World Cup Mock Draw

December 3, 2009

So the World Cup draw is less than 24 hours away. Players, coaches, celebrities are in Cape Town, South Africa preparing for what will take place tomorrow. We at International Football Talk have been having a Mock Draw marathon this week. With all the possible procedures FIFA may use. FIFA are using the same procedure they used in 2006 for the draw. However, Netherlands will be seeded and France will be not as FIFA decided to use the world rankings for seeding purposes instead of a formula of world rankings and past World Cup performance. With that said I did a complete draw this time around. Including group positioning with selecting A2, A3, A4, B2, B3, B4, etc. to determing when and where games will be played. I will layout the entire schedule below if FIFA were to draw this exactly. All times are local South African time. South Africa is 6 hours ahead of eastern time during the summer. So matches on the east coast would be 7:30a.m., 10a.m., and 2:30p.m. From there you can figure out game times depending on where you live.

Pot A – South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain
Pot B – Australia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, New Zeland, Honduras, Mexico, United States
Pot C – Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay
Pot D – Denmark, France, Greece, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland

Group A
– South Africa
– Denmark
– Honduras
– Paraguay

South Africa v. Denmark Friday, June 11th 4p.m. @Johannesburg, Soccer City
Honduras v. Paraguay Friday. June 11th 8:30p.m. @Cape Town

South Africa v. Honduras Wednesday, June 16th 8:30p.m. @Pretoria
Paraguay v. Denmark Thursday, June 17th 1:30p.m. @Polokwane

Denmark v. Honduras Tuesday, June 22nd 4p.m. @Runstenberg
Paraguay v. South Africa Tuesday, June 22nd 4p.m. @Bloemfontein

Group B
– Argentina
– Cameroon
– Greece
– New Zealand

Argentina v. Cameroon Saturday, June 12th 1:30p.m. @Johannesburg, Ellis Park
Greece v. New Zealand Saturday, June 12th 4p.m. @Port Elizabeth

Argentina v. Greece Saturday, June 17th 4p.m. @Johannesburg, Soccer City
New Zealand v. Cameroon Saturday, June 17th 8:30p.m. @Bloemfontein

Cameroon v. Greece Tuesday, June 22nd 8:30p.m. @Polokwane
New Zealand v. Argentina Tuesday, June 22nd 8:30p.m. @Durban

Group C
– Spain
– Slovakia
– North Korea
– Chile

Spain v. Slovakia Saturday, June 12th 8:30p.m. @Rustenberg
North Kora v. Chile Sunday, June 13th 1:30p.m. @Polokwane

Spain v. North Korea Friday, June 18th 4p.m. @Cape Town
Chile v. Slovakia Friday, June 18th 8:30p.m. @Johannesburg, Ellis Park

Slovakia v. North Korea Wednesday, June 23rd 4p.m. @Pretoria
Chile v. Spain Wednesday, June 23rd 4p.m. @Port Elizabeth

Group D
– Netherlands
– Ivory Coast
– Portugal
– United States

Netherlands v. Ivory Coast Sunday, June 13th 4p.m. @Durban
Portugal v. Unites States Sunday, June 13th 8:30p.m. @Pretoria

Netherlands v. Portugal Friday, June 18th 1:30p.m.@Port Elizabeth
United States v. Ivory Coast Saturday, June 19th 1:30p.m. @Rustenberg

Ivory Coast v. Portugal Wednesday, June 23rd 8:30p.m. @Nelspruit
United States v. Netherlands Wednesday, June 23rd 8:30p.m. @Johannesburg, Soccer City

Group E
– England
– Nigeria
– Australia
– Switzerland

England v. Nigeria Monday, June 14th 1:30p.m. @Johannesburg, Soccer City
Australia v. Switzerland Monday, June 14th 4p.m. @Bloemfontein

England v. Australia Saturday, June 19th 4p.m. @Durban
Switzerland, v. Nigeria Satuday, June 19th 8:30p.m. @Pretoria

Nigeria v. Australia Thursday, June 24th 8:30p.m. @Rustenberg
Switzerland v. England Thursday, June 24th 8:30p.m. @Cape Town

Group F
– Italy
– Uruguay
– France
– South Korea

Italy v. Uruguay Monday, June 14th 8:30p.m. @Cape Town
France v. South Korea Tuesday, June 15th 8:30p.m. @Rustenberg

Italy v. France Sunday, June 20th 1:30p.m. @Nelspruit
South Korea v. Uruguay Sunday, June 20th 4p.m. @Bloemfontein

