RECORD: Spain to serve up five-star CL campaign

FOOTBALL – Valencia CF reached the main stage of the Champions League and made Spain the first country ever to be represented by five teams in one CL season. In Thursday’s draw pots Valencia will be joined by fellow Spanish sides FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Sevilla FC.

REVIEW: Uruguay last country to qualify for 2014 World Cup

FOOTBALL – Uruguay qualified for the 2014 World Cup to complete the field of 32, by seeing off Jordan in their intercontinental playoff tie. Just like in qualifying for the 2002 and 2010 World Cup, Uruguay were the last of all 32 teams to punch their ticket.

> This means that all eight former world champions have qualified for the 2014 World Cup. Twenty-four of 32 teams will return from 2010.
> The 2014 World Cup will have only one nation making its debut: Bosnia-Herzegovina. The 2010 World Cup also had just one – Slovakia.

> The CONMEBOL will be represented by six countries in the 2014 World Cup. It is the first time it is represented by more than five since the inaugural 1930 World Cup (seven).

> Eight sides present in 2014 and not in 2010: Belgium, Russia, Colombia, Iran, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

> Eight sides present in 2010 and not in 2014: Serbia, Paraguay, Denmark, South Africa, New Zealand, Korea DPR, Slovenia, Slovakia.

PREVIEW: Which teams can qualify for the 2014 World Cup

FOOTBALL – Several teams can qualify for the 2014 World Cup this week. Click on the read more button to find an overview of the possible qualifying scenarios per team.

UEFA


Group A:
Nobody can qualify.

Group B: Italy is the only team which can qualify.

– With a win

– With a draw AND no win by Bulgaria AND a draw between Armenia and Denmark.

Group C: Germany is the only team which can qualify.

 – With a win AND no win by Sweden

Group D: Netherlands is the only team which can qualify.

 – With a win AND no win by Romania

– With a draw AND a loss by Romania AND no win by Hungary

Group E: Switzerland is the only team which can qualify

– With a win AND a draw between Iceland and Albania AND no win by Slovenia

Group F: Nobody can qualify.

Group G: Nobody can qualify.

Group H: Nobody can qualify.

Group I: Nobody can qualify.

 

CONCACAF: Costa Rica and the USA can qualify.

Costa Rica will qualify with the following results:

 – With a win AND no win for Mexico OR a loss by Honduras

– With a draw AND a loss by Mexico AND no win for Panama

The United States will qualify with the following result:

 – With a win AND no win by Panama

CONMEBOL: Argentina and Colombia can qualify.

Argentina will qualify with the following results:

 – With a win

– With a draw AND no win by Uruguay

– With a loss AND a loss by Uruguay

Colombia will qualify with the following results:

 – With a win

– With a draw

PREVIEW: Next batch of teams to qualify for 2014 World Cup

FOOTBALL – The forthcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers on 6 and 10 September are bound to throw up another batch of teams to punch their ticket for Brazil next summer. Click the picture below to enable our Infographic’s full interactive features and find out when each side earned qualification in each of the last five qualifying cycles. Check and uncheck boxes on right hand of your screen to toggle between World Cups and confederations.

PREVIEW: United States aim for ticket to 2014 World Cup

FOOTBALL – The next round of World Cup qualifiers will take place on Friday, 6 September. Four zones (CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and UEFA) will see teams in action, but only United States from the CONCACAF region have a theoretical chance of punching their ticket on Friday. They will do that if they beat Costa Rica and the match between Mexico and Honduras is drawn.