Open main menu

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

The European Zone of qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup saw 53 teams competing for 13 places at the finals in Brazil. The draw for the qualification groups was held at the World Cup Preliminary Draw at the Marina da Glória in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 30 July 2011.

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
Tournament details
Dates7 September 2012 – 19 November 2013
Teams53 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played268
Goals scored749 (2.79 per match)
Attendance6,145,801 (22,932 per match)
Top scorer(s)Netherlands Robin van Persie (11 goals)
2010
2018

The qualification format was the same as 2010. The teams were drawn into eight groups of six teams and one group of five, with the nine group winners qualifying directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up (determined by records against the first-, third-, fourth- and fifth-placed teams in their groups to ensure equity between different groups) were drawn in two-legged play-offs that determined the remaining four qualifying nations.[1]

The qualification process started on 7 September 2012, over two months after the end of UEFA Euro 2012, and ended on 19 November 2013. Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, and Switzerland qualified in the first round by winning their groups. Croatia, France, Greece, and Portugal qualified via the second round play-offs.

Contents

FormatEdit

All 53 UEFA national teams entered qualification, aiming to secure one of the 13 European Zone slots for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The draw for the qualification groups was held at the World Cup Preliminary Draw at the Marina da Glória in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 30 July 2011. The qualification format was the same as 2010. The teams were drawn into eight groups of six teams and one group of five, with the nine group winners qualifying directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up (determined by records against the first-, third-, fourth- and fifth-placed teams in their groups to ensure equity between different groups) were drawn in two-legged play-offs that determined the remaining four qualifying nations.

SeedingEdit

The July 2011 FIFA World Rankings were used to seed the teams. In consideration of the delicate political situations of the relationships between Armenia and Azerbaijan as well as relations between Russia and Georgia, UEFA requested that FIFA maintain the current UEFA policy not to draw these teams into the same qualification groups – although as Armenia and Azerbaijan were in the same pot they could not be drawn together anyway. The mechanism for keeping Russia and Georgia apart was confirmed by the FIFA Organising Committee on 29 July 2011.[1]

Teams were allocated to seeding pots as follows (July 2011 FIFA Rankings shown in brackets; the countries which eventually qualified for the final tournament are presented in bold):[2]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3

  Spain (1)
  Netherlands (2)
  Germany (3)
  England (6)
  Portugal (7)
  Italy (8)
  Croatia (9)
  Norway (12)
  Greece (13)

  France (15)
  Montenegro (17)
  Russia (18)
  Sweden (19)
  Denmark (21)
  Slovenia (22)
  Turkey (24)
  Serbia (27)
  Slovakia (29)

   Switzerland (30)
  Israel (32)
  Republic of Ireland (33)
  Belgium (37)
  Czech Republic (38)
  Bosnia and Herzegovina (41)
  Belarus (42)
  Ukraine (45)
  Hungary (47)

Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

  Bulgaria (48)
  Romania (53)
  Georgia (57)
  Lithuania (58)
  Albania (59)
  Scotland (61)
  Northern Ireland (62)
  Austria (66)
  Poland (69)

  Armenia (70)
  Finland (75)
  Estonia (79)
  Cyprus (80)
  Latvia (83)
  Moldova (85)
  Macedonia (96)
  Azerbaijan (111)
  Faroe Islands (112)

  Wales (112)
  Liechtenstein (118)
  Iceland (121)
  Kazakhstan (126)
  Luxembourg (128)
  Malta (173)
  Andorra (203)
  San Marino (203)

First roundEdit

The matches were played between 7 September 2012 and 15 October 2013. An initial schedule that includes matches before this date was not ratified by FIFA. A win was awarded 3 points, a draw was awarded 1 point and a loss 0. The team with the most points in each group secured direct qualification for the final tournament of the World Cup.

