3 3 0 10 3 +7 12
 North Korea 6 3 3 0 4 0 +4 12
 Jordan 6 2 1 3 6 6 0 7
 Turkmenistan 6 0 1 5 1 12 −11 1
  Jordan North Korea South Korea Turkmenistan
Jordan  0 – 1 0 – 1 2 – 0
North Korea  2 – 0 0 – 0 1 – 0
South Korea  2 – 2 0 – 0 4 – 0
Turkmenistan  0 – 2 0 – 0 1 – 3

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Uzbekistan 6 5 0 1 17 7 +10 15
 Saudi Arabia 6 5 0 1 15 5 +10 15
 Singapore 6 2 0 4 7 16 −9 6
 Lebanon 6 0 0 6 3 14 −11 0
  Lebanon Saudi Arabia Singapore Uzbekistan
Lebanon  1 – 2 1 – 2 0 – 1
Saudi Arabia  4 – 1 2 – 0 4 – 0
Singapore  2 – 0 0 – 3* 3 – 7
Uzbekistan  3 – 0 3 – 0 3 – 0*

Note: The positions of Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia are reversed from the original final standings after two matches were forfeited by Singapore and became 3 – 0 defeats as a result of them fielding an ineligible player.

Group 5[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iran 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 12
 United Arab Emirates 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8
 Syria 6 2 2 2 7 8 −1 8
 Kuwait 6 1 1 4 8 12 −4 4
  Iran Kuwait Syria United Arab Emirates
Iran  2 – 0 0 – 0 0 – 0
Kuwait  2 – 2 4 – 2 2 – 3
Syria  0 – 2 1 – 0 1 – 1
United Arab Emirates  0 – 1 2 – 0 1 – 3

Fourth round[edit]

In the fourth round, the 10 remaining teams were drawn into 2 groups of 5 teams.

Qualified teams[edit]

Round 3 Group winner Group runner-up
Group 1  Australia  Qatar
Group 2  Japan  Bahrain
Group 3  South Korea  North Korea
Group 4  Saudi Arabia*  Uzbekistan*
Group 5  Iran  United Arab Emirates

* Positions based on original final standings

Seeding[edit]

The 10 qualifiers were drawn into two groups of five teams at the draw in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 27 June 2008. The seeding for the fourth round was based on that used in the third round draw, but Saudi Arabia and Japan (seeded equal 4th in that draw) were separated by a random selection held at the start of the fourth round draw.[14]

The top 6 ranked qualifiers were split into 3 pots of 2 teams, with the bottom 4 ranked nations grouped together in a separate pot. Each group was allocated 1 team from each of Pots 1, 2 and 3, and 2 teams from Pot 4.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 Australia
 South Korea

 Iran
 Japan

 Saudi Arabia
 Bahrain

 Uzbekistan
 North Korea
 United Arab Emirates
 Qatar

Groups[edit]

The teams in each group played each other twice, once home and once away. The top 2 teams in each group qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals in South Africa. The third-placed teams met in a play-off to determine who would play the OFC winner, New Zealand, in a separate playoff for a spot in the Finals.

Group A[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Australia 8 6 2 0 12 1 +11 20
 Japan 8 4 3 1 11 6 +5 15
 Bahrain 8 3 1 4 6 8 −2 10
 Qatar 8 1 3 4 5 14 −9 6
 Uzbekistan 8 1 1 6 5 10 −5 4
  Australia Bahrain Japan Qatar Uzbekistan
Australia  2 – 0 2 – 1 4 – 0 2 – 0
Bahrain  0 – 1 2 – 3 1 – 0 1 – 0
Japan  0 – 0 1 – 0 1 – 1 1 – 1
Qatar  0 – 0 1 – 1 0 – 3 3 – 0
Uzbekistan  0 – 1 0 – 1 0 – 1 4 – 0

Group B[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 South Korea 8 4 4 0 12 4 +8 16
 North Korea 8 3 3 2 7 5 +2 12
 Saudi Arabia 8 3 3 2 8 8 0 12
 Iran 8 2 5 1 8 7 +1 11
 United Arab Emirates 8 0 1 7 6 17 −11 1
  Iran North Korea South Korea Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates
Iran  2 – 1 1 – 1 1 – 2 1 – 0
North Korea  0 – 0 1 – 1 1 – 0 2 – 0
South Korea  1 – 1 1 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 1
Saudi Arabia  1 – 1 0 – 0 0 – 2 3 – 2
United Arab Emirates  1 – 1 1 – 2 0 – 2 1 – 2

Fifth round[edit]

Teams finishing 3rd in the fourth round groups played each other to determine a possible 5th qualifier from Asia. The draw for the order in which the two matches would be played was held on 2 June 2009 during the FIFA Congress in Nassau, the Bahamas.[15]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain  2–2 (a)  Saudi Arabia 0–0 2–2

Bahrain advanced to the Asia-Oceania play-off on the away goals rule.

Asia-Oceania play-off[edit]

The Fifth Round winner then played the winner of the OFC qualifying group, New Zealand, in a home-and-away play-off. The winner of this play-off qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

The draw for the order in which the two matches would be played was held on 2 June 2009 during the FIFA Congress in Nassau, the Bahamas.[15]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bahrain  0–1  New Zealand 0–0 0–1

New Zealand qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 374 goals scored in 144 games, for an average of 2.60 goals per game.

