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2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying phase already underway.
« on: February 19, 2007, 05:54:59 AM »
2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™
Qualifying phase already underway.
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As Sepp Herberger, coach of the West German team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup™, once memorably said: "After the final whistle blows, kick-off's never far away." This saying is very much reflected in the period between FIFA World Cup final phases. When the referee blew the final whistle on 9 July 2006 in Berlin's Olympiastadion, he was also kicking off the build-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The finals will be held in nine cities throughout South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010.
Although the tournament may seem a long way off, the preparations for this greatest of sporting events are already going full speed ahead. While the infrastructure and stadiums are obviously the focus of a great deal of attention at the present time, a tournament of this magnitude also requires a lot of work in other vital areas. None more so than the qualifying process that determines which of the world's footballing nations are strong enough to earn a place in South Africa.
This first phase officially got underway when invitations were sent to all 207 member associations. These forms have to be completed and returned to FIFA by 1 March 2007 in order to allow each national team to take part in the qualifying rounds of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

32 teams, 31 slots up for grabs
South Africa qualify automatically as the host nation, so the rest of the world will be competing for the remaining 31 places in the final phase. As has been the case at past tournaments, the majority of teams will come from Europe, which has 13 slots.
African teams have an interesting three years ahead of them, since this will be their first FIFA World Cup on home soil and in front of their own partisan fans. Each of Africa's participating nations will therefore be doubly keen to secure one of the five berths available.
South America have been allocated four places, with a further slot available via a play-off with a team from the North, Central American and Caribbean Zone, who themselves have three guaranteed places. Asia will be represented by four teams at the tournament, with a fifth berth also available via a play-off with the winners of the Oceania Zone.

Preliminary draw in Durban
The majority of the teams who have successfully submitted their application by 1 March will go into the various pots for the preliminary draw, which will take place on 23 November 2007 in Durban. South Africa's second largest city, situated on the Indian Ocean, will provide a picturesque backdrop for this widely followed event, where qualifying groups and ties will be drawn for all six confederations.
By the time the draw takes place, however, some teams will have already got their campaigns underway, with the qualifying process in a number of confederations starting much earlier.

Oceania to get the ball rolling
The first qualifying matches will be held as early as August 2007, when the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) hosts the South Pacific Games from 25 August to 8 September, which will serve as a preliminary qualifying tournament for the Oceania Zone. The top three teams will then go on to meet New Zealand in the OFC Nations Cup from 8 September to 21 November 2007, with home and away games between the four teams to determine the winners and runners-up.

South America and Africa up next
Five-time world champions Brazil will be in action from September/October 2007, when the South American Zone begins its qualifying league. Every country will play each other home and away, and most games will be played as part of a double match-day (Wednesday to Saturday) format, to reduce the travel required for those players plying their trade in Europe.
Qualifying in the African Zone will also get underway towards the end of the year. Should more than 48 nations apply to take part in the qualifying phase, then pre-qualifying ties will be held over two legs, on 13/14 and 17/18 October. The winners of these ties will then go into a 48-team pot for the draw on 23 November.
The final areas to join in the fun are the European, Asian and the North, Central American and Caribbean Zones, where the race to qualify will only begin after the draw in Durban.

Safety in the stadiums
Security in the various stadiums where the qualifying rounds will take place is of course a priority. After recent events in Italy, safety standards both on and off the pitch for qualifying matches have been highlighted and are being made ever tighter. Over the coming months, FIFA will carry out inspections in 113 stadiums and only allow qualifiers to take place in FIFA-approved venues.
In order to increase safety standards in developing countries, an advanced safety management seminar will be held to help these nations ensure safety standards on the field of play and also in and around the stadiums.
The qualifying phase for Germany 2006 saw 2,464 goals scored in a total of 847 enthralling games played out across the globe. Over the next three years, fans everywhere will be expecting more of the same in terms of excitement, goals and of course a new generation of stars. And once the dust settles, another 31 teams will have booked their tickets for South Africa, FIFA.com would like to wish all the participating countries the very best of luck.
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Re: 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying phase already underway.
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2007, 09:00:00 AM »
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South America have been allocated four places, with a further slot available via a play-off with a team from the North, Central American and Caribbean Zone, who themselves have three guaranteed places.

Watch nah, I eh doubting that we could make it via automatic qualification eh, but yuh see dat play off busiiness with South America, it senin' chills up my spine dread. Ah visualizin':.....

" One min to go in this do or die qualifier, in comes a cross from el trinitario Carlos Edwards.....Ecuador clears the box with a last gap header.....and ............Golazoooooooo!!!!!!.........Birchall hits a rocket from 25 yards..........Trinidad y Tobago qualifies for South Africa  2010!...Ecuador is devastated..........80,000 spectators in silence!
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Re: 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying phase already underway.
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2007, 09:12:30 AM »
i wonder what the level of football in ocenia like? apart from new zealand, you have team lilke tonga, cook islands, american samoa, fijo, papua new guinea and tahiti there.

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Re: 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying phase already underway.
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2007, 10:15:39 AM »
Qualification games are exciting enough themselves....real looking forward to them

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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2007, 10:45:45 AM »
i more lookin forward 2 see what team takes de field for the qualification for we games... ??? ::)

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Re: 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying phase already underway.
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2007, 12:04:33 PM »
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South America have been allocated four places, with a further slot available via a play-off with a team from the North, Central American and Caribbean Zone, who themselves have three guaranteed places.