Uruguay v. France Thursday, June 24th 4p.m. @Polokwane
South Korea v. Italy Thursday, June 24th 4p.m. @Johannesburg, Ellis Park

Group G
– Germany
– Slovenia
– Mexico
– Ghana

Germany v. Slovenia Tuesday, June 15th 4p.m. @Johannesburg, Ellis Park
Mexico v. Ghana Tuesday, June 15th 8:30p.m. @Port Elizabeth

Germany v. Mexico Sunday, June 20th 8:30p.m. @Johannesbrg, Soccer City
Ghana v. Slovenia Monday, June 21st 1:30p.m. @Cape Town

Slovenia v. Mexico Friday, June 25th 4p.m. @Nelspruit
Ghana v. Germany Friday, June 15th 4p.m. @Durban

Group H
– Brazil
– Serbia
– Algeria
– Japan

Brazil v. Serbia Wednesday, June 16th 1:30p.m. @Durban
Algeria v. Japan Wednesday, June 16th 4p.m. @Nelspruit

Brazil v. Algeria Monday, June 21st 4p.m. @Port Elizabeth
Japan v. Serbia Monday, June 21st 8:30p.m. @Johannesburg, Ellis Park

Serbia v. Algeria Friday, June 25th 8:30p.m. @Bloemfontein
Japan v. Brazil Friday, 25th 8:30p.m. @Pretoria

Round of 16 (in bracket order)
A1 v. B2 Saturday, June 26th 4p.m. @Port Elizabeth
C1 v. D2 Saturday, June 26th 8:30p.m. @Rustenberg
E1 v. F2 Monday, June 28th 4p.m. @Durban
G1 v. H2 Monday, June 28th 8:30p.m. @Johannesburg, Ellis Park
B1 v. A2 Sunday, June 27th 8:30p.m. @Johannesburg, Soccer City
D1 v. C2 Sunday, June 27th 4p.m. @Bloemfontein
F1 v. E2 Tuesday, June 29th 4p.m. @Pretoria
H1 v. G2 Tuesday, June 29th 8:30p.. @Cape Town

Quarterfinals (in bracket order)
A1/B2 v. C1/D2 Friday, July 2nd 8:30p.m. @Johannesburg, Soccer City
E1/F2 v. G1/H2 Friday, July 2nd 4p.m. @Port Elizabeth
B1/A2 v. D1/C2 Saturday, July 3rd 4p.m. @Cape Town
F1/E2 v. H1/G2 Saturday, July 3rd 8:30p.m. @Johannesburg, Ellis Park

Semifinals
July 2nd winners Tuesday, July 6th 8:30p.m. @Cape Town
July 3rd winners Wednesay, July 7th 8:30p.m. @Durban

3rd place playoff
Semifinals losers Saturday, July 10th 8:30p.m. @Port Elizabeth

World Cup Final
Semifinal winners Sunday, July 11th 8:30p.m. @Johannesburg, Soccer City

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World Cup Qualifying UEFA Playoff Draw Preview

October 19, 2009

The main event in the footballing world this coming Monday, 19 October takes place at Home of FIFA in Zurich, with the spotlight focused on the eight European nations who have claimed places in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying play-offs. The draw for the final eliminators, to be played on a home-and-away basis on 14 and 18 November, will be held at 14:00 local time, with France, Portugal, Russia and Greece entering it as the seeded teams.

Fans, media representatives and football lovers around the globe can stay abreast of the very latest developments and follow the draw ceremony as it happens, by tuning in to our FIFA.com live stream here at the world governing body’s official website. The eight remaining nations have battled their way through to the play-offs, and will now go head-to-head for the four remaining spots at the 2010 finals:

France, runners-up at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, are determined to book their ticket to South Africa via the alternative route of the play-offs as they strive for a 13th appearance at the game’s showpiece event. The French were forced to settle for second place in European Group 7 behind a very impressive Serbia. UEFA EURO 2008 semi-finalists Russia are the second of the continent’s heavyweights going into the hat on Monday. The nine-time FIFA World Cup finals contenders, whose best placing was fourth at the 1966 tournament in England, missed out on top spot in Group 4 due to home and away defeats against eventual winners Germany.

The Republic of Ireland have made three appearances at the FIFA World Cup finals, most recently at the 2002 edition in Korea/Japan. With Italian coaching legend Giovanni Trapattoni at the helm, the team spearheaded by John O’Shea of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane are quietly confident of securing a spot in South Africa. Bosnia Herzegovina were the surprise package in Group 5, as they comfortably held off Turkey and Belgium to finish runners-up behind seemingly invincible European champions Spain. The Bosnians owe their place among the last eight hopefuls to their potent forward line, featuring free-scoring pair Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic, ably supported by the playmaking guile of Zvjezdan Misimovic. They are also the only one of the eight group runners-up who have yet to appear at the FIFA World Cup finals.

