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    Football World Cup qualification countdown.

    Let's have a look at the remaining rounds of qualification to the World Cup in South Africa next year 11 June - 11 July 2010. The European group consists of 53 Teams of which 13 qualify. Africa 51 Teams, 5 qualify plus South Africa host nation. South America 10 Teams, 4-5 qualify. Asia 43 Teams, 4-5 qualify. North-and Middle America 35 Teams, 3-4 qualify. Oceania 10 Teams, 0-1 Qualify. Best Oceanian team plays off versus 5th best Asian to qualify. 5th best South American plays off versus 4th best North- Middle American.

    The teams already through in the Asian group are:
    Australia, South Korea, North Korea and Japan. Saudi Arabia play at home against Bahrain tomorrow (result last Sat 0:0), the winner meeting New Zealand 10 Oct, 14 Nov.

    Africa has 5 qualifying groups each with 2 or 3 games to play. Let's look at who still has a chance of playing in the first World Cup held in Africa. Group winners qualify.
    South Africa as hosts automatically qualify. Incidentally SA lost 0:2 to Germany in a friendly on Saturday in which they failed to impress but did have some players out apparently.

    Africa Group A table.
    1. Gabun...played 3...won 2...drawn 0...lost 1...goals 5:3...difference 2...points 6
    2. Togo...4...1...2...1...2:4...-2...5
    3. Cameroon...3...1...1...1...2:1...1...4
    4. Marocco...4...0...3...1...2:3...-1...3
    Remaining games: 9.9 Cameroon-Gabun, 10.10 Cameroon-Togo, 10.10 Gabun-Marocco, 14.11 Togo-Gabun, 14.11 Marocco-Cameroon. My tip: Cameroon should win tomorrow and continue to lead group until end.

    Africa Group B table.
    1. Tunisia...4...2...2...0...6:3...3...8
    2. Nigeria...4...1...3...0...5:2...3...6
    3. Mozambique...4...1...1...2...2:4...-2...4
    4. Kenya...4...1...0...3...3:7...-4...3
    Remaining games: 10.10 Nigeria-Mozambique, 10.10 Tunisia-Kenya, 14.11 Mozambique-Tunisia, 14.11 Kenya-Nigeria. I can see either Tunisia or Nigeria advancing, probably Tunisia. Could be a real photo finish!

    Africa Group C table.
    1. Algeria... 4...3...1...0...6:1...5...10
    2. Egypt...4...2...1...1...6:4...2...7
    3. Zambia...4...1...1...2...2:4...-2...4
    4. Rwanda...4...0...1...3...0:5...-5...1
    Remaining games: 10.10 Algeria-Rwanda, 10.10 Zambia-Egypt, 14.11 Rwanda-Zambia, 14.11 Egypt-Algeria. Probably an Algerian group win but will only be decided in last game Egypt-Algeria. North African thriller!

    Africa Group D table.
    1. Ghana...4...4...0...0...7:0...7...12
    2. Mali...4...1...2...1...5:5...0...5
    3. Benin...4...1...1...2...3:5...-2...4
    4. Sudan...4...0...1...3...1:6...-5
    Remaining games: 10.10 Benin-Ghana, 10.10 Mali-Sudan, 14.11 Ghana-Mali, 14.10 Sudan-Benin. Ghana have qualified perfectly with 4 wins from 4 and no goals against. Experience and talent to match big teams.

    Africa Group E table.
    1. Ivory Coast...4...4...0...0...15:3...12... 12
    2. Burkina Faso...4...2...0...2...7:10...-3...6
    3. Guinea...4...1...0...3...6:9...-3...3
    4. Malawi...4...1...0...3...3:9...-6...3
    Remaining games: 10.10 Malawi-Ivory Coast, 10.10 Guinea-Burkina Faso, 14.11 Ivory Coast-Guinea, 14.11 Burkina Faso-Malawi. Can only see Ivory Coast with 4 wins from 4 and 15 goals qualifying. African force!


    ...to be continued with South America, North- Middle America and Europe...

