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With some games having already taken place, it is now clear what each country will have to do to qualify for the 20th World Cup finals in Brazil in June and July 2014

There were countless musical interludes, but eventually the Fifa party got round to completing the 2014 World Cup qualifying draw on Saturday night, meaning we now know the routes teams will need to take in order to succeed Spain as world champions.

With Vicente Del Bosque's side's clashes with France an obvious highlight of the European section, there are also tasty fixtures promised elsewhere as teams compete for the 31 qualification spots available alongside host nation Brazil.

Now that the path to Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014 can be more clearly planned, we asked our team of worldwide editors to break down the qualifying draw and make their predictions on who will reach the first World Cup in South America since the 1978 edition in Argentina.


EUROPE (13 qualifiers)
Group winners qualify. The eight best runners-up will be drawn into play-offs to decide the remaining four qualifiers.

UEFA GROUP A
Croatia

Hazard | BEL
Fireworks are to be expected in the ties between the three Yugosphere teams, two of which, Serbia and Croatia, are very well matched. On their day, too, Macedonia can give any team a game. A promising group of Belgians will come to fruition some time and in an even group, their time could come. Scotland could pick up points in awkward places but Wales are set for a battle near the bottom.    - Peter Staunton
Serbia
Belgium
Scotland
FYR Macedonia
Wales
Winners:
Belgium Runners-up: Croatia

UEFA GROUP B
Italy

Rossi | ITA
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will be more than happy with his side's draw, which pits them against three nations who have all faded from former glories. Denmark have shown recent signs of recovering, having qualified for South Africa in 2010, while the Czech Republic will hope to challenge. Bulgaria last qualified in 1998.    - Kris Voakes
Denmark
Czech Republic
Bulgaria
Armenia
Malta
Winners:
Italy Runners-up: Denmark

UEFA GROUP C
Germany

Muller | GER
After being drawn together in Euro 2012 qualifying, Germany, Austria and Kazakhstan meet again. The Mannschaft will be overwhelming group favourites, but Austria and Ireland are notoriously difficult teams, and only a year ago Sweden held Germany to a draw. The three-way race for second will be an intriguing one, with the Swedes slight favourites.    - Clark Whitney
Sweden
Ireland
Austria
Faroe Islands
Kazakhstan
Winners:
Germany
Runners-up: Sweden

UEFA GROUP D
Netherlands
Sneijder | NED
Netherlands face familiar foes in Group D as they again meet Euro 2012 qualification opponents Hungary, while they've also taken on Romania and Turkey more than once on their way to a major tournament. Oranje are the big favourites to qualify, but the race for second spot promises to be an interesting one, with the Turks, Hungarians and Romanians all having play-off hopes.   - Stefan Coerts
Turkey
Hungary
Romania
Estonia
Andorra Winners:
Netherlands Runners-up: Turkey

UEFA GROUP E
Norway

Birsa | SLO
Norway - one of the weaker top seeded sides - will be pleased with their group, which has seen them avoid any awkward trips to the east. 2010 qualifiers Slovenia and Switzerland will complete in a three-way scrap for the top two spots. Albania could prove troublesome for the top sides, while Cyprus and Iceland will aim to avoid last place.    - Robin Bairner
Slovenia
Switzerland
Albania
Cyprus
Iceland
Winners:
Norway
Runners-up: Switzerland

UEFA GROUP F
Portugal

Ronaldo | POR
Paulo Bento could not have wished for a better draw, as his exuberant, young Portugal side face only one genuine threat in the form of Russia, who may have to endure a period of transition despite their talent. Israel will be the other team in contention, and should pose a significant challenge to Russia for second place.    - Livio Caferoglu
Russia
Israel
Northern Ireland
Azerbaijan
Luxembourg
Winners:
Portugal Runners-up: Russia

