2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
Tournament details
Dates 18 August 2004 – 16 November 2005
Teams 51 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 282
Goals scored 778 (2.76 per match)
Top scorer(s) Portugal Pauleta (11 goals)
2002
2010

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.

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 – the team had qualified automatically as hosts in 1998 and as defending champions in 2002, then had missed the 1990 and 1994 tournaments.

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.

Qualification seeding (UEFA)

The draw was made on 5 December 2003 in Frankfurt, Germany. Germany qualified automatically as hosts of the tournament and therefore did not take part in the qualification process. The other seedings were determined by points per game in the qualifiers for 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification and UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying.[1]

Other points to note:

  • France did not have to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup as holders. Only their record in UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying was used.
  • Portugal did not have to qualify for UEFA Euro 2004 as hosts. 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.
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 round

Summary

Table - top row: group winners, second row: group runners-up, third row: others. The winner of each group qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup together with the two best runners-up (second row without separation from first) and the winners of play-off.

  Winner of each group and two best runners-up qualified directly for the 2006 FIFA World Cup
  The other 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

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

Groups

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 1

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 Armenia Czech Republic Finland Republic of Macedonia Netherlands Romania
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 2

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 Denmark Georgia (country) Greece Kazakhstan Turkey Ukraine
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 3

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 Latvia Liechtenstein Luxembourg Portugal Russia Slovakia
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 4

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 Faroe Islands France Israel Republic of Ireland Switzerland
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 5

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 Italy Moldova Norway Scotland Slovenia
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 6

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 Azerbaijan England Northern Ireland Poland Wales
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 7

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 Bosnia and Herzegovina Lithuania San Marino Serbia and Montenegro Spain
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 8

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 Croatia Hungary Iceland Malta Sweden
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-offs

Ranking of runners-up

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

Matches

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

Goalscorers

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

References

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

External links

  • UEFA Qualifier results with full game box scores at Scoreshelf.com
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