Sunday, 15 December 2013

World Cup Brazil 2014 line up now Confirmed

World Cup Brazil 2014 line up now complete

So World Cup 2014 Brazil Line up has been confirmed.
With just over six months to go until the 2014 Brazil World Cup, anticipation is growing now the full field of teams that will participate is known.

After a qualification process that began in 2012, 32 teams will line up in Brazil all with a shot of claiming football's most coveted prize.

The past week has seen the final 10 sides book their tickets to Brazil after a series of hotly contested playoff matches.

Europe and Africa both provide four of these 10 teams, with Conmebol and CONCACAF providing one each.

In Europe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal overcame the threat posed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sweden to secure their place in the draw. Ronaldo scored all four of Portugal's goals as they beat Sweden 4-2 on aggregate to advance.

France staged an impressive comeback against Ukraine after losing the first leg 2-0 away from home. Didier Deschamp's side scored three times at a packed Stade de France to ensure Franck Ribery and co will be in action next summer.

Croatia shattered the dreams of Iceland with a 2-0 aggregate win to prevent Eidur Gudjohnsen's team from becoming the smallest nation ever to reach the finals.

Goals from Mario Mandzukic and Dario Srna in the second leg secured Croatia's passage.

Greece also need to make travel arrangements for June next having beaten Romania 4-2 on aggregate with Konstantinios Mitroglu continuing his brilliant start to the season.

West Africa will have a heavy presence in Brazil next year after Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana all booked their tickets.

Nigeria beat Ethiopia 4-1, with Cameroon beating Tunisia by the same score line despite a 0-0 draw in the first leg.

Ghana lost the second leg of their playoff 2-1 to Egypt but it was inconsequential as they hammered the Pharoah's 6-1 in Accra in the first leg to win 7-3 on aggregate.

Algeria came from behind to beat Burkina Faso on away goals. After losing the first leg 3-2 away from home, they won 1-0 to make it 3-3 on aggregate.

Yaya Toure and co will also ply their trade on the pitches of Brazil after eliminating Senegal 4-2 on aggregate.

Uruguay will have another chance to repeat their success of 1950 when they lifted their second World Cup after beating Jordan 5-0 in the intercontinental playoff. Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and their team-mates thrashed the Asian side 5-0 on their travels before losing their shooting boots on home soil.

Mexico finally overcame their travails as they thrashed New Zealand 9-3 on aggregate. El Tri won 5-1 in the first leg at home before also emerging victorious 4-2 in Wellington.

Phase two tickets are on sale until January 30, 2014. Tickets will again be allocated randomly during these dates. More phase two tickets will be sold from February 26 until April 1 and these will again be first-come-first-serve.

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