The most experienced candidates in terms of play-offs for a major tournament are Ukraine. The east Europeans and their star name Andriy Shevchenko came up short at the same stage in 1997 (to Croatia) and 2001 (to Germany) in FIFA World Cup qualifying, and in 1999 (to Slovenia) in the battle for places at the EURO, before finally booking a place at the global showdown in 2006. FIFA World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal team-mates picked up form after a poor start to qualifying, ending up second to Denmark in their group. The Portuguese, who finished fourth at the 2006 finals and third back in 1966, now go into the eliminators searching for what would be only their fifth appearance at the world’s greatest sporting event.

EURO 2004 winners Greece and their veteran German boss Otto Rehhagel also find themselves needing to negotiate the play-offs after coming off second-best to Switzerland in Group 2. A ticket to South Africa would provide the Greeks with only their second tilt at the world crown. Their sole previous appearance was at the 1994 event in the USA. Finally, Slovenia complete the field for the play-off fray in mid-November. Striker Milivoje Novakovic and Co are also chasing their second finals appearance after sensationally qualifying for the 2002 tournament in Korea/Japan with a play-off triumph over Romania.

watch the draw here


USA late heroics put Honduras into World Cup

October 15, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jonathan Bornstein headed in a corner kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time, giving the United States a 2-2 tie against Costa Rica on Wednesday night that put Honduras in next year’s World Cup.Bryan Ruiz scored twice in a four minute-span midway through the first half, but Michael Bradley cut the U.S. deficit in the 72nd minute. With the United States playing a man short following an injury to Oguchi Onyewu and Costa Rica less just 20 seconds or so from qualifying, Bornstein headed in Robbie Rogers’ corner kick from about 7 yards.At the end, U.S. players held up a banner with the number “9” of teammate Charlie Davies, who was seriously injured in a car crash Tuesday and is unlikely to play in next year’s World Cup.While the United States topped North and Central America and the Caribbean for the second straight qualifying cycle and Honduras qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1982, Costa Rica faces a two-game playoff next month against Uruguay.


World Cup Mock Draw

October 13, 2009

Pot A (Seeded)
South Africa
Italy
Argentina
Brazil
England
France
Germany
Spain

Pot B (Africa and South America)
Cameroon
Egypt
Ghana
Ivory Coast
Tunisia
Chile
Paraguay
Uruguay

Pot C (Europe)
Denmark
Netherlands
Portugal
Republic of Ireland
Russia
Serbia
Slovakia
Switzerland

Pot D (Asia/Oceania and CONCACAF)
Australia
Bahrain
Japan
Korea DPR
Korea Republic
Honduras
Mexico
United States

So with those as the pots this is how my mock draw worked out. With the same draw procedure as used as was used in the 2006 World Cup.

Group A – South Africa, Chile, Serbia, Australia
Group B – Argentina, Ivory Coast, Rep. of Ireland, Japan
Group C – France, Ghana, Slovakia, United States
Group D – Spain, Paraguay, Denmark, Korea Republic
Group E – Germany, Egypt, Netherlands, Bahrain
Group F – Italy, Cameroon, Russia, Korea DPR
Group G – Brazil, Tunisia, Portugal, Honduras
Group H – England, Uruguay, Switzerland, Mexico


World Cup Predictor

October 13, 2009

AFRICA

Group A (Current Standings)
Cameroon 10
Gabon 9
Togo 5
Morocco 3

MAR draw CMR
TGO beat GAB

FINAL STANDINGS
Cameroon 11
Gabon 9
Togo 8
Morocco 4

Group B (Current Standings)
Tunisia 11
Nigeria 9
Mozambique 4
Kenya 3

KEN lose NGA
MOZ lose TUN

FINAL STANDINGS
Tunisia 14
Nigeria 12
Mozambique 4
Kenya 3

Group C (Current Standings)
Algeria 13
Egypt 10
Zambia 4
Rwanda 1

EGY beat ALG
RWA draw ZAM

FINAL STANDINGS
Algeria 13 * tied on all tiebreakers
Egypt 13 * either playoff or drawing of lots
Zambia 5
Rwanda 2

I would vote for a playoff being played somewhere in Libya on a neutral site with Egypt winning giving them the WC birth.

