2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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The European zone of qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup saw 53 teams competing for 13 places at the finals. The qualification process started on 20 August 2008, after UEFA Euro 2008, and ended on 18 November 2009. The qualification process saw the first competitive matches of Montenegro.

Format[edit]

Teams were drawn into eight groups of six teams and one group of five teams. The nine group winners qualified directly, while the best eight second-placed teams contested home and away play-off matches for the remaining four places. In determining the best eight second-placed teams, the results against teams finishing last in the six-team groups were not counted for consistency between the five- and six-team groups.[1]

First round[edit]

Seeding[edit]

After initially proposing to use a similar system to recent World Cup and European Championship qualification (based on results across the previous two European qualification cycles), the UEFA Executive Committee decided on 27 September 2007 at its meeting in Istanbul that seeding for the qualifiers would be based on FIFA World Rankings, in accordance with the FIFA World Cup regulations (which note that where teams are ranked on "performance" criteria, the FIFA World Rankings must be used).[2]

The FIFA World Ranking used for seeding was the most recent at the time of the preliminary draw, namely the November 2007 edition. Initially scheduled for 21 November, the release date of the ranking was moved to 23 November to include the final match days of Euro 2008 qualification.[3]

The countries which eventually qualified for the final tournament are emboldened in the table below.

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D Pot E Pot F

 Italy
 Spain
 Germany
 Czech Republic
 France
 Portugal
 Netherlands
 Croatia
 Greece

 England
 Romania
 Scotland
 Turkey
 Bulgaria
 Russia
 Poland
 Sweden
 Israel

 Norway
 Ukraine
 Serbia
 Denmark
 Northern Ireland
 Republic of Ireland
 Finland
  Switzerland
 Belgium

 Slovakia
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Hungary
 Moldova
 Wales
 Macedonia
 Belarus
 Lithuania
 Cyprus

 Georgia
 Albania
 Slovenia
 Latvia
 Iceland
 Armenia
 Austria
 Kazakhstan
 Azerbaijan

 Liechtenstein
 Estonia
 Malta
 Luxembourg
 Montenegro
 Andorra
 Faroe Islands
 San Marino

Draw[edit]

The draw for the group stage took place in Durban, South Africa on 25 November 2007.[4] During the draw, teams were drawn from the 6 pots A-F (see above) into the nine groups below, starting with pot F, which filled position 6 in the groups, then continued with pot E filling position 5, pot D in position 4 and so on.[5]

Legend
Countries that directly qualified for the 2010 World Cup
Countries that advanced to the play-offs

Group 1[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 10 6 3 1 16 5 +11 21
 Portugal 10 5 4 1 17 5 +12 19
 Sweden 10 5 3 2 13 5 +8 18
 Hungary 10 5 1 4 10 8 +2 16
 Albania 10 1 4 5 6 13 −7 7
 Malta 10 0 1 9 0 26 −26 1
  Albania Denmark Hungary Malta Portugal Sweden
Albania  1–1 0–1 3–0 1–2 0–0
Denmark  3–0 0–1 3–0 1–1 1–0
Hungary  2–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 1–2
Malta  0–0 0–3 0–1 0–4 0–1
Portugal  0–0 2–3 3–0 4–0 0–0
Sweden  4–1 0–1 2–1 4–0 0–0


Group 2[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Switzerland 10 6 3 1 18 8 +10 21
 Greece 10 6 2 2 20 10 +10 20
 Latvia 10 5 2 3 18 15 +3 17
 Israel 10 4 4 2 20 10 +10 16
 Luxembourg 10 1 2 7 4 25 −21 5
 Moldova 10 0 3 7 6 18 −12 3
  Greece Israel Latvia Luxembourg Moldova Switzerland
Greece  2–1 5–2 2–1 3–0 1–2
Israel  1–1 0–1 7–0 3–1 2–2
Latvia  0–2 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–2
Luxembourg  0–3 1–3 0–4 0–0 0–3
Moldova  1–1 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–2
Switzerland   2–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–0