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    Several decisive games in the South American group tonight and tomorrow will be heartbreaking for a number of teams and heads will roll as some of the usual favourites bow out. Note: no team is yet to qualify. It's still 100% open!

    South American group table.

    1. Brazil...played...15...won... 8...drawn...6...lost...1...goals...28:7...difference...21...points...30
    2. Chile...15...8...3...4...25:16...9...27
    3. Paraguay...15...8...3...4 ...21:13...8...27
    4. Argentina...15...6...4...5...20:18...2...22

    5. Colombia...15...5...5...5...9:11...-2...20 qualification

    6. Ecuador...15...5...5...5...18:22...-4...20
    7. Uruguay...15... 4...6...5...23:17...6...18
    8. Venezuela...15...5...3...7...19:26...-7...18
    9. Bolivia...15...3...3...9...19:31...-12...12
    10. Peru...15...2...4...9...8:29...-21...10

    Remaining games: 09.09 Bolivia-Ecuador, 09.09 Uruguay-Colombia, 10.09 Paraguay-Argentina, 10.09 Brazil-Chile, Venezuela-Peru, 11.10 Argentina-Peru, Bolivia-Brazil, Ecuador-Uruguay, Colombia-Chile, Venezuela-Paraguay, 14.10 Uruguay-Argentina, Brazil-Venezuela, Paraguay-Colombia, Chile-Ecuador, Peru-Bolivia. Every remaining game is important in this group, even the last game determines who is second last and last, although keep in mind that technically Bolivia on 12 points can still qualify. The first 4 teams automatically qualify. The fifth team plays off against the 4th from North- Central America.


    Ok let's play a game with the South American group. Let's imagine that every remaining game is won by the home team. Then the table looks like this and these teams qualify.

    Brazil 36
    Paraguay 33
    Chile 30
    Argentina 25

    Uruguay 24 qualification

    Venezuela 24
    Colombia 23
    Ecuador 23
    Bolivia 18
    Peru 13


    Or let's imagine the remaining 3 games have identical results as 1st round, for example Brazil beat Chile 3:0 1st round, so we now take Chile-Brazil 0:3 and the table looks like this.

    Brazil 37
    Paraguay 31
    Chile 30
    Argentina 27

    Ecuador 25 qualification

    Colombia 23
    Uruguay 22
    Bolivia 19
    Venezuela 18
    Peru 11

    It seems likely that the present 4 teams will qualify but it is in no way certain. Qualification 5th place could be any of present place Colombia or Uruguay or Ecuador, but could in theory also be Bolivia or Venezuela.



    +++still to come: North- Central America and Europe+++

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    The 9 European group winners qualify, the best 8 second placed teams play off. 13 teams from 53 starters receive World Cup tickets. So who's playing and who's watchingTV

    Europe group 1.


    1. Denmark...played...7...won...5...drawn...2...lost...0...goals...14:3...difference...11...points...17
    2. Hungary...7...4...1...2...9:4...5...13
    3. Sweden...8...3...4...1...8:3...5...13
    4. Portugal...7...2...4...1...9:5...4...10
    5. Albania...8...1...3...4...4:8...-4...6
    6. Malta...9...0...2...7...0:21...-21...2

    Remaining games: 09.09 Malta-Sweden, 09.09 Albania-Denmark, 09.09 Hungary-Portugal, 10.10 Portugal-Hungary, Denmark-Sweden, 14.10 Portugal-Malta, Sweden-Albania, Denmark-Hungary

    Sweden, played one more game than the others, are currently playing 0:0 against Malta in a game which could be called The Classic Revenge of the Hopeless Dwarfs. If Sweden draw this game they can almost kiss their ticket goodbye. Unbeaten Denmark are currently leading this group but any of Hungary, Sweden or Portugal could also take first or second in this interesting group with so many key matches still to play.


