FIFA World Cup 2014: All 32 Qualified Nations

Finally, qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has come to a close, as all 32 places available for the competition have been taken by 4 Asian teams, 13 European teams, 4 North American teams, 6 South American teams, and 5 African teams. A few moments ago Uruguay secured their qualification with a 5-0 aggregate win over Jordan to take up the final place and book their tickets to Brazil. We know how many teams have qualified, but who is actually there? Below is a break-down of who managed to make it through to next year’s competition

Africa

Qualified: Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Algeria, Ghana, Cameroon

The first African side to secure qualification was Nigeria, who managed a 4-1 aggregate victory over Ethiopia. Then followed Ivory Coast and Cameroon, both scoring 4 goals overall to see off Senegal and Tunisia respectively. Tuesday 19th November saw Algeria and Ghana qualify when Algeria went through on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw with Burkina Faso, and Ghana win 7-3 on aggregate to defeat Egypt. There is much doubt already that these teams will cause too much trouble, but come 12th June 2014 the West African nations will not be letting anyone have it easy.

Asia

Qualified: Japan, Iran, Australia, South Korea

All Asian teams had qualified by June 2013, ages before the rest. Japan became the first nation to qualify for the World Cup (apart from hosts Brazil) after they won their group rather easily. Then followed Iran, Australia and South Korea. Jordan defeated Uzbekistan in a play-off, but were easily defeated by Uruguay and did not progress to Brazil 2014.

Europe

Qualified: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, England, Spain, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, France, Portugal, Croatia, Greece

This confederation has the largest number of teams qualified with 13 nations representing Europe at the World Cup. The biggest shock is the fact that Bosnia-Herzegovina qualified, but with the likes of Edin Dzeko it was never impossible. The Netherlands and Italy were the first European nations to qualify for the World Cup after securing top spot in their groups by 10th September. After them Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Bosnia, England and Spain qualified when they won their groups. Portugal overcame Sweden in a tense 4-2 aggregate win while France, Greece and Croatia won their play-offs to put those 4 sides through.

North & Central America and Caribbean

Qualified: Costa Rica, United States, Honduras, Mexico

The USA, Costa Rica and Honduras all qualified as the top three of the final CONCACAF group. America and Costa Rica both secured 1st and 2nd on 10th September leaving Mexico and Honduras battling out for third. After a 2-2 draw with Jamaica Honduras took the final automatic qualification spot and therefore Mexico needed to play an intercontinental play-off against New Zealand. A whooping 9-3 aggregate win was more than enough to send El Tricolor through to Brazil 2014.

Oceania

Qualified: None

New Zealand completed the Oceanic qualifying stages with no real difficulty but needed to face a tough Mexico side in an intercontinental play-off. This Mexico side really did turn out to be tough and the scoreline suggested this: 9-3 on aggregate. Sadly, no one will be representing Oceania at the World Cup next year.

South America

Qualified: Argentina, Brazil (hosts), Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay and Chile

4 years before qualifying even started, Brazil were announced as the first team to ‘qualify’ for the World Cup as they were chosen as hosts. 6 years and a couple months later Argentina were guaranteed a top 4 finish in the CONMEBOL group and with this came tickets to World Cup 2014. Few weeks later Colombia, Chile and Ecuador qualified, leaving Uruguay out of the top four. This meant that they would face Jordan in an intercontinental play-off, much like how New Zealand had to face Mexico. The match ended a few moments ago with Uruguay securing qualification and tickets for the very short trip to Brazil much to the despair of the Jordan team.

So there we have a roundup of who’s qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and some of the unfortunate nations who were knocked out. 207 teams from 6 FIFA Confederations took part in a total of 816 games and finally it has been narrowed down to the last 32. 203 days await the start of the tournament; a time to cut down teams and pin down the best tactics and players. It will be a nervy 7 months for both the managers and the players but until 12th June 2014 all we can do is wait and wait and wait….

-VE

World Cup Qualifying Results/Fixtures 16th – 20th November

Date

Venue

   

Fixture

 
16/11/13 15:00 Calabar   Nigeria 2-0 (4-1 agg) Ethiopia
16/11/13 19:00 Casablanca   Senegal 1-1 (2-4 agg) Ivory Coast
17/11/13 14:00 Yaounde   Cameroon 4-1 (4-1 agg) Tunisia
19/11/13 16:00 Cairo   Egypt 2-1 (3-7 agg) Ghana
19/11/13 18:15 Blida   Algeria 1-0 (3-3 agg) Burkina Faso
19/11/13 19:15 Zagreb   Croatia 2-0 (2-0 agg) Iceland
19/11/13 19:45 Solna   Sweden 2-3 (2-4 agg) Portugal
19/11/13 20:00 Saint-Denis   France 3-0 (3-2 agg) Ukraine
19/11/13 19:00 Bucharest   Romania 1-1 (4-2 agg) Greece
20/11/13 06:00 Wellington   New Zealand 2-4 (3-9 agg) Mexico
21/11/13 23:00 Montevideo   Uruguay VS Jordan