Group 3[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Slovakia 10 7 1 2 22 10 +12 22
 Slovenia 10 6 2 2 18 4 +14 20
 Czech Republic 10 4 4 2 17 6 +11 16
 Northern Ireland 10 4 3 3 13 9 +4 15
 Poland 10 3 2 5 19 14 +5 11
 San Marino 10 0 0 10 1 47 −46 0
  Czech Republic Northern Ireland Poland San Marino Slovakia Slovenia
Czech Republic  0–0 2–0 7–0 1–2 1–0
Northern Ireland  0–0 3–2 4–0 0–2 1–0
Poland  2–1 1–1 10–0 0–1 1–1
San Marino  0–3 0–3 0–2 1–3 0–3
Slovakia  2–2 2–1 2–1 7–0 0–2
Slovenia  0–0 2–0 3–0 5–0 2–1


Group 4[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 10 8 2 0 26 5 +21 26
 Russia 10 7 1 2 19 6 +13 22
 Finland 10 5 3 2 14 14 0 18
 Wales 10 4 0 6 9 12 −3 12
 Azerbaijan 10 1 2 7 4 14 −10 5
 Liechtenstein 10 0 2 8 2 23 −21 2
  Azerbaijan Finland Germany Liechtenstein Russia Wales
Azerbaijan  1–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–1
Finland  1–0 3–3 2–1 0–3 2–1
Germany  4–0 1–1 4–0 2–1 1–0
Liechtenstein  0–2 1–1 0–6 0–1 0–2
Russia  2–0 3–0 0–1 3–0 2–1
Wales  1–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–3


Group 5[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 10 10 0 0 28 5 +23 30
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 6 1 3 25 13 +12 19
 Turkey 10 4 3 3 13 10 +3 15
 Belgium 10 3 1 6 13 20 −7 10
 Estonia 10 2 2 6 9 24 −15 8
 Armenia 10 1 1 8 6 22 −16 4
  Armenia Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Estonia Spain Turkey
Armenia  2–1 0–2 2–2 1–2 0–2
Belgium  2–0 2–4 3–2 1–2 2–0
Bosnia and Herzegovina  4–1 2–1 7–0 2–5 1–1
Estonia  1–0 2–0 0–2 0–3 0–0
Spain  4–0 5–0 1–0 3–0 1–0
Turkey  2–0 1–1 2–1 4–2 1–2


Group 6[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 10 9 0 1 34 6 +28 27
 Ukraine 10 6 3 1 21 6 +15 21
 Croatia 10 6 2 2 19 13 +6 20
 Belarus 10 4 1 5 19 14 +5 13
 Kazakhstan 10 2 0 8 11 29 −18 6
 Andorra 10 0 0 10 3 39 −36 0
  Andorra Belarus Croatia England Kazakhstan Ukraine
Andorra  1–3 0–2 0–2 1 –3 0–6
Belarus  5–1 1–3 1–3 4–0 0–0
Croatia  4–0 1–0 1–4 3–0 2–2
England  6–0 3–0 5–1 5–1 2–1
Kazakhstan  3–0 1–5 1–2 0–4 1–3
Ukraine  5–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–1


Group 7[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Serbia 10 7 1 2 22 8 +14 22
 France 10 6 3 1 18 9 +9 21
 Austria 10 4 2 4 14 15 −1 14
 Lithuania 10 4 0 6 10 11 −1 12
 Romania 10 3 3 4 12 18 −6 12
 Faroe Islands 10 1 1 8 5 20 −15 4
  Austria Faroe Islands France Lithuania Romania Serbia
Austria  3–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–3
Faroe Islands  1–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–2
France  3–1 5–0 1–0 1–1 2–1
Lithuania  2–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1
Romania  1–1 3–1 2–2 0–3 2–3
Serbia  1–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 5–0

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • Lithuania and Romania are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Group 8[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 10 7 3 0 18 7 +11 24
 Republic of Ireland 10 4 6 0 12 8 +4 18
 Bulgaria 10 3 5 2 17 13 +4 14
 Cyprus 10 2 3 5 14 16 −2 9
 Montenegro 10 1 6 3 9 14 −5 9
 Georgia 10 0 3 7 7 19 −12 3
  Bulgaria Cyprus Georgia (country) Italy Montenegro Republic of Ireland
Bulgaria  2–0 6–2 0–0 4–1 1–1
Cyprus  4–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 1–2
Georgia  0–0 1–1 0–2 0–0 1–2
Italy  2–0 3–2 2–0 2–1 1–1
Montenegro  2–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–0
Republic of Ireland  1–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 0–0

