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Tickets punched: Your final list of countries qualified for FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Nov 20, 2013, 9:04 PM EDT

2014 World Cup

Seven days ago, 21 teams had confirmed their spots in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but after a final week of qualifying that included 17 games across five continents, the field for next summer’s championship in Brazil is set. Uruguay’s Wednesday win over Jordan snatched the last spot, with Mexico having clinched their berth earlier in the day. Croatia, France, Greece, and Portugal will join Europe’s contingent as well as the Africa quintet that clinched their spots this week.

These 32 teams will now be slotted into eight, four-team groups for next summer’s tournament, with a draw in Brazil on Dec. 6 set to hand each team their assignment. As Steve Davis pointed out yesterday, one group will surely be labeled the Group of Death Need a New Euphemism, though the depth of this year’s field ensure they’ll be no easy rides come June 13.

[MORE: Next date on your World Cup 2014 calendar: the Dec. 6 draw]

Here is the full, list of nations that will take part in Brazil 2014. Teams “seeded” for next month’s draw are in bold:

Qualified nations out of AFRICA

  • Algeria
  • Cameroon
  • Ghana
  • Nigeria
  • Ivory Coast

Qualified nations out of EUROPE

  • Belgium
  • Bosnia-Hercegovina
  • Croatia
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland

Qualified nations out of CONCACAF (North and Central America)

  • Costa Rica
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • United States

Qualified nations out of SOUTH AMERICA

  • Argentina
  • Brazil (hosts)
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Uruguay

Qualified nations out of ASIA

  • Australia
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  1. dhalb34 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Am I the only one that feels like Uruguay shouldn’t be seeded because of having to go through the intercontinental playoffs? I know it’s seeded based on the Fifa rankings, but still.

    • tylerbetts - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      I have ZERO issues with the reigning CONMEBOL champion and semi-finalist from the last World Cup being seeded.

  2. konmtu - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    I agree. If you had to go through an extra round of qualifying, you probably shouldn’t be seeded.

  3. nextmanup81 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Can we get an article that explains which teams will be grouped together for the draw and then pulled out of the hat to make the 8 WC groups? I’d like to know which teams the US has a possibility of playing against – and I believe they only have to play against one from each grouping. God, I’m awful at explaining what I’m looking for. Does that make any sense?

    • Richard Farley - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      Yes, but we don’t know the groups yet. We’ll be sure to analyze it (to death) once we know. Right now, I’m betting CONCACAF will be in the same “pot” as Asia, with Africa and South America together … and something awkward done about the fact nine UEFA teams are unseeded.

      • danielofthedale - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:34 AM

        The last time UEFA had an number of teams for its pot the lowest ranked nation was placed in its own pot. In this case that team is most likely be France. They will be placed in the SA/Africa pot and drawn into a Group with a South American Seeded team or place into their own pot and drawn into a group with a South American seeded team.

  4. bowden5000 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    I can’t wait for the Dec 6th draw and all the endless group analysis that will follow. Makes for great talk radio. I will say I’m all for expanding the field to 40. Get more nations involved in the biggest show that happens only once every four years. Also, it gives teams making it four games in the group for a better test. I mean come on, give teams four cracks in the group and let the cream rise to the top.

  5. urskruz - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Reblogged this on urskruz.

  6. nugrohowidi2001 - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Online simulator of drawing

  7. 407magic - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    @ dhlab. I think they are ranked so high is because at the end of qualifying rounds they beat Colombia and Argentina even tho Argentina didn’t play their top 11 since they already had qualified. So those 2 wins gave them a major boost in those rankings.
    I agree tho that they shouldn’t be there but they are a dangerous team. Last World Cup they made it the same way and made it to the semi final round. Final 4

  8. tendigitpoet - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    I’m not versed in the World Cup. Is it common for Europe to provide more than half the qualifiers?

    • interesting29 - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      More than half? You mean the number of teams that qualified? They have 13 berths, and the rest of the world has (32 – 13 =) 19 berths, that’s not more than half. That’s fair based on the quality of the teams, most likely a European team will beat out say, a CONCACAF, ASIA, or AFRICA team. I think that’s fair.

    • talgrath - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Europe provides 13 of the 32 teams, it used to be higher believe it or not, but as Europe’s complete dominance of the game has waned that number has gone done. Still, the best teams come from South America and Europe, so they combined do have more than half of the World Cup berths.

  9. interesting29 - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I’m confused by the current system though, if CONCACAF is in the same pot as ASIA, same as last world cup, then that means a CONCACAF team will never meet an Asian team in the group stages ever! How is that even fair?

    • talgrath - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      The idea is not necessarily to make it “fair”, so much as it is to make the groups as even as possible (which always fails anyway, but chance can do that to you). The idea is that you have groups that have, relatively speaking, the same number of “top” teams in each group so that the best teams are not all beating each other up and you somehow wind up with a World Cup finale featuring say Iran and Germany (which should theoretically be a lopsided game). The idea is to spread around the teams as evenly as possible so each pot has 1-2 “top” teams and the best of the best truly go forward to the next rounds.

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