Romania’s national football team climbed two more steps currently ranking 29th in the International Football Federation (FIFA) ranking made public on Thursday, so Romania is not going to be among the teams in Pot 1 for the play-off draw counting for the 2014 World Cup.
Portugal, Greece, Croatia and Ukraine will be seeded in Pot 1 in Monday’s FIFA World Cup play-off draw, with their opponents in Pot 2 to be either France, Sweden, Romania or Iceland, according to uefa.com.
The eight runners-up from the qualifying group stage with the best records against the sides who finished first, third, fourth and fifth in their section progressed to
the two-legged play-offs on 15 and 19 November.
The four winners of the two-legged ties will join the nine UEFA group winners – Belgium, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, debutants Bosnia and Herzegovina, England and holders Spain – in the finals in Brazil running from 12 June to 13 July 2014.
In the top ten, only Spain’s position at the summit remains unchanged, while Germany have pushed Argentina out of second place. New entries into the top ten are Switzerland (7th, up 7) and England (10th, up 7), both thanks to their recent strong performances in the final group games in the World Cup qualifying. Italy, meanwhile, have paid heavily for their draw against Armenia, dropping four places to eighth.
The distribution of teams in Pot 1 for the World Cup Final Draw on 6 December is as follows: Brazil, together with Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and Switzerland are definitely in Pot 1. If Uruguay win the intercontinental play-off against Jordan, they will also go into the first pot. However, if Jordan win, the decimal points difference between the Netherlands (1135.95) and Italy (1135.61) will see the Dutch take the last place in Pot 1.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published after completion of World Cup qualifying on 28 November 2013.