Ranking and Qualification for the Knock Out Stages of 2010 FIFA World Cup

The Group games have concluded at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This is the outcome of the qualification process:

GroupTeamGroup PositionFIFA Rank

May 2010

Games WonGoals ScoredYellow Cards
AUruguay116243
AMexico217138
ASouth Africa383134
AFrance49016
BArgentina17375
BKorea247153
BGreece313125
BNigeria421035
CUSA114146
CEngland28125
CSlovenia325139
CAlgeria430004
DGermany16256
DGhana232126
DAustralia320137
DSerbia415128
ENetherlands14356
EJapan245243
EDenmark336136
ECameroon419025
FParaguay131134
FSlovakia234148
FNew Zealand378026
FItaly45045
GBrazil11254
GPortugal23177
GCote d’Ivoire327145
GKorea DPR4105012
HSpain12240
HChile2182310
HSwitzerland324118
HHonduras438007

Amongst the many observations possible with the vast amount of information available from the World Cup are:

  • Korea, Ghana, and Japan qualified ahead of higher FIFA ranked teams in their groups. Each of them had a low number of yellow cards compared to their group opponents.
  • France, Serbia, Cameroon and Italy played below their FIFA ranking and did not qualify.
  • There were eleven games where a lower ranked team beat a higher ranked team. Spain and Germany were the only teams to lose to lower ranked teams and qualify.
  • In 37 games the higher FIFA ranked team did not lose.
  • There were 101 goals in the 48 qualifying games. Spain scored the 100th goal in game 47.
  • Six games ended in 0-0 draws.
  • In games where a goal was scored 40 of the 42 games resulted in the team that scored first not losing. The two exceptions, Nigeria and Cameroon, did not qualify for the next stage of the tournament.

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