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1970 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

The European (UEFA) zone of qualification for the 1970 FIFA World Cup saw 29 teams competing for eight places at the finals. UEFA members England qualified automatically as the defending champions. The qualification process started on 19 May 1968 and ended on 7 December 1969.

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Format

FIFA rejected the entry of Albania. The remaining 29 teams were drawn into eight groups, five groups of four teams and three of three teams. All eight group-winners qualified automatically.

Overview of "Albania national football team" article

Groups

Group 1

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Romania 8 6 3 2 1 7 6 +1
2  Greece 7 6 2 3 1 13 9 +4
3   Switzerland 5 6 2 1 3 5 8 −3
4  Portugal 4 6 1 2 3 8 10 −2

Group 2

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1=  Hungary 9 6 4 1 1 16 7 +9
1=  Czechoslovakia 9 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6
3  Denmark 5 6 2 1 3 6 10 −4
4  Republic of Ireland 1 6 0 1 5 3 14 −11

Czechoslovakia and Hungary finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify. Czechoslovakia won the play-off to qualify for the World Cup.

Group 3

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Italy 7 4 3 1 0 10 3 +7
2  East Germany 5 4 2 1 1 7 7 0
3  Wales 0 4 0 0 4 3 10 −7

Group 4

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Soviet Union 7 4 3 1 0 8 1 +7
2  Northern Ireland 5 4 2 1 1 7 3 +4
3  Turkey 0 4 0 0 4 2 13 −11

Group 5

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Sweden 6 4 3 0 1 12 5 +7
2  France 4 4 2 0 2 6 4 +2
3  Norway 2 4 1 0 3 4 13 −9

Group 6

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Belgium 9 6 4 1 1 14 8 +6
2  Yugoslavia 7 6 3 1 2 19 7 +12
3  Spain 6 6 2 2 2 10 6 +4
4  Finland 2 6 1 0 5 6 28 −22

Group 7

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  West Germany 11 6 5 1 0 20 3 +17
2  Scotland 7 6 3 1 2 18 7 +11
3  Austria 6 6 3 0 3 12 7 +5
4  Cyprus 0 6 0 0 6 2 35 −33

Group 8

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Bulgaria 9 6 4 1 1 12 7 +5
2  Poland 8 6 4 0 2 19 8 +11
3  Netherlands 7 6 3 1 2 9 5 +4
4  Luxembourg 0 6 0 0 6 4 24 −20

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