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1974 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone (UEFA). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 32 UEFA teams entered the competition. The European zone was allocated 9.5 places (out of 16) in the final tournament. West Germany, the hosts, qualified automatically, leaving 8.5 spots open for competition between 32 teams.

The 32 teams were divided into 9 groups of 3 or 4 teams each (four groups with 3 teams and five groups with 4 teams). The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify, except the winner of Group 9, which would advance to the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off.

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Group 1Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1=   Austria 8 6 3 2 1 14 7 +7
1=   Sweden 8 6 3 2 1 15 8 +7
3   Hungary 8 6 2 4 0 12 7 +5
4   Malta 0 6 0 0 6 1 20 −19











Austria and Sweden finished level on points and goal difference, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.

Sweden qualified.

Group 2Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Italy 10 6 4 2 0 12 0 +12
2   Turkey 6 6 2 2 2 5 3 +2
3    Switzerland 6 6 2 2 2 2 4 −2
4   Luxembourg 2 6 1 0 5 2 14 −12











Italy qualified.

Group 3Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Netherlands 10 6 4 2 0 24 2 +22
2   Belgium 10 6 4 2 0 12 0 +12
3   Norway 4 6 2 0 4 9 16 −7
4   Iceland 0 6 0 0 6 2 29 −27











Netherlands qualified on goal difference. The campaign ended with a controversial decision in the final match when the referee disallowed a legal Belgian goal for offside in the last minute of the game.[3]

Group 4Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   East Germany 10 6 5 0 1 18 3 +15
2   Romania 9 6 4 1 1 17 4 +13
3   Finland 3 6 1 1 4 3 21 −18
4   Albania 2 6 1 0 5 3 13 −10











East Germany qualified.

Group 5Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Poland 5 4 2 1 1 6 3 +3
2   England 4 4 1 2 1 3 4 −1
3   Wales 3 4 1 1 2 3 5 −2





Poland qualified. This was the first time England failed to qualify for the World Cup since first entering in 1950.

Group 6Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Bulgaria 10 6 4 2 0 13 3 +10
2   Portugal 7 6 2 3 1 10 6 +4
3   Northern Ireland 5 6 1 3 2 5 6 −1
4   Cyprus 2 6 1 0 5 1 14 −13











Bulgaria qualified.

Group 7Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1=   Spain 6 4 2 2 0 8 5 +3
1=   Yugoslavia 6 4 2 2 0 7 4 +3
3   Greece 0 4 0 0 4 5 11 −6





Spain and Yugoslavia finished level on points and goal difference, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.

Yugoslavia qualified.

As of 2018 this is the last time Spain have failed to qualify for the World Cup finals.

Group 8Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Scotland 6 4 3 0 1 8 3 +5
2   Czechoslovakia 5 4 2 1 1 9 3 +6
3   Denmark 1 4 0 1 3 2 13 −11





Scotland qualified.

Group 9Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Soviet Union 6 4 3 0 1 5 2 +3
2   Republic of Ireland 3 4 1 1 2 4 5 −1
3   France 3 4 1 1 2 3 5 −2





Soviet Union advanced to the UEFA – CONMEBOL Play-off.

Inter-confederation play-offsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

7 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b The Soviet Union refused to play in Chile for the second leg, so Chile were awarded a 2–0 walkover victory.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ This match was played in Belgium rather than Iceland.
  2. ^ This match was played in Netherlands rather than Iceland.
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cWwulNygvs
  4. ^ a b c All home matches of Northern Ireland were played in England instead.