Thailand coach Chanvit Phalajivin has resigned after failing to get the national team through the third Asian qualifying round for South Africa 2010.
FIFA.com continues its review of the third stage of Asian qualifying for South Africa 2010 with a look at Group 2, in which Japan came out on top.
Qatar are through to the final round of Asian qualifying
after defeating Iraq in Dubai, while UAE advanced despite losing
3-1 to Syria.
The focus in Asia will be on the battle between four sides - Iraq, Qatar in Dubai, UAE and Syria - for two places in the next round of qualifiers.
Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Bahrain, Japan, Australia, Iran and Saudi Arabia booked a place in the next phase of qualifying for South Africa 2010.
In Groups 1 and 2 of Asian qualifying for the FIFA World Cup, two of the fancied nations go into this weekend's matches deprived of key players.