SummaryEdit

  Winner of each group qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  Worst runner-up and the other teams were eliminated after the first round
Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F Group G Group H Group I
 
Belgium
 
Italy
 
Germany
 
Netherlands
 
Switzerland
 
Russia
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina
 
England
 
Spain
 
Croatia
 
Denmark
 
Sweden
 
Romania
 
Iceland
 
Portugal
 
Greece
 
Ukraine
 
France
 
Serbia
 
Scotland
 
Wales
 
Macedonia
 
Czech Republic
 
Bulgaria
 
Armenia
 
Malta
 
Austria
 
Republic of Ireland
 
Kazakhstan
 
Faroe Islands
 
Hungary
 
Turkey
 
Estonia
 
Andorra
 
Slovenia
 
Norway
 
Albania
 
Cyprus
 
Israel
 
Azerbaijan
 
Northern Ireland
 
Luxembourg
 
Slovakia
 
Lithuania
 
Latvia
 
Liechtenstein
 
Montenegro
 
Poland
 
Moldova
 
San Marino
 
Finland
 
Georgia
 
Belarus

GroupsEdit

Tie-breaking criteriaEdit

If two teams had the same number of points the criteria below were used.

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   BEL   CRO   SRB   SCO   WAL   MKD
  Belgium 10 8 2 0 18 4 +14 26 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0
  Croatia 10 5 2 3 12 9 +3 17 1–2 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–0
  Serbia 10 4 2 4 18 11 +7 14 0–3 1–1 2–0 6–1 5–1
  Scotland 10 3 2 5 8 12 −4 11 0–2 2–0 0–0 1–2 1–1
  Wales 10 3 1 6 9 20 −11 10 0–2 1–2 0–3 2–1 1–0
  Macedonia 10 2 1 7 7 16 −9 7 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–1

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   ITA   DEN   CZE   BUL   ARM   MLT
  Italy (Q) 10 6 4 0 19 9 +10 22 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–0
  Denmark 10 4 4 2 17 12 +5 16 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–4 6–0
  Czech Republic 10 4 3 3 13 9 +4 15 0–0 0–3 0–0 1–2 3–1
  Bulgaria 10 3 4 3 14 9 +5 13 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 6–0
  Armenia 10 4 1 5 12 13 −1 13 1–3 0–1 0–3 2–1 0–1
  Malta 10 1 0 9 5 28 −23 3 0–2 1–2 1–4 1–2 0–1
Source:[citation needed]
(Q) Qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   GER   SWE   AUT   IRL   KAZ   FRO
  Germany 10 9 1 0 36 10 +26 28 4–4 3–0 3–0 4–1 3–0
  Sweden 10 6 2 2 19 14 +5 20 3–5 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–0
  Austria 10 5 2 3 20 10 +10 17 1–2 2–1 1–0 4–0 6–0
  Republic of Ireland 10 4 2 4 16 17 −1 14 1–6 1–2 2–2 3–1 3–0
  Kazakhstan 10 1 2 7 6 21 −15 5 0–3 0–1 0–0 1–2 2–1
  Faroe Islands 10 0 1 9 4 29 −25 1 0–3 1–2 0–3 1–4 1–1

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   NED   ROU   HUN   TUR   EST   AND
  Netherlands 10 9 1 0 34 5 +29 28 4–0 8–1 2–0 3–0 3–0
  Romania 10 6 1 3 19 12 +7 19 1–4 3–0 0–2 2–0 4–0
  Hungary 10 5 2 3 21 20 +1 17 1–4 2–2 3–1 5–1 2–0
  Turkey 10 5 1 4 16 9 +7 16 0–2 0–1 1–1 3–0 5–0
  Estonia 10 2 1 7 6 20 −14 7 2–2 0–2 0–1 0–2 2–0
  Andorra 10 0 0 10 0 30 −30 0 0–2 0–4 0–5 0–2 0–1

Group EEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts    SUI   ISL   SVN   NOR   ALB   CYP
   Switzerland 10 7 3 0 17 6 +11 24 4–4 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0
  Iceland 10 5 2 3 17 15 +2 17 0–2 2–4 2–0 2–1 2–0
  Slovenia 10 5 0 5 14 11 +3 15 0–2 1–2 3–0 1–0 2–1
  Norway 10 3 3 4 10 13 −3 12 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–0
  Albania 10 3 2 5 9 11 −2 11 1–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 3–1
  Cyprus 10 1 2 7 4 15 −11 5 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–3 0–0

