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World Cup 2014 Qualifying as Infographics

A map of World Cup qualifiers. Blue: already qualified. Cyan: could still qualify. Red: out of Brazil 2014. Graphic c/o Wikimedia Commons
A map of World Cup qualifiers. Blue: already qualified. Cyan: could still qualify. Red: out of Brazil 2014. Graphic c/o Wikimedia Commons
Daniel EdwardsFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2013

The dust has almost settled on the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. While in Africa all five spots are still up in the air, most of the world knows who and who will not be going to Brazil. 

To break down the action across six continents and over 200 nations, here is a graphical representation on the key events of Tuesday's qualifying activity. The evening's action confirmed World Cup football for a whole host of countries, while some will have to rely on the lottery of a playoff if they wish to make the party. 

The AFC competition was among the first to be decided, and now Jordan will have to upset a giant of world football, Uruguay, if they want to join their continental rivals at Brazil. 

A frenetic last day's action decided the UEFA qualifiers on Tuesday. But there are still eight teams desperate to go to the World Cup, and they will face off in November for the right to do so. 

The underachievement of Mexico is one of the big stories from the CONCACAF confederation. El Tri faced an agonising last day just to see if they would claim a playoff spot, which they eventually managed when Panama fell just short of the upset. 

Ecuador and Chile secured their qualification on the last evening of CONMEBOL play, joining already-qualified Argentina and Colombia and hosts Brazil. Uruguay will play Jordan after missing out on goal difference. 

The OFC tournament had already been decided, but New Zealand found out on Tuesday the identity of their rival in the playoff, as they strive for a second consecutive World Cup appearance. 

Further statistics and format information courtesy of FIFA.com

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