UEFA GROUP G
Greece

Dzeko | BOS
Greece aim to press on with their development under Fernando Santos, but may lose their most experienced talismen beyond 2012. This could pave the way for Bosnia to finally realise the potential that their 'Golden Generation' have promised. The industry of Slovakia, plucky Lithuania and Latvia are sure to contribute. 
- Livio Caferoglu

Slovakia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Lithuania
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Winners:
Bosnia
Runners-up: Greece

UEFA GROUP H
England

Wilshere | ENG
England shouldn't have too much trouble with their group as long as they show the other contenders respect. Unbeaten in eight games, Montenegro will fight for second, although Poland could cause an upset. Ukraine will start life post-Andriy Shevchenko, while Moldova look set to struggle. San Marino are sure to finish last.    - Stephen Crawford
Montenegro
Ukraine
Poland
Moldova
San Marino
Winners:
England Runners-up: Montenegro

UEFA GROUP I
Spain

Casillas | ESP
World champions Spain meet 2010's biggest letdown in France. The French knocked out Spain in the last 16 back in 2006 en route to the final, but suffered an early exit last summer. The neighbours now renew their rivalry, with La Furia Roja big favourites to top the group. France should have enough to see off Belarus, Georgia and Finland.    - Ben Hayward
France
Belarus
Georgia
Finland
Winners:
Spain Runners-up: France

SOUTH AMERICA (4.5 qualifiers, plus hosts Brazil)
Brazil qualify automatically as hosts. Each of the other nine member teams will play against each other home and away in order to determine the final finishing order of qualified sides. The top four will make it to Brazil, while the fifth placed team will face an intercontinental play-off with Asia's shoot-out winners.

CONMEBOL
Argentina
Messi | ARG
With Brazil out of the way due to their automatic qualification as hosts, traditional powerhouse Argentina and Copa America winners Uruguay will be expected to progress. Chile will doubtless win fans with their style of play once more, with Paraguay's ability to squeeze through at the recent continental finals giving plenty of reason to believe they can qualify. Peru and Colombia will scrap to be in the shake-up, while Venezuela could be the dark horses.
Bolivia
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay Qualifiers: Argentina Uruguay Chile Paraguay
Venezuela
Play-offs:
Colombia      

NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICA (3.5 qualifiers)

The teams ranked 7-25 in the region will be joined by the five play-off winning teams from round one to comprise six groups of four teams in the second round of qualification.

The group winners will then be drawn alongside the six best-ranked teams in the region in the third round of the qualification process before the fourth round, the Hexagon, commences.

CONCACAF SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND
GROUP A
GROUP B
GROUP C
El Salvador Trinidad & Tobago
Panama
Surinam
Guyana Dominica
Cayman Islands Barbados Nicaragua
Domincan Republic
Bermuda Bahamas
GROUP D
GROUP E
GROUP F
Canada Grenada Haiti
St Kitts & Nevis Guatemala Antigua & Barbuda
Puerto Rico
St Vincent & the Grenadines
 Curacao
St Lucia
Belize US Virgin Islands

CONCACAF THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND
GROUP A
GROUP B
GROUP C
USA Mexico Honduras
Jamaica
Costa Rica Cuba
Group E winners Group A winners Group D winners
Group F winners
Group B winners Group C winners
     

Hernandez
| MEX
As always, Mexico and the USA should be shoo-ins for the top two spots. The Mexicans boast the most exciting young team in the region, with the likes of Javier Hernandez in their ranks, while the States are entering an exciting new era with the arrival of head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Jamaica, in the midst of a revival, Costa Rica and Honduras will vie for the other openings.    - Zac Lee Rigg
Qualifiers:
Play-offs:
Mexico
Costa Rica
USA

Jamaica


AFRICA (5 qualifiers)
The 24 lowest ranked CAF teams will be drawn in the first round of qualification to play off in two-legged matches, with the 12 winners joining the remaining 28 teams in a group stage featuring 10 groups of four in the second stage of qualification.

The 10 group winners will be drawn against each other in the third round of qualification in two-legged ties to determine Africa's five representatives.

