Portugal and Spain are heavily favoured to claim all four UEFA Europa League semi-final positions with Porto, Benfica, Sporting Braga and Villarreal all well placed heading into Thursday's quarter-final second legs.
A lack of star names contributed to a disappointing 0-0 draw between Sweden and Germany in Gothenburg, both sides lacking urgency in a game that fizzled out as the final whistle approached.
After slipping to their lowest placing in the Ranking back in December, Sweden are now on the rise and targeting a return to the top 20.
Sweden No1 Andreas Isaksson speaks exclusively to FIFA.com about his transfer to PSV Eindhoven and his hopes of qualifying for South Africa 2010.
Long seen as a nursery for the continent's bigger clubs, Ajax are determined to take the Dutch title again after three disappointing seasons.