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • Cyprus and Montenegro are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Group 9[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 8 8 0 0 17 2 +15 24
 Norway 8 2 4 2 9 7 +2 10
 Scotland 8 3 1 4 6 11 −5 10
 Macedonia 8 2 1 5 5 11 −6 7
 Iceland 8 1 2 5 7 13 −6 5
  Iceland Republic of Macedonia Netherlands Norway Scotland
Iceland  1–0 1–2 1–1 1–2
Macedonia  2–0 1–2 0–0 1–0
Netherlands  2–0 4–0 2–0 3–0
Norway  2–2 2–1 0–1 4–0
Scotland  2–1 2–0 0–1 0–0

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • Norway and Scotland are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

Because one group has one team fewer than the others, matches against the sixth-placed team in each group are not included in this ranking. As a result, eight matches played by each team will count for the purposes of the second-placed table.

Legend
Countries that advanced to the play-offs
Grp
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4  Russia 8 5 1 2 15 6 +9 16
2  Greece 8 5 1 2 16 9 +7 16
6  Ukraine 8 4 3 1 10 6 +4 15
7  France 8 4 3 1 12 9 +3 15
3  Slovenia 8 4 2 2 10 4 +6 14
5  Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 4 1 3 19 12 +7 13
1  Portugal 8 3 4 1 9 5 +4 13
8  Republic of Ireland 8 2 6 0 8 6 +2 12
9  Norway 8 2 4 2 9 7 +2 10

Ranking rules[6]

  1. Total points
  2. Goal difference
  3. Goals scored
  4. Goals scored away from home
  5. Disciplinary record (yellow card, −1 point; two yellow cards in the same match, −3 points; red card, −3 points; yellow card followed by a direct red card in the same match, −4 points)
  6. Drawing of lots

Second round[edit]

The UEFA second round (often referred to as the play-off stage) was contested by the best eight runners-up from the nine first round groups. The winners of each of four home and away ties joined the group winners in the World Cup finals in South Africa. Norway, with 10 points, was ranked 9th so failed to qualify for the second round.

Seeding and draw[edit]

The eight teams were seeded according to the FIFA World Rankings released on 16 October (shown in parentheses in the table below). The draw for the ties was held in Zürich on 19 October, with the top four teams seeded into one pot and the bottom four teams seeded into a second. A separate draw decided the host of the first leg.[7]

Pot 1 Pot 2

 France (9)
 Portugal (10)
 Russia (12)
 Greece (16)

 Ukraine (22)
 Republic of Ireland (34)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (42)
 Slovenia (49)

Matches[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Republic of Ireland  1–2  France 0–1 1–1 (aet)
Portugal  2–0  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–0 1–0
Greece  1–0  Ukraine 0–0 1–0
Russia  2–2 (a)  Slovenia 2–1 0–1

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 725 goals scored over 268 games by 399 different players, for an average of 2.71 goals per game. England were the highest scorers in the European section with 34 goals. Malta did not score any goals, but did score two own goals. The top scorer was Theofanis Gekas of Greece, who scored 10 goals.

Note: Goals scored in the play-offs are included.

10 goals
9 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
2 own goals
1 own goal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EXCO unveils World Cup programme". UEFA.com. Geneva: Union of European Football Associations. 25 June 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "All clear for December EURO draw". UEFA.com. Geneva: Union of European Football Associations. 27 September 2007. Archived from the original on 3 February 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking on Friday 23 November 2007". FIFA.com. Zurich: Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 12 November 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Preliminary draw for the 2010 World Cup". FIFA.com. Zurich: Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Preliminary Draw Information" (PDF). FIFA.com. Zurich: Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Determining Europe's runners-up". FIFA.com. Zurich: Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 16 October 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Key Decisions Reached in Rio". FIFA.com. Rio de Janeiro: Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 29 September 2009. Archived from the original on 3 October 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 

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