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2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification UEFA

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
Tournament details
Dates
Teams53 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played268
Goals scored725 (2.71 per match)
Attendance6,034,605 (22,517 per match)
Top scorer(s)Greece Theofanis Gekas
2006
2014

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

Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland qualified in the first round by winning their groups. France, Greece, Portugal, and Slovenia qualified via the second round play-offs.

Format

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]

Seeding

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]

Teams in bold eventually qualified for the final tournament, teams in bold italic qualified for the final tournament through the play-offs, and teams in italic participated in the play-offs but did not qualify for the final tournament.

Pot A
Team Pos
 Italy 3
 Spain 4
 Germany 5
 Czech Republic 6
 France 7
 Portugal 8
 Netherlands 9
 Croatia 10
 Greece 11
Pot B
Team Pos
 England 12
 Romania 13
 Scotland 14
 Turkey 16
 Bulgaria 18
 Russia 22
 Poland 23
 Sweden 24
 Israel 26
Pot C
Team Pos
 Norway 28
 Ukraine 29
 Serbia 30
 Denmark 31
 Northern Ireland 32
 Republic of Ireland 35
 Finland 36
  Switzerland 44
 Belgium 49
Pot D
Team Pos
 Slovakia 50
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 51
 Hungary 52
 Moldova 53
 Wales 58
 Macedonia 59
 Belarus 60
 Lithuania 61
 Cyprus 65
Pot E
Team Pos
 Georgia 77
 Albania 82
 Slovenia 83
 Latvia 88
 Iceland 89
 Armenia 90
 Austria 91
 Kazakhstan 110
 Liechtenstein 122
Pot F
Team Pos
 Azerbaijan 125
 Estonia 128
 Malta 139
 Luxembourg 152
 Montenegro 172
 Andorra 174
 Faroe Islands 195
 San Marino 197

Draw

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 six pots A to 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]

Summary

Table - top row: group winners, second row: group runners-up, third row: others. The winner of each group qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup together with winners of play-off. The play-offs took place between the eight best runners-up among all nine groups. The ninth group runner-up did not qualify.

  Group winners qualified directly for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
  Other teams were eliminated after the first round

First round

Group 1

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Denmark Portugal Sweden Hungary Albania Malta
1  Denmark 10 6 3 1 16 5 +11 21 Qualification to 1-1 1-0 0-1 3-0 3-0
2  Portugal 10 5 4 1 17 5 +12 19 Advance to 2-3 0-0 3-0 0-0 4-0
3  Sweden 10 5 3 2 13 5 +8 18 0-1 0-0 2-1 4-1 4-0
4  Hungary 10 5 1 4 10 8 +2 16 0-0 0-1 1-2 2-0 3-0
5  Albania 10 1 4 5 6 13 −7 7 1-1 1-2 0-0 0-1 3-0
6  Malta 10 0 1 9 0 26 −26 1 0-3 0-4 0-1 0-1 0-0
Source:[]

Group 2

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Switzerland Greece Latvia Israel Luxembourg Moldova
1   Switzerland 10 6 3 1 18 8 +10 21 Qualification to 2-0 2-1 0-0 1-2 2-0
2  Greece 10 6 2 2 20 10 +10 20 Advance to 1-2 5-2 2-1 2-1 3-0
3  Latvia 10 5 2 3 18 15 +3 17 2-2 0-2 1-1 2-0 3-2
4  Israel 10 4 4 2 20 10 +10 16 2-2 1-1 0-1 7-0 3-1
5  Luxembourg 10 1 2 7 4 25 −21 5 0-3 0-3 0-4 1-3 0-0
6  Moldova 10 0 3 7 6 18 −12 3 0-2 1-1 1-2 1-2 0-0
Source:[]

Group 3

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

Group 4

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Germany Russia Finland Wales Azerbaijan Liechtenstein
1  Germany 10 8 2 0 26 5 +21 26 Qualification to 2-1 1-1 1-0 4-0 4-0
2  Russia 10 7 1 2 19 6 +13 22 Advance to 0-1 3-0 2-1 2-0 3-0
3  Finland 10 5 3 2 14 14 0 18 3-3 0-3 2-1 1-0 2-1
4  Wales 10 4 0 6 9 12 −3 12 0-2 1-3 0-2 1-0 2-0
5  Azerbaijan 10 1 2 7 4 14 −10 5 0-2 1-1 1-2 0-1 0-0
6  Liechtenstein 10 0 2 8 2 23 −21 2 0-6 0-1 1-1 0-2 0-2
Source:[]

