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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.

1974 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) Intro articles: 5

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 won to qualify for the World Cup.

Overview of "Goal difference" article

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

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

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

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

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

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 won to qualify for the World Cup.

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

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

The Soviet Union advanced to the UEFA–CONMEBOL play-off.

Inter-confederation play-offs

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Soviet Union  w.o.[note 1]  Chile 0–0 0–2[note 1]

Goalscorers

7 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

1974 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) Inter-confederation play-offs articles: 172

Notes

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

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