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2010 World Cup qualifying draw


Group 1 Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Albania, Malta

Group 2 Greece, Israel, Switzerland, Moldova, Latvia, Luxembourg

Group 3 Czech Republic, Poland, NORTHERN IRELAND, Slovakia, Slovenia, San Marino

Group 4 Germany, Russia, Finland, WALES, Azerbaijan, Liechtenstein

Group 5 Spain, Turkey, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Armenia, Estonia

Group 6 Croatia, ENGLAND, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Andorra

Group 7 France, Romania, Serbia, Lithuania, Austria, Faroe Islands

Group 8 Italy, Bulgaria, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus, Georgia, Montenegro

Group 9 Holland, SCOTLAND, Norway, FYR Macedonia, Iceland


To get involved use 606 or text us your views & comments on 81111. (Not all contributions can be used)

By Caroline Cheese

1656: Well it could have been worse for the home nations - but it could have been a whole lot better. Qualifying (for Europe anyway) will start in September next year. And as I leave you, there are only 928 days, five hours and three minutes to wait until the 2010 World Cup kicks off in South Africa.

1650: "I can't believe people are saying England's group is an easy group. This is the mentality people had for the Euro qualifiers and look what happened."
themessiah2257 on 606

1649: "Very happy as an Irish fan. Bulgaria are no great shakes. And it's not like Italy are world champions or anything! Seriously, I expect both Irish teams to qualify for play-offs at least (and maybe the North automatically)."
IrishAddick on 606

1647: South Africa's answer to the Three Tenors, the Afrotenors, give us a version of Nessun Dorma to bring the curtain down on the draw.

1643: Africa draw:
Group 1: Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Tanzania, Mauritius.
Group 2: Guinea, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya.
Group 3: Angola, Benin, Uganda, Niger.
Group 4: Nigeria, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone.
Group 5: Ghana, Libya, Gabon, Lesotho.
Group 6: Liberia, Algeria, Senegal, Gambia.
Group 7: Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Botswana, Madagascar.
Group 8: Morocco, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mauritania.
Group 9: Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Burundi, Seychelles.
Group 10: Mali, Congo, Sudan, Chad.
Group 11: Togo, Eritrea, Zambia, Swaziland.
Group 12: Egypt, DR Congo, Malawi, Djibouti.

1633: "Three trips to Eastern Europe for England. That's not easy and getting Croatia again! I think it's a poor draw..."
Anon via text on 81111

1631: Marcel Desailly and Lucas Radebe are helping with the Africa draw. South Africa will be in this because it also counts as qualification for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations - but they have already qualified for the World Cup as hosts.

1630: "Well done Scotland. We can take on Holland. Norway and Macedonia are useless. I can't wait. BRING IT ON."
davienics07 on 606

1629: We're into the Africa draw now. The last of the day.

1626: For those of you enquiring about Scotland's group. There are only five teams in it, I haven't gone mad. When the groups are finished, the results against the bottom teams in the other eight groups are discounted and the best eight runners-up will face two legged play-offs to qualify. Is that at all clear?!

1625: "Good draws for all the home nations, except Wales."
Anon via text on 81111

1621: "I think Croatia or Greece were the weakest in Pot 1 so England have done well to draw one of them!"
Black n Blue on 606

1620: Christian Karembeu joins in the laughter as England and Croatia are drawn in the same group yet again. Luckless Wales net a big fish once more. Not too bad for Scotland?

1615: England and Scotland are in the next pot... and I'm not liking the look of Group 6.

1611: Wales are in this next pot - D.

1605: Christian Karembeu and Abedi Pele will assist with the Europe draw. Oooh, it's exciting. Fingers crossed everyone.

1602: South American draw up next. Only 10 countries in this one so we should be on less confusing ground. And of course, as some clever people have pointed out, they've already started qualifying... so it's EUROPE up next!

1601: "I haven't been this confused since GCSE Chemistry ruined my school days."
Will via text on 81111

1559: Nice jazz music now in Durban - a relief for everyone's aching heads after the Concacaf draw.

1557: Finally here's the rest of the Concacacacaf draw. Group 3A: Costa Rica plays US Virgin Islands or Grenada. Group 3B: Guyana plays Suriname or Montserrat. Group 3C: Panama plays El Salvador or Anguilla. Group 3D: The winner of Nicaragua v Netherlands Antilles gets a bye.

1556: American goalkeeper Kasey Keller plays a bit of cliche bingo. "There's no easy draw," he says.

1555: "Anyone else really confused?"
TopTorres on 606

1550: Group 2A: Mexico play the winner of Belize v St Kitts and St Nevis. Group 2B: Jamaica play the winner of Bahamas v British Virgin Islands. Group 2C: Honduras play the winner of Dominican Republic v Puerto Rica. Group 2D: The winner of Canada v St Vincent and the Grenadines gets a bye.

