June 15, 2005

Who's qualified for World Cup 2006?: Asia has got 4 in (they're allocated 4.5 - intercontinental playoffs are involved) already: Japan (the first one in), Iran, Korea and Saudi Arabia. Europe has 1 (they're allocated 14 spots): Germany, hosts, auto-qualified. South America also has 1 (allocation 4.5): Argentina. Brazil, current champions, have to play their way in, auto-qualification for champions having been removed after 2002. Africa (5), CONCACAF (3.5 - Go USA!) and Oceania (0.5) have no qualifiers yet.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 04:00 PM - 11 comments

I was looking forward to South America's biggest rivalry this past weekend between Argentina and Brazil, but Argentina totally dominated, although Brazil was missing a few key players - Brazil will qualify again and be one of the favorites in Germany. The USA team looks as strong as any in recent years.

posted by chamo at 04:32 PM on June 15, 2005

I thought the hosts were no longer automatic either?!

posted by StarFucker at 04:52 PM on June 15, 2005

Nope, hosts are still automatic.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:34 PM on June 15, 2005

Hope USA can make a run for the CUP.

posted by Rage Rod 74 at 03:58 AM on June 16, 2005

September 3rd is USA v. Mexico. Should be an entertaining match. I didn't catch where the game is being played though. Anybody know? Has it even been set yet?

posted by NoMich at 08:12 AM on June 16, 2005

It will be played in Columbus, Ohio. Here is the schedule.

posted by mbd1 at 09:25 AM on June 16, 2005


posted by HOE.O.K. at 09:51 AM on June 16, 2005

Can someone please explain the .5 of a team? Seems liek only havign half their team would put them at a huge disadvantage. :)

posted by scottypup at 11:16 AM on June 16, 2005

The .5 means that there is an intercontinental playoff. For instance, in CONCACAF, the top 3 teams qualify automatically, and the 4th place team in qualifying has to play the 5th place team from Asia in a playoff to determine which of those two makes it to the World Cup.

posted by blarp at 11:36 AM on June 16, 2005

scottypup, all regions with a .5 qualifying number have countries who will have to go to a playoff. For Germany '06 the fifth place team from South America will play the winner of the Oceania region in a home and a away series with the winner going to Germany. Also, the fourth place team from COCNCACAF plays the fifth place team from Asia in a home and away with the winner going to Germany.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 11:42 AM on June 16, 2005

Look at France, they don't pick up their behinds soon they'll be watching the games on TV same as us.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:21 PM on June 16, 2005

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