Draw for 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers final round

March 9th, 2012 - 9:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Kuala Lumpur, March 9 (IANS) The draw for the final round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers was unveiled in the Asian Football Federation headquarters in Kuala Lumpur Friday.

Ten national football teams will soon begin their battle to book a place for Brazil 2014.

South Korea, Iran, Uzbekistan, Qatar and Lebanon are listed in Group A, while Australia, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Japan are in Group B.

Kicking off in June this year, the final round of Asian Qualifiers will see each team play home and away games with every opponent in the group.

The top-two teams of each group will represent Asia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while the two third-placed teams take part in a home-and-away play-off with the victorious side taking on a representative from South America in a two-leg fixture.

Bora Milutinovic, former head coach of the national football team of China, said Japan, South Korea and Australia are the three favourites to go through.

“Experience is so important for every team, and they have so many players outside Japan and South Korea,” he was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

Australia, South Korea and Japan, who qualified for the final stage of 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, are the only three Asian teams ranked among the top 50 in the latest FIFA World Ranking.

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