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2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for UEFA teams. A total of 51 teams took part, divided in 8 groups – five groups of six teams each and three groups of seven teams each – competing for 13 places in the World Cup. Germany, the hosts, were already qualified, for a total of 14 European places in the tournament. The qualifying process started on 18 August 2004, over a month after the end of UEFA Euro 2004, and ended on 16 November 2005. Kazakhstan, which transitioned from the Asian Football Confederation to UEFA after the end of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, debuted in the European qualifiers.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
Tournament details
Dates18 August 2004 – 16 November 2005
Teams51 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played282
Goals scored778 (2.76 per match)
Top scorer(s)Portugal Pauleta (11 goals)
2002
2010

The teams in each group would play against each other in a home and away basis. The team with the most points in each group would qualify to the World Cup. The runners up would be ranked. For the sake of fairness, in groups with seven teams, results against the seventh placed team were ignored. The two best ranked runners up would also qualify to the World Cup. The other six runners up were drawn into three home and away knock out matches, winners of those matches also qualifying.

The race to join hosts Germany at the 2006 FIFA World Cup featured an unlikely winner in Europe, where Ukraine became the first team to qualify, having finished above Turkey, Denmark and Greece in arguably the continent's toughest qualifying group.

France had its first successful World Cup qualifying campaign in twenty years as they had missed the 1990 and 1994 tournaments, then qualified automatically as hosts in 1998 and as defending champions in 2002.

Serbia and Montenegro and Croatia also advanced to Germany at the head of their sections, the former forcing Spain into the play offs in the process. Besides the eight group winners, two teams progressed automatically as best runners up, namely Poland and Sweden while the play offs offered a second chance to six others.

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Qualification seeding (UEFA)Edit

The draw was made on 5 December 2003 in Frankfurt, Germany. Germany qualified automatically as hosts. The other seedings were determined by points per game in the qualifiers for 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification and UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying.[1] France qualified automatically for the 2002 FIFA World Cup as title holders, so only their record in UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying was used. Portugal qualified automatically for UEFA Euro 2004 as hosts, so only their record in World Cup 2002 was used. Kazakhstan were not ranked by this system as they did not participate in either competition.

For domestic clubs involved in international club competitions reasons, England, France, Italy and Spain were drawn into groups of 6 teams.

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.

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D

  France 3.00
  Portugal 2.40
  Sweden 2.39
  Czech Republic 2.31
  Spain 2.31
  Italy 2.31
  England 2.31
  Turkey 2.22

  Netherlands 2.17
  Croatia 2.12
  Belgium 2.06
  Denmark 2.05
  Russia 2.05
  Republic of Ireland 1.94
  Slovenia 1.89
  Poland 1.89

  Bulgaria 1.89
  Romania 1.87
  Scotland 1.81
  Serbia and Montenegro 1.72
   Switzerland 1.61
  Greece 1.56
  Slovakia 1.50
  Austria 1.50

  Ukraine 1.50
  Iceland 1.44
  Finland 1.37
  Norway 1.33
  Israel 1.31
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.31
  Latvia 1.25
  Wales 1.22

Pot E Pot F Pot G

  Hungary 1.19
  Georgia 1.06
  Belarus 1.00
  Cyprus 0.89
  Estonia 0.89
  Northern Ireland 0.78
  Lithuania 0.75
  Macedonia 0.75

  Albania 0.69
  Armenia 0.67
  Moldova 0.67
  Azerbaijan 0.50
  Faroe Islands 0.44
  Malta 0.11
  San Marino 0.06
  Liechtenstein 0.06

  Andorra 0.00
  Luxembourg 0.00
  Kazakhstan 0.00

First roundEdit

SummaryEdit

  Winner of each group and two best runners-up qualified directly for the 2006 FIFA World Cup
  Other teams were eliminated after the first round
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
 
Netherlands
 
Ukraine
 
Portugal
 
France
 
Italy
 
England
 
Serbia and Montenegro
 
Croatia
 
Czech Republic
 
Turkey
 
Slovakia
 
Switzerland
 
Norway
 
Poland
 
Spain
 
Sweden
 
Romania
 
Finland
 
Macedonia
 
Armenia
 
Andorra
 
Denmark
 
Greece
 
Albania
 
Georgia
 
Kazakhstan
 
Russia
 
Estonia
 
Latvia
 
Liechtenstein
 
Luxembourg
 
Israel
 
Republic of Ireland
 
Cyprus
 
Faroe Islands
 
Scotland
 
Slovenia
 
Belarus
 
Moldova
 
Austria
 
Northern Ireland
 
Wales
 
Azerbaijan
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina
 
Belgium
 
Lithuania
 
San Marino
 
Bulgaria
 
Hungary
 
Iceland
 
Malta

GroupsEdit

The first round is group play. A win is awarded 3 point, a draw 1 point and a loss 0. The winner of a group is the team with the most points.

