Thursday, November 26, 2009 ESPNsoccernet: December 1, 8:57 PM UK
2010 World Cup Qualifying
Qualifying was completed on November 18, 2009.
Again there will be 32 participating nations. South Africa have been joined by five other African nations, plus 13 from Europe, five from South America, four from Asia, three from Concacaf and one from Oceania.
Hosts - South Africa From Europe/UEFA - Denmark From Europe/UEFA - England From Europe/UEFA - France From Europe/UEFA - Germany From Europe/UEFA - Greece From Europe/UEFA - Italy From Europe/UEFA - Netherlands From Europe/UEFA - Portugal From Europe/UEFA - Serbia From Europe/UEFA - Slovakia From Europe/UEFA - Slovenia From Europe/UEFA - Spain From Europe/UEFA - Switzerland From South America - Argentina From South America - Brazil From South America - Chile From South America - Uruuay From South America - Paraguay From Africa - Ghana From Africa - Ivory Coast From Concacaf - Honduras From Concacaf - Mexico From Concacaf - United States From Asia/AFC - Australia From Asia/AFC - Japan From Asia/AFC - South Korea From Asia/AFC - North Korea
From Oceania - New Zealand
The preliminary round was to feature the ten lowest-ranked nations but São Tomé & Príncipe and the Central African Republic both withdrew meaning Swaziland and Seychelles received a bye.
That meant there were three matches remaining, of which Somalia-Djibouti was played as a one-off match while Madagascar-Comoros and Sierra Leone-Guinea-Bissau were two legged.
• Preliminary Round - scores and scorers
Swaziland, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Madagascar and Djibouti qualified for the first group stage in which 48 nations were drawn into 12 groups of four. The 12 group winners and eight best runners-up will go through.
• Round Two - Group-by-group results | Full final standings
The second group round saw the 20 remaining nations drawn into five groups of four. The group winners qualified. The qualifers also doubled up for the 2010 African Nations Cup finals. The top three teams in the final group qualified for this.
Groups, scores and scorers: Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E
The first stage of this region was completed in September 2007 as New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu made it through to the next stage.
Also part of the 2007 Pacific Games, ten nations were drawn into two groups of five. The top two went through to the semi-finals. Both finalists qualified for the next stage of World Cup qualiying along with the winner of the 3rd/4th place play-off.
• First round final standings | Semis | 3rd/4th | Stage final
Those three nations joined New Zealand in round two. This was also the 2008 OFC Nations Cup. The four countries play on a league basis with the group winner playing off for the right to take on the qualifying nation from Asia. The group stage was completed with New Zealand the winners.
• Full group details.