In the following two weeks we will learn the other eleven nations that will take place in the 2014 World Cup finals.
Brazil are hosting the competition and everyone wants to be there. Twenty-one of the tickets have already been reserved and eleven are poised to be decided.
The 21 countries that have already double checked their participation are: Brazil (as hosts), Japan, Australia, Iran, South Korea, Netherlands, Italy, Costa Rica, USA, Argentina, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Colombia, England, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia, Spain, Chile, Honduras and Ecuador.
There are eleven more tickets to be decided. This Wednesday we have the first two matches. Jordan are facing Uruguay, while New Zealand play Mexico.
The second leg will be played on Wednesday 20 November. In these two couples, I believe that the South and Central American nations will manage to grab the two qualifying tickets.
Up next, on Friday, we have the European knock-out round. Greece are facing Romania, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal take on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden, Ukraine play France and Iceland meet Croatia.
All matches are pretty close encounters and, with pressure building, there is no such thing as an easy opponent.
Admittedly Greece, France, Portugal and Croatia are the favourites in their clashes but this might not mean anything at all.
The second leg is on the next Tuesday(19 November) and only we can be sure for the last four European tickets.
Lastly we have Africa. There the first legs have already been completed and the second ones are set for next Tuesday.
The results of the first legs were: Burkina Faso 3-2 Algeria, Ivory Coast 3-1 Senegal, Ethiopia 1-2 Nigeria, Tunisia 0-0 Cameroon, and Ghana 6-1 Egypt.
Ghana appear to be in Brazil already, Ivory Coast and Nigeria have small advantages against their opponents but in general all the matches are quite open to any result.
So in about ten days from now we will know which countries will be in the draw for the 2014 World Cup finals.
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