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Netherlands 12 10 2 0 27 3 +24 32
  Czech Republic 12 9 0 3 35 12 +23 27
  Romania 12 8 1 3 20 10 +10 25
  Finland 12 5 1 6 21 19 +2 16
  Macedonia 12 2 3 7 11 24 −13 9
  Armenia 12 2 1 9 9 25 −16 7
  Andorra 12 1 2 9 4 34 −30 5
               
Andorra   0–3 0–4 0–0 1–0 0–3 1–5
Armenia   2–1 0–3 0–2 1–2 0–1 1–1
Czech Republic   8–1 4–1 4–3 6–1 0–2 1–0
Finland   3–0 3–1 0–3 5–1 0–4 0–1
Macedonia   0–0 3–0 0–2 0–3 2–2 1–2
Netherlands   4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 2–0
Romania   2–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–2

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Ukraine 12 7 4 1 18 7 +11 25
  Turkey 12 6 5 1 23 9 +14 23
  Denmark 12 6 4 2 24 12 +12 22
  Greece 12 6 3 3 15 9 +6 21
  Albania 12 4 1 7 11 20 −9 13
  Georgia 12 2 4 6 14 25 −11 10
  Kazakhstan 12 0 1 11 6 29 −23 1
               
Albania   0–2 3–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–2
Denmark   3–1 6–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–1
Georgia   2–0 2–2 1–3 0–0 2–5 1–1
Greece   2–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–1
Kazakhstan   0–1 1–2 1–2 1–2 0–6 1–2
Turkey   2–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 4–0 0–3
Ukraine   2–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–1

Group 3Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Portugal 12 9 3 0 35 5 +30 30
  Slovakia 12 6 5 1 24 8 +16 23
  Russia 12 6 5 1 23 12 +11 23
  Estonia 12 5 2 5 16 17 −1 17
  Latvia 12 4 3 5 18 21 −3 15
  Liechtenstein 12 2 2 8 13 23 −10 8
  Luxembourg 12 0 0 12 5 48 −43 0
               
Estonia   2–1 2–0 4–0 0–1 1–1 1–2
Latvia   2–2 1–0 4–0 0–2 1–1 1–1
Liechtenstein   1–2 1–3 3–0 2–2 1–2 0–0
Luxembourg   0–2 3–4 0–4 0–5 0–4 0–4
Portugal   4–0 3–0 2–1 6–0 7–1 2–0
Russia   4–0 2–0 2–0 5–1 0–0 1–1
Slovakia   1–0 4–1 7–0 3–1 1–1 0–0

Group 4Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  France 10 5 5 0 14 2 +12 20
   Switzerland 10 4 6 0 18 7 +11 18
  Israel 10 4 6 0 15 10 +5 18
  Republic of Ireland 10 4 5 1 12 5 +7 17
  Cyprus 10 1 1 8 8 20 −12 4
  Faroe Islands 10 0 1 9 4 27 −23 1
             
Cyprus   2–2 0–2 1–2 0–1 1–3
Faroe Islands   0–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–3
France   4–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Israel   2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–2
Republic of Ireland   3–0 2–0 0–1 2–2 0–0
Switzerland    1–0 6–0 1–1 1–1 1–1

Group 5Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Italy 10 7 2 1 17 8 +9 23
  Norway 10 5 3 2 12 7 +5 18
  Scotland 10 3 4 3 9 7 +2 13
  Slovenia 10 3 3 4 10 13 −3 12
  Belarus 10 2 4 4 12 14 −2 10
  Moldova 10 1 2 7 5 16 −11 5
             
Belarus   1–4 4–0 0–1 0–0 1–1
Italy   4–3 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–0
Moldova   2–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–2
Norway   1–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 3–0
Scotland   0–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–0
Slovenia   1–1 1–0 3–0 2–3 0–3

Group 6Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  England 10 8 1 1 17 5 +12 25
  Poland 10 8 0 2 27 9 +18 24
  Austria 10 4 3 3 15 12 +3 15
  Northern Ireland 10 2 3 5 10 18 −8 9
  Wales 10 2 2 6 10 15 −5 8
  Azerbaijan 10 0 3 7 1 21 −20 3
             
