We asked which of the forthcoming FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers FIFA.com users were most looking forward to, and your answer was Argentina against Uruguay, with 30.32 per cent of you voting for the clash between the former FIFA World Cup winners. The teams have crossed swords no fewer than 191 times in the past, with Uruguay winning the most recent meeting, a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier, by the only goal of the game.
The biggest showdown in European Group 4 between Germany and Russia came a close second in our poll on 29.28 per cent, just one percentage point fewer than the South American clash, although German-speaking users opted for their team’s fixture by a sizeable majority (55.82 per cent).
Third place in our poll went to Iran-Korea DPR on 23.84 per cent. Korea lead Asian Group 2 on four points from two matches. Iran drew their solitary game so far, but have never lost to Korea DPR, recording ten wins and three draws in 13 meetings to date.
The other three games we put to the vote came in a little further behind. Romania-France polled 9.13 per cent, USA-Cuba scored 5.89 per cent, and Côte d’Ivoire-Madagascar finished on 1.55 per cent, although these fixtures naturally boast the potential for a wealth of debate and excitement.
For example, the French will hardly be relishing their trip to Romania, as their qualifying record on their travels to eastern Europe - three draws and seven defeats from ten visits - makes sobering reading.
Events of a historic nature take place in Washington DC, where the USA entertain Cuba on home soil for the first time since 1949. The USA won the reverse fixture in Havana 1-0 just a few weeks ago. In African Group 7, leaders Côte d'Ivoire on nine points face Madagascar, second on six points, seeking to extend their unbeaten run and cement their position at the top of the section.
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11 October 2008
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