Thirty-one nations have booked a ticket to Brazil after a World Cup qualifying campaign that began in June 2011 and finished in November 2013 with Uruguay's scoreless draw in their second leg playoff match against Jordan.
A total of 820 qualifying matches were played by 207 nations across the globe, from Madrid to Manilla and back.
Of Revolutions, Hopes, and Home: Bob Bradley In Egypt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
There was no fairytale ending to this story, because this story was no fairytale. This story, one of the most amazing in sports and life we have ever seen, was about preservation, fear, family, work, and just a little bit of soccer.
Bosnian golden age sees World Cup qualification long time in making - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
In scenes of jubilation Tuesday night in Sarejevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, football fans joined in rousing celebrations across the city as the former war-torn province qualified for its first major footballing competition; Not just a European championship; but a World Cup.
The Unrivaled Drama Of The World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
You know the story by now. As the seconds drained away in Costa Rica and Panama, Mexico had completed their final and ultimate capitulation: Needing just a point to seal a playoff berth, El Tri were dreadfully losing 2-1 in the rain against a Costa Rica side with nothing to play for, under their third manager in three months.
Despite all the theatrics and worry that Mexico might not qualify for the 2014 World Cup, it turned out to be an easy task with only New Zealand standing in their way. With a 4-2 victory over New Zealand early Wednesday, Mexico is booked for Brazil on a 9-3 aggregate score line.
The performance was admirable, but the end result was not what Bob Bradley and Egypt were hoping for.
Facing a near-impossible scenario to reach next summer's World Cup, Egypt defeated Ghana, 2-1, in Cairo on Tuesday but were eliminated from qualifying after falling 7-3 on aggregate in the two-legged playoff against the Black Stars.
If you did not fake being sick from work or school today, you will probably regret it later.
Tuesday's slate of matches is jampacked with intriguing contests as the final few berths for next summer's World Cup in Brazil will be clinched. From what will surely be an intense second leg between Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden to Mexico's visit to New Zealand to finalize their plans to Brazil, there is soccer to keep viewers busy all day.
In order to make amends for its disastrous and laughable campaign in 2010, France must make history by becoming the first ever UEFA national side to overturn a 2-0 deficit in its home leg versus Ukraine.
After being stunned by goals from Roman Zozulya and Andriy Yarmolenko in Kiev, the Stade de France in Paris will be on a knife's edge.
Two will enter, but only one of Cristiano Ronaldo orZlatan Ibrahimovic will qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
By virtue of finishing in second place in their groups, UEFA placed through a random draw Ronaldo and Portugal with Ibrahimovic and Sweden, robbing fans of seeing both international stars at the World Cup but giving everyone an opportunity to see them matched up against one another.
Mexico may still be alive in World Cup qualifying thanks to the U.S. Men's National Team, but reaching next summer's prestigious tournament now falls squarely on El Tri's shoulders.
The beginning of the end of Mexico's troubled and forgettable 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign is set to get underway on Wednesday afternoon, as El Tri host New Zealand in the first match of their two-legged playoff series at Estadio Azteca.
England sure likes to make their fans sweat.It seems to be part of the process in qualifying for the Three Lions, making an entire country wait and wait. Instead of breezing through a group like fans and the media expect, England is almost always in a state of turmoil with qualification hanging by a thread.
To no one's surprise, Luis Suarez was back at the center of some controversy on Tuesday.
Suarez helped Uruguay defeat Argentina, 3-2, in their final 2014 World Cup qualifier at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo on Tuesday night, but he did so by diving to draw a penalty kick that he converted in the first half.
Rafa Marquez may have had next to nothing to say about the U.S. Men's National Team's late-game heroics in Panama that saved Mexico's World Cup hopes, but Mexican media had more than enough.
A day after the U.S. came from behind to post a 3-2 victory over Panama that saved arch-rivals El Tri from avoiding a disastrous World Cup qualification elimination, several news outlets in Mexico expressed what seemed like eternal gratitude for the Americans on Wednesday.
It was not meant to be a demonstration of heroism for the troubled southern neighbors nor was it done as a favor, but that is essentially how many around the world will view the U.S. Men's National Team's late World Cup qualifying win over Panama on Tuesday night.
Heading into the final day of World Cup qualifying, one of the region's powers, Mexico, stood teetering on the precipice of qualification with destiny in their hands as long as they earned a point.
Before a ball was even kicked, El Tri fans knew that their national team could clinch a place in Brazil next summer with a big enough victory and a Honduras loss, or they could spiral out of qualification in embarrassment and spend the next three years waiting for the next round of qualifiers to play in.
Been seeing some interesting posts and tweets today... That said, I think the two things below will show you a huge gulf in sports. #YoureWelcomeMexico @miseleccionmx — U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 16, 2013 and While the USSoccer tweet isn't easily accessible unless you go through a time stamp check (perhaps they took it off?
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's trend of inserting substitute players who make an impact continued vs. Panama, and this time it was Brad Davis who came off the bench and provided a spark.
Not often can you say that, but with Panama going ahead 2-1 in the 80th minute, the US could have rolled over taken the loss. They'd already won the group, and the .000009% chance they had at being a seed for the World Cup draw in Brazil next year went out the door with a Switzerland win over the weekend.
Uruguay became the final nation to qualify for the World Cup after their scoreless draw with Jordan in the second leg of the AFC/CONMEBOL playoffs, finishing with a 5-0 aggregate score in the South American nation's favor at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo.
Kids, this game was just unbelievably good. Portugal, and more specifically, C. Ronaldo, had scored a goal to go up 1-0 aggregate going into this 2nd leg playoff qualifier for Brazil. Seemingly, CR had put it out of reach for good when he struck first in this match. Then... Zlatan decided he wasn't having any of this.