    Europe group 2

    1. Switzerland...7...5...1...1...13:6...7...16
    2. Greece...7...4...1...2...12:6...6...13
    3. Latvia...7...4...1...2...11:6...5...13
    4. Israel...8...2...4...2...10:9...1...10
    5. Luxemburg...8...1...3...4...3:13...-10...
    6. Moldova...7...0...2...5...2:11...-9...2

    Remaining games: 09.09 Israel-Luxemburg, Moldova-Greece, Latvia-Switzerland, 10.10 Greece-Latvia, Israel-Moldova, Luxemburg-Switzerland, 14.10 Greece-Luxemburg, Switzerland-Israel, Latvia-Moldova.

    Probably Switzerland to take either first or second in the group. Probably Greece to take second as their remaining games are slightly easier than Latvia's. The head-to-head on 10.10 shall decide both teams' fate.


    Europe group 3.

    1. Slovakia...8...5...2...1...19:8...11...17
    2. Northern Ireland...9...4...3...2...13:7...6...15
    3. Poland...8...3...3...2...19:8...11...12
    4. Czech Republic...8...3...3...2...15:6...9...12
    5. Slovenia...8...3...3...2...10:4...6...12
    6. San Marino...9...0...0...9...1:44...-43...0

    Remaining games: Northern Ireland-Slovakia, Slovenia-Poland, 10.10 Czech Republic-Poland, Slovakia-Slovenia, 14.10 Czech Republic-Northern Ireland, Poland-Slovakia, San Marino-Slovenia

    Tonight's games shall decide the direction and games on 10.10 and 14.10 the destinations. It's completely open in this even and well fought out group. Nice goal by San Marino against Slovakia oh-je-oh-je-oh-je!


    Europe group 4.


    1. Germany...8...7...1...0...24:4...20...22
    2. Sbornaya...8...7...0...1...18:4...14...21
    3. Finland...8...4...2...2...11:12...-1...14
    4. Wales...8...3...0...5...6:10...-4...9
    5. Liechtenstein...8...0...2...6...2:19...-17...2
    6. Azerbaidjan...8...0...1...7...1:13...-12...1

    Remaining games: 10.10 Sbornaya-Germany, Finland-Wales, Liechtenstein-Azerbaidjan, 14.10 Germany-Finland, Azerbaidjan-Sbornaya, Liechtenstein-Wales

    Both Sbornaya and unbeaten Germany continued winning streaks tonight. We can say what we want about this group but nobody will know anything until after Sbornaya-Germany on 10.10. Ultimate football orgasm.



    ***still to come from someone else perhaps? : the remaining Euro groups and North- Middle America***

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    Europe group 5.

    1. Spain...played...8...won...8...drawn...0...lost...0...goals...21:2...difference19...points...24
    2. Bosnia-Herzegovina...8...5...1...2...21:8...13...16
    3. Turkey...8...3...3...2...11:8...3...12
    4. Belgium...8...2...1...5...11:18...-7...7
    5. Estonia...8...1...2...5...7:22...-15...5
    6. Armenia...8...1...1...6...5:18...-13...4

    Remaining games: 10.10 Belgium-Turkey, Armenia-Spain, Estonia-Bosnia-Herzegovina, 14.10 Turkey-Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina-Spain, Estonia-Belgium

    Unbeaten Spain have qualified. Bosnia Herzegovina, 4 points clear of Turkey, should progress to play-offs, with a chance of playing in their first World Cup as fair reward for a very good group phase performance.


    Europe group 6.

    1. England...8...8...0...0...31:5...26...24
    2. Croatia...9...5...2...2...17:12...5...17
    3. Ukraine...8...4...3...1...14:6...8...15
    4. Belarus...8...3...1...4...15:11...4...10
    5. Kazakstan...8...2...0...6...10:23...-13...6
    6. Andorra...9...0...0...9...3:33...-30...0

    Remaining games: 10.10 Ukraine-England, Belarus-Kazakstan, 14.10 England-Belarus, Kazakstan-Croatia, Andorra-Ukraine

    Undefeated England have tickets and now choose who takes play-off place in group. If Ukraine win at home against England then they join play-off group. A Ukrainian win and 5 million Croatian hearts are broken.


