The lineup for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is complete after France, Greece, Portugal and Slovenia booked Europe's last available berths via the play-offs.
Slovenian 'fairy tale'
All four ties proved to be tight. Slovenia's 1-0 defeat of Russia in Maribor helped them progress on away goals having been beaten 2-1 in Moscow on Saturday. "They are men of merit for continuing the Slovenian football fairy tale," said coach Matjaž Kek. France knocked out the Republic of Ireland 2-1 on aggregate after scoring in extra time at Stade de France, Greece claimed the only goal of their two games with Ukraine in Donetsk and Portugal beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in both legs. That allowed those four teams to join the nine winners of the European qualifying groups: holders Italy, Denmark, Germany, Spain, England, Netherlands, Serbia, Switzerland and Slovakia – first-time finalists as an independent nation.
In all 32 nations will compete in South Africa from 11 June until 11 July 2010, including all the former winners: Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy and Uruguay. The draw for eight groups of four teams is made at 18.00CET on 4 December at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, with the seeding pots to be confirmed.
AFC: Australia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea
CAF: South Africa (hosts), Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria
CONCACAF: Honduras, Mexico, United States
CONMEBOL: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay
OFC: New Zealand
UEFA: Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy (holders), Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland
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