“He’s a hugely respectful person who will do anything for success. He lives for football and thinks about the team and how he can improve individual players 24 hours a day. Despite the incredible pressure he’s under from all directions, he’s always very pleasant to all of us. He talks to us a lot, not only about football, but also about private things. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it at this level. He knows exactly how to deal with his players - that’s why he’s so popular.”—
“His way of playing football is very attractive but also quite provocative, but as soon as he’s in the dressing room he’s no longer the superstar. He’s just Cristiano Ronaldo the person. He’s very polite and respectful to others. He’s also a very helpful and ambitious guy who always wants to win.”—Sami Khedira
He’s here because he’s our friend. Because he belongs to us. He’s one of us. Doesn’t matter if he plays in Real Madrid or Man City or any another club. He’s one of us. He worked in Real Madrid for six months. He went to the heart of everybody. He’s a great lad. Everybody loves him, so when he called us asking permission to come, immediately—not one second of thought came. He was with us in the dressing room & is always welcome.
If he comes, if he doesn’t come; it doesn’t matter. The 31st of August, everybody will know who is in & who is out & where’s he’s playing. He came as a friend & is always welcome.
ASIA Group A: China, Jordan, Iraq, Sinapore Group B: Kuawit, UAE, Lebanon, S. Korea Group C: Uzbekistan, Japan, Syria, Best Korea Group D: Australia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Thailand Group E: Qatar, Bahrian, Indoneia, Iran
AFRICA Group A: South Africa, Botswana, Central Africa Republc, Winner 7 Group B: Tunisia, Cape Verde Islands, Sierra Leone, Winner 6 Group C: Ivory Coast, Morocco, Gambia, Winner 12 Group D: Ghana, Zambia, Sudan, Winner 8 Group E: Burkina Faso, Gabon, Niger, Winner 11 Group F: Nigeria, Malawi, Winner 1, Winner 3 Group G: Egypt, Guinea, Zimbabwe, Winner 5 Group H: Algeria, Mali, Benin, Winner 9 Group I: Cameroon, Libya, Winner 2, Winner 10 Group J: Senegal, Uganda, Angola, Winner 4
CONCACAF: Group A El Salvador, Suriname, Cayman Is, Dominican Rep Group B Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Barbados, Bermuda Group C Panama, Dominica, Nicaragua, Bahamas Group D Canada, St Kitts, Puerto Rico, St Lucia Group E Grenada, Guatemala, St Vincent, Belize Group F Haiti, Antigua, Curacao, US Virgin Islands Winners go on to… Group A: USA, Jamacia, Winner E , Winner F Group B: Mexico, Costa Rica, Winner A, Winner B Group C: Cuba, Honduras, Winner D, Winner C
Oceania: Group A Vanuatu, New Caledonia , Winner Round 1, Tahiti Group B Fiji, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea
UEFA: Group A Croatia, Serbia, Belgium. Scotland, FYR Macedonia, Wales Group B Italy, Denmark, Czech Rep, Bulgaria, Armenia, Malta Group C Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, Faroe Is, Kazakhstan Group D Netherlands, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, Andorra Group E Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland, Albania, Cyprus, Iceland Group F Portugal, Russia, Israel, N Ireland, Azerbaijan, Luxmebourg Group G Greece, Slovakia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Lithuania, Latvia, Liechtenstein Group H England, Montenegro, Ukraine, Poland, Moldova, San Marino Group I Spain, France, Belarus, Georgia, Finland
Africa: 5 teams will go to the World Cup Asia: 4 teams will qualify, 1 team will play the winner of the CONCACAF qualifying Oceania: The winner of Oceania will play the 5th place finisher of the South American qualifying. Europe: Thirteen teams qualify for the World Cup. CONCACAF: Top three teams will go to the World Cup, the fourth place team will play the Asia team. South America: Brazil qualifies for being the host, five teams will auto-qualify and one team will play the Oceania team to qualify.
Play-offs: Oceania vs CONCACAF South America vs Asia