FIFA World Cup Today Matches


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In focus: FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (UEFA Group E)

In focus: FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (UEFA Group E)

Switzerland and Iceland

 

In spite of having no really big achievement in any international football tournament, the Swiss national team have already appeared in nine World Cup editions. The best finish they obtained is in the quarter-finals, which they did three times: 1934, 1938, and 1954. The side are hoping that such feats in the past will be surpassed in the upcoming world event in Brazil. It has been decades, and even reaching the semi-finals has not yet been granted. Now that Switzerland are leading their group in the qualifications, there is a big chance that they will make their presence in 2014 FIFA World Cup absolutely worthwhile.

 

Iceland players are yet to launch an appearance in the World Cup. The current UEFA Group E runners up are showing good signs of a successful future, and this should serve as a stepping stone to accommodate a possible debut in the World Cup next year. If things fall right in the place, and if the squad’s current 13-point overall score will be shielded by more wins, then Iceland could make history and fly to Brazil in a few months to represent the Icelandic race in the highly coveted international football tournament.

 

Slovenia and Norway

 

Slovenia debuted in the World Cup in 2002, after securing a slot from defeating Romania in the playoffs. The team were undefeated throughout their qualifying campaign, with six wins and six draws to ink their streak. However, they failed to make a score in the group stage of the finals, thus halting their hopes of advancing to the higher rounds. Although they failed to secure a ticket in the 2006 World Cup, Slovenia were seeded in the 2010 tournament in South Africa. But just like their 2002 finish, they only reached the group stage. In the 2013 qualifications, the squad have strived (and still striving) hard to make another entry in the World Cup. If they at least win in the playoffs, admission to the event would already be certain.

 

Norway’s fourth place standing in the current table (for their group) is not yet completely out of tune to make any presence in the playoffs, at least. The side have already scored nine goals, conceded another nine, and earned total points of 11. They need tremendous efforts in order to catch up and make another presence in the World Cup. The troupe have been off the FIFA oasis for more than a decade now and clinching a berth in the Brazil tournament next year would surely be rewarding.

 

Albania and Cyprus

 

Group E’s bottom two are in dire need of a marvelous feat to qualify for the Brazil tourney. Both Albania and Cyprus have more losses to record than wins in the qualifications and winning in their future matches will prove highly difficult.

 

Albania players have never been able to attend any World Cup, and with their current form telling enough evidence of their pitch dilemma, the chance to set foot on the Brazilian turf in 2014 will again be missed. Similarly, Cyprus are on the rocks at cementing their entrance to the competition. Of the eight matches they had in the qualifications, they were only able to obtain a total of four points. This means that even if they win their upcoming tourneys, advancing to the finals would still be improbable.

 

(Featured Image: Switzerland | Courtesy of: fifa.com)

 

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