2010 World Cup - European Qualification

UEFA have been assigned 13 places for the 2010 World Cup to be held in South Africa. 53 countries are in the running for these prestigious spots including Montenegro who are participating in their first ever qualification campaign.

The draw for the European qualification section is determined by a seeding process based around each individual country’s world ranking. There are six seeding pots with the first five containing nine teams whilst the lowest pot contains eight teams. This resulted in eight groups of six teams and one group of five teams.

In each group, the top team qualifies automatically for the World Cup whilst the eight best runners up out of the nine groups will contest a two legged play off contest for the remaining four places. To determine the eight best second placed sides, the results against the bottom nation in the six-team groups will not count to allow consistency alongside the five-team group.

Currently, the Netherlands are the only team to have already secured qualification to the 2010 World Cup. However, England and Spain are likely to join them very soon as both countries have a 100% record so far.

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