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Play-offs complete World Cup lineup

Published: Thursday 19 November 2009, 17.00CET
The lineup for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is complete after France, Greece, Portugal and Slovenia booked Europe's last available spots via the play-offs to join nine other UEFA members in South Africa.
Play-offs complete World Cup lineup
Slovenia celebrate only their second World Cup qualification ©Getty Images

Published: Thursday 19 November 2009, 17.00CET

Play-offs complete World Cup lineup

The lineup for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is complete after France, Greece, Portugal and Slovenia booked Europe's last available spots via the play-offs to join nine other UEFA members in South Africa.

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.

Draw
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.

Qualifiers
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

Last updated: 13/04/12 3.53CET

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