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Monday, October 5, 2009

2010 World Cup (UEFA): Teams to be seeded in the playoff

FIFA announced on September 29th that teams will be seeded in the European play-off draw using the October 2009 FIFA ranking.

Here's the list of teams still in the race for a play-off spot.

September 2009 rank - Team - September 2009 points - Minimum October 2009 points - Maximum October 2009 points

4 Italy 1186 1067 1248
4 Germany 1186 955 1205
6 Russia 1129 879 1147
9 Croatia 1101 905 1037
10 France 1040 867 1028
12 Greece 971 683 906
13 Serbia 916 725 946
15 Switzerland 898 758 1005
16 Denmark 892 652 910
17 Portugal 880 843 1023
18 Czech Republic 870 726 997
19 Bulgaria 860 735 930
22 Israel 844 651 921
25 Ukraine 829 648 846
26 Romania 827 671 882
27 Turkey 826 656 833
31 Northern Ireland 795 687 861
36 Poland 749 578 796
38 Republic of Ireland 743 636 871
41 Sweden 723 628 824
43 Norway 709 679 724
45 Slovakia 687 592 828
46 Bosnia-Herzegovina 682 588 828
47 Hungary 669 456 774
54 Slovenia 576 453 661
58 Latvia 555 527 800
62 Lithuania 531 384 625
70 Austria 473 365 657

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info, man.

    Are you going to do the probable results thing? Maybe you can do that to figure out who gets in the playoffs and then we can see who are the most likely 4 seeds.

    At first glance it looks like Germany/Russia, France, Croatia and Portugal, right? And if Portugal don't make it, maybe Greece?

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  2. Interesting that the four teams winning the playoffs have a chance to boost their ranking that automatic qualifiers do not. Once we are past October 14th, the group winners will have played all their games, while the four playoff winners will have a chance for two additional wins (even a win plus draw should help) and possibly leapfrog other teams in the rankings ahead of the December WC seeding.

    I wonder if two playoff wins for any of the "probable" playoff seeds would boost them into the top 7 ranking for November.

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  3. @Dorian
    I thought about that several times. It's actually very unfair to the teams that qualifed as group- winners...
    FIFA should do something about this.

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  4. The play-off teams could also improve their UEFA coefficient and climb to a higher pot.

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