Watch nah, I eh doubting that we could make it via automatic qualification eh, but yuh see dat play off busiiness with South America, it senin' chills up my spine dread. Ah visualizin':.....

" One min to go in this do or die qualifier, in comes a cross from el trinitario Carlos Edwards.....Ecuador clears the box with a last gap header.....and ............Golazoooooooo!!!!!!.........Birchall hits a rocket from 25 yards..........Trinidad y Tobago qualifies for South Africa  2010!...Ecuador is devastated..........80,000 spectators in silence!

hoss i dont think my asthma could hold out for another playoff stop especially against a south america side... i say we should just go all out for those automatic spaces and leave the playoff spot to CR  :devil:

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Re: 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying phase already underway.
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2007, 12:20:42 PM »
hoss i dont think my asthma could hold out for another playoff stop especially against a south america side... i say we should just go all out for those automatic spaces and leave the playoff spot to CR :devil:


I am there with you. It is time to knock CR off there perch. I say watch for Honduras and Jamaica for third spot.
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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2007, 12:28:13 PM »
hoss i dont think my asthma could hold out for another playoff stop especially against a south america side... i say we should just go all out for those automatic spaces and leave the playoff spot to CR :devil:


I am there with you. It is time to knock CR off there perch. I say watch for Honduras and Jamaica for third spot.


how tings family? yuh ready for gold cup, ah know we limin oui, that will be de jump start for the WC qualifying... this time around we all plannin tuh reach de same time and and same place, a united effort..

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Re: 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying phase already underway.
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2007, 07:06:27 AM »
Preliminary Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

The footballing world is already buzzing with excitement in the run-up to 23 November 2007, the day on which Durban will host the draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying ties and groups.
South Africa’s second-biggest city on the shores of the Indian Ocean provides a majestic setting for the ceremony, an event which is attracting interest from all over the globe. Qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ has attracted a record total of 205 nations, all aiming to seal a berth at the showcase tournament from 11 June to 11 July 2010 in nine South African cities. FIFA.com will provide its usual comprehensive and LIVE coverage of this historic event in Durban.
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Re: 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying phase already underway.
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2007, 07:11:47 AM »
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South America have been allocated four places, with a further slot available via a play-off with a team from the North, Central American and Caribbean Zone, who themselves have three guaranteed places.

Watch nah, I eh doubting that we could make it via automatic qualification eh, but yuh see dat play off busiiness with South America, it senin' chills up my spine dread. Ah visualizin':.....

" One min to go in this do or die qualifier, in comes a cross from el trinitario Carlos Edwards.....Ecuador clears the box with a last gap header.....and ............Golazoooooooo!!!!!!.........Birchall hits a rocket from 25 yards..........Trinidad y Tobago qualifies for South Africa  2010!...Ecuador is devastated..........80,000 spectators in silence!

 :devil: i liking how tht sounding
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Re: 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying phase already underway.
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2007, 07:22:07 AM »
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South America have been allocated four places, with a further slot available via a play-off with a team from the North, Central American and Caribbean Zone, who themselves have three guaranteed places.

Watch nah, I eh doubting that we could make it via automatic qualification eh, but yuh see dat play off busiiness with South America, it senin' chills up my spine dread. Ah visualizin':.....

" One min to go in this do or die qualifier, in comes a cross from el trinitario Carlos Edwards.....Ecuador clears the box with a last gap header.....and ............Golazoooooooo!!!!!!.........Birchall hits a rocket from 25 yards..........Trinidad y Tobago qualifies for South Africa  2010!...Ecuador is devastated..........80,000 spectators in silence!

 :devil: i liking how tht sounding

BUT THEN CARLOS HEARD A THUD!!! HE REALISED HE HAD JUST FALLEN OFF HIS BED, AWAKENING TO THE FACT THAT IN 2009 HE ALONG WITH HIS 2006 TEAMATES WERE STILL BLACKLISTED BY THE TTFF.
ALAS IT WAS JUST A DREAM , SO HE YAWNED, ROLLED OVER AND WENT BACK TO SLEEP :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

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Re: 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying phase already underway.
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2007, 07:38:11 AM »
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South America have been allocated four places, with a further slot available via a play-off with a team from the North, Central American and Caribbean Zone, who themselves have three guaranteed places.

Watch nah, I eh doubting that we could make it via automatic qualification eh, but yuh see dat play off busiiness with South America, it senin' chills up my spine dread. Ah visualizin':.....

" One min to go in this do or die qualifier, in comes a cross from el trinitario Carlos Edwards.....Ecuador clears the box with a last gap header.....and ............Golazoooooooo!!!!!!.........Birchall hits a rocket from 25 yards..........Trinidad y Tobago qualifies for South Africa  2010!...Ecuador is devastated..........80,000 spectators in silence!

 :devil: i liking how tht sounding

BUT THEN CARLOS HEARD A THUD!!! HE REALISED HE HAD JUST FALLEN OFF HIS BED, AWAKENING TO THE FACT THAT IN 2009 HE ALONG WITH HIS 2006 TEAMATES WERE STILL BLACKLISTED BY THE TTFF.
ALAS IT WAS JUST A DREAM , SO HE YAWNED, ROLLED OVER AND WENT BACK TO SLEEP :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

yuh had to go and spoil it eh  :devil:
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