FOOTBALL: WORLD CUP 2002 - OVERVIEW BEFORE THE LAST ROUND

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ALREADY QUALIFIED
France (holders), Japan (hosts), South Korea (hosts), Cameroon (Africa), Nigeria (Africa), Senegal (Africa), South Africa (Africa), Tunisia (Africa), Sweden (Europe Group Four), Poland (Europe Group Five), Spain (Europe Group Seven), Argentina (South America), Costa Rica (Central and North America).

REMAINING PLACES Europe
GROUP ONE: Automatic qualifiers: Russia or Slovenia. Play-off possibles: Russia, Slovenia, Yugoslavia or Switzerland.
GROUP TWO: Automatic qualifiers: Portugal or Republic of Ireland. Play- off possibles: Portugal or Republic of Ireland.
GROUP THREE: Automatic qualifiers: Denmark, Czech Republic or Bulgaria. Play-off possibles: Denmark, Czech Republic or Bulgaria.
GROUP FOUR: Play-off place: Turkey.
GROUP FIVE: Play-off possibles: Ukraine or Belarus.
GROUP SIX: Automatic qualifiers: Belgium or Croatia. Play-off possibles: Belgium, Croatia or Scotland
GROUP SEVEN: Play-off possibles: Austria or Israel.
GROUP EIGHT: Automatic qualifiers: Italy or Romania. Play-off possibles: Italy or Romania.
GROUP NINE: Automatic qualifiers: England or Germany. Play-off possibles: England or Germany.
PLAY-OFFS FOR GROUP RUNNERS-UP: Group One v Group Eight; Group Seven v Group Four (Turkey); Group Five v Group Nine; Group Six v Group Three; Group Two v Asian play-off winner. (First legs to be played 10/11 November, second legs 14/15 November).

OUT-OF-EUROPE
Asia
Final round still in the early stages.
Oceania
Australia (to play fifth-placed side in South American group in two-leg play-off).
South America
The top four teams qualify automatically. The fifth-placed side play off against Australia.
Central and North America
The top three from final group of six qualify automatically.

NOTABLE NON-QUALIFIERS
Netherlands, Norway, Morocco, Chile.
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