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1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone (UEFA).

A total of 50 UEFA teams entered the competition; Andorra, which joined FIFA and UEFA in November 1996 while the qualifiers were underway, could not enter. The European zone was allocated 15 places (out of 32) in the final tournament. France, the hosts, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition between 49 teams.

The 49 teams were divided into nine groups, four groups of six teams and five groups of five teams. The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify. The runners-up would be ranked according to their records against the 1st, 3rd and 4th-placed team in their groups, and the team with the best record would also qualify. The other runners-up would advance to the UEFA Play-offs.

In the play-offs, the 8 teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would qualify.

Contents

First roundEdit

First round was group play. The draw was made on 12 December 1995, and was based on the November 1995 FIFA World Rankings.[1][2]

The teams were divided into six pools as shown in table below (November 1995 rankings shown in brackets). The national teams which eventually qualified for the final tournament are presented in bold and the national teams who took part in the play-offs are presented in italic.

Drawing pools
Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3

  Germany (2)
  Spain (3)
  Italy (4)
  Russia (5)
  Norway (6)
  Denmark (8)
  Netherlands (10)
  Sweden (11)
  Romania (12)

  Bulgaria (14)
   Switzerland (15)
  Portugal (16)
  Czech Republic (18)
  England (20)
  Republic of Ireland (21)
  Scotland (25)
  Belgium (26)
  Greece (29)

  Turkey (31)
  Poland (33)
  Slovakia (35)
  Austria (38)
  Croatia (39)
  Israel (40)
  Finland (41)
  Lithuania (45)
  Northern Ireland (46)

Pool 4 Pool 5 Pool 6

  Iceland (48)
  Latvia (54)
  Wales (57)
  Hungary (60)
  Cyprus (70)
  Ukraine (71)
  Slovenia (75)
  Georgia (77)
  Yugoslavia (80)

  Albania (87)
  Belarus (88)
  Malta (89)
  Macedonia (90)

  Luxembourg (98)
  Moldova (107)
  Armenia (112)
  Faroe Islands (116)
  Estonia (126)
  Azerbaijan (136)
  San Marino (142)
  Liechtenstein (151)
  Bosnia and Herzegovina (not ranked)

SummaryEdit

  Winner of each group and the best runner-up qualified directly for the 1998 FIFA World Cup
  The remaining Runners-up advanced to the second round (play-offs)
  Other teams were eliminated after the first round
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8 Group 9
 
Denmark
 
England
 
Norway
 
Austria
 
Bulgaria
 
Spain
 
Netherlands
 
Romania
 
Germany
 
Croatia
 
Italy
 
Hungary
 
Scotland
 
Russia
 
Yugoslavia
 
Belgium
 
Republic of Ireland
 
Ukraine
 
Greece
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina
 
Slovenia
 
Poland
 
Georgia
 
Moldova
 
Finland
 
Switzerland
 
Azerbaijan
 
Sweden
 
Latvia
 
Estonia
 
Belarus
 
Israel
 
Cyprus
 
Luxembourg
 
Czech Republic
 
Slovakia
 
Faroe Islands
 
Malta
 
Turkey
 
Wales
 
San Marino
 
Lithuania
 
Macedonia
 
Iceland
 
Liechtenstein
 
Portugal
 
Armenia
 
Northern Ireland
 
Albania

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Denmark 8 5 2 1 14 6 +8 17
  Croatia 8 4 3 1 17 12 +5 15
  Greece 8 4 2 2 11 4 +7 14
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 3 0 5 9 14 −5 9
  Slovenia 8 0 1 7 5 20 −15 1
           
Bosnia and Herzegovina   1–4 3–0 0–1 1–0
Croatia   3–2 1–1 1–1 3–3
Denmark   2–0 3–1 2–1 4–0
Greece   3–0 0–1 0–0 2–0
Slovenia   1–2 1–3 0–2 0–3

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  England 8 6 1 1 15 2 +13 19
  Italy 8 5 3 0 11 1 +10 18
  Poland 8 3 1 4 10 12 −2 10
  Georgia 8 3 1 4 7 9 −2 10
  Moldova 8 0 0 8 2 21 −19 0
           
England   2–0 0–1 4–0 2–1
Georgia   0–2 0–0 2–0 3–0
Italy   0–0 1–0 3–0 3–0
Moldova   0–3 0–1 1–3 0–3
Poland   0–2 4–1 0–0 2–1

Group 3Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Norway 8 6 2 0 21 2 +19 20
  Hungary 8 3 3 2 10 8 +2 12
  Finland 8 3 2 3 11 12 −1 11
   Switzerland 8 3 1 4 11 12 −1 10
  Azerbaijan 8 1 0 7 3 22 −19 3
           
Azerbaijan   1–2 0–3 0–1 1–0
Finland   3–0 1–1 0–4 2–3
Hungary   3–1 1–0 1–1 1–1
Norway   5–0 1–1 3–0 5–0
Switzerland    5–0 1–2 1–0 0–1

Group 4Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Austria 10 8 1 1 17 4 +13 25
  Scotland 10 7 2 1 15 3 +12 23
  Sweden 10 7 0 3 16 9 +7 21
  Latvia 10 3 1 6 10 14 −4 10
  Estonia 10 1 1 8 4 16 −12 4
  Belarus 10 1 1 8 5 21 −16 4
             
Austria   4–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–0
Belarus   0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–2
Estonia   0–3 1–0 1–3 0–0 2–3
Latvia   1–3 2–0 1–0 0–2 1–2
Scotland   2–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 1–0
Sweden   0–1 5–1 1–0 1–0 2–1

