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The European (UEFA) zone of qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup saw 32 teams competing for 13 places at the finals. UEFA members Italy qualified automatically as hosts of the finals. The qualification process started on 21 May 1988 and ended on 18 November 1989.

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FormatEdit

Teams were drawn into seven groups, four groups of five teams and three of four teams. All seven group-winners qualified automatically, with the runners-up in the four groups containing five teams (Groups 3, 5, 6 and 7) also qualifying. The two best second-placed teams in the three groups containing only four teams also qualified (Groups 1, 2 and 4). One second-placed team was therefore eliminated.

DrawEdit

The draw for the qualifying groups took place in Zürich, Switzerland on 12 December 1987. During the draw teams were drawn from the 5 pots into the 7 groups. The seedings below were announced ten days before the draw. Teams qualified to the final tournament are in bold.

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D Pot E

  West Germany
  England
  Spain
  Soviet Union
  Denmark
  Belgium
  France

  Bulgaria
  Netherlands
  Poland
  East Germany
  Portugal
  Scotland
  Hungary

  Romania
  Sweden
  Wales
  Northern Ireland
  Austria
  Czechoslovakia
  Yugoslavia

  Republic of Ireland
  Greece
   Switzerland
  Finland
  Iceland
  Norway
  Albania

  Turkey
  Malta
  Luxembourg
  Cyprus

ResultsEdit

Group 1Edit

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Romania 6 4 1 1 10 5 +5 9
  Denmark 6 3 2 1 15 6 +9 8
  Greece 6 1 2 3 3 15 −12 4
  Bulgaria 6 1 1 4 6 8 −2 3
         
Bulgaria   0 – 2 4 – 0 1 – 3
Denmark   1 – 1 7 – 1 3 – 0
Greece   1 – 0 1 – 1 0 – 0
Romania   1 – 0 3 – 1 3 – 0

Group 2Edit

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Sweden 6 4 2 0 9 3 +6 10
  England 6 3 3 0 10 0 +10 9
  Poland 6 2 1 3 4 8 −4 5
  Albania 6 0 0 6 3 15 −12 0
         
Albania   0 – 2 1 – 2 1 – 2
England   5 – 0 3 – 0 0 – 0
Poland   1 – 0 0 – 0 0 – 2
Sweden   3 – 1 0 – 0 2 – 1

Group 3Edit

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Soviet Union 8 4 3 1 11 4 +7 11
  Austria 8 3 3 2 9 9 0 9
  Turkey 8 3 1 4 12 10 +2 7
  East Germany 8 3 1 4 9 13 −4 7
  Iceland 8 1 4 3 6 11 −5 6
           
Austria   3 – 0 2 – 1 0 – 0 3 – 2
East Germany   1 – 1 2 – 0 2 – 1 0 – 2
Iceland   0 – 0 0 – 3 1 – 1 2 – 1
Soviet Union   2 – 0 3 – 0 1 – 1 2 – 0
Turkey   3 – 0 3 – 1 1 – 1 0 – 1

Group 4Edit

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Netherlands 6 4 2 0 8 2 +6 10
  West Germany 6 3 3 0 13 3 +10 9
  Finland 6 1 1 4 4 16 −12 3
  Wales 6 0 2 4 4 8 −4 2
         
Finland   0 – 1 1 – 0 0 – 4
Netherlands   3 – 0 1 – 0 1 – 1
Wales   2 – 2 1 – 2 0 – 0
West Germany   6 – 1 0 – 0 2 – 1

Group 5Edit

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Yugoslavia 8 6 2 0 16 6 +10 14
  Scotland 8 4 2 2 12 12 0 10
  France 8 3 3 2 10 7 +3 9
  Norway 8 2 2 4 10 9 +1 6
  Cyprus 8 0 1 7 6 20 −14 1
           
Cyprus   1 – 1 0 – 3 2 – 3 1 – 2
France   2 – 0 1 – 0 3 – 0 0 – 0
Norway   3 – 1 1 – 1 1 – 2 1 – 2
Scotland   2 – 1 2 – 0 1 – 1 1 – 1
Yugoslavia   4 – 0 3 – 2 1 – 0 3 – 1

Group 6Edit

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Spain 8 6 1 1 20 3 +17 13
  Republic of Ireland 8 5 2 1 10 2 +8 12
  Hungary 8 2 4 2 8 12 −4 8
  Northern Ireland 8 2 1 5 6 12 −6 5
  Malta 8 0 2 6 3 18 −15 2
           
Hungary   1 – 1 1 – 0 0 – 0 2 – 2
Malta   2 – 2 0 – 2 0 – 2 0 – 2
Northern Ireland   1 – 2 3 – 0 0 – 0 0 – 2
Republic of Ireland   2 – 0 2 – 0 3 – 0 1 – 0
Spain   4 – 0 4 – 0 4 – 0 2 – 0

Group 7Edit

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Belgium 8 4 4 0 15 5 +10 12
  Czechoslovakia 8 5 2 1 13 3 +10 12
  Portugal 8 4 2 2 11 8 +3 10
   Switzerland 8 2 1 5 10 14 −4 5
  Luxembourg 8 0 1 7 3 22 −19 1
           
Belgium   2 – 1 1 – 1 3 – 0 1 – 0
Czechoslovakia   0 – 0 4 – 0 2 – 1 3 – 0
Luxembourg   0 – 5 0 – 2 0 – 3 1 – 4
Portugal   1 – 1 0 – 0 1 – 0 3 – 1
Switzerland    2 – 2 0 – 1 2 – 1 1 – 2

Ranking of runners-upEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  West Germany 6 3 3 0 13 3 +10 9
  England 6 3 3 0 10 0 +10 9
  Denmark 6 3 2 1 15 6 +9 8

GoalscorersEdit

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

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