My predictions are:

  • Nigeria 2-0 Ethiopia
  • Senegal 1-2 Ivory Coast
  • Cameroon 1-0 Tunisia
  • Egypt 1-3 Ghana
  • Algeria 1-0 Burkina Faso
  • Croatia 1-0 Iceland
  • Sweden 1-1 Portugal
  • France 2-1 Ukraine
  • Romania 1-1 Greece
  • New Zealand 0-2 Mexico
  • Uruguay 4-0 Jordan

-VE

International Fixtures 19th November

Tonight the second legs of 6 World Cup Qualifiers will be played whilst many other international friendlies will be held. Stand out ties include England vs Germany where the Three Lions looking to bounce back after a shock 2-0 loss against Chile; Netherlands vs Colombia in which two high profile countries will look for a good result heading into next years World Cup; and Brazil vs Chile where the 11th and 12th ranked teams will face off in an all South American tie. Along with the World Cup Qualifiers and International Friendlies, a few Continental Qualifiers will take place in Asia as fourteen teams begin their AFC Asian Cup qualification. The highest ranked teams taking part are Iran and Uzbekistan. Yesterday four International Friendlies were held, with the most prominent game seeing Italy held to  a shock 2-2 draw with Nigeria. A full list of fixtures taking part tonight can be found below:

International Friendlies

Liechtenstein vs Estonia

Kyrgyzstan vs Azerbaijan

Austria vs USA

South Africa vs Spain

Norway vs Scotland

England vs Germany

India vs Nepal

Poland vs Republic of Ireland

Brazil vs Chile

Honduras vs Ecuador

Australia vs Costa Rica

Malta vs Faroe Islands

Slovenia vs Canada

Russia vs South Korea

Turkey vs Belarus

Namibia vs Mozambique

Trinidad and Tobago vs Jamaica

Tanzania vs Zimbabwe

Netherlands vs Colombia

Belgium vs Japan

Continental Qualifiers

Syria vs Oman

Lebanon vs Iran

Bahrain vs Yemen

Kuwait vs Thailand

UAE vs Vietnam

Hong Kong vs Uzbekistan

Malaysia vs Qatar

 

World Cup Qualifiers

Egypt vs Ghana

Algeria vs Burkina Faso

Croatia vs Iceland

Sweden vs Portugal

France vs Ukraine

Romania vs Greece

England vs Chile Preview 15/11/2013

England will face Chile in as they start preparing for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, England are probably one of the favourites along with Brazil, Spain, Germany and a few others, Brazil obviously topping the lot. As much as it would be a shock for England to win, it wouldn’t be impossible. Here’s my predicted England line up against Chile:

  1. Hart
  2. Walker
  3. Jagielka
  4. Cahill
  5. Baines
  6. Townsend
  7. Gerrard
  8. Lampard
  9. Rooney
  10. Sturridge
  11. Welbeck

A strong line up as England try to get into a rhythm playing together again as they prepare to play Germany the next week.

-SJ

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World Cup Qualifying Results 13th – 15th November

The first legs of 6 World Cup qualifiers contested by 12 hopeful nations have been played this week, and it is pretty much certain that 2 of these teams will be going to Brazil and two of these teams will be staying at home. Mexico thrashed New Zealand 5-1 in a fine display whilst Jordan were inevitably destroyed 5-0 at home by Uruguay. The only real surprise of these qualifiers came in France’s qualifier against Ukraine where the Yellow Blues came out victorious with  a 2-0 win. Despite some wonderful footballing displays there is still a lot to play for in the 2nd legs in many of these ties. A few teams can’t start celebrating just yet….

World Cup Qualifying 1st Leg Results

Date Venue Matches
13/11/13 20:30 Mexico City Mexico 5-1 New Zealand
13/11/13 15:00 Amman Jordan 0-5 Uruguay
15/11/13 19:45 Piraeus Greece 3-1 Romania
15/11/13 19:45 Lisbon Portugal 1-0 Sweden
15/11/13 19:45 Kyev Ukraine 2-0 France
15/11/13 17:00 Reykjavik Iceland 0-0 Croatia

-VE

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World Cup Qualifying Results 11 – 13 October

Date Venue    

Matches

 
13/10/13 Rades   Tunisia

0:0

Cameroon

13/10/13 Addis Ababa   Ethiopia

1:2 (0:0)

Nigeria

12/10/13 Abidjan   Ivory Coast

3:1 (2:0)

Senegal

12/10/13 Ouagadougou   Burkina Faso

3:2 (1:0)

Algeria

11/10/13 Tallinn   Estonia

0:2 (0:1)

