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

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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2014 FIFA World Cup: Who can still book a place in Brazil?

Over the next week or so a lot regarding the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be decided. The last 11 places will be confirmed and 11 teams will be staying home and missing out on Rio. Here we take a look at who has qualified and who is still in with a shot.

Africa

Definitely there: None.

This weekend 10 teams will battle it out in the second legs of their final qualification matches to try and take one of the 5 places still remaining for African qualification. The first legs saw Algeria beaten 3-2 at Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast beat Senegal 3-1, Ethiopia lose 2-1 at home to Nigeria, Tunisia and Cameroon play out a goalless draw and Egypt thrashed 6-1 by Ghana. The second legs will be played on the 16th – 19th of November.

Asia

Definitely there: Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea.

After defeating Uzbekistan 9-8 on penalties to earn their place in an intercontinental play-off, Jordan will have to face a strong Uruguay team if they wish to proceed to their first ever World Cup. The game will be played on the 13th of November.

Europe

Definitely there: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, England, Spain, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Four teams will progress from the play-offs.

Bosnia gained their first World Cup qualification by winning Group G ahead of Greece, who now must play a play-off to secure qualification.

Russia drew with Azerbaijan, which was enough to see off Portugal and win Group F, while England topped Group H with a 2-0 win over Poland.

The likes of Germany, England, Spain and Italy amongst others have secured qualification and now the eight runners-up must face the play-offs. Greece face Romania, Portugal take on Sweden, Ukraine must tackle France, and Iceland are handed the task of Croatia. The two-legged ties will take place on the 15th and 19th of November.

North & Central America and Caribbean

Definitely there: Costa Rica, United States, Honduras.

Mexico, who finished fourth in qualifying, face Oceania winners New Zealand in a two-legged intercontinental play-off, much like Jordan and Uruguay. After a 2-2 draw with Jamaica, Honduras took the final automatic qualification spot and therefore Mexico need to win this play-off to go through. This qualifier will take place on 13th November.

Oceania

Definitely there: None.

New Zealand completed the Oceanic qualifying stages with no real difficulty and now face a strong Mexico side, who have qualified for each of the last 5 World Cups, in a play-off on 13th November.

South America

Definitely there: Argentina, Brazil (hosts), Colombia, Ecuador and Chile

Uruguay must take on underdogs Jordan to qualify for Brazil after finishing 5th in their group. They were level on points with Ecuador however a poor goal difference let them down. They are largely favoured to go through to the World Cup, but new boys Jordan won’t go down without a fight.

 

So there we have a roundup of who’s qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and who still has a chance of making it there. It could be a nervy few days for some of the bosses, one bad decision could lead to qualification failure. Whatever the outcomes are, we’re in for a week of drama, controversy and a whole load of goals.

-VE

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

International Fixtures 11/10/13

 

 Fixture

 

Venue

Time (GMT)

Armenia v Bulgaria Yerevan

16:00

Lithuania v Latvia Vilnius

16:30

Serbia v Japan Novi Sad

16:30

Moldova v San Marino Chisinau

17:00

Croatia v Belgium Zagreb

17:00

Azerbaijan v Northern Ireland Baku

17:00

Faroe Islands v Kazakhstan Torshavn

18:00

Malta v Czech Republic Ta’Qali

18:30

Ukraine v Poland Kharkov

19:00

Bosnia-Herzegovina v Liechtenstein Zenica

19:00

Denmark v Italy Copenhagen

19:15

Estonia v Turkey Tallinn

19:30

Albania v Switzerland Tirana

19:30

Luxembourg v Russia Luxembourg

19:30

Andorra v Romania La Vella

19:30

Netherlands v Hungary Amsterdam

19:30

Slovenia v Norway Maribor

19:45

Iceland v Cyprus Reykjavik

19:45

Wales v Macedonia Cardiff

19:45

Greece v Slovakia Piraeus

19:45

Germany v Ireland Republic Cologne

19:45

Sweden v Austria Solna

19:45

England v Montenegro Wembley

20:00

France v Australia Paris

20:00

Morocco v South Africa Agadir Stadium

20:00

Portugal v Israel Coimbra

20:45

Spain v Belarus Palma De Mallorca

21:00

Venezuela v Paraguay San Cristobal

21:30

Ecuador v Uruguay Quito

22:00

Colombia v Chile Barranquilla

22:00

Honduras v Costa Rica San Pedro Sula

22:00

Gus Poyet appointed as Sunderland new Head Coach

Gus Poyet has signed a three-year deal to become Sunderland head coach

Just over two weeks after Paolo Di Canio’s sacking as Sunderland manager, former Brighton manager Gus Poyet has been named as Di Canio’s successor as head coach of Sunderland. The Black Cats sit rock bottom at the foot of the Premier League table and have only 1 point from 7 games this season. Poyet will hope to bring back Sunderland’s form, and rebuild their hopes of staying up this season.

Speaking to the club website, Poyet said: “I look forward to proving my ability to the fans – I want them to believe because we need to stick together.”

“I think the key behind my strong home record at Brighton was the connection with the fans – I can see that here,” added the 45 year old Uruguayan.

Poyet’s only previous managerial role was a four-year spell at second-tier Brighton and Hove Albion but he was sacked as manager in June earlier this year.

Although Di Canio similarly had no top-flight coaching experience when he was appointed in March, Poyet rejected comparisons between the two men saying: “The time of Paolo has come to an end and it is time to move forward,”

“We are all different. You cannot compare me to anyone. I am not better or worse, I am different. I don’t want to be compared to anyone, even the best. It is not right.”

Poyet becomes Sunderland’s sixth permanent head coach in less than five years and he will also be the first Uruguayan to manage a team in the Premier League.

He first came to England as a player in 1997, joining Chelsea from Real Zaragoza and winning the FA Cup, the now defunct UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup, before spending three years at Tottenham Hotspur.

A goalscoring midfielder, he also played for Uruguay 26 times and was a member of the team that triumphed at the 1995 Copa America.

His managerial experience is limited to his time at Brighton but during that spell he led the south coast club to promotion from third-tier League One in 2011 before guiding them to the Championship play-offs last season.

He has also worked as a coach at Swindon Town, Leeds United and Spurs.

Poyet will be joined at the Stadium of Light by his former Brighton colleagues Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway, and will work in conjunction with Sunderland director of football Roberto De Fanti.

Poyet’s first game in charge of the Black Cats will be a tough away match against Swansea.