After 260 games across qualifying Europe, the nine sides headed for Brazil 2014 and the eight going into the play-offs have been decided, but in which games were their paths decided? FIFA.com investigates.
It was a positive matchday for the majority of leaders in Europe's nine groups most notably Belgium, while Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered defeat, and both Netherlands and France stumbled on the road.
Sweden veteran Anders Svensson scored on his record-equalling 143rd appearance for Sweden to deal a blow to the Republic of Ireland's hopes of qualifying for their first FIFA World Cup since 2002.
Liverpool needed extra time to see off third tier Notts County at home in the second round of the League Cup, while Crystal Palace were the only Premier League side eliminated as they fell victim to Bristol City.
Norwich City have signed Sweden international and former Bolton Wanderers striker Johan Elmander on a season-long loan from Galatasaray.
In our weekly birthday feature FIFA.com looks ahead to footballing stars set to celebrate over the next seven days, this week including three veterans of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ and one of beach soccer's greats.