Turkey

11/10/13 Baku   Azerbaijan

2:0 (0:0)

Northern Ireland

11/10/13 Solna   Sweden

2:1 (0:1)

Austria

11/10/13 Cologne   Germany

3:0 (1:0)

Republic of Ireland

11/10/13 Maribor   Slovenia

3:0 (2:0)

Norway

11/10/13 Lisbon   Portugal

1:1 (1:0)

Israel

12/10/13 Mexico City   Mexico

2:1 (1:0)

Panama

11/10/13 Amsterdam   Netherlands

8:1 (4:0)

Hungary

11/10/13 Andorra La Vella   Andorra

0:4 (0:1)

Romania

11/10/13 Tirana   Albania

1:2 (0:0)

Switzerland

11/10/13 Luxembourg   Luxembourg

0:4 (0:3)

Russia

11/10/13 Copenhagen   Denmark

2:2 (1:1)

Italy

12/10/13 Buenos Aires   Argentina

3:1 (2:1)

Peru

11/10/13 Zenica   Bosnia-Herzegovina

4:1 (4:0)

Liechtenstein

11/10/13 Cardiff   Wales

1:0 (0:0)

FYR Macedonia

11/10/13 Ta’Qali   Malta

1:4 (0:2)

Czech Republic

11/10/13 Yerevan   Armenia

2:1 (1:0)

Bulgaria

11/10/13 Reykjavik   Iceland

2:0 (0:0)

Cyprus

11/10/13 Vilnius   Lithuania

2:0 (1:0)

Latvia

11/10/13 Zagreb   Croatia

1:2 (0:2)

Belgium

11/10/13 Torshavn   Faroe Islands

1:1 (1:0)

Kazakhstan

11/10/13 Kansas City   USA

2:0 (0:0)

Jamaica

11/10/13 San Cristobal   Venezuela

1:1 (0:1)

Paraguay

11/10/13 Barranquilla   Colombia

3:3 (0:3)

Chile

11/10/13 Quito   Ecuador

1:0 (1:0)

Uruguay

11/10/13 San Pedro Sula   Honduras

1:0 (0:0)

Costa Rica

World Cup 2014: Current Qualifying Standings

CONCACAF
Qualified
USA, Costa Rica

Two of either Mexico, Honduras and Panama are fighting for a final qualifying and play-off spot. Jamaica trail the rest by four points, but technically still have a slim chance. The fourth placed-side will play New Zealand.

Mexico, Panama and Honduras are all contenders for the final automatic qualification and play-off spot. Four points behind them lie Jamaica who are in very slight contention for a place. It’s all to play for in the Americas.

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SOUTH AMERICA
Qualified
Brazil, Argentina

Hosts Brazil are guaranteed a place in the World Cup and giants Argentina have qualified. The remaining teams are all in with a chance of qualifying for the competition with Ecuador, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay battling it out. These four nations are fighting for the three remaining guaranteed slots. Whoever finishes fifth will go into a play off against Jordan from the Asian qualifying section.

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Italy and Holland had already booked their tickets to Rio, with Belgium joining them just a few moments ago after beating Croatia 2-1 in Zagreb. Switzerland, Spain and Germany are very close to achieving this. They are all just a point away from qualifying, and Spain have a game in hand to make things a little easier. Elsewhere the likes of France, Russia and England among others are almost at the point of qualifying, but the permutations of results could change everything. The European qualifying region is far from decided; For a full account of the groups visit: http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11979/8967354/we-explain-each-possible-scenario-awaiting-englands-world-cup-qualifying-hopes

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AFRICA
Qualified
None

There are plenty of possible qualifiers as five play-off matches are being held, home and away, in October and November. The 5 aggregate winners of these ties will proceed to the World Cup next year. Ivory Coast vs Senegal and Algeria vs Burkina Faso will kickstart the games on Saturday 12th October. Along with these sides, on Sunday Ethiopia host African champions Nigeria, while Cameroon visit Tunisia. Ghana host Egypt in the final first-leg match on Tuesday.

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ASIA
Qualified
Japan, South Korea, Iran, Australia

Four teams have already qualified for the World Cup and only one remains in contention for a place. Jordan must face either Chile, Colombia, Ecuador or Uruguay from South America, a tough challenge for any nation. The odds are against Jordan qualifying but anything could happen

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OCEANIA
Qualified 
None

New Zealand comfortably won their section finishing six points ahead of New Caledonia in second place, but must wait for an opponent from the Americas to see if they can qualify. Surprisingly, Australia opted out of qualifying in the Oceanic region, and have qualified in the tougher Asian qualifying region.

That’s a roundup of the current situation regarding the qualifying in each and every confederation for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. From the look of things, the weekend ahead will be decisive and full of drama, regarding the qualification of some countries. One to look forward to in my opinion…

-VE