Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Which countries are in the World Cup play-offs for a place at Brazil 2014?

With many qualification groups going down to the wire, some countries missed out on automatic qualification and will need to go through the play-offs

For some of the biggest football teams in the world, the road to the World Cup in Brazil isn't going to be plain sailing. Some countries, such as Portugal, will need to go through the play-offs to book their place at Brazil 2014.

The play-offs aren't only for European clubs though, teams from South America, Oceania, Central America will also figure in inter-confederation ties.

The most high-profile sides to miss out on automatic qualification were Portugal and France, who will go into the European play-off draw.

Greece are another team to miss out on their ticket to Brazil at the first time of asking, and will go into the play-offs after Bosnia and Herzegovina topped Group G having had a better goal difference thank Greece.

Here are the sides from Europe going through the World Cup qualification play-offs, along with which pot they will be drawn from:

Portugal (1)
Croatia (1)
Greece (1)
Sweden (1)
Ukraine (2)
France (2)
Romania (2)
Iceland (2)

The European play-off seeding means Portugal could face France for a place in the World Cup in Brazil.

Here the countries from elsewhere in the world going through the inter-confederation play-offs:

Jordan (confirmed)
New Zealand (confirmed)
Uruguay, Chile or Ecuador
Mexico or Honduras

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