Group D (Current Standings)
Ghana 12
Mali 8
Benin 7
Sudan 1

SUD lose BEN
GHA beat MLI

FINAL STANDINGS
Ghana 15
Benin 10
Mali 8
Sudan 1

Group E (Current Standings)
Ivory Coast 13
Burkina Faso 9
Malawi 4
Guinea 3

BF beat MLW
CIV beat GUI

FINAL STANDINGS
Ivory Coast 16
Burkina Faso 12
Malawi 4
Guinea 3

ASIA

Australia, Japan, Korea Republic, Korea DPR (already qualified)

PLAYOFF

1st leg @ Bahrain 0-0
2nd leg @ Saudi Arabia 2-2

Bahrain wins 2-2 on away goals

AFC/OFC PLAYOFF

1st leg @ Bahrain 0-0
2nd leg @ New Zealand 1-1

Bahrain wins 1-1 on away goals

South America

CONMEBOL (Current Standings)
Brazil 33
Paraguay 33
Chile 30
Argentina 25
Uruguay 24
Ecuador 23
Venezuela 21
Colombia 20
Bolivia 15
Peru 10

URU draw ARG
PER beat BOL
PAR beat COL
CHI draw ECU
BRA beat VEN

FINAL STANDINGS
Brazil 36
Paraguay 36
Chile 31
Argentina 26
Uruguay 25
Ecuador 24
Venezuela 21
Colombia 20
Bolivia 15
Peru 13


CONCACAF

Hexagonal (Current Standings)
USA 19
Mexico 18
Costa Rica 15
Honduras 13
El Salvador 8
Trinidad & Tobago 5

TRI lose MEX
ESL draw HON
USA beat CRC

FINAL STANDINGS
USA 22
Mexico 21
Costa Rica 15
Honduras 14
El Salvador 9
Trinidad & Tobago 5

CONMEBOL/CONCACAF PLAYOFF

1st leg @ Honduras 2-1
2nd leg @ Uruguay 2-1 (URU wins on PK’s)

Uruguay wins 3-3 aet on PK’s 4-3

Europe

UEFA Group 1 (Current Standings)
Denmark 21
Portugal 16
Sweden 15
Hungary 13
Albania 7
Malta 1

SWE beat ALB
POR beat MAL
DEN beat HUN

FINAL STANDINGS
Denmark 24
Portugal 19
Sweden 18
Hungary 13
Albania 7
Malta 1

UEFA Group 2 (Current Standings)
Switzerland 20
Greece 17
Israel 15
Latvia 14
Luxembourg 5
Moldova 3

LAT beat MOL
GRE beat LUX
SUI draw ISR

FINAL STANDINGS
Switzerland 21
Greece 20
Latvia 17
Israel 16
Luxembourg 5
Moldova 3

UEFA Group 3 (Current Standings)
Slovakia 19
Slovenia 17
Czech Republic 15
Northern Ireland 14
Poland 11
San Marino 0

CZE beat NIR
POL draw SVK
SMR lose SLV

FINAL STANDINGS
Slovenia 20 * better goal difference
Slovakia 20
Czech Republic 18
Northern Ireland 14
Poland 12
San Marino 0

UEFA Group 4 (Current Standings)
Germany 25
Russia 21
Finland 17
Wales 9
Liechtenstein 2
Azerbaijan 1

GER beat FIN
AZE lose RUS
LIE lose WAL

FINAL STANDINGS
Germany 28
Russia 24
Finland 17
Wales 12
Liechtenstein 5
Azerbaijan 1

UEFA Group 5 (Current Standings)
Spain 27
Bosnia and Herzegovina 19
Turkey 12
Belgium 10
Estonia 5
Armenia 4

BIH lose ESP
EST draw BEL
TUR beat ARM

FINAL STANDINGS
Spain 30
Bosnia and Herzegovina 19
Turkey 15
Belgium 11
Estonia 6
Armenia 1

UEFA Group 6 (Current Standings)
England 24
Ukraine 18
Croatia 17
Belarus 13
Kazakhstan 6
Andorra 0

ENG beat BLR
KAZ lose CRO
AND lose UKR

FINAL STANDINGS
England 27
Ukraine 21
Croatia 20
Belarus 13
Kazakhstan 6
Andorra 0

UEFA Group 7 (Current Standings)
Serbia 22
France 18
Austria 14
Lithuania 9
Romania 9
Faroe Islands 4

FRA beat AUT
LTH draw SER
ROU beat FI

FINAL STANDINGS
Serbia 23
France 21
Austria 14
Romania 12
Lithuania 10
Faroe Islands 4

