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On Saturday, 3rd September 2005 Ukraine became the first team from Europe to join Germany; in what would be Ukraine's first appearance in the World Cup Finals.

2006 World Cup Qualifiers

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UEFA - 2006 World Cup Qualifying

European Qualification for the World Cup Finals in Germany 2006.

Germany qualified as hosts and the remaining 50 European nations were divided into eight groups.

The winners of each group automatically qualify for the finals, along with the top two runners-up with the best records against the top six teams in their group.

The remaining six runners-up face a two-legged play-off to qualify.

Union of European Football Associations.

Group 1

Czech Republic, Holland, Romania, Finland, FYR Macedonia, Armenia and Andorra.

Wednesday, 7th September 2005:
Czech Republic vs Armenia (4-1)
Finland vs FYR Macedonia (5-1)
Holland vs Andorra (4-0)

Saturday, 8th October 2005:
Czech Republic vs Holland (0-2)
Finland vs Romania (0-1)

Holland qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany.

The Dutch win against Czech Republic means both Poland and England qualify (even though the group 6 winner is not yet decided).

Wednesday, 12th October 2005:
Andorra vs Armenia (0-3)
Finland vs Czech Republic (0-3)
Holland vs FYR Macedonia (0-0)

Czech Republic make it through to the play-offs.

Group 2

Turkey, Denmark, Greece, Ukraine, Georgia, Albania and Kazakhstan.

On Saturday, 3rd September 2005 Ukraine became the first team from Europe to join Germany. This will be Ukraine's first appearance in the World Cup Finals.

Wednesday, 7th September 2005:
Denmark vs Georgia (6-1)
Kazakhstan vs Greece (1-2)
Ukraine vs Turkey (0-1)

Saturday, 8th October 2005:
Denmark vs Greece (1-0)
Georgia vs Kazakhstan (0-0)
Ukraine vs Albania (2-2)

Wednesday, 12th October 2005:
Albania vs Turkey (0-1)
Greece vs Georgia (1-0)
Kazakhstan vs Denmark (1-2)

Turkey make it through to the play-offs.

Group 3

Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Latvia, Estonia, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.

Wednesday, 7th September 2005:
Latvia vs Slovakia (1-1)
Liechtenstein vs Luxembourg (3-0)
Russia vs Portugal (0-0)

Saturday, 8th October 2005:
Portugal vs Liechtenstein (2-1)
Russia vs Luxembourg (5-1)
Slovakia vs Estonia (1-0)

Liechtenstein took a surprise lead in Portugal but the hosts equalised early in the second-half and went on to book their 2006 World Cup Finals ticket with a 2-1 victory against one of Europe's minnows.

Wednesday, 12th October 2005:
Luxembourg vs Estonia (0-2)
Portugal vs Latvia (3-0)
Slovakia vs Russia (0-0)

Slovakia make it through to the play-offs.

Group 4

France, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Israel, Cyprus and Faroe Islands.

Wednesday, 7th September 2005:
Cyprus vs Switzerland (1-3)
Faroe Islands vs Israel (0-2)
Republic of Ireland vs France (0-1)

Saturday, 8th October 2005:
Cyprus vs Republic of Ireland (0-1)
Israel vs Faroe Islands (2-1)
Switzerland vs France (1-1)

Wednesday, 12th October 2005:
France vs Cyprus (4-0)

France eventually qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany.

Republic of Ireland vs Switzerland (0-0)

Switzerland make it through to the play-offs.

Group 5

Italy, Slovenia, Scotland, Norway, Belarus and Moldova.

Wednesday, 7th September 2005:
Belarus vs Italy (1-4)
Moldova vs Slovenia (1-2)
Norway vs Scotland (1-2)

Saturday, 8th October 2005:
Italy vs Slovenia (1-0)

Italy qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany.

Norway vs Moldova (1-0)

Norway make it through to the play-offs.

Scotland vs Belarus (0-1)

Wednesday, 12th October 2005:
Belarus vs Norway (0-1)
Italy vs Moldova (2-1)
Slovenia vs Scotland (0-3)

Group 6

England, Poland, Austria, Wales, Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan.

Wednesday, 7th September 2005:
Azerbaijan vs Austria (0-0)
Northern Ireland vs England (1-0)
Poland vs Wales (1-0)

Saturday, 8th October 2005:
England vs Austria (1-0)
Northern Ireland vs Wales (2-3)

Poland and England both qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals.

Wednesday, 12th October 2005:
Austria vs Northern Ireland (2-0)
England vs Poland (2-1)
Wales vs Azerbaijan (2-0)

England top the group.

Group 7

Spain, Belgium, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Lithuania and San Marino.

Wednesday, 7th September 2005:
Belgium vs San Marino (8-0)
Lithuania vs Bosnia-Herzegovina (0-1)
Spain vs Serbia and Montenegro (1-1)

Saturday, 8th October 2005:
Belgium vs Spain (0-2)
Lithuania vs Serbia and Montenegro (0-2)
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs San Marino (3-0)

Wednesday, 12th October 2005:
Lithuania vs Belgium (1-1)
San Marino vs Spain (0-6)
Serbia and Montenegro vs Bosnia-Herzegovina (1-0)

Serbia and Montenegro qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany.

Spain make it through to the play-offs.

Group 8

Sweden, Croatia, Bulgaria, Iceland, Hungary and Malta.

Wednesday, 7th September 2005:
Bulgaria vs Iceland (3-2)
Hungary vs Sweden (0-1)
Malta vs Croatia (1-1)

Saturday, 8th October 2005:
Bulgaria vs Hungary (2-0)
Croatia vs Sweden (1-0)

Croatia qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany.

Wednesday, 12th October 2005:
Hungary vs Croatia (0-0)
Malta vs Bulgaria (1-1)
Sweden vs Iceland (3-1)

Sweden also qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany, as one of the best two runners-up.

Qualified for the 2006 World Cup Finals

Croatia, England, France, Germany (as hosts), Holland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Serbia and Montenegro, Sweden, Ukraine.

Play-offs

Saturday, November 12th 2005:
Norway vs Czech Republic (0-1)
Spain vs Slovakia (5-1)
Switzerland vs Turkey (2-0)

Wednesday, November 16th 2005:
Czech Republic vs Norway (1-0)
Slovakia vs Spain (1-1)
Turkey vs Switzerland (4-2)

Czech Republic, Spain and Switzerland qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals.

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