1974 FIFA World Cup qualification

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1974 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Dates14 November 1971 – 13 February 1974
Teams 99 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 226
Goals scored 620 (2.74 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Steve David (12 goals)
1970
1978

99 teams entered the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for 16 spots in the final tournament. West Germany, as the hosts, and Brazil, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

1974 FIFA World Cup 1974 edition of the FIFA World Cup

The 1974 FIFA World Cup was the 10th FIFA World Cup, and was played in West Germany between 13 June and 7 July. The tournament marked the first time that the current trophy, the FIFA World Cup Trophy, created by the Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga, was awarded. The previous trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, had been won for the third time by Brazil in 1970 and awarded permanently to the Brazilians. The host nation won the title, beating the Netherlands 2–1 in the final at Munich's Olympiastadion. The victory was the second for West Germany, who had also won in 1954. Australia, East Germany, Haiti and Zaire made their first appearances at the final stage, with East Germany making their only appearance before Germany was reunified in 1990.

The FIFA World Cup qualification is the process that a national association football team goes through to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals. The FIFA World Cup is the largest international team sport competition in the world with a qualification process required to reduce the large field of countries from 211 to just 32 for the World Cup finals.

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The 16 spots available in the 1974 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

UEFA international sport governing body

The Union of European Football Associations is the administrative body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, although several member states are primarily or entirely located in Asia. It is one of six continental confederations of world football's governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members.

CONMEBOL governing body of association football in South America

The South American Football Confederation is the continental governing body of football in South America and it is one of FIFA's six continental confederations. The oldest continental confederation in the world, its headquarters are located in Luque, Paraguay, near Asunción. CONMEBOL is responsible for the organization and governance of South American football's major international tournaments. With 10 member football associations, it has the fewest members of all the confederations in FIFA.

CONCACAF International sport governing body

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football is the continental governing body for association football in North America, which includes Central America and the Caribbean region. Three geographically South American entities — the independent nations of Guyana and Suriname and the French overseas department of French Guiana — are also members. CONCACAF's primary functions are to organize competitions for national teams and clubs, and to conduct World Cup and Women's World Cup qualifying tournaments.

90 teams played at least one qualifying match. 226 qualifying matches were played, and 620 goals were scored (an average of 2.74 per match).

Continental Zones

To see the dates and results of the qualification rounds for each continental zone, click on the following articles:

Group 1 - Sweden qualified.
Group 2 - Italy qualified.
Group 3 - Netherlands qualified.
Group 4 - East Germany qualified.
Group 5 - Poland qualified.
Group 6 - Bulgaria qualified.
Group 7 - Yugoslavia qualified.
Group 8 - Scotland qualified.
Group 9 - Soviet Union advanced to the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off.
Group 1 - Uruguay qualified.
Group 2 - Argentina qualified.
Group 3 - Chile advanced to the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off.
Haiti qualified.
Zaire qualified.
Australia qualified.

Inter-confederation play-offs: UEFA v CONMEBOL

The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would qualify.

The second leg was scratched as the Soviet Union were disqualified after they refused to travel to Santiago for the return leg due to the recent Chilean coup d'état and the executions of left-wing prisoners in the Santiago stadium. The match did "go ahead" with the eleven Chilean players facing zero Soviet players before thousands of bemused spectators, [1] and half a dozen Chilean players slowly passed the ball to each other in mock play until the captain walked the ball into the net.

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The Soviet Union national football team was the national football team of the Soviet Union.

1973 Chilean coup détat coup détat

The 1973 Chilean coup d'état was a watershed moment in both the history of Chile and the Cold War. Following an extended period of social unrest and political tension between the opposition-controlled Congress of Chile and the socialist President Salvador Allende, as well as economic warfare ordered by US President Richard Nixon, Allende was overthrown by the armed forces and national police.

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Soviet Union  Flag of the Soviet Union (1955-1980).svg w.o. [note 1] Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 0–0 0–2 [note 1]

Qualified teams

Final qualification status
Country qualified for World Cup
Country failed to qualify
Country did not enter World Cup
Country not a FIFA member 1974 world cup qualification.png
Final qualification status
  Country qualified for World Cup
  Country failed to qualify
  Country did not enter World Cup
  Country not a FIFA member

The following 16 teams qualified for the 1974 FIFA World Cup:

TeamFinals AppearanceStreakLast Appearance
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg  Argentina 6th1 1966
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 1st1
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg  Brazil (c)10th10 1970
Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).svg  Bulgaria 4th4 1970
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 5th1 1966
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 1st1
Flag of Haiti (1964-1986).svg  Haiti 1st1
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 8th4 1970
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 3rd1 1938
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 2nd1 1938
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 3rd1 1958
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 6th2 1970
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 7th4 1970
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany (h)8th6 1970
Flag of Yugoslavia (1943-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 6th1 1962
Flag of Zaire.svg  Zaire 1st1

(h) - qualified automatically as hosts

(c) - qualified automatically as defending champions


8 of the 16 teams subsequently failed to qualify for the 1978 finals: Australia, Bulgaria, Chile, East Germany, Haiti, Uruguay, Yugoslavia and Zaire.

Notes

  1. 1 2 The Soviet Union refused to play in Chile for the second leg, so Chile were awarded a 2–0 walkover victory.

Goal difference or points difference is a form of tiebreaker used to rank sport teams which finish on equal points in a league competition. Either "goal difference" or "points difference" is used, depending on whether matches are scored by goals or by points.

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