Europe down to 8
The Group Stage of the UEFA qualifying for the 2014 World Cup has come to a conclusion. Here are the 9 group winners that will travel to Brazil:
The top 8 second-placed finishers will battle in 4 home-and-away playoff matches to determine the final 4 European representatives. The teams, in current FIFA ranking order, are as follows:
UEFA have already announced that they will use the FIFA rankings to determine seeds (top 4 above cannot play each other). But it is not beyond UEFA to change their minds before the October 21st draw. They will have a tough time trying to accommodate France who feel that the seeding process is being unfair to them. No matter what the seeds, the playoffs should offer some great matchups. The matches will take place November 15th and 19th.