Roberto Donadoni, Italy (coach):
"Bulgaria, Ireland, Georgia, Montenegro don't have a great football tradition but they are difficult opponents. On paper Bulgaria should be the one to push us closest for qualification. Like all former Yugoslavian countries Montenegro are a difficult and stubborn team. We know Georgia well having faced them in the qualifiers for the European Championships."
John Delaney, Republic of Ireland (chief executive):
"We've got Cyprus for the third time in a row but from our perspective, although we are the third seed in the group, we'll be going for the play-offs. A number of people have contacted us saying they would like to have the job [of manager]. There is certainly a greater level of interest this time than last. We've got a better squad now than 18 months ago, a better playing pool. Secondly we are in a better financial position this time round and are prepared to put more money on the table."
Klaus Toppmoller, Georgia (coach):
"I really like the look of our group. It was extremely tough last time. We again face the prospect of Italy, the reigning world champions, but at least we know all about them now. They are just the kind of opponents we like, so I'm delighted. I'd definitely say we could be capable of springing a surprise in this group, especially if we can get all our players together and avoid injuries."
Zoran Filipovic, Montenegro (coach):
"It won't be easy as our opponents are difficult teams to play. In our group, Italy will of course be the favourites."
Borislav Mihailov, Bulgaria (association president)
"We've been drawn in an extremely difficult group. Just consider the fact we're up against Italy, the reigning world champions. It's a shame we failed to qualify for the European championships, but now we'll give it a go for the World Cup. We'll go into every match aiming to win and take our chances. I'm very fired up at the idea of returning to South Africa in four years' time."