1545: This draw is baffling. Group 1A: USA v the winner of Dominica v Barbados. Group 1B: Guatemala will play the winner of Turks and Caicos Islands v St Lucia. Group 1C: Trinidad and Tobago will play the winners of Bermuda v Caymen Islands. Group 1D: Cuba will play the winner of Aruba v Antigua and Barbuda.

1542: "Australia, China, Qatar and Iraq....thats a hell of a group. I think."
manfrombelmonty on 606

1537: Big old, er, local derby in Group 3 then. Interesting. Of course, we may be in 2007 but we're still using the old Kinder Surprise eggs in goldfish bowls technique to make this draw. Concacacacacacacaf draw up next.

1533: Group 2: Oman, Thailand, Bahrain, Japan. Group 3: North Korea, Jordan, Turkmenistan, South Korea. Group 4: Lebanon, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia. Group 5: Syria, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iran.

1532: Well the good news is this is going at quite a pace. Australia are drawn in Group 1 with Iraq, Qatar and China.

1528: Qatar is the first country out of the pot for the World Cup 2010 qualifying draw.

1526: Former Iran striker Ali Daei and Liberia legend George Weah are the glamorous assistants for the Asia draw.

1524: The Asia draw is the first to be made, which of course includes Australia. Funny old world, Fifa world.

Here's the stage in Durban for the World Cup draw
1521: Here comes our draw-master... Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke. Stick with it, folks, we're nearly there.

1517: "This is beginning to remind me of Eurovision."
Scott, Clydebank, via text on 81111

1513: Fifa president Sepp Blatter says awarding the 2010 World Cup to South Africa was about giving "justice to a continent". He gets a big round of applause for that. I believe the pre-preamble is now over and we are now very much in preamble territory.

1511: "Re 1505: You'd expect there to be at least three lions involved in a major international football tournament, wouldn't you..."
Anon via text on 81111

1509: South Africa president Thabo Mbeki looks a very proud man as he welcomes the dignitaries and pays tribute to those who have been working on preparations for the 2010 World Cup.

1505: Craig Currans Right Peg (see below) is missing a trick. This is tremendous stuff. Then again, I love a good show. No lions though, which is a tad disappointing.

1501: "Time for a loo break me thinks."
Craig Currans Right Peg (OSC) on 606

1500: Carol Manana reckons millions of people "are standing on the edge of their seats" waiting for this draw. But I tell you what, I completely underestimated their timekeeping in Durban. The titles run bang on schedule... and we're straight into excerpts from the Lion King musical.

1457: I'm going to predict this isn't going to start on time. A man is giving a speech in French now. It took him a good few minutes to find his specs and his notes before he began.

1449: Now I bring you more information about our glamorous presenter in Durban. Her name is Carol Manana and she's a presenter on South African sports channel SABC. Er, that's all.

1444: Ah, here's some news that will warm the cockles of your heart - if you're English. Fifa boss Sepp Blatter has announced that players who were part of victorious World Cup squads but did not play in the final will be retrospectively honoured with medals. That's good news for the likes of Jimmy Greaves and Jimmy Armfield as well as Pele (1962) and Gunther Netzer (1974).

1441: "That Partridge World Cup countdown was brilliant. Steve McClaren has got football pie all over his face."
Dave, Warrington, via text on 81111

1437: The preamble to the preamble has started folks. So far, we've been treated to lots of nice views of South Africa accompanied by some emotive music - all presented by a lovely lady wearing a nice dress. Enough detail for you?

1435: Someone over on 606 is worried that England might get drawn with Argentina. Now that would be a nightmare but unless Argentina drifted into Europe while I wasn't looking, that is one draw England will definitely avoid.

1431: An anonymous texter enquires: "Where can I watch or hear the draw live?" Well, thanks for asking, anonymous texter, you can of course follow it right here. Or you can watch it on the BBC Sport website (UK users only) and on BBC Interactive (that's the red button on your telly). Or you can listen to in on BBC Radio 5 Live.

1426: Fifa president Sepp Blatter gets a police escort to the Durban International Convention Centre. Very nice too. The VIPs will be treated to a Preliminary Draw Show, which features excerpts from the Lion King musical and a performances from Youssou N'Dour and the Soweto String Quartet.

1420: For those of you still unclear about who's in which pot, England and Scotland are in Pot B, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are in C while Wales are in D.

1415: TheNewDiCanio brings up an interesting point on 606. If Italy are drawn in the same group as England, will Fabio Capello still be so keen on the England job? Likewise, what if Portugal are paired with England? That would surely rule out The Special One wouldn't it?

1411: "I would love for Scotland to be drawn in the same group as Italy. It would be nice to get a chance at some revenge."
Glumble on 606

1404: If you're not sure about all that Alan Partridge chat, I suggest you head to a well-known video sharing website and have a gander. Events in Durban are due to get under way at 1500 GMT, but you know how these things go, we could be here all day so I'm going to need your chat on 606 as well as via text on 81111.

1400: Hello everyone. I am channelling the spirit of legendary sports presenter Alan Partridge as we look ahead to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in Caroline Cheese's World Cup countdown to 2010. Now where's my soccermeter?

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