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1994 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

A total of 39 UEFA teams entered qualification for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. However, Liechtenstein withdrew before the draw was made. Moreover, firstly the CIS, then Russia took the spot of Soviet Union after the Soviet Union was dissolved, and Yugoslavia were suspended by FIFA due to United Nations sanctions stemming from the Yugoslav wars. The European zone was allocated 13 from 24 places in the final tournament. Germany, the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 12 spots open for competition between 37 teams.

The 37 teams were divided into six groups, five of six teams each and one of seven teams (though Group 5 ended up with just five teams after Yugoslavia were suspended). The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners and runners-up would qualify.

San Marino and Faroe Islands competed in World Cup qualifiers for the first time, and Israel moved to UEFA after competing in Oceanian zone for 1986 and 1990 qualification. while Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia competed separately after playing as a part of the Soviet Union from 1958 to 1990.

Contents

SeedingsEdit

The draw was made on 8 December 1991.[1] The national teams which eventually qualified for the final tournament are presented in bold.

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4 Pool 5 Pool 6

  Italy
  England
  Spain
  Belgium
  Soviet Union
  France

  Yugoslavia
  Czechoslovakia
  Netherlands
  Scotland
  Austria
  Republic of Ireland

  Romania
  Denmark
  Poland
  Hungary
  Portugal
  Sweden

  Northern Ireland
  Bulgaria
   Switzerland
  Norway
  Wales
  Greece

  Turkey
  Iceland
  Finland
  Albania
  Malta
  Cyprus

  Luxembourg
  San Marino
  Faroe Islands
  Israel
  Estonia
  Latvia
  Lithuania

SummaryEdit

  Winner and runner-up of each group qualified directly for the 1994 FIFA World Cup
  Other teams were eliminated after the first round
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6
 
Italy
 
Switzerland
 
Norway
 
Netherlands
 
Spain
 
Republic of Ireland
 
Romania
 
Belgium
 
Greece
 
Russia
 
Sweden
 
Bulgaria
 
Portugal
 
Scotland
 
Malta
 
Estonia
 
England
 
Poland
 
Turkey
 
San Marino
 
Denmark
 
Northern Ireland
 
Lithuania
 
Latvia
 
Albania
 
Czechoslovakia
 
Wales
 
Cyprus
 
Faroe Islands
 
Iceland
 
Hungary
 
Luxembourg
 
France
 
Austria
 
Finland
 
Israel

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Italy 10 7 2 1 22 7 +15 16
   Switzerland 10 6 3 1 23 6 +17 15
  Portugal 10 6 2 2 18 5 +13 14
  Scotland 10 4 3 3 14 13 +1 11
  Malta 10 1 1 8 3 23 −20 3
  Estonia 10 0 1 9 1 27 −26 1
             
Estonia   0–3 0–1 0–2 0–3 0–6
Italy   2–0 6–1 1–0 3–1 2–2
Malta   0–0 1–2 0–1 0–2 0–2
Portugal   3–0 1–3 4–0 5–0 1–0
Scotland   3–1 0–0 3–0 0–0 1–1
Switzerland    4–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 3–1

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Norway 10 7 2 1 25 5 +20 16
  Netherlands 10 6 3 1 29 9 +20 15
  England 10 5 3 2 26 9 +17 13
  Poland 10 3 2 5 10 15 −5 8
  Turkey 10 3 1 6 11 19 −8 7
  San Marino 10 0 1 9 2 46 −44 1
             
England   2–2 1–1 3–0 6–0 4–0
Netherlands   2–0 0–0 2–2 6–0 3–1
Norway   2–0 2–1 1–0 10–0 3–1
Poland   1–1 1–3 0–3 1–0 1–0
San Marino   1–7 0–7 0–2 0–3 0–0
Turkey   0–2 1–3 2–1 2–1 4–1

Group 3Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Spain 12 8 3 1 27 4 +23 19
  Republic of Ireland 12 7 4 1 19 6 +13 18
  Denmark 12 7 4 1 15 2 +13 18
  Northern Ireland 12 5 3 4 14 13 +1 13
  Lithuania 12 2 3 7 8 21 −13 7
  Latvia 12 0 5 7 4 21 −17 5
  Albania 12 1 2 9 6 26 −20 4
               
