Post by misterhamster on Jun 16, 2015 19:12:30 GMT 1
Asian 2nd round, Group H:
A storming start for 2010 qualifiers North Korea, who scored four first half goals against the group's seeds Uzbekistan to make it two wins out of two. The Philippines also have six points and could ultimately be Asia's surprise package.
Post by misterhamster on Jun 17, 2015 19:23:54 GMT 1
CONCACAF 2nd round, 2nd leg:
Just one surprise as CONCACAF's 2nd round concludes as Nicaragua beat the higher-ranked Suriname away from home to progress, though Grenada needed an 81st-minute goal to see off Puerto Rico and overturn a first leg deficit.
Round 3 is another knockout with the 10 Round 2 winners joining Haiti and Jamaica.
Post by misterhamster on Jul 9, 2015 20:56:31 GMT 1
The latest FIFA rankings were published today and that means we now know the seedings for Europe for this month's World Cup qualifying draw.
The seedings make interesting reading, especially given the long tournament absences of some of the top seeds, while regular qualifiers who've performed poorly at tournaments are punished, whilst France are effectively relegated a pot due to them hosting Euro 2016. Wales are almost certainly the first team to go from Pot 6 to Pot 1 four years later.
(+ or - indicates how many pots higher or lower the team is compared to four years ago)
POT 1: Germany Belgium (+2) Netherlands Portugal Romania (+3) England Wales (+5) Spain Croatia
POT 2: Slovakia Austria (+2) Italy (-1) Switzerland (+1) Czech Republic (+1) France Iceland (+4) Denmark Bosnia-Herzegovina (+1)
POT 3: Ukraine Scotland (+1) Poland (+1) Hungary Sweden (-1) Albania (+1) Northern Ireland (+1) Serbia (-1) Greece (-2)
POT 4: Turkey (-2) Slovenia (-2) Israel (-1) Ireland (-1) Norway (-3) Bulgaria Faroe Islands (+1) Montenegro (-2) Estonia (+1)
POT 5: Cyprus Latvia Armenia Finland Belarus (-2) Macedonia Azerbaijan Lithuania (-1) Moldova
POT 6: Kazakhstan Luxembourg Liechtenstein Georgia (-2) Malta San Marino Andorra
Post by misterhamster on Jul 21, 2015 20:09:37 GMT 1
Qualifying procedure for each confederation ahead of Saturday's qualifying draw:
EUROPE 13 qualifying places 53 teams (Gibraltar are not eligible to take part as they are not FIFA members) Russia qualify automatically as hosts The other 52 teams are split into 9 groups (7x6, 2x5) The 9 group winners qualify automatically The best 8 runners-up go into the playoffs to determine the other 4 qualifiers
SOUTH AMERICA 4.5 qualifying places 10 teams The teams play in a single group of 10 The top 4 qualify automatically The 5th placed team goes into the intercontinental playoffs Unlike previous tournaments, there will be a draw to determine which slot in the group each team will occupy and this will be used to determine the fixture order Brazil and Argentina will be seeded so that no team will play both in a single double-header
CONCACAF - already in progress 3.5 qualifying places 35 teams (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Saint-Martin, Sint Maarten and Bonaire are not eligible as they are not FIFA members) 17 teams already eliminated in first 2 rounds 10 winners from Round 2 plus seeds 7 and 8 play in Round 3 6 winners from Round 3 join top 6 seeds in Round 4, where they will be split into 3 groups of 4 Top 2 from each Round 4 group progress to final round, where they will play in a single group of 6 Top 3 in final round qualify automatically, 4th placed team goes into intercontinental playoffs
AFRICA 5 qualifying places 53 teams (Zimbabwe expelled from competition by FIFA) Seeds 28-53 play in 1st knockout round 13 Round 1 winners join top 27 seeds in Round 2 20 Round 2 winners go through to final round, where they will play in 5 groups of 4 5 group winners qualify
ASIA - already in progress 4.5 qualifying places 46 teams 6 teams eliminated in Round 1 Indonesia expelled from competition by FIFA Round 2 features 8 groups (7x5, 1x4), currently in progress so no Asian draw on Saturday 8 group winners plus best 4 runners-up progress to final round, where they will play in 2 groups of 6 Top 2 in each group qualify automatically, 3rd placed teams face each other with the winner going into intercontinental playoffs
OCEANIA 0.5 qualifying places 11 teams American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga play in Round 1 in a single group of 4 Group winners joins other 7 teams in Round 2, where they will play in 2 groups of 4 Top 3 in each group go through to Round 3, where they will play in 2 groups of 3 2 group winners will face each other for a place in the intercontinental playoffs
Nine group winners qualify. Eight runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups proceed to play-offs. Russia automatically qualify as hosts.
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Post by misterhamster on Aug 31, 2015 20:39:01 GMT 1
Oceania 1st round:
The Cook Islands' win was their first in the World Cup against another FIFA nation. Their only other World Cup win was eight years ago against Tuvalu. The winners of this four-team tournament in Tonga will progress to Round 2 and join a group with Tahiti, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea.