1-32: FIFA World Cup qualification timeline

Discussion in 'FIFA and Tournaments' started by Fuera del Area, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. zahzah

    zahzah Member+

    Jun 27, 2011
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    I concur. Thats why so many of us would love multiple World Cup slots to be decided by intercontinental playoffs. Personally I would love each confed to have at least one playoff, if not two.

    It would also serve to give a more adequate reflection of the cutoff teams and help model a more fair interconfederational distribution of slots.
     
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  2. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    #277 HomietheClown, Oct 30, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2017
    I just can't see New Zealand winning. Maybe they will get a lucky draw of some sort but even that I can't see play out in my mind.

    They have not really improved much from last cycle when Mexico absolutely annihilated them with mostly Domestic league players (that could be considered a "C" team) and a Mexican manager they only had for a few months.

    Peru is much more established, has a manager who has instilled his tactics over the long course of the cycle and has players who will be very difficult for the Kiwis to stop individually.


    Honduras-Australia on the other hand will be a war on both continents. I have no idea who to pick there.

    Could go to Penalties.
     
  3. faiyez

    faiyez Member

    Feb 16, 2010
    Costa Rica
    Club:
    LD Alajuelense
    Country:
    Japan
    Unfortunately the era of intercontinental playoffs may be coming to an end with the expansion.

    So much storied history with teams like Australia, Uruguay, Iran and New Zealand.

    Not only this, but the prospect of tense world cup qualification campaigns may be coming to an end, at least for top 30 teams.
     
  4. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    United States
    There was a proposed format for World Cup 2026 with eight teams in intercontinental playoffs if I remember correctly.
     
  5. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    A playoff tournament with 6 teams would take place in November before the Draw more than likely at the Host Nation for the World Cup.

    it would be something like (This is just some random prediction for 2025):
    Tahiti vs Jamaica
    China vs El Salvador

    Winners play:
    Burkina Faso
    Paraguay


    Not that exciting or much better than the playoffs we have today.

    (But I would still watch.)
     
  6. faiyez

    faiyez Member

    Feb 16, 2010
    Costa Rica
    Club:
    LD Alajuelense
    Country:
    Japan
    Not NEARLY as exciting for the sole fact it's decided in neutral ground. Because World Cup teams would now play a minimum of 2 matches, I might as well imagine the finals starting there and then.
     
  7. vancity eagle

    vancity eagle Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    Senegal has qualified with a game in hand after the replay in South Africa

    South Africa 0 v Senegal 2

    They will be in pot 3
     
  8. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    And now the nervousness levels should be going out of whack in Italia,
    Sweden up 1-0 with about 13 minutes to go.
     
  9. zahzah

    zahzah Member+

    Jun 27, 2011
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    #284 zahzah, Nov 10, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2017
    That means Nigeria is practically in pot 4.

    POT 4 IS:
    Japan
    Panama
    Australia / Honduras
    South Korea
    Saudi Arabia
    Morocco / Cote d'Ivoire
    (New Zealand) / (Greece) / (Nigeria) / (Serbia)
     
  10. zahzah

    zahzah Member+

    Jun 27, 2011
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    POT 3 FOR NOW IS:
    Egypt
    Iran
    Senegal
    Tunisia / DRCongo
     
  11. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    1-0 Final
    Italy is in real trouble.
    They are going to have to attack which is not really what they want to do. And a Sweden road goal will basically kill them off. I don't know if they can score 3 on this Sweden team.
     
  12. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Not yet. Maybe if its still 1-0 with 30 minutes to go they'll need to step out of their comfort zone. But I don't think they need to panic yet. They'll be at home. They'll get 70% possession on Monday. Like you imply, the main priority is not to concede. Then the goal will come.
     
  13. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    The longer it is 0-0 the panic will happen in Milan.
    And if Sweden get some sort of goal.... ...oh boy.

    But it is difficult for me to imagine a World Cup without Italy. It is like a World without Pizza.
     
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  14. Nico777

    Nico777 Member

    Olympique de marseille
    Croatia
    Oct 19, 2017
    A nation with 4 world cups is in big trouble in europe.
     
  15. mfw13

    mfw13 Member

    Jul 19, 2003
    Seattle
    Club:
    Newcastle United FC
    Italy's problem is that they really have ZERO world class attacking players right now..i.e. nobody the quality of Baggio, Del Piero, Pirlo, etc.

    And with teams putting more and more players behind the ball, Italy simply doesn't have the type of player who can create good chances against an eight or nine-man defense.
     
  16. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    And they'll be w/o Verratti in the second-leg.

    I'm kinda torn on whether I want Italy to qualify or not. I'm not a fan of their style and I'll be rooting against them pretty much no matter who they play in Russia if they get there. But at the same time, a WC wouldn't seem quite right without them.
     
  17. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    0-0 in San Pedro Sula.
    Not a good result for Honduras but at least they did not give up a road goal.
    Knowing Pinto's tactics he will probably play for penalties
     
  18. Every Four Years

    May 16, 2015
    Johns Creek, Georgia
    Country:
    India
    Frankly, after the last two World Cups, I hope Australia boots Honduras out of this one. They're in a very good position to do that now. Just one goal will do it...
     
  19. Iranian Monitor

    Iranian Monitor Member+

    Aug 18, 2004
    Tehran Iran
    For some reason, I couldn't find a dedicated thread on this match on Bigsoccer and this seems to be the most under reported and under covered World Cup playoff ever! From what I read, though, Australia were the dominant side and missed several easy chances despite playing away. I have given the Socceroos the edge over Honduras and this result certainly helps set up things for them.
     
  20. Iranian Monitor

    Iranian Monitor Member+

    Aug 18, 2004
    Tehran Iran
    I kind of share your sentiment except: 1- I clearly want Italy to qualify despite traditionally not being a fan of Italian football 2- I actually enjoyed Italy's performance in Euro 2016. Anyway, a World Cup without Italy wouldn't sound right and I want them in Russia.
     
  21. faiyez

    faiyez Member

    Feb 16, 2010
    Costa Rica
    Club:
    LD Alajuelense
    Country:
    Japan
    #296 faiyez, Nov 11, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2017
    For those of you that like to think the real tournament starts at knockouts, it should actually be pretty easy to picture at this point.

    Anyway, New Zealand 0-0 Peru

    Also, I was pretty impressed with how well Australia managed a classic Concacaf road game.

    But if you've been paying attention, none of the qualifying ties so far has done much to shake up my assessments.
     
  22. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Australia x Honduras was the worst match I've seen in a while. Honduras inept at defending, Australia inept at finishing. The Socceroos really should've won by 2 or 3 goals.
     
  23. vancity eagle

    vancity eagle Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    It was a poor game on an even poorer pitch. However I was surprised how well Australia took the game to Honduras on the road and they should even have won the game. Honduras looked very poor. Australia played them much better on the road than the US did. Going by the first match Australia should wrap it up at home.
     
  24. vancity eagle

    vancity eagle Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    If Italy fails to qualify then it would be 2 WC's in a row they failed to get out of the group, followed by failure to even qualify for the final show. They truly lack game changing players of the past.
     
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  25. Nico777

    Nico777 Member

    Olympique de marseille
    Croatia
    Oct 19, 2017
    Yes but they still qualified. They did not miss a world cup since 1958.
    Ivory Coast was one of the best african nations in the last 12 years and they never reached round 16 either.
    Does not mean they were bad. World cup is not only about teams reaching round 16.
     

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