FIFA World Cup Finals 2010 South Africa Qualification Statistics & Group Stage Draw 

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FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 SOUTH AFRICA – QUALIFICATION (32 teams to qualify)

# Country Qualified As Date of Qualification Finals Appearances Consecutive World Cups Last Appearances Previous Best Performance Current FIFA Ranking
1 South Africa

South Africa Football

Host Nation 15th May 2004 3 1 2002 Group stage (1998, 2002) 85
2 Japan

Japan Football

AFC Fourth Round Group A Runners-Up 6th June 2009 4 4 2006 Round of 16 (2002) 24
3 Australia

Australia Football

AFC Fourth Round Group A Winners 6th June 2009 3 2 2006 Round of 16 (2006) 40
4 South Korea

South Korea Football

AFC Fourth Round Group B Winners 6th June 2009 8 7 2006 Fourth Place (2002) 48
5 Netherlands

Netherlands Football

UEFA Group 9 Winners 6th June 2009 9 2 2006 Runners-Up (1974, 1978) 3
6 Korea DPR

North Korea Football

AFC Fourth Round Group B Runners-Up 17th June 2009 2 1 1966 Quarter Finals (1966) 91
7 Brazil

Brazil Football

CONMEBOL Top four finish 5th September 2009 19 19 2006 Winners (5 times) 1
8 Ghana

Ghana Fooball

CAF Third Round Group D Winners 6th September 2009 2 2 2006 Round of 16 (2006) 38
9 England

England Football

UEFA Group 6 Winners 9th September 2009 13 4 2006 Winners (1966) 7
10 Spain

Spain Football

UEFA Group 5 Winners 9th September 2009 13 9 2006 Fourth Place (1950) 2
11 Paraguay

Paraguay Fooball

CONMEBOL Top four finish 9th September 2009 8 4 2006 Round of 16 (3 times) 21
12 Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast Football

CAF Third Round Group E Winners 10th October 2009 2 2 2006 Group Stage (2006) 19
13 Germany

Germany Football

UEFA Group 4 Winners 10th October 2009 17 15 2006 Winners (3 times) 5
14 Denmark

Denmark Football

UEFA Group 1 Winners 10th October 2009 4 1 2002 Quarter Finals (1998) 27
15 Serbia

Serbia Football

UEFA Group 7 Winners 10th October 2009 11 2 2006 Round of 16 (1998) 20
16 Italy

Italy Football

UEFA Group 8 Winners 10th October 2009 17 13 2006 Winners (4 times) 4
17 Chile

Chile Football

CONMEBOL Top four finish 11th October 2009 8 1 1998 Third Place (1962) 17
18 Mexico

Mexico Football

CONCACAF 4th Round Top three finish 11th October 2009 14 5 2006 Quarter Finals (1970, 1986) 18
19 United States

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CONCACAF 4th Round Top three finish 11th October 2009 9 6 2006 Third Place (1930) 11
20 Switzerland

Switzerland Fooball

UEFA Group 2 Winners 14th October 2009 9 2 2006 Quarter Finals (3 times) 13
21 Slovakia

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22 Argentina

Argentina Football

CONMEBOL Top four finish 14th October 2009 15 10 2006 Winners (1978, 1986) 6
23 Honduras

Honduras Football

CONCACAF 4th Round Top three finish 14th October 2009 2 1 1982 Group Stage (1982) 35
24 New Zealand

New Zealand Football

Asia/Oceania Play-Off v Bahrain 14th November 2009 2 1 1982 Group Stage (1982) 83
25 Nigeria

Nigeria Football

CAF Third Round Group B Winners 14th November 2009 4 1 2002 Round of 16 (1994, 1998) 32
26 Cameroon

Cameroon Football

CAF Third Round Group A Winners 14th November 2009 6 1 2002 Quarter Finals (1990) 14
27 Algeria

Algeria Football

CAF Third Round Group C Play-Off 18th November 2009 3 1 1986 Group Stage (1986) 29
28 Greece

Greece Football

UEFA Play-Off v Ukraine 18th November 2009 2 1 1994 Group Stage (1994) 16
29 Slovenia

Slovenia Football

UEFA Play-Off v Russia 18th November 2009 2 1 2002 Group Stage (2002) 49
30 Portugal

Portugal Football

UEFA Play-Off v Bosnia Herzegovina 18th November 2009 5 3 2006 Semi-Finals (1966, 2006) 10
31 France

France Football

UEFA Play-Off v Ireland 18th November 2009 13 4 2006 Winners (1998) 9
32 Uruguay

Uruguay Football

CONMEBOL / CONCACAF Play-Off 18th November 2009 11 1 2002 Winners (1930, 1950) 25

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