    Europe group 7.

    1 Serbia 8 6 1 1 16:6 10 19
    2 France 8 4 3 1 10:8 2 15
    3 Austria 8 3 2 3 11:11 0 11
    4 Lithuania 8 3 0 5 7:8 -1 9
    5 Romania 8 2 3 3 9:12 -3 9
    6 Faroe Islands 8 1 1 6 4:12 -8 4

    Remaining games: 10.10 France-Faroe, Serbia-Romania, Austria-Lithuania, 14.10 France-Austria, Romania-Faroe, Lithuania-Serbia

    The Serbs have almost certainly and deservedly qualified. 3rd placed Austria still have a word to say when they play France but it's too late as France's other game is against Faroe. Lithuania and Romania have 1% chances to get 2ndplace. Serbs to top group. Froggies to play offs. I'm sad for Romania. If they'd won their 3 drawn games they'd have gained a play off place! As for France, they deserve a thinking year at home.


    Europe group 8.

    1 Italy 8 6 2 0 13:3 10 20
    2 Ireland 8 4 4 0 10:6 4 16
    3 Bulgaria 8 2 5 1 10:7 3 11
    4 Cyprus 8 1 3 4 8:12 -4 6
    5 Montenegro 8 0 5 3 7:13 -6 5
    6 Georgia 8 0 3 5 4:11 -7 3

    Remaining games: 10.10 Ireland-Italy, Cyprus-Bulgaria, Montenegro-Georgia, 14.10 Italy-Cyprus, Bulgaria-Georgia, Ireland-Montenegro

    This group is still quite open. Ireland could shake up Italy at home next match. But it'll most likely stay as it stands now, Italy automatic qualification, Ireland play off place. Bulgaria could leapfrog Paddy but won't.


    Europe group 9.

    1 Holland 8 8 0 0 17:2 15 24
    2 Norway 8 2 4 2 9:7 2 10
    3 Scotland 8 3 1 4 6:11 -5 10
    4 Macedonia 8 2 1 5 5:11 -6 7
    5 Iceland 8 1 2 5 7:13 -6 5

    All games in this small group completed. Holland qualify. Maybe this is the group where 2nd placed team doesn't play off. That would be sad for Norway. Who knows? Maybe they get in the play offs? Wait and see.


    North- and Central America group.


    USA 8 14:9 16
    Mexico 8 12:9 15
    Costa Rica 8 10:12 15
    Honduras 8 14:8 10
    El Salvador 8 8:10 8
    Trinidad and Tobago 8 8:16 5

    Remaining games: 10.10 Costa Rica-Trinidad & Tobago, Honduras-USA, Mexico-El Salvador, 14.10 El Salvador-Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago-Mexico, USA-Costa Rica

    USA, Mexico and Costa Rica should directly qualify. Honduras play in El Salvador 14.10 to decide 4th place to play off against 5th place South American, either Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, or Venezuela.



    Who is your team? Have they already qualified? Are they going to qualify? Is it their first time at the World Cup? How are they going to perform at the football feast of kings?

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    well being an AUSTRIAN

    i hoped we would do better, although deep inside knowing already, the tickest for South Africa will be only for visitors
    and not the team..
    but most probably i will fly to SA anyway, had 12 of the best years of my life there. been back once and want to see now how much more it has changed.
    There is no greater treasure then pleasure....

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    Hi Benedikt, I have 3 questions for you and a wish. Ok, can Austria beat the French in France? Ok that's my first question. I think the answer is a definitely maybe perhaps. Good.

    But my other question is whether Faroe Islands can beat France in France. Because this would also be a prerequisite for AT to qualify. So you're right, I don't think there's going to be an Austrian team bus, sorry I mean, plane, this time around. But who knows? I hope you may one day travel back to RSA Benedikt and enjoy the changes that you see.

    What's your tip for the game Bahrain (Asian 5th place) versus New Zealand (Oceania group winner) on 10.10/14.11? It's a bad question because both teams are IMHO pretty naff.

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    11 Teams already qualified.