UEFA Group 8 (Current Standings)
Italy 21
Ireland 17
Bulgaria 11
Cyprus 9
Montenegro 8
Georgia 3

ITA beat CYP
IRE beat MCG
BUL beat GEO

FINAL STANDINGS
Italy 24
Ireland 20
Bulgaria 14
Cyprus 9
Montenegro 8
Georgia 3

UEFA Group 9 (Current & Final Standings)
Netherlands 24
Norway 10
Scotland 10
Macedonia 7
Iceland 5

–Norway–(eliminated as lowest second place team)

UEFA PLAYOFFS

1st leg @ Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-1
2nd leg @ Russia 2-0

Russia agg 3-1

1st leg @ Slovakia 0-1
2nd leg @ France 1-0

France agg 2-0

1st leg @ Republic or Ireland 1-0
2nd leg @ Greece 1-1

Republic of Ireland agg 2-1

1st leg @ Ukraine 1-1
2nd leg @ Portugal 2-0

Portugal agg 3-1

—***2010 FIFA World Cup Field***—

AFRICA
– South Africa (Host)
– Cameroon
– Tunisia
– Egypt
– Ghana
– Ivory Coast

ASIA
– Australia
– Japan
– Korea Republic
– Korea DPR
– Bahrain

SOUTH AMERICA
– Brazil
– Paraguay
– Chile
– Argentina
– Uruguay

CONCACAF
– United States
– Mexico
– Costa Rica

EUROPE
– Denmark
– Switzerland
– Slovenia
– Germany
– Spain
– England
– Serbia
– Italy
– Netherlands
– Russia
– France
– Republic of Ireland
– Portugal


USA World Cup Bid

September 24, 2009

In determining the host for the World Cup, FIFA looks at these criteria.

– stadiums
– finance
– health
– security
– government support
– enthusiasm for the tournament

The USA bid committee for the 2018/2022 World Cup has already narrowed the list of cities and stadiums down to 27 cities and 32 stadiums.  Eventually, the USA bid committee will have to narrow the list down to 12-15 stadiums.  FIFA’s main concern seems to passion of the fans.

Here is a list of the stadiums still in consideration to host a potential World Cup in the United States.

Metro Market / City Stadium Capacity
Atlanta Georgia Dome 71,250
Baltimore M & T Bank Stadium 71,008
Boston Gillette Stadium 71,693
Charlotte Bank of America Stadium 73,778
Chicago Soldier Field 61,000
Cleveland Cleveland Browns Stadium 72,000
Dallas Cotton Bowl 89,000
Cowboys Stadium 100,000
Denver INVESCO Field 76,125
Detroit Ford Field 67,188
Michigan Stadium 108,000
Houston Reliant Stadium 71,500
Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium 64,200
Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 82,000
Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium 77,000
Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 93,607
Rose Bowl 92,000+
Miami Land Shark Stadium 75,540
Nashville LP Field 69,143
New York / New Jersey New Meadowlands Stadium 82,000
Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Stadium 63,026
Orlando Florida Citrus Bowl 65,616
Philadelphia Lincoln Financial 67,594
Phoenix / Glendale University of Phoenix Stadium 71,000
San Diego Qualcomm Stadium 70,500
San Francisco Stanford Stadium 50,500
Seattle Husky Stadium 72,500
Qwest Field 67,000
St. Louis Edward Jones Dome 67,268
Tampa Raymond James Stadium 65,856
Washington, D.C. FedEx Field 91,704
RFK Stadium 56,692

I  created a mock World Cup bid for the U.S. I have game times at 1, 4, and 9p.m. est. Here’s why, the 1 and 4 game times would be essential for european markets. the 9 time slot would be great for the americas markets and well as east asian and australian markets because games would then actually be played when people are awake in those countries. No game is before noon local time. In my bid no venue is used in consecutive days. No team plays in the same venue more than once in group play. For round of 16 games every team would have to travel, but winners of the group would not have to travel outside it’s group stage region. There are two regions. The east and the west. Here’s what my mock world cup and schedule look like. I have selected 12 stadiums. I think it’s possible we may be able to convince FIFA into letting us use 15 venues as this would reduce travel and give more cities a chance to host games. My 3 alternate stadiums are: Charlotte, North Carolina (Bank of America Stadium) Nashville, Tennessee (LP Field) and Denver, Colorado (Invesco Field) For times I listed all times using eastern standard time.

