With the South Africa 2010 field now completed, FIFA.com looks at the stories behind the numbers from a record-breaking qualifying phase.
Global qualifying for South Africa 2010 commenced in the Oceania zone in mid-2007 and culminated over two years later as New Zealand qualified.
With about 230 days until South Africa 2010 kicks off, 23 teams have secured their spots thanks to a world-class goalscorer or two in their ranks.
New Zealand lost their 100 per cent record in Oceania qualifying after a shock 2-0 defeat to Fiji, but have still made it through to the next stage.
New Zealand may have already secured a playoff spot for South Africa 2010, but they produced the goods once again against New Caledonia.
Vanuatu were able to provide their fans with a happy ending after a mediocre FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, defeating Fiji 2-1 in Port Vila.