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12.10.2009 11:19

Eight Barça players through to South Africa 2010

Edgar Fornós

So far, 8 players from the Barça squad have guaranteed their presence in the 2010 World Cup finals. The remaining five players with options of joining their team-mates will have to wait for the results of the last qualifying matches and play-offs.

With Mexico, Brazil, Ivory Coast and Spain all through to the final stage next summer, eight members of the Barça squad will definitely be in South Africa: Márquez, Alves, Touré Yaya and the five Spanish internationals Puyol, Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Iniesta.

Five more await results

Lionel-Messi-Brasil-vs-Argentina-Final-Copa-America-2007-1036.jpgMeanwhile, Messi (Argentina), Abidal and Henry (France), Chigrinskiy (Ukraine) and Ibrahimovic (Sweden) will all have to sweat it out until the final qualifying game and/or the playoffs. In fact, since only Argentina can still qualify directly (beating Uruguay on Wednesday) the others will all have to hope for luck in the playoffs.

Ukraine near play-offs

Ukraine will finish second in Group 6, and therefore get their chance in the play-offs, if they (predictably) beat Andorra in the last game of the qualifying stage. A draw will leave them open to being over taken by third placed Croatia (a point behind), who would need to beat Kazakhstan.

Nothing at stake for France

GOL_HENRY.jpgFrance (featuring Henry and Abidal) have already clinched second place in their group and will definitely go into the playoffs. So Wednesday’s match against Austria has been reduced to a mere formality for the French squad.
Eight Barça players through to South Africa 2010
Sweden need a miracle
Ibrahimovic has perhaps the slimmest chance of being in South Africa next year. Sweden will need to beat Albania and hope that Portugal fail to beat Malta at home.

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