2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Euro Zone Qualifying Begins

Published Sunday, September 09, 2012 - Online-Casinos.com

The first set of European Zone qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ has begun and there is much speculation as to which teams will be the surprise entrants. Every one of the 53 UEFA member associations will take part in Round 1, which will see the nine group winners qualify automatically, while Round 2 is made up of four home-and-away play-offs between the best eight runners-up teams.

The fun in following the FIFA World Cup 2014 can be a long after all, the world cup is still a long time off. The action has begun and so has the news pertaining to the players with their training schedules their injuries and their stats. Deciding which teams will qualify and which players will end up in the final game is any one’s guess at this stage of the tournament.

After playing a recent qualifying match with Turkey the news reported that Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul will not be playing against Hungary after suffering an elbow injury in training. This is a blow for the Netherlands as boss Louis van Gaal moved quickly to plug the gap left by Krul's departure by installing 21-year-old Jeroen Zoet from RKC Waalwijk.

This is the second time Van Gaal has been at the helm of the national team and is careful not to make the same mistakes he did during his last tenure. Van Gaal said to ANP, "With the victory against Turkey, we have moved two or three steps forward," continuing, "This was a game where some of the players had to step up a level. Playing at that level brings with it tension." The coach described his view, "In retrospect, I retained the old squad too long, and while it was maybe logical as I didn't see many great talents coming through, luckily I have them now. It is important, however, for the Oranje players to show the same (at international level) as they do for their clubs."

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