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World Cup 2010

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BoyBrumby

Englishman
World Cup qualifying draw

From the BBC.

Group 1 Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Albania, Malta

Group 2 Greece, Israel, Switzerland, Moldova, Latvia, Luxembourg

Group 3 Czech Republic, Poland, NORTHERN IRELAND, Slovakia, Slovenia, San Marino

Group 4 Germany, Russia, Finland, WALES, Azerbaijan, Liechtenstein

Group 5 Spain, Turkey, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Armenia, Estonia

Group 6 Croatia, ENGLAND, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Andorra

Group 7 France, Romania, Serbia, Lithuania, Austria, Faroe Islands

Group 8 Italy, Bulgaria, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus, Georgia, Montenegro

Group 9 Holland, SCOTLAND, Norway, FYR Macedonia, Iceland


Bloody Croatia again! Could've been worse, I suppose, but could've been lot better too.
 

Neil Pickup

Cricket Web Moderator
So, the qualifying draw has been made for the next International football tournament that anyone actually cares about...

European Groups
Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Albania, Malta
Greece, Israel, Switzerland, Moldova, Latvia, Luxembourg
Czech Republic, Poland, NORTHERN IRELAND, Slovakia, Slovenia, San Marino
Germany, Russia, Finland, WALES, Azerbaijan, Liechtenstein
Spain, Turkey, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Armenia, Estonia
Croatia, ENGLAND, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Andorra
France, ROMANIA, Serbia, Lithuania, Austria, Faroe Islands
Italy, Bulgaria, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, Cyprus, Georgia, Montenegro
Holland, SCOTLAND, NORWAY, FYR Macedonia, Iceland


Not a good draw for England, with our record of going anywhere east of the Berlin Wall. If we don't get the right man, another DNQ could quite happily be heading our way...

Asian Groups
AUSTRALIA, Iraq, Qatar, China
Oman, Thailand, Bahrain, Japan
North Korea, Jordan, Turkmenistan, South Korea
Lebanon, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia
Syria, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iran


I can't decide whether I'm looking forward to the resumption of hosilities between the two Koreas, or Australia crashing out without a stream of excuses about referees and anti-Oceanian bias. The only thing that would make it better would be New Zealand winning the OFC/AFC playoff, but that's probably pushing it.

Someone can post CONCACAF/CONMEBOL/CAF here if there's anyone who cares.
 
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headhunter

International Vice-Captain
Not too bad a group for us either. Obviously we have the World Chaps but there very beatable imo. Cyprus again too!
Wouldn't mind being in Group 2 or 7 mind you.
Hopeful our new management will bring in the young guy and make an attempt at qualifying for this. Last too campaigns were cat.
 

headhunter

International Vice-Captain
European Groups
Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Albania, Malta
Greece, Israel, Switzerland, Moldova, Latvia, Luxembourg
Czech Republic, Poland, NORTHERN IRELAND, Slovakia, Slovenia, San Marino
Germany, Russia, Finland, WALES, Azerbaijan, Liechtenstein
Spain, Turkey, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Armenia, Estonia
Croatia, ENGLAND, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Andorra
France, ROMANIA, Serbia, Lithuania, Austria, Faroe Islands
Italy, Bulgaria, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, Cyprus, Georgia, Montenegro
Holland, SCOTLAND, NORWAY, FYR Macedonia, Iceland
That's better.
As I said in the English Soccer thread not the worst of group's for us
 

Neil Pickup

Cricket Web Moderator
That's better.
As I said in the English Soccer thread not the worst of group's for us
I think it's an utterly foul draw for you, to be honest. Every last one of those away trips is going to be immensely difficult - Italy and Bulgaria for obvious reasons, you don't need any more news about Cyprus, Georgia were good enough to account for Scotland, and Montenegro are by far and away the best of the Pot 6 teams, having only become a FIFA member this year.

Don't give you any more than a 10% chance of getting through that.
 

The Baconator

International Vice-Captain
Group 1: Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Tanzania, Mauritius.
Group 2: Guinea, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya.
Group 3: Angola, Benin, Uganda, Niger.
Group 4: Nigeria, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone.
Group 5: Ghana, Libya, Gabon, Lesotho.
Group 6: Liberia, Algeria, Senegal, Gambia.
Group 7: Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Botswana, Madagascar.
Group 8: Morocco, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mauritania.
Group 9: Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Seychelles.
Group 10: Mali, Congo, Sudan, Chad.
Group 11: Togo, Eritrea, Zambia, Swaziland.
Group 12: Egypt, Congo DR, Malawi, Djibouti.

African groups. Presuming there's some sort of play-offs after that.
 

Neil Pickup

Cricket Web Moderator
Group 1: Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Tanzania, Mauritius.
Group 2: Guinea, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya.
Group 3: Angola, Benin, Uganda, Niger.
Group 4: Nigeria, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone.
Group 5: Ghana, Libya, Gabon, Lesotho.
Group 6: Liberia, Algeria, Senegal, Gambia.
Group 7: Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Botswana, Madagascar.
Group 8: Morocco, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mauritania.
Group 9: Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Seychelles.
Group 10: Mali, Congo, Sudan, Chad.
Group 11: Togo, Eritrea, Zambia, Swaziland.
Group 12: Egypt, Congo DR, Malawi, Djibouti.

African groups. Presuming there's some sort of play-offs after that.
12 winners through, plus 8 best runners up.

Then five groups of four with the winners qualifying for 2010 (unless South Africa reach that stage in which case their matches don't count for WC Qualifying, but only towards qualifying for the African Cup of Nations...)
 

Chubb

International Debutant
Decent group for Romania, acceptable group for Scotland.
Romania will never get past the Foroyar...

Good group for the Faroes, can see an upset against Austria or Lithuania at home- visiting sides never come to terms with the fog, the wind and the driving rain. Problem is away from home they tend to degenerate into 6-0 punchbags.
 

shortpitched713

International Regular
From the BBC.

Group 1 Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Albania, Malta

Group 2 Greece, Israel, Switzerland, Moldova, Latvia, Luxembourg

Group 3 Czech Republic, Poland, NORTHERN IRELAND, Slovakia, Slovenia, San Marino

Group 4 Germany, Russia, Finland, WALES, Azerbaijan, Liechtenstein

Group 5 Spain, Turkey, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Armenia, Estonia

Group 6 Croatia, ENGLAND, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Andorra

Group 7 France, Romania, Serbia, Lithuania, Austria, Faroe Islands

Group 8 Italy, Bulgaria, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus, Georgia, Montenegro

Group 9 Holland, SCOTLAND, Norway, FYR Macedonia, Iceland


Bloody Croatia again! Could've been worse, I suppose, but could've been lot better too.
Does one team qualify from each group?
 

Matteh

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
It's former USSR. Pretty much all those countries are still counted as European by FIFA.
 
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