We now have the complete lineup for the 2010 world cup. After the last 2 years of qualifying, we had 25 teams in the competition as of last night, but the playoffs last night have completed the lineup, with Portugal, Greece, Ghana, France, Slovenia, Algeria and Uruguay all making it through in the end. After the controversy which many of you will have seen from Thierry Henry, France arre through to the World cup finals, but Ireland apparently are going to lodge an appeal to have the game replayed...but that will not happen I don't think, so we have our confirmed line-up. Now seedings will be established, and we'll have two teams in each of the 8 groups who are favoured by Fifa to go through, and we will have 2 who aren't favoured, but of course it's the world cup, so we have plenty of scope for upsets...
The teams who are heading to South Africa are as follows:
Africa have 6 countries in the World cup (South Africa did not have to qualify though, as they are hosting the tournament). They may be fairly unknown countries to many, but many of the players for these countries play in the major leagues throughout Europe, so look for some surprises when the African nations take on the established elite.
North, Central America and Caribbean
South America have an allocation of 5 teams, 2 of which have to be considered the favourites. They play good flowing football, and I think the final may well be contested between these 2 if they avoid one another in the draw (I'm sure fifa will ensure that though):
Oh and also, hopefully I should have included links to the sites of all 32 competitiors, so you can check out how your country is getting ready for Africa's first world cup. I for one can't wait