2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)
Tournament details
Dates 13 October 2007 – 14 October 2009
Teams 10 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 90
Goals scored 232 (2.58 per match)
Attendance 3,301,363 (36,682 per match)
Top scorer(s) Chile Humberto Suazo (10 goals)
2006
2014

The South American zone of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification saw ten teams competing for places in the finals in South Africa. The format is identical to that used for the previous three World Cup qualification tournaments held by CONMEBOL. Matches were scheduled so that there were always two games within a week, which was aimed at minimizing player travel time, particularly for players who were based in Europe.

The top four teams in the final standings qualified automatically for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The fifth-placed team met the fourth-placed team from the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in a two-legged play-off for a place at the World Cup.[1]

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 18 9 7 2 33 11 +22 34 Qualification to 2010 FIFA World Cup 4–2 2–1 0–0 2–1 5–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–0
2  Chile 18 10 3 5 32 22 +10 33 0–3 0–3 1–0 0–0 1–0 4–0 2–2 4–0 2–0
3  Paraguay 18 10 3 5 24 16 +8 33 2–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 5–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 1–0
4  Argentina 18 8 4 6 23 20 +3 28 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 4–0 3–0 2–1
5  Uruguay 18 6 6 6 28 20 +8 24 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs 0–4 2–2 2–0 0–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 5–0 6–0
6  Ecuador 18 6 5 7 22 26 −4 23 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 3–1 5–1
7  Colombia 18 6 5 7 14 18 −4 23 0–0 2–4 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0
8  Venezuela 18 6 4 8 23 29 −6 22 0–4 2–3 1–2 0–2 2–2 3–1 2–0 5–3 3–1
9  Bolivia 18 4 3 11 22 36 −14 15 2–1 0–2 4–2 6–1 2–2 1–3 0–0 0–1 3–0
10  Peru 18 3 4 11 11 34 −23 13 1–1 1–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–0
Source: FIFA

On 24 November 2008, FIFA suspended the Peruvian Football Federation from all international competition due to governmental interference in its operations.[2] The suspension was lifted on 20 December 2008.[3]

Results

The round-by-round fixtures were same as the 2006 qualifying tournament.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Round 7

Round 8

Round 9

Round 10

Round 11

Round 12

Round 13

Round 14

Round 15

Round 16

Round 17

Round 18

Inter-confederation play-offs

The team from fourth place in the CONCACAF qualifying fourth round (Costa Rica) entered into a home and away play-off against the team which finished fifth in the CONMEBOL qualifying group (Uruguay). The winner of this play-off qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals. The draw for the order in which the two matches were played was held on 2 June 2009 during the FIFA Congress in Nassau, the Bahamas.[4]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Costa Rica  1–2  Uruguay 0–1 1–1

Qualified teams

The following five teams from CONMEBOL qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA World Cup1
 Brazil Winners 5 September 2009 18 (all) (1930, 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006)
 Chile Runners-up 10 October 2009 7 (1930, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1982, 1998)
 Paraguay Third place 9 September 2009 7 (1930, 1950, 1958, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006)
 Argentina Fourth place 14 October 2009 14 (1930, 1934, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006)
 Uruguay CONCACAF v CONMEBOL play-off winners 18 November 2009 10 (1930, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1986, 1990, 2002)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Goalscorers

There were 234 goals scored in 92 games, for an average of 2.54 goals per game (Costa Rica's single goal in the inter-confederation play-offs not included).

10 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

* FIFA.com: Scorer stats

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