Who's battling for last 11 World Cup spots

Portugal superstar Ronaldo could be in tough against the Swedes in World Cup qualifying this month....

Portugal superstar Ronaldo could be in tough against the Swedes in World Cup qualifying this month. (AFP)

Kurtis Larson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:06 PM ET

More than 800 World Cup qualifiers have brought us to this point. From the tiny island of St. Lucia to the totalitarian state of North Korea, 11 spots at Brazil 2014 remain up for grabs three weeks out from FIFA’s official World Cup draw.

Now it’s do-or-die for eight European teams, 10 African sides and a foursome of nations that are about to collect a lot of air miles. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

After an embarrassing showing during CONCACAF qualifying, Mexico declined to call up any of its European-based players ahead of a playoff tie with New Zealand. And that’s just part of the craziness that goes on during the run up to a FIFA finals.

FIFA has denied Senegal a chance to host