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1974 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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1974 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone (UEFA). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 32 UEFA teams entered the competition. The European zone was allocated 9.5 places (out of 16) in the final tournament. West Germany, the hosts, qualified automatically, leaving 8.5 spots open for competition between 32 teams.

The 32 teams were divided into 9 groups of 3 or 4 teams each (four groups with 3 teams and five groups with 4 teams). The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify, except the winner of Group 9, which would advance to the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off.

Group 1

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1=  Austria 8 6 3 2 1 14 7 +7
1=  Sweden 8 6 3 2 1 15 8 +7
3  Hungary 8 6 2 4 0 12 7 +5
4  Malta 0 6 0 0 6 1 20 −19











Austria and Sweden finished level on points and goal difference, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.

Sweden qualified.

Group 2

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Italy 10 6 4 2 0 12 0 +12
2  Turkey 6 6 2 2 2 5 3 +2
3  Switzerland 6 6 2 2 2 2 4 −2
4  Luxembourg 2 6 1 0 5 2 14 −12











Italy qualified.

Group 3

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Netherlands 10 6 4 2 0 24 2 +22
2  Belgium 10 6 4 2 0 12 0 +12
3  Norway 4 6 2 0 4 9 16 −7
4  Iceland 0 6 0 0 6 2 29 −27











Netherlands qualified on goal difference. The campaign ended with a controversial decision in the final match when the referee disallowed a legal Belgian goal for offside in the last minute of the game.[3]

Group 4

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  East Germany 10 6 5 0 1 18 3 +15
2  Romania 9 6 4 1 1 17 4 +13
3  Finland 3 6 1 1 4 3 21 −18
4  Albania 2 6 1 0 5 3 13 −10











East Germany qualified.

Group 5

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Poland 5 4 2 1 1 6 3 +3
2  England 4 4 1 2 1 3 4 −1
3  Wales 3 4 1 1 2 3 5 −2





Poland qualified.

Group 6

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Bulgaria 10 6 4 2 0 13 3 +10
2  Portugal 7 6 2 3 1 10 6 +4
3  Northern Ireland 5 6 1 3 2 5 6 −1
4  Cyprus 2 6 1 0 5 1 14 −13











Bulgaria qualified.

Group 7

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1=  Spain 6 4 2 2 0 8 5 +3
1=  Yugoslavia 6 4 2 2 0 7 4 +3
3  Greece 0 4 0 0 4 5 11 −6





Spain and Yugoslavia finished level on points and goal difference, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.

Yugoslavia qualified.

Group 8

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Scotland 6 4 3 0 1 8 3 +5
2  Czechoslovakia 5 4 2 1 1 9 3 +6
3  Denmark 1 4 0 1 3 2 13 −11





Scotland qualified.

Group 9

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Soviet Union 6 4 3 0 1 5 2 +3
2  Republic of Ireland 3 4 1 1 2 4 5 −1
3  France 3 4 1 1 2 3 5 −2





Soviet Union advanced to the UEFA – CONMEBOL Play-off.

See also

Notes

  • To date, this was the last time that Spain failed to qualify for a FIFA World Cup.

References

  1. ^ This match was played in Belgium rather than Iceland.
  2. ^ This match was played in Netherlands rather than Iceland.
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cWwulNygvs
  4. ^ a b c All home matches of Northern Ireland were played in England instead.
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