World Cup Qualifying Preview

With the last round of World Cup qualifying matches there are now 10 teams that have booked their ticket to Brazil next summer. Brazil is the host and they have the best betting odds to win the World Cup at +310.

Here are the teams that have qualified for the World Cup and how they qualified:

  • Brazil - Host
  • Japan - AFC Fourth Round Group B Winner
  • Australia - AFC Fourth Round Group B Runner-up
  • Iran - AFC Fourth Round Group A Winner
  • South Korea - AFC Fourth Round Group A Runner-up
  • Netherlands - UEFA Group D Winner
  • Italy - UEFA Group B Winner
  • United States - CONCACAF Fourth Round Top 3
  • Costa Rica - CONCACAF Fourth Round Top 3
  • Argentina - CONMEBOL Top 4

 

The United States qualified for the World Cup with their 2-0 win over Mexico on September 10th. This is the 10th time that the U.S. team has qualified for the World Cup and their best result was way back in 1930 when they finished in third place.

In the last World Cup in South Africa the Americans made it to the round of 16 and the only two times they have made it past the round of 16 was in 1930 making it to the semifinals and in 2002 making it to the quarter finals.

The United States are riding high leading up to the World Cup, as they have a world class coach in Jurgen Klinsmann, won the Gold Cup in July, and this year they have friendly wins over Germany, Guatemala, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. America is currently ranked 13th in the FIFA rankings, which is their highest ranking in three years.

Klinsmann has high hopes for the American squad in Brazil next summer for a team playing in their seventh straight World Cup. He stated, “We want to make it out of the group in Brazil. Everything else would be a disappointment. And then it will be down to how big our belief to beat the big nations is. This belief and our confidence is growing. That is also expected of me.” As a player Klinsmann was a part of Germany’s World Cup winning team in 1990.