Austria   2–0 2–2 2–0 1–3 1–0
Azerbaijan   0–0 0–1 0–0 0–3 1–1
England   1–0 2–0 4–0 2–1 2–0
Northern Ireland   3–3 2–0 1–0 0–3 2–3
Poland   3–2 8–0 1–2 1–0 1–0
Wales   0–2 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–3

Group 7Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Serbia and Montenegro 10 6 4 0 16 1 +15 22
  Spain 10 5 5 0 19 3 +16 20
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 4 4 2 12 9 +3 16
  Belgium 10 3 3 4 16 11 +5 12
  Lithuania 10 2 4 4 8 9 −1 10
  San Marino 10 0 0 10 2 40 −38 0
             
Belgium   4–1 1–1 8–0 0-2 0–2
Bosnia and Herzegovina   1–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–1
Lithuania   1–1 0–1 4–0 0–2 0–0
San Marino   1–2 1–3 0–1 0–3 0–6
Serbia and Montenegro   0–0 1–0 2–0 5–0 0–0
Spain   2-0 1–1 1-0 5-0 1–1

Group 8Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Croatia 10 7 3 0 21 5 +16 24
  Sweden 10 8 0 2 30 4 +26 24
  Bulgaria 10 4 3 3 17 17 0 15
  Hungary 10 4 2 4 13 14 −1 14
  Iceland 10 1 1 8 14 27 −13 4
  Malta 10 0 3 7 4 32 −28 3
             
Bulgaria   1–3 2–0 3–2 4–1 0–3
Croatia   2–2 3–0 4–0 3–0 1–0
Hungary   1–1 0–0 3–2 4–0 0–1
Iceland   1–3 1–3 2–3 4–1 1–4
Malta   1–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 0–7
Sweden   3–0 0–1 3–0 3–1 6–0

Play-offsEdit

Ranking of runners-upEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Comment
  Sweden 10 8 0 2 30 4 +26 24 Qualified directly
  Poland 10 8 0 2 27 9 +18 24
  Czech Republic 10 7 0 3 23 11 +12 21 Played play-off
  Spain 10 5 5 0 19 3 +16 20
   Switzerland 10 4 6 0 18 7 +11 18
  Norway 10 5 3 2 12 7 +5 18
  Slovakia 10 4 5 1 17 7 +10 17
  Turkey 10 4 5 1 13 9 +4 17

MatchesEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Spain   6–2   Slovakia 5–1 1–1
Switzerland    4–4 (a)   Turkey 2–0 2–4
Norway   0–2   Czech Republic 0–1 0–1
Key
Bold face = winner. (a) = away goals

Qualified teamsEdit

The following 14 teams from UEFA qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA World Cup1
  Germany Hosts 6 July 2000 15 (1934, 1938, 19542, 19582, 19622, 19662, 19702, 19742, 19782, 19822, 19862, 19902, 1994, 1998, 2002)
  Netherlands Group 1 winners 8 October 2005 7 (1934, 1938, 1974, 1978, 1990, 1994, 1998)
  Ukraine Group 2 winners 3 September 2005 0 (debut)
  Portugal Group 3 winners 8 October 2005 3 (1966, 1986, 2002)
  France Group 4 winners 12 October 2005 11 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2002)
  Italy Group 5 winners 8 October 2005 15 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002)
  England Group 6 winners 8 October 2005 12 (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002)
  Serbia and Montenegro Group 7 winners 12 October 2005 9 (19303, 19503, 19543, 19583, 19623, 19743, 19823, 19903, 19983)
  Croatia Group 8 winners 8 October 2005 2 (1998, 2002)
  Poland Best runners-up 8 October 2005 6 (1938, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 2002)
  Sweden Best runners-up 8 October 2005 10 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1958, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1990, 1994, 2002)
  Spain Play-off winners 16 November 2005 11 (1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002)
   Switzerland Play-off winners 16 November 2005 7 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1994)
  Czech Republic Play-off winners 16 November 2005 8 (19344, 19384, 19544, 19584, 19624, 19704, 19824, 19904)
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 From 1930 to 1998, Serbia and Montenegro competed as Yugoslavia.
4 From 1934 to 1990, Czech Republic competed as Czechoslovakia.

GoalscorersEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "European Zone Draw for the Preliminary Competition" (PDF). fifaworldcup.yahoo.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 24 December 2017.

External linksEdit