Chris O (follow on Twitter: @COakleyFtbl)
Fri 11 September 2009

The Friday List of Little or No Consequence #130

Immaculate Qualifications
15 European Countries That Qualified For The World Cup Finals By Winning All Of Their Qualifying Matches

1. Austria
1938 (1 match).

2. Czechoslovakia
1934 (2 matches).

3. England
1954 (3 matches); 1950 (3 matches).

4. France
1954 (4 matches).

5. (West) Germany
1982 (8 matches); 1962 (4 matches); 1938 (3 matches); 1934 (1 match).

6. Hungary
1938 (1 match); 1934 (2 matches).

7. Italy
1962 (2 matches); 1954 (2 matches); 1934 (1 match).

8. Netherlands
2010 (8 matches); 1934 (2 matches).

9. Poland
1982 (4 matches).

10. Soviet Union
1962 (4 matches).

11. Spain
1934 (2 matches).

12. Sweden
1950 (2 matches); 1934 (2 matches).

13. Switzerland
1950 (2 matches); 1938 (1 match).

14. Turkey
1950 (2 matches).

15. Yugoslavia
1954 (4 matches).

It's interesting to note that before the Dutch qualified for World Cup 2010 by winning all their games, the last teams to do so were West Germany and Poland some 27 years ago. From there you have to go back another 20 years further still to find the next teams to achieve this feat.

Can England and Spain join them in 2010 with two games remaining...?

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