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http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries...ings/index.html

I recently checked out the group standings for the world cup qualifications and there are a few surprises.

Group 1

Denmark is holding off Hungary and it looks like Portugal and Sweden are out barring a major comeback.

Group 2

Winner of the next Greece-Switzerland game has the upper hand.

Group 3

Slovakia a big surprise here with Poland and Czech Rep well behind.

Group 4

Germany and Russia are the top teams so no real surprise here.

Group 5

Spain is a shoe-in but Bosnia has been a surprise and Turkey are well behind.

Group 6

England has all but qualified being 10 points ahead of the next team.

Group 7

Serbia 8 points ahead of France. I better take a second look to see that it's not a misprint.

Group 8

Italy should hold off Ireland but it's only a 1 point lead.

Group 9

Netherlands have already qualified.

To the best of my knowledge only the top team qualifies and then there are 2 or 3 teams with the highest point total that are entered into an additional qualification but you don't want to risk that happening. It also takes a further toll on your team.

Real surprises are that France, Turkey and Portugal may already be done. Not too many people would have predicted that a this stage.

Also I watched some highlights of the Confederations cup and it appears more than ever that teams throughout the world are not so far apart as it was 20 years ago. I think that is great for the game in general.

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Just to clarify things here carefully..

Group winners qualify directly to South Africa, top 8 runner-ups go to the Tournament Playoffs. As it stands right now Croatia (who is in 2nd in group 6) will not go to the playoffs.

For the qualifying picture..

Group 1 - This group is still wide open, Denmark, Hungary, Sweden, Portugal all can win the group. Denmark or Hungary could struggle while Sweden or Portugal can get back in it in a hurry.

Group 2 - Your correct about Switzerland - Greece, the winner of that match should take full control of this group. However, Switzerland has a more difficult fixtures down the stretch than Greece.

Group 3 - Leaders Slovakia is a plesant surprise, but Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Northern Ireland are not out just yet. I do believe if the Slovaks beat the Czechs, then the group is there's.

Group 4 - Germany and Russia will be battling for first in an important match in Moscow. Finland is certainly out after there home loss to Russia.

Group 5 - Spain is a win away from qualifying, Bosnia could slip if they don't learn to finish strong just like what happen in Euro 2008 qualifying. Turkey can make a comeback, I'm not counting them out just yet.

Group 6 - Like Spain, England is one win away from qualifying. Croatia, Ukraine, yes Belarus all vying for second place for a playoff spot.

Group 7 - Serbia are the leaders in the group, France has 2 matches to make up. Even if they win both, they'll be behind Serbia by 2 points. In there encounter in Belgrade, Serbia simply need to avoid defeat and the group is pretty much there's.

Group 8 - Italy are leading Ireland by 1 point with a match to play. Bulgaria is mathamatically alive, but got has a very difficult fixture in 2 of there last 4 matches.

Group 9 - Of course Netherlands are the first European side to qualify for South Africa in an awfully weak group. Scotland still in the hunt for there slim chance of qualifying for the playoffs.

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http://www.football-rankings.info/2009/06/...a-based-on.html

2010 WC: Seeding formula based on current standings (3 June 2009)

Seeded teams for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

(Does not include the July rankings so Greece could be a Pot 1 team right now)

1 Germany 60.0 30.3 29.7

2 Brazil 58.3 29.3 29.0

3 Italy 56.7 27.3 29.3

4 Spain 56.3 25.3 31.0

5 England 52.0 26.3 25.7

6 Argentina 49.3 21.0 28.3

7 France 48.3 23.3 25.0

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8 Netherlands 43.7 14.7 29.0

9 USA 35.3 13.7 21.7

10 Paraguay 34.0 11.7 22.3

11 Switzerland 32.3 15.3 17.0

12 Ghana 27.0 13.3 13.7

13 Japan 26.7 13.3 13.3

14 Russia 26.3 3.0 23.3

15 Korea Republic 25.3 15.7 9.7

16 Australia 24.3 11.3 13.0

17 Serbia 22.7 5.3 17.3

18 Denmark 22.3 7.7 14.7

19 Greece 22.3 0.0 22.3

20 Uruguay 21.7 2.7 19.0

21 Cote d'Ivoire 19.0 6.0 13.0

22 Scotland 17.7 0.0 17.7

23 Tunisia 16.0 8.7 7.3

24 Costa Rica 14.0 8.3 5.7

25 Saudi Arabia 13.7 8.0 5.7

26 Northern Ireland 12.3 0.0 12.3

27 Chile 11.3 0.0 11.3

28 Honduras 9.7 0.0 9.7

29 South Africa 5.7 3.0 2.7

30 Gabon 4.0 0.0 4.0

31 Zambia 3.3 0.0 3.3

32 Korea DPR 1.0 0.0 1.0

The pots:

Pot 1: Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Spain

Pot 2: Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Switzerland

Pot 3: Australia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia, USA

Pot 4: Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Paraguay, Tunisia, Uruguay, Zambia

Croatia would not qualify right now because they are the lowest seeded second place team and only the Top 8 play a play-off.

Ranking of group runners-up

With one group having one team fewer than the others, matches against the sixth-placed team in the group are not included in this ranking.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD AG* Pts

Russia 5 \4 0 1\ \11 3 +8\ 4 \12

France 5 \3 1 1\ \7 6 +1\ 4\ 10

Bosnia 5 \3 0 2\ \14 6 +8\ 5\ 9

Hungary 4 \2 1 1\ \4 2 +2\ 2\ 7

Switzer 4 \2 1 1\ \7 6 +1\ 4\ 7

Ireland 5 \1 4 0\ \4 3 +1\ 2\ 7

N.Irela 5 \2 1 2\ \5 6 −1\ 1\ 7

Scotla 5 \2 1 2\ \4 6 −2\ 2\ 7

Croatia 4 \1 2 1\ \6 6 0\ 4 \5

*AG= Away Goals

Ranking rules

Total points

Goal difference

Goals scored

Goals scored away from home

Disciplinary record (yellow card, -1 point; two yellow cards in the same match, -3 points; red card, -3 points; yellow card followed by a direct red card in the same match, -4 points)

Drawing of lots

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