STADIUMS
E. Rutherford, New Jersey (New Meadowlands Stadium)
Landover, Maryland (FedEx Field)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Lincoln Financial Field)
Foxbourough, Massachusetts (Gillette Stadium)
Indianapolis, Indiana (Lincoln Financial Field)
Miami Gardens, Florida (Dolphins Stadium)

Chicago, Illinois (Soldier Field)
Pasadena, California (Rose Bowl)
Arlington, Texas (New Cowboys Stadium)
Houston, Texas (Reliant Stadium)
Glendale, Arizona (U. of Phoenix Stadium)
Seattle, Washington (Qwest Field)

Group A
USA
Iran
Greece
Cameroon

USA v. Iran Friday 4p.m. @ Landover, Maryland
Greece v. Cameroon Friday 9p.m. @ Foxbourough, Massachusetts

USA v. Greece Wednesday 9p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey
Cameroon v. Iran Thursday 1p.m. @ Indianapolis, Indiana

USA v. Cameroon Tuesday 9p.m. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Iran v. Greece Tuesday 9p.m. @ Miami Gardens, Florida

Group B
Germany
Ghana
Colombia
Portugal

Germany v. Ghana Saturday 4p.m. @ Arlington, Texas
Colombia v. Portugal Saturday 9p.m. @ Seattle, Washington

Germany v. Colombia Thursday 4p.m. @ Pasadena, California
Portugal v. Ghana Thursday 9p.m. @ Houston, Texas

Germany v. Portugal Tuesday 4p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois
Ghana v. Colombia Tuesday 4p.m. @ Glendale, Arizona

Group C
England
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Ivory Coast

England v. Russia Saturday 1p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey
Saudi Arabia v. Ivory Coast Sunday 1p.m. @ Indianapolis, Indiana

Ivory Coast v. Russia Friday 1p.m. @ Miami Gardens, Florida
England v. Saudi Arabia Friday 4p.m. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

England v. Ivory Coast Wednesday 4p.m. @ Landover, Maryland
Russia v. Saudi Arabia Wednesday 4p.m. @ Foxbourough, Massachusetts

Group D
Argentina
Japan
Croatia
Mexico

Croatia v. Mexico Sunday 4p.m. @ Houston, Texas
Argentina v. Japan Sunday 9p.m. @ Pasadena, California

Argentina v. Croatia Friday 9p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois
Mexico v. Japan Saturday 9p.m. @ Glendale, Arizona

Argentina v. Mexico Wednesday 9p.m. @ Dallas, Texas
Japan v. Croatia Wednesday 9p.m. @ Seattle, Washington

Group E
Italy
Australia
Honduras
Czech Republic

Honduras v. Czech Republic Monday 1p.m. @ Miami Gardens, Florida
Italy v. Australia Monday 4p.m. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Italy v. Honduras Saturday 1p.m. @ Landover, Maryland
Czech Republic v. Australia 4p.m. @ Foxbourough, Massachusetts

Italy v. Czech Republic Thursday 4p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey
Australia v. Honduras Thursday 4p.m. @ Indianapolis, Indiana

Group F
Brazil
Sweden
Nigeria
Korea Republic

Brazil v. Sweden Monday 9p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois
Nigeria v. Korea Republic Tuesday 9p.m. @ Glendale, Arizona

Korea Republic v. Sweden Sunday 9pm. @ Seattle, Washington
Brazil v. Nigeria Sunday 9p.m. @ Arlington, Texas

Brazil v. Korea Republic Thursday 9p.m. @ Pasadena, California
Sweden v. Nigeria Thursday 9p.m. @ Houston, Texas

Group G
Spain
Costa Rica
Netherlands
Paraguay

Netherlands v. Paraguay Tuesday 1p.m. @ Foxbourough, Massachusetts
Spain v. Costa Rica Tuesday 4p.m. @ Landover, Maryland

Spain v. Netherlands Sunday 1p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey
Paraguay v. Costa Rica Monday 9p.m. @ Indianapolis, Indiana

Spain v. Paraguay Friday 9p.m. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Costa Rica v. Netherlands Friday 9p.m. @ Miami Gardens, Florida

Group H
France
Turkey
Uruguay
Egypt

France v. Turkey Wednesday 1p.m. @ Arlington, Texas
Uruguay v. Egypt Wednesday 4p.m. @ Seattle, Washington

Egypt v. Turkey Monday 1p.m. @ Houston, Texas
France v. Uruguay Monday 4p.m. @ Pasadena, California

France v. Egypt Friday 4p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois
Turkey v. Uruguay 4p.m. @ Glendale, Arizona

