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World Cup Qualifying Draw Results

By Hamid Taghavi
December 8, 1999

The 2002 World Cup qualifying draw results are in. In Asia, 40 teams will compete in 10 groups of four. Iran was the seeded team in group 2.

In 1998 Asia received 3-4 berths. Iran won the fourth berth by beating Australia, the Oceania bracket champions. For 2002 FIFA allocated 4-5 berths to Asia. However, since the co-hosts Japan and Korea get two automatic berths, in reality the rest of Asia plays for 2 or 3 berths.

In the first round, all four of each of the 10 groups play each other. The ten group winners will advance to the second round where they'll be placed in two groups of five. In the second round, after playing four games within their groups, the two group winners will advance to the World Cup.

In the third round, the two runner-ups of the two groups will play each other in a home-and-away format for the right to play a European team (to be selected in an equally convoluted and dizzying format) for a possible fifth Asian berth.

Group 1 Oman Syria Laos Philippines

Group 2 Iran Tajikistan Myanmar Guam

Group 3 Qatar Malaysia Hong Kong Palestine

Group 4 Kuwait Singapore Bahrain Kyrgyzstan

Group 5 Thailand Lebanon Sri Lanka Pakistan

Group 6 Iraq Kazakhstan Nepal Macao

Group 7 Uzbekistan Jordan Turkmenistan Chinese Taipei

Group 8 UAE India Yemen Brunei

Group 9 China PR Indonesia Maldives Cambodia

Group 10 Saudi Arabia Vietnam Bangladesh Mongolia

(Source: FIFA)


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