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Republic unseeded for play-offs

Venue: Zurich Date: Monday, 19 October Time: 1300 BST

Rep of Ire manager Giovani Trapattoni
Trapattoni's team finished second behind Italy in Group Eight

The Republic of Ireland will not be seeded when the draw for the World Cup play-offs are made on Monday.

The latest Fifa rankings leave Ireland in 34th place, meaning France, Russia, Portugal and Greece will be seeded for the two-legged play-off matches.

The top four teams will face either Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Ukraine or Slovenia.

The draw will be made at 1300 BST in Zurich with the two legs to be played on 14 November and 18 November.

Trapattoni's team finished second in Group Eight to qualify for the play-offs and he believes they can beat any of the four seeded teams.


"This team can play against anyone if they have belief in our performance, our mentality and our plan," said the Italian.

"We can go into the play-offs feeling confident and with belief if we play as we did against Italy on Saturday.

"We must believe. We have built this team and we can do it."

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Unseeded teams:
Republic of Ireland

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see also
Who has qualified for South Africa 2010?
19 Nov 09 |  Internationals
Rep of Ireland 0-0 Montenegro
14 Oct 09 |  Internationals
Trapattoni buoyed by Irish form
13 Oct 09 |  Internationals
Rep of Ireland 2-2 Italy
10 Oct 09 |  Internationals
Pick your Rep of Ireland XI
05 Feb 07 |  Internationals

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