    11 from 32 teams already know they've got tickets for World Cup in South Africa! Here's an overview:

    Europe (13 Places)

    Holland
    England
    Spain

    Africa (6 Places)

    South Africa (Host)
    Ghana

    South America (4 - 5 Places):

    Brazil
    Paraguay

    Asia (4 - 5 Places)

    Australia
    Japan
    South Korea
    North Korea

    North-, Central America, Caribbean (3 - 4 Places)

    still no team qualified

    Oceania (0 - 1 Place):

    still no team qualified

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    You are really a football fan, PJW!
    Do you go to see Bundesliga teams play regular season games or Ch Legue games???
    Here is a question for you: do you sail?
    In Guus We Trust

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max77 View Post
    You are really a football fan, PJW!
    Do you go to see Bundesliga teams play regular season games or Ch Legue games???
    My team 1860 München (2nd division) were in a CL qualification game 10 years ago but were beaten by Leeds United. I wasn't at that game. I've not been to a match this season yet. It's pretty expensive. Sometimes I can get free tickets. The team's actually playing really crap at the moment. It's miserable and frustrating. Season objective: to stay in the 2nd division. Who's your team Max?
    Here is a question for you: do you sail?
    Do U? I like to rent a little boat but it's just for a bit of fun water feeling. My GF is a very keen sailor. I mean, she loves yachts. I mean big ones. Are U interested in boats Max?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjw View Post
    My team 1860 München (2nd division) were in a CL qualification game 10 years ago but were beaten by Leeds United. I wasn't at that game. I've not been to a match this season yet. It's pretty expensive. Sometimes I can get free tickets. The team's actually playing really crap at the moment. It's miserable and frustrating. Season objective: to stay in the 2nd division. Who's your team Max?Do U? I like to rent a little boat but it's just for a bit of fun water feeling. My GF is a very keen sailor. I mean, she loves yachts. I mean big ones. Are U interested in boats Max?

    My team - I am more of a glory hunter.
    I like to follow teams where few Russians play nowadays - Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton. I don't follow Pogrebnyak's team, cause I don't speak German. Otherwise I would. In Russia I watch CSKA and Zenit in local tournament and every single Russian club in international action.

    I do sail!
    I do like big yachts!
    I do dream of owning one one day!
    Here in Moscow it is rather hard and expensive hobby.
    But everytime I get to the sea in some tourist area I rent a laser type yacht for a few hours and take mywife to sail with me. I had a few funny moments in Cuba...
    I just got back from Turkey, the place called Bodrum - I've never seen so many yachts as in that marine. But this time I had no time to rent any boat for sailing.
    In Guus We Trust

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    Portugal v Hungary is gonna be a good game..Both teams on 13 points, a draw could see Portugal out of the WC..

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    Portugal v Hungary is gonna be a good game..Both teams on 13 points, a draw could see Portugal out of the WC..
    We could have a world cup without C.Ronaldo or Messi.

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    WM 2010 in Südafrika. 21 Teams bereits qualifiziert. 21 von 32 Teilnehmern an der WM-Endrunde in Südafrika stehen bereits fest. Hier eine Übersicht:

    Europa (13 Plätze)

    Niederlande
    England
    Spanien
    Deutschland
    Dänemark
    Serbien
    Italien
    Schweiz
    Slowakei

    Afrika (6 Plätze)

    Südafrika (Gastgeber)
    Ghana
    Elfenbeinküste

    Südamerika (4 - 5 Plätze):

    Brasilien
    Paraguay
    Chile

    Asien (4 - 5 Plätze)

    Australien
    Japan
    Südkorea
    Nordkorea

    Nord-, Mittelamerika, Karibik (3 - 4 Plätze)

    USA
    Mexiko

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    Argentina made it through last night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontcallme View Post
    We could have a world cup without C.Ronaldo or Messi.
    They will both be there now...that's if they stay free
    A few decent teams didn't make it..Croatia,Czech Republic,Turkey and Belgium.
    We could see an upset in the play offs.

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