Pos Player Country Total goals Goals by round
R1 R2 R3 R4 PO
1 Sarayoot Chaikamdee  Thailand 8 5 2 1 X X
Maksim Shatskikh  Uzbekistan 5 2 1 X
3 Ahmad Ajab  Kuwait 6 0 6 X X
Ismail Matar  United Arab Emirates 1 4 1 X
5 Zyad Chaabo  Syria 5 0 4 1 X X
Park Ji-Sung  South Korea 2 3
Mohammed Ghaddar  Lebanon 4 1 X X
Sebastián Soria  Qatar 3 1 1 X
9 Tim Cahill  Australia 4 1 3
Brett Emerton  Australia 2 2
Cheng Siu Wai  Hong Kong 4 0 X X X
Javad Nekounam  Iran 1 3 X
Mahdi Karim  Iraq 4 0 X X
Hassan Abdel-Fattah  Jordan 4 X X
Jong Chol-Min  North Korea 4 0 0 X
Hong Yong-Jo  North Korea 0 3 1 X
Park Chu-Young  South Korea 2 2
Abdoh Otaif  Saudi Arabia 2 2
Aleksandar Duric  Singapore 0 2 2 X X
Raja Rafe  Syria 0 4 0 X X
Jehad Al Hussein  Syria 0 1 3 X X
Numondzhon Khakimov  Tajikistan 4 0 X X X
Server Djeparov  Uzbekistan 0 4 0 X
24 Joshua Kennedy  Australia 3 1 2
Harry Kewell  Australia 2 1
Mahmood Abdulrahman  Bahrain 1 0 2 0
A'ala Hubail  Bahrain 1 2 0
Salman Isa  Bahrain 2 1
Chan Siu Ki  Hong Kong 3 0 X X X
Emad Mohammed  Iraq 1 2 X X
Yasuhito Endo  Japan 2 1
Shunsuke Nakamura  Japan 1 2
Yuji Nakazawa  Japan 3 0
Marcus Tulio Tanaka  Japan 1 2
Pak Chol-min  North Korea 3 0 0
Kim Do-Heon  South Korea 3
Lee Keun-Ho  South Korea 0 3
Sayed Ali Bechir  Qatar 2 1 0 X
Yasser Al-Qahtani  Saudi Arabia 3 0
Malek Mouath  Saudi Arabia 3 0
Redha Tukar  Saudi Arabia 3 0
John Wilkinson  Singapore 1 0 2 X X
Mohamed Al Zeno  Syria 2 1 0 X X
Teeratep Winothai  Thailand 1 0 2 X X
Datsakorn Thonglao  Thailand 2 0 1 X X
Emilio Da Silva  Timor-Leste 3 X X X X
Mohamed Al-Shehhi  United Arab Emirates 1 1 1 X
Odil Ahmedov  Uzbekistan 0 3 0 X
Timur Kapadze  Uzbekistan 1 2 0 X
Farhod Tadjiyev  Uzbekistan 3 X
49 Mark Bresciano  Australia 2 1 1
Faouzi Mubarak Aaish  Bahrain 1 1 0
Ismael Abdullatif  Bahrain 0 1 X 1
Abdulla Baba Fatadi  Bahrain 1 0 1 0
Jaycee John  Bahrain 1 0 X 1
Liu Jian  China PR 1 1 X X
Qu Bo  China PR 2 0 X X
Sunil Chetri  India 2 X X X X
Gholamreza Rezaei  Iran 2 0 X
Masoud Shojaei  Iran 0 2 X
Nashat Akram  Iraq 1 1 X X
Kengo Nakamura  Japan 1 1
Yoshito Okubo  Japan 2 0
Keiji Tamada  Japan 1 1
Choe Kum-Chol  North Korea 1 1
Mun In-Guk  North Korea 2
Ki Sung-Yueng  South Korea 2
Kwak Tae-Hwi  South Korea 1 1
Seol Ki-Hyeon  South Korea 2
Mahmoud El Ali  Lebanon 1 1 X X
Kin Seng Chan  Macau 2 X X X X
Ismail Sulaiman  Oman 0 2 X X
Amad Ali  Oman 0 2 X X
Fábio César  Qatar 0 2 0 X
Ahmed Al-Fraidi  Saudi Arabia 1 1
Saad Al-Harthi  Saudi Arabia 1 1
Naif Hazazi  Saudi Arabia 2
Shi Jiayi  Singapore 2 0 0 X X
Mohd Noh Alam Shah  Singapore 1 1 0 X X
Firas Issmael  Syria 1 1 0 X X
Firas Al Khatib  Syria 0 0 2 X X
Teerasil Dangda  Thailand 2 0 0 X X
Artur Gevorkyan  Turkmenistan 2 0 0 X X
Mamedaly Karadanov  Turkmenistan 2 0 0 X X
Mekan Nasirov  Turkmenistan 1 1 0 X X
Basheer Saeed  United Arab Emirates 1 0 1 X
Victor Karpenko  Uzbekistan 1 1 0 X

Key:

  • — Bye
  • X Eliminated
1 goal
Own goals

References[edit]

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