Round of 16

A1 v. B2 Saturday 1p.m. @ Foxbourough, Massachusetts
C1 v. D2 Saturday 4p.m. @ Indianapolis, Indiana
D1 v. C2 Sunday 1p.m @ Houston, Texas
B1 v. A2 Sunday 4p.m. @ Pasadena, California
C1 v. F2 Monday 4p.m. @ Landover, Maryland
G1 v. H2 Monday 9p.m. @ Miami Gardens, Florida
F1 v. E2 Tuesday 4p.m. @ Glendale, Arizona
H1 v. G2 Tuesday 9p.m. @ Seattle, Washington

Quarterfinals

* If this date fell on July 4th I would switch this game time to 1p.m. Giving European a greater viewership and since it’s a holiday in America it wouldn’t interfere with the normal American workweek. Thus the reason weekday knockout round games are at 4p.m. and 9p.m. instead of 1p.m. and 4p.m. like the weekend.

E1/F2 v. G1/H2 Friday 4p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey
A1/B2 v. C1/D2 Friday 9p.m. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania *
B1/A2 v. D1/C2 Saturday 1p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois
F1/E2 v. H1/G2 Saturday 4p.m. @ Arlington, Texas

Semifinals

Tuesday 9p.m. @ Landover, Maryland
Wednesday 9p.m. @ Pasadena, California

3rd place game

Saturday 9p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois

World Cup Final

Sunday 2:45p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey


2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification Predictor

September 23, 2009

AFRICA

Group A (Current Standings)
Cameroon 7
Gabon 6
Togo 5
Morocco 3

CMR beat TGO
GAB draw MAR

MAR draw CMR
TGO beat GAB

FINAL STANDINGS
Cameroon 11
Togo 8
Gabon 7
Morocco 5

Group B (Current Standings)
Tunisia 8
Nigeria 6
Mozambique 4
Kenya 3

NGA beat MOZ
TUN beat KEN

KEN lose NGA
MOZ lose TUN

FINAL STANDINGS
Tunisia 14
Nigeria 12
Mozambique 4
Kenya 3

Group C (Current Standings)
Algeria 10
Egypt 7
Zambia 4
Rwanda 1

ZAM lose EGY
ALG beat RWA

EGY beat ALG
RWA draw ZAM

FINAL STANDINGS
Algeria 13 * better goal difference*
Egypt 13
Zambia 5
Rwanda 2

Group D (Current Standings)
Ghana 12
Mali 5
Benin 4
Sudan 1

MLI beat SUD
BEN draw GHA

SUD lose BEN
GHA beat MLI

FINAL STANDINGS
Ghana 16
Mali 8
Benin 8
Sudan 1

Group E (Current Standings)
Ivory Coast 12
Burkina Faso 6
Guinea 3
Malawi 3

MLW lose CIV
GUI draw BF

BF beat MLW
CIV beat GUI

FINAL STANDINGS
Ivory Coast 18
Burkina Faso 10
Guinea 4
Malawi 3

ASIA

Australia, Japan, Korea Republic, Korea DPR (already qualified)

PLAYOFF

1st leg @ Bahrain 0-0
2nd leg @ Saudi Arabia 2-2

Bahrain wins 2-2 on away goals

AFC/OFC PLAYOFF

1st leg @ Bahrain 1-0
2nd leg @ New Zealand 1-1

Bahrain agg 2-1

South America

CONMEBOL (Current Standings)
Brazil 33
Paraguay 30
Chile 27
Ecuador 23
Argentina 22
Uruguay 21
Venezuela 21
Colombia 20
Bolivia 12
Peru 10

BOL lose BRA
COL draw CHI
VEN draw PAR
ARG beat PER
ECU beat URU

URU draw ARG
PER beat BOL
PAR beat COL
CHI beat ECU
BRA beat VEN

FINAL STANDINGS
Brazil 39
Paraguay 34
Chile 31
Argentina 26 * better goal difference
Ecuador 26
Uruguay 22
Venezuela 22
Colombia 21
Peru 13
Bolivia 12

CONCACAF

Hexagonal (Current Standings)
USA 16
Mexico 15
Honduras 13
Costa Rica 12
El Salvador 8
Trinidad & Tobago 5

CRC beat TRI
MEX beat ESL
HON draw USA

TRI lose MEX
ESL draw HON
USA beat CRC

FINAL STANDINGS
Mexico 21
USA 20
Honduras 15 *better goal difference
Costa Rica 15
El Salvador 9
Trinidad & Tobago 5

CONMEBOL/CONCACAF PLAYOFF

1st leg @ Costa Rica 2-1
2nd leg @ Ecuador 2-0

Ecuador
3-2 on aggregate

Ecuador agg 3-2

Europe

UEFA Group 1 (Current Standings)
Denmark 18
Sweden 15
Portugal 13
Hungary 13
Albania 7
Malta 1