Group 5

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

Group 6

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

Group 7

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Serbia France Austria Lithuania Romania Faroe Islands
1  Serbia 10 7 1 2 22 8 +14 22 Qualification to 1-1 1-0 3-0 5-0 2-0
2  France 10 6 3 1 18 9 +9 21 Advance to 2-1 3-1 1-0 1-1 5-0
3  Austria 10 4 2 4 14 15 −1 14 1-3 3-1 2-1 2-1 3-1
4  Lithuania 10 4 0 6 10 11 −1 12 2-1 0-1 2-0 0-1 1-0
5  Romania 10 3 3 4 12 18 −6 12 2-3 2-2 1-1 0-3 3-1
6  Faroe Islands 10 1 1 8 5 20 −15 4 0-2 0-1 1-1 2-1 0-1
Source:[]

Group 8

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

Group 9

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Netherlands Norway Scotland North Macedonia Iceland
1  Netherlands 8 8 0 0 17 2 +15 24 Qualification to 2-0 3-0 4-0 2-0
2  Norway 8 2 4 2 9 7 +2 10 0-1 4-0 2-1 2-2
3  Scotland 8 3 1 4 6 11 −5 10 0-1 0-0 2-0 2-1
4  Macedonia 8 2 1 5 5 11 −6 7 1-2 0-0 1-0 2-0
5  Iceland 8 1 2 5 7 13 −6 5 1-2 1-1 1-2 1-0
Source:[]

Ranking of second placed teams

Because one group had one team fewer than the others, matches against the sixth placed team in each group were not included in this ranking. As a result, eight matches played by each team counted for the purposes of the second placed table.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 4  Russia 8 5 1 2 15 6 +9 16 Advance to second round (play-offs)
2 2  Greece 8 5 1 2 16 9 +7 16
3 6  Ukraine 8 4 3 1 10 6 +4 15
4 7  France 8 4 3 1 12 9 +3 15
5 3  Slovenia 8 4 2 2 10 4 +6 14
6 5  Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 4 1 3 19 12 +7 13
7 1  Portugal 8 3 4 1 9 5 +4 13
8 8  Republic of Ireland 8 2 6 0 8 6 +2 12
9 9  Norway 8 2 4 2 9 7 +2 10
Source:[]
Rules for classification: 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[6]

Second round

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

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

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

Qualified teams

The following 13 teams from UEFA qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA World Cup1
 Denmark Group 1 winners 10 October 2009 3 (1986, 1998, 2002)
  Switzerland Group 2 winners 14 October 2009 8 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1994, 2006)
 Slovakia Group 3 winners 14 October 2009 0 (debut)
 Germany Group 4 winners 10 October 2009 16 (1934, 1938, 19542, 19582, 19622, 19662, 19702, 19742, 19782, 19822, 19862, 19902, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006)
 Spain Group 5 winners 9 September 2009 12 (1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006)
 England Group 6 winners 9 September 2009 12 (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2006)
 Serbia Group 7 winners 10 October 2009 10 (19303, 19503, 19543, 19583, 19623, 19743, 19823, 19903, 19983, 20063)
 Italy Group 8 winners 10 October 2009 16 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006)
 Netherlands Group 9 winners 6 June 2009 8 (1934, 1938, 1974, 1978, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006)
 Greece Second round (play-off) winners 18 November 2009 1 (1994)
 Slovenia Second round (play-off) winners 18 November 2009 1 (2002)
 Portugal Second round (play-off) winners 18 November 2009 4 (1966, 1986, 2002, 2006)
 France Second round (play-off) winners 18 November 2009 12 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.
2 Competed as West Germany. A separate team for East Germany also participated in qualifications during this time, having only competed in 1974.
3 From 1930 to 2006, Serbia competed as Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro.

Goalscorers

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 ten 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
1 own goal
2 own goals

References

  1. ^ "EXCO unveils World Cup programme". UEFA.com. Geneva: Union of European Football Associations. 25 June 2007. Archived from the original on 16 March 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  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 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 2009.
  4. ^ "Preliminary draw for the 2010 World Cup". FIFA.com. Zurich: Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on 9 June 2008. Retrieved 2009.
  5. ^ "Preliminary Draw Information" (PDF). FIFA.com. Zurich: Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 2009.
  6. ^ "Determining Europe's runners-up". FIFA.com. Zurich: Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 16 October 2008. Retrieved 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 2009.

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