Spain enjoys soft draw for 2010 World Cup

26th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 November 2007, Madrid - Spain is expecting a relatively smooth run to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after Sunday's draw for the qualifying round placed it in the same group as Turkey, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Armenia and Estonia.

26 November 2007

Madrid - Spain is expecting a relatively smooth run to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after Sunday's draw for the qualifying round placed it in the same group as Turkey, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Armenia and Estonia.

Turkey aside, Spain has beaten all the other teams in recent years. The Belgium team, which is currently facing an internal crisis, was defeated by Spain during the qualifying round for the last World Cup, while the Spanish side has also successfully taken on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Armenia and Estonia.

Turkey, however, represents a real challenge for the first place of Group 5 - the only way to ensure automatic passage to the World Cup finals. The eight best runners up from each of the nine European groups will face two-leg play-offs to decide the remaining four spots.

In Group 1, Portugal, which came second in the last European Cup and exited the last World Cup in the semifinals, faces the likes of Sweden and Denmark, as well as the less menacing Hungary, Albania and Malta. Whether Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will be there for the matches remains to be seen, amid escalating rumors that his departure could be imminent.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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