Albania   0–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–5
Denmark   4–0 2–0 4–0 1–0 0–0 1–0
Latvia   0–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 0–2 0–0
Lithuania   3–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–2
Northern Ireland   3–0 0–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–0
Republic of Ireland   2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 3–0 1–3
Spain   3–0 1–0 5–0 5–0 3–1 0–0

Group 4Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Romania 10 7 1 2 29 12 +17 15
  Belgium 10 7 1 2 16 5 +11 15
  Czechoslovakia 10 4 5 1 21 9 +12 13
  Wales 10 5 2 3 19 12 +7 12
  Cyprus 10 2 1 7 8 18 −10 5
  Faroe Islands 10 0 0 10 1 38 −37 0
             
Belgium   1–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 2–0
Cyprus   0–3 1–1 3–1 1–4 0–1
Czechoslovakia   1–2 3–0 4–0 5–2 1–1
Faroe Islands   0–3 0–2 0–3 0–4 0–3
Romania   2–1 2–1 1–1 7–0 5–1
Wales   2–0 2–0 2–2 6–0 1–2

Group 5Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Greece 8 6 2 0 10 2 +8 14
  Russia 8 5 2 1 15 4 +11 12
  Iceland 8 3 2 3 7 6 +1 8
  Hungary 8 2 1 5 6 11 −5 5
  Luxembourg 8 0 1 7 2 17 −15 1
  FR Yugoslavia Suspended by FIFA[2]
           
Greece   0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0
Hungary   0–1 1–2 1–0 1–3
Iceland   0–1 2–0 1–0 1–1
Luxembourg   1–3 0–3 1–1 0–4
Russia   1–1 3–0 1–0 2–0

Group 6Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Sweden 10 6 3 1 19 8 +11 15
  Bulgaria 10 6 2 2 19 10 +9 14
  France 10 6 1 3 17 10 +7 13
  Austria 10 3 2 5 15 16 −1 8
  Finland 10 2 1 7 9 18 −9 5
  Israel 10 1 3 6 10 27 −17 5
             
Austria   3–1 3–0 0–1 5–2 1–1
Bulgaria   4–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1
Finland   3–1 0–3 0–2 0–0 0–1
France   2–0 1–2 2–1 2–3 2–1
Israel   1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–3
Sweden   1–0 2–0 3–2 1–1 5–0

Qualified teamsEdit

The following 13 teams from UEFA qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA World Cup1
  Germany Defending champions 8 July 1990 12 (1934, 1938, 19542, 19582, 19622, 19662, 19702, 19742, 19782, 19822, 19862, 19902)
  Italy Group 1 winners 17 November 1993 12 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990)
   Switzerland Group 1 runners-up 17 November 1993 6 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966)
  Norway Group 2 winners 13 October 1993 1 (1938)
  Netherlands Group 2 runners-up 17 November 1993 5 (1934, 1938, 1974, 1978, 1990)
  Spain Group 3 winners 17 November 1993 8 (1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990)
  Republic of Ireland Group 3 runners-up 17 November 1993 1 (1990)
  Romania Group 4 winners 17 November 1993 5 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1970, 1990)
  Belgium Group 4 runners-up 17 November 1993 8 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990)
  Greece Group 5 winners 23 May 1993 0 (debut)
  Russia Group 5 runners-up 2 June 1993 7 (19583, 19623, 19663, 19703, 19823, 19863, 19903)
  Sweden Group 6 winners 10 November 1993 8 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1958, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1990)
  Bulgaria Group 6 runners-up 17 November 1993 5 (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1986)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.
2 Competed as West Germany. A separate team for East Germany also participated in qualifications during this time, having only competed in 1974.
3 Competed as Soviet Union.

GoalscorersEdit

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

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  • To date, this was the last time that England and France failed to qualify for a FIFA World Cup.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ New York Times, 8 December 1991, Nations Lining Up for the Big Drawing
  2. ^ "History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year)" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 13 December 2011.

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