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Football World Cup 2006
The final stages of Football World Cup 2006 are scheduled to take place in Germany between 9 June and 9 July. The decision to award the highly prestigous event to Germany was controversial as it was widely expected that the tournament would take place in South Africa. Since the announcement of the award has been made, the world governing body for the sport, FIFA, has made public its intention to rotate the hosting of the event between its constituent confederations.
A total of 12 German cities have been selected to host the World Cup final tournament:
|Gelsenkirchen||Arena AufSchalke||Schalke 04||53,804|
|Hamburg||AOL Arena||Hamburger SV||51,055|
|Köln (Cologne)||RheinEnergieStadion||FC Köln||46,120|
|Leipzig||Zentralstadion||FC Sachsen Leipzig||44,199|
|München (Munich)||Allianz Arena||Bayern München||66,016|
|Nürnberg (Nuremberg)||Frankenstadion||1. FC Nürnberg||41,926|
The six FIFA confederations were allocated a share of the 32 spots available on the basis of the strength of their teams. The final distribution was as follows:
- Europe - represented by UEFA : 51 teams competing for 13 places (Germany qualified automatically as host nation for a total of 14 places)
- Africa - the CAF : 51 teams, 5 places
- South America - CONMEBOL : 10 teams, 4.5 places
- Asia - the AFC : 39 teams, 4.5 places
- North, Central American and Caribbean - CONCACAF : 34 teams, 3.5 places
- Oceania - the OFC : 11 teams, 0.5 places
Notes on qualification
For the first time in the history of the World Cup (after the first event in 1930), the defending champion (Brazil) does not qualify automatically. The hosts (Germany) will retain their automatic spot.
The original distribution of places between the six confederations called for Oceania to be given 1 full spot in the final 32; however, this idea was seen as giving Australia a virtually certain place in the finals, being by far the strongest footballing nation in their region. This was decision was reconsidered in June 2003 and the previous distribution of places between Oceania and South America was restored.
The draw for five of the six qualification tournaments took place on 5 December 2003 in Frankfurt, whilst all of the members of the South American federation (CONMEBOL) will compete in a single group. Qualification itself began in January 2004.
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4|
|1. Netherlands||1. Ukraine||1. Portugal||1. France|
|2. Czech Republic||2. Greece||2. Slovakia||2. Israel|
|3. Romania||3. Turkey||3. Russia||3. Switzerland|
|4. Finland||4. Denmark||4. Latvia||4. Republic of Ireland|
|5. Republic of Macedonia||5. Albania||5. Estonia||5. Cyprus|
|6. Armenia||6. Georgia||6. Liechtenstein||6. Faroe Islands|
|7. Andorra||7. Kazakhstan||7. Luxembourg|
|Group 5||Group 6||Group 7||Group 8|
|1. Italy||1. England||1. Serbia and Montenegro||1. Croatia|
|2. Norway||2. Poland||2. Spain||2. Sweden|
|3. Slovenia||3. Austria||3. Lithuania||3. Bulgaria|
|4. Belarus||4. Northern Ireland||4. Belgium||4. Hungary|
|5. Scotland||5. Wales||5. Bosnia-Herzegovina||5. Iceland|
|6. Moldova||6. Azerbaijan||6. San Marino||6. Malta|
Full details on the progress of qualification for teams representing Europe can be found at Football World Cup 2006 - European Qualification Groups.
South American Zone
This zone is played as a league system on a home-and-away basis involving all 10 teams in a tournament which began in September 2003. The top 4 teams qualify automatically for the 2006 World Cup Finals, the fifth placed team will play-off against the winner of the Oceania zone.
Positions so far (after 13 of 18 matches, Mar 2005):
A full list of all matches and results, along with the current standings in this tournament can be found at Football World Cup 2006 - South American Qualification Groups.
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4||Group 5|
|1. Senegal||1. South Africa||1. Côte d'Ivoire||1. Nigeria||1. Morocco|
|2. Togo||2. Cape Verde||2. Cameroon||2. Angola||2. Kenya|
|3. Zambia||3. Ghana||3. Egypt||3. Zimbabwe||3. Guinea|
|4. Congo||4. Congo DR||4. Libya||4. Gabon||4. Tunisia|
|5. Liberia||5. Burkina Faso||5. Benin||5. Algeria||5. Botswana|
|6. Mali||6. Uganda||6. Sudan||6. Rwanda||6. Malawi|
Complete details of all knockout matches from the first stage of qualifications may be found at Football World Cup 2006 - African Qualification Groups, along with current standings and match schedules for the group stages.
Full details of prior group stages, along with league tables are available at Football World Cup 2006 - Oceania Qualification Groups.
|Group A||Group B|
|1. South Korea||1. Iran|
|2. Saudi Arabia||2. Japan|
|3. Kuwait||3. Bahrain|
|4. Uzbekistan||4. North Korea|
Full updates of the Asian Football Confederation qualification process, including the two prior stages, can be found at Football World Cup 2006 - Asian Qualification Groups.
North, Central American and Caribbean Zone
|4. Costa Rica|
|6. Trinidad and Tobago|
Full details of the qualification process for this confederation, along with results of previous stages of competition, can be found at Football World Cup 2006 - North, Central American and Caribbean Qualification Groups
In late 2005, the 5th place team from South America will play the Oceania champion. Also, the 5th place team from Asia will play the 4th place team from CONCACAF. Each of these play-offs will be home-and-away series, and the two winners will earn the last spots at the World Cup.
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