Group 5Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Bulgaria 8 6 0 2 18 9 +9 18
  Russia 8 5 2 1 19 5 +14 17
  Israel 8 4 1 3 9 7 +2 13
  Cyprus 8 3 1 4 10 15 −5 10
  Luxembourg 8 0 0 8 2 22 −20 0
           
Bulgaria   4–1 1–0 4–0 1–0
Cyprus   1–3 2–0 2–0 1–1
Israel   2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1
Luxembourg   1–2 1–3 0–3 0–4
Russia   4–2 4–0 2–0 3–0

Group 6Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Spain 10 8 2 0 26 6 +20 26
  Yugoslavia 10 7 2 1 29 7 +22 23
  Czech Republic 10 5 1 4 16 6 +10 16
  Slovakia 10 5 1 4 18 14 +4 16
  Faroe Islands 10 2 0 8 10 31 −21 6
  Malta 10 0 0 10 2 37 −35 0
             
Czech Republic   2–0 6–0 3–0 0–0 1–2
Faroe Islands   0–2 2–1 1–2 2–6 1–8
Malta   0–1 1–2 0–2 0–3 0–5
Slovakia   2–1 3–0 6–0 1–2 1–1
Spain   1–0 3–1 4–0 4–1 2–0
Yugoslavia   1–0 3–1 6–0 2–0 1–1

Group 7Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Netherlands 8 6 1 1 26 4 +22 19
  Belgium 8 6 0 2 20 11 +9 18
  Turkey 8 4 2 2 21 9 +12 14
  Wales 8 2 1 5 20 21 −1 7
  San Marino 8 0 0 8 0 42 −42 0
           
Belgium   0–3 6–0 2–1 3–2
Netherlands   3–1 4–0 0–0 7–1
San Marino   0–3 0–6 0–5 0–5
Turkey   1–3 1–0 7–0 6–4
Wales   1–2 1–3 6–0 0–0

Group 8Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Romania 10 9 1 0 37 4 +33 28
  Republic of Ireland 10 5 3 2 22 8 +14 18
  Lithuania 10 5 2 3 11 8 +3 17
  Macedonia 10 4 1 5 22 18 +4 13
  Iceland 10 2 3 5 11 16 −5 9
  Liechtenstein 10 0 0 10 3 52 −49 0
             
Iceland   4–0 0–0 1–1 2–4 0–4
Liechtenstein   0–4 0–2 1–11 0–5 1–8
Lithuania   2–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 0–1
Macedonia   1–0 3–0 1–2 3–2 0–3
Republic of Ireland   0–0 5–0 0–0 3–0 1–1
Romania   4–0 8–0 3–0 4–2 1–0

Group 9Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Germany 10 6 4 0 23 9 +14 22
  Ukraine 10 6 2 2 10 6 +4 20
  Portugal 10 5 4 1 12 4 +8 19
  Armenia 10 1 5 4 8 17 −9 8
  Northern Ireland 10 1 4 5 6 10 −4 7
  Albania 10 1 1 8 7 20 −13 4
             
Albania   1–1 2–3 1–0 0–3 0–1
Armenia   3–0 1–5 0–0 0–0 0–2
Germany   4–3 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0
Northern Ireland   2–0 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–1
Portugal   2–0 3–1 0–0 1–0 1–0
Ukraine   1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1

Ranking of second-placed teamsEdit

Record against the 1st, 3rd and 4th-placed team in their groups.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Scotland 6 4 1 1 8 2 +6 13
  Italy 6 3 3 0 5 0 +5 12
  Belgium 6 4 0 2 11 11 0 12
  Russia 6 3 2 1 12 5 +7 11
  Croatia 6 3 2 1 11 8 +3 11
  Yugoslavia 6 3 2 1 7 5 +2 11
  Republic of Ireland 6 2 2 2 8 6 +2 8
  Ukraine 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
  Hungary 6 1 3 2 4 7 −3 6

Play-offsEdit

MatchesEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Croatia   3–1   Ukraine 2–0 1–1
Russia   1–2   Italy 1–1 0–1
Republic of Ireland   2–3   Belgium 1–1 1–2
Hungary   1–12   Yugoslavia 1–7 0–5

Qualified teamsEdit

The following 15 teams from UEFA qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA World Cup1
  France Hosts 2 July 1992 9 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986)
  Denmark Group 1 winners 11 October 1997 1 (1986)
  England Group 2 winners 11 October 1997 10 (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990)
  Norway Group 3 winners 6 September 1997 2 (1938, 1994)
  Austria Group 4 winners 11 October 1997 6 (1934, 1954, 1958, 1978, 1982, 1990)
  Bulgaria Group 5 winners 10 September 1997 6 (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1986, 1994)
  Spain Group 6 winners 11 October 1997 9 (1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994)
  Netherlands Group 7 winners 11 October 1997 6 (1934, 1938, 1974, 1978, 1990, 1994)
  Romania Group 8 winners 18 August 1997 6 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1970, 1990, 1994)
  Germany Group 9 winners 11 October 1997 13 (1934, 1938, 19542, 19582, 19622, 19662, 19702, 19742, 19782, 19822, 19862, 19902, 1994)
  Scotland Best runner-up 11 October 1997 7 (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990)
  Croatia Play-off winners 15 November 1997 0 (debut)
  Italy Play-off winners 15 November 1997 13 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994)
  Belgium Play-off winners 15 November 1997 9 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994)
  Yugoslavia Play-off winners 15 November 1997 8 (19303, 19503, 19543, 19583, 19623, 19743, 19823, 19903)
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 Yugoslavia.

GoalscorersEdit

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

NotesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking – November 1995 (UEFA)". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 21 November 1995. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  2. ^ "The 1998 FIFA World Cup - Preliminary Draw in Paris". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 30 November 1995. Retrieved 6 February 2018.

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