Group FEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   RUS   POR   ISR   AZE   NIR   LUX
  Russia 10 7 1 2 20 5 +15 22 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 4–1
  Portugal 10 6 3 1 20 9 +11 21 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 3–0
  Israel 10 3 5 2 19 14 +5 14 0–4 3–3 1–1 1–1 3–0
  Azerbaijan 10 1 6 3 7 11 −4 9 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1
  Northern Ireland 10 1 4 5 9 17 −8 7 1–0 2–4 0–2 1–1 1–1
  Luxembourg 10 1 3 6 7 26 −19 6 0–4 1–2 0–6 0–0 3–2

Group GEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   BIH   GRE   SVK   LTU   LVA   LIE
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 8 1 1 30 6 +24 25 3–1 0–1 3–0 4–1 4–1
  Greece 10 8 1 1 12 4 +8 25 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–0
  Slovakia 10 3 4 3 11 10 +1 13 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–0
  Lithuania 10 3 2 5 9 11 −2 11 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–0
  Latvia 10 2 2 6 10 20 −10 8 0–5 1–2 2–2 2–1 2–0
  Liechtenstein 10 0 2 8 4 25 −21 2 1–8 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–1

Group HEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   ENG   UKR   MNE   POL   MDA   SMR
  England 10 6 4 0 31 4 +27 22 1–1 4–1 2–0 4–0 5–0
  Ukraine 10 6 3 1 28 4 +24 21 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 9–0
  Montenegro 10 4 3 3 18 17 +1 15 1–1 0–4 2–2 2–5 3–0
  Poland 10 3 4 3 18 12 +6 13 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 5–0
  Moldova 10 3 2 5 12 17 −5 11 0–5 0–0 0–1 1–1 3–0
  San Marino 10 0 0 10 1 54 −53 0 0–8 0–8 0–6 1–5 0–2

Group IEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   ESP   FRA   FIN   GEO   BLR
  Spain 8 6 2 0 14 3 +11 20 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1
  France 8 5 2 1 15 6 +9 17 0–1 3–0 3–1 3–1
  Finland 8 2 3 3 5 9 −4 9 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–0
  Georgia 8 1 2 5 3 10 −7 5 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–0
  Belarus 8 1 1 6 7 16 −9 4 0–4 2–4 1–1 2–0

Second roundEdit

Group runners-upEdit

The eight best group runners-up contested the second round, where they were paired into four two-legged (home-and-away) fixtures. The four winners qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Because one group had one team fewer than the others, matches against the last-placed team in each of the six-team groups were not included in this ranking. Teams were ranked by the following parameters in order:

  1. Highest number of points
  2. Goal difference
  3. Highest number of goals scored
Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
G   Greece 8 6 1 1 9 4 +5 19
I   France 8 5 2 1 15 6 +9 17
F   Portugal 8 4 3 1 15 8 +7 15
H   Ukraine 8 4 3 1 11 4 +7 15
C   Sweden 8 4 2 2 15 13 +2 14
E   Iceland 8 4 2 2 15 14 +1 14
D   Romania 8 4 1 3 11 12 −1 13
A   Croatia 8 3 2 3 9 8 +1 11
B   Denmark 8 2 4 2 9 11 −2 10
  Qualified for play-offs

MatchesEdit

The second round draw took place at the headquarters of FIFA in Zurich on 21 October 2013.[4] The October 2013 FIFA World Rankings were used to decide which of the teams would be seeded (shown below in brackets).[4]

Pot 1 Pot 2

  Portugal (14)
  Greece (15)
  Croatia (18)
  Ukraine (20)

  France (21)
  Sweden (25)
  Romania (29)
  Iceland (46)

One team from pot 1 was paired with one from pot 2 as shown below. The matches were played on 15 and 19 November 2013.[1][5] Winners: Portugal, France, Greece and Croatia as shown in bold.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Portugal   4–2   Sweden 1–0 3–2
Ukraine   2–3   France 2–0 0–3
Greece   4–2   Romania 3–1 1–1
Iceland   0–2   Croatia 0–0 0–2

Qualified teamsEdit

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

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA World Cup1
  Belgium Group A winners 11 October 2013 11 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002)
  Italy Group B winners 10 September 2013 17 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
  Germany Group C winners 11 October 2013 17 (1934, 1938, 19543, 19583, 19623, 19663, 19703, 19743, 19783, 19823, 19863, 19903, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
  Netherlands Group D winners 10 September 2013 9 (1934, 1938, 1974, 1978, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010)
   Switzerland Group E winners 11 October 2013 9 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1994, 2006, 2010)
  Russia Group F winners 15 October 2013 9 (19582, 19622, 19662, 19702, 19822, 19862, 19902, 1994, 2002)
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Group G winners 15 October 2013 0 (debut)
  England Group H winners 15 October 2013 13 (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
  Spain Group I winners 15 October 2013 13 (1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
  Greece Second round (play-off) winners 19 November 2013 2 (1994, 2010)
  Croatia Second round (play-off) winners 19 November 2013 3 (1998, 2002, 2006)
  Portugal Second round (play-off) winners 19 November 2013 5 (1966, 1986, 2002, 2006, 2010)
  France Second round (play-off) winners 19 November 2013 13 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.
2 Competed as Soviet Union.
3 Competed as West Germany. A separate team for East Germany also participated in qualifications during this time, having only competed in 1974.

DisciplineEdit

In the qualification tournament, a player would be suspended for the subsequent match in the competition for either getting red card or accumulating two yellow cards in two different matches. UEFA's Control and Disciplinary body has the ability to increase the automatic one match ban for a red card (e.g., for violent conduct). Single yellow card cautions would be erased prior to the play-off portion, and would not carry over. Single yellow cards and suspensions for yellow card accumulations do not carry over to the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament matches.[6] The following players were suspended during the final tournament – for one or more games – as a result of red cards or yellow card accumulations:

Player Offences Suspensions
  Keith Andrews     UEFA Euro 2012 v Italy Group C v Kazakhstan
  Roman Berezovsky   UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying v Republic of Ireland Group B v Malta
  James Collins   v Belgium Group A v Serbia
  Marc Vales     v Hungary Group D v Romania
  Tranquillo Barnetta     v Slovenia Group E v Albania
  Viktor Pečovský   v Lithuania Group G v Liechtenstein
  Tadas Labukas     v Slovakia Group G v Greece
  Savo Pavićević   v Poland Group H v San Marino
  Ludovic Obraniak   v Montenegro Group H v Moldova
  Svetoslav Dyakov     v Armenia Group B v Denmark
  Gevorg Ghazaryan   v Bulgaria Group B v Italy
  Marcos Pizzelli   v Bulgaria Group B v Italy
  Enar Jääger   v Turkey Group D v Hungary
  Sölvi Ottesen   v Cyprus Group E v Albania
  Steven Gerrard     v Ukraine Group H v San Marino
  Alexei Eremenko     v Georgia Group I v Spain
  Ivan Bandalovski   v Denmark Group B v Czech Republic
  Boštjan Cesar     v Cyprus Group E v Albania
  Daniel Kaufmann     v Latvia Group G v Latvia
  Nenad Tomović   v Macedonia Group A v Croatia
  Pablo Osvaldo   v Denmark Group B v Malta
  Andi Lila     v Norway Group E v Norway
  Gerard Piqué   2013 FIFA Confederations Cup v Brazil Group I v Finland
  Savo Pavicevic     v Ukraine Group H v Poland
  Vladimir Volkov     v Ukraine Group H v Poland
  Roman Zozulya   v Montenegro Group H v San Marino
  Mario Balotelli     v Czech Republic Group B v Bulgaria
  Andreas Granqvist   v Faroe Islands Group C v Republic of Ireland
  Josip Šimunić   v Serbia Group A v Belgium
Group A v Scotland

GoalscorersEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil – Preliminary Competition Format and Draw Procedures –" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  2. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking – July 2011 (UEFA)". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Regulations 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil" (PDF). FIFA. p. 27. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Dates set for African and European qualifying draws". FIFA. 15 June 2013.
  5. ^ "European hopefuls learn play-off fate". FIFA.com. 21 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship 2010–12" (PDF). UEFA. p. 27. Retrieved 18 June 2012.

External linksEdit