World Cup Qualifying

While there are several solid teams that may watch the 2014 World Cup in Brazil at home there are no major soccer powers that are on the brink with the lone exception being England and they are still in the mix.


The European soccer powers of Italy, Holland, Germany, Spain, and Portugal are all atop their respective groups in World Cup qualifying.

The teams that have to be a little worried have to be France and England and it would be a pretty big shock if either of those squads missed out in playing in Brazil. France is in second place in their group, but they are in the same group as Spain and the French may have to play a qualifying match to play in Brazil.

England is in second place in their group and while they have not lost they have played to three draws, They sit two points behind group leader Montenegro, who they face at home in a qualifying match on October 11th.

A few other solid teams from Europe that are really in danger of missing the World Cup are Czech Reoublic, Denmark, Turkey, Ukraine, and Poland.


In Africa there have been no big surprises in World Cup qualifying with the continental powers of Nigeria, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, and Tunisia all in the lead in their respective groups.


In Asian qualifying Japan, Australia, Iran, and South Korea have already booked their tickets to Brazil. The last qualifying matches are the two-leg home and away series with Jordan facing Uzbekistan where the winner will face the fifth place team from South America for the right to play in Brazil.

South America

Brazil has already qualified as the host nation and in the qualifying process Argentina, Columbia, Ecuador, and Chile hold the top four spots. Uruguay hot not looked good in qualifying in the fifth spot and the two-time champions have some work to do to play in Brazil.


USA has all but assured themselves a spot in Brazil as has Mexico. The third spot is up for grabs with several teams still in the mix while the fourth place team will face New Zealand with the winner heading for Brazil.


New Zealand has won the Oceania region and they will face the fourth place team from CONCACAF qualifying. New Zealand played in the World Cup in 2010 and while they did not make it out of the group stage they were the only team in the competition that did not lose a match.