CAF FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND
Somalia v Ethiopia (1)
Equatorial Guinea v Madagascar (7)
Chad v Tanzania (2)
Lesotho v Burundi (8)
Sao Tome e Principe
v Congo (3)
Seychelles
v Kenya (9)
Djibouti
v Namibia (4)
Comoros
v Mozambique (10)
Eritrea v Rwanda (5)
Guinea-Bissau v Togo (11)
Swaziland
v DR Congo (6)
Mauritius
v Liberia (12)

CAF SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND
GROUP A
GROUP B
GROUP C
GROUP D
GROUP E
South Africa
Tunisia Cote d'Ivoire
Ghana
Burkina Faso
Botswana Cape Verde Islands   Morocco Zambia
Gabon
Central African Republic Sierra Leone Gambia Sudan Niger
Game 1 winners Game 7 winners Game 2 winners
Game 8 winners Game 3 winners
GROUP F
GROUP G
GROUP H
GROUP I
GROUP J
Nigeria
Egypt Algeria
Cameroon
Senegal
Malawi
Guinea Mali Libya
Uganda
Game 9 winners Zimbabwe Benin Game 11 winners Angola
Game 4 winners Game 10 winners
Game 5 winners Game 6 winners Game 12 winners
         

Gyan
| GHA
Tunisia and South Africa should be pleased with their respective draws, which are certainly in their favour, while Zambia cannot be confident after finding Ghana in their group. Nigeria’s revival means trouble for Kenya, and Cote d’Ivoire will not have it easy, but should overcome Morocco in their group. Cameroon and Senegal should emerge as their group winners, but could fall at the final hurdle.    - Peter Pedroncelli
Qualifiers:
Tunisia

Cote d'Ivoire

Ghana

South Africa

Nigeria

ASIA (4.5 qualifiers)
The top five AFC teams in the current Fifa world ranking received a bye to the third qualification round. The top two teams in each group will go forward to the fourth qualification round, where two groups of five teams will be formed. The top two in each of those groups qualify, with the third-placed teams playing-off for an incontinental play-off against the fifth-placed side in South America.

AFC SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND
GROUP A
GROUP B
GROUP C
GROUP D
GROUP E
China
South Korea
Japan
Australia
Iran
Jordan
Kuwait Uzbekistan Saudi Arabia
Qatar
Iraq UAE Syria Oman Bahrain
Singapore Lebanon
North Korea
Thailand Indonesia
         

Honda
| JPN
The top two nations from the five third-round AFC groups announced on Saturday progress to the final round of qualifiers. Japan have the toughest draw alongside Asian Cup semi-finalists Uzbekistan and 2010 World Cup finalists North Korea. Australia are alongside Frank Rijkaard's Saudi Arabia, South Korea have a tame draw while Iran face some challenges against Qatar and Bahrain.    - Ben Somerford
Qualifiers:
Play-offs:
Japan
Saudi Arabia
Australia

South Korea

Iran


OCEANIA (0.5 qualifiers)
The four lowest ranked teams in the confederation from Fifa's July 2011 World Rankings will face off in Round 1. The winners will advance to the second round, which comprises eight teams to be separated into two groups. After the winners play off against each other, the last remaining side will the fourth-placed team in North America

OFC QUALIFICATION
FIRST ROUND
GROUP A
GROUP B
Samoa Vanuatu Fiji
Tonga
New Caledonia New Zealand
Cook Islands First round winner Solomon Islands
American Samoa Tahiti
Papua New Guinea
     

Reid
| NZL
New Zealand, who went unbeaten at the 2010 World Cup, are firm favourites to dominate qualifying through Oceania and won't be too concerned about being drawn alongside OFC Nations Cup hosts Fiji in Group B. New Caledonia are an improving team and will have the belief they can do something in Group A alongside Vanuatu.    - Ben Somerford
Play-offs:
New Zealand




CONCACAF SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND
GROUP A
GROUP B
GROUP C
El Salvador

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