DEN draw SWE
POR beat HUN

SWE beat ALB
POR beat MAL
DEN beat HUN

FINAL STANDINGS
Denmark 22
Portugal 19 *better goal difference
Sweden 19
Hungary 13
Albania 6
Malta 1

UEFA Group 2 (Current Standings)
Switzerland 17
Greece 14
Latvia 14
Israel 12
Luxembourg 5
Moldova 3

GRE beat LAT
ISR beat MOL
LUX lose SUI

LAT beat MOL
GRE beat LUX
SUI draw ISR

FINAL STANDINGS
Switzerland 21
Greece 20
Latvia 17
Israel 16
Luxembourg 5
Moldova 3

UEFA Group 3 (Current Standings)
Slovakia 19
Slovenia 14
Northern Ireland 14
Czech Republic 12
Poland 11
San Marino 0

CZE beat POL
SVK beat SLV

CZE beat NIR
POL beat SVK
SMR lose SLV

FINAL STANDINGS
Slovakia 22
Czech Republic 18
Slovenia 17
Northern Ireland 14
Poland 14
San Marino 0

UEFA Group 4 (Current Standings)
Germany 22
Russia 21
Finland 14
Wales 9
Liechtenstein 2
Azerbaijan 1

RUS draw GER
LIE beat AZE
FIN beat WAL

GER beat FIN
AZE lose RUS
LIE lose WAL

FINAL STANDINGS
Germany 26
Russia 25
Finland 17
Wales 12
Liechtenstein 5
Azerbaijan 1

UEFA Group 5 (Current Standings)
Spain 24
Bosnia and Herzegovina 16
Turkey 12
Belgium 7
Estonia 5
Armenia 4

EST draw BIH
ARM lose ESP
BEL lose TUR

BIH lose ESP
EST draw BEL
TUR beat ARM

FINAL STANDINGS
Spain 30
Turkey 18
Bosnia and Herzegovina 17
Belgium 8
Estonia 7
Armenia 1

UEFA Group 6 (Current Standings)
England 24
Croatia 17
Ukraine 15
Belarus 10
Kazakhstan 6
Andorra 0

BLR beat KAZ
UKR draw ENG

ENG beat BLR
KAZ lose CRO
AND lose UKR

FINAL STANDINGS
England 28
Croatia 20
Ukraine 19
Belarus 13
Kazakhstan 3
Andorra 0

UEFA Group 7 (Current Standings)
Serbia 19
France 15
Austria 11
Lithuania 9
Romania 9
Faroe Islands 4

AUT beat LTH
SER draw ROU
FRA beat FI

FRA beat AUT
LTH lose SER
ROU beat FI

FINAL STANDINGS
Serbia 23
France 21
Austria 14
Romania 13
Lithuania 9
Faroe Islands 4

UEFA Group 8 (Current Standings)
Italy 20
Ireland 16
Bulgaria 11
Cyprus 6
Montenegro 5
Georgia 3

IRE lose ITA
CYP lose BUL
MCG beat GEO

ITA beat CYP
IRE beat MCG
BUL beat GEO

FINAL STANDINGS
Italy 26
Ireland 19
Bulgaria 17
Montenegro 8
Cyprus 6
Georgia 3

UEFA Group 9 (Current & Final Standings)
Netherlands 24
Norway 10
Scotland 10
Macedonia 7
Iceland 5

–Norway–(eliminated as lowest second place team)

UEFA PLAYOFFS

1st leg @ Ireland 1-1
2nd leg @ Russia 2-0

Russia agg 3-1

1st leg @ Turkey 1-1
2nd leg @ Croatia 1-0

Croatia agg 2-1

1st leg @ Czech Republic 0-1
2nd leg @ France 1-0

France agg 2-0

1st leg @ Portugal 2-0
2nd leg @ Greece 1-1

Portugal 3-1

—***2010 FIFA World Cup Field***—

AFRICA
– South Africa (Host)
– Cameroon
– Tunisia
– Algeria
– Ghana
– Ivory Coast

ASIA
– Australia
– Japan
– Korea Republic
– Korea DPR
– Bahrain

SOUTH AMERICA
– Brazil
– Paraguay
– Chile
– Argentina
– Ecuador

CONCACAF
– United States
– Mexico
– Honduras

EUROPE
– Denmark
– Switzerland
– Slovakia
– Germany
– Spain
– England
– Serbia
– Italy
– Netherlands
– Russia
– Croatia
– France
– Portugal