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

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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

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

FIFA World Cup Qualifying Results

RESULTS  
 
Date

Matches

15/10/13 Azerbaijan

1:1 (0:1)

Russia

16/10/13 Uruguay

3:2 (2:2)

Argentina

16/10/13 Peru

1:1 (1:1)

Bolivia

15/10/13 Bulgaria

0:1 (0:0)

Czech Republic

15/10/13 Latvia

2:2 (0:2)

Slovakia

15/10/13 Belgium

1:1 (0:0)

Wales

15/10/13 Turkey

0:2 (0:1)

Netherlands

15/10/13 Romania

2:0 (1:0)

Estonia

15/10/13 Italy

2:2 (1:1)

Armenia

15/10/13 Sweden

3:5 (2:1)

Germany

15/10/13 Serbia

5:1 (3:0)

FYR Macedonia

16/10/13 Chile

2:1 (2:0)

Ecuador

16/10/13 Paraguay

1:2 (1:1)

Colombia

16/10/13 Jamaica

2:2 (1:2)

Honduras

16/10/13 Panama

2:3 (1:0)

USA

15/10/13 Denmark

6:0 (4:0)

Malta

15/10/13 Scotland

2:0 (1:0)

Croatia

15/10/13 Hungary

2:0 (0:0)

Andorra

15/10/13 Norway

1:1 (1:1)

Iceland

15/10/13 Switzerland

1:0 (0:0)

Slovenia

15/10/13 Israel

1:1 (1:0)

Northern Ireland

15/10/13 Lithuania

0:1 (0:0)

Bosnia-Herzegovina

15/10/13 Greece

2:0 (1:0)

Liechtenstein

15/10/13 England

2:0 (1:0)

Poland

15/10/13 Republic of Ireland

3:1 (2:1)

Kazakhstan

15/10/13 Faroe Islands

0:3 (0:1)

Austria

16/10/13 Costa Rica

2:1 (1:1)

Mexico

15/10/13 Cyprus

0:0

Albania

15/10/13 Portugal

3:0 (2:0)

Luxembourg

15/10/13 Ghana

6:1 (3:1)

Egypt

Note: Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, England, Spain, Chile, Ecuador, and Honduras all secured World Cup 2014 qualification with their results.

Other already qualified teams: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Holland, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, USA

International Fixtures 12-13 October

Saturday 12th October 2013

USA

v

Jamaica Kansas City

11:36

Argentina

v

Peru Buenos Aires

00:00

Mexico

v

Panama Mexico City

02:30

Korea Republic

v

Brazil Seoul

12:00

Burkina Faso

v

Algeria Ouagadougou

17:00

Ivory Coast

v

Senegal Abidjan

18:00

Sunday 13th October 2013

Ethiopia

v

Nigeria Addis Ababa

15:00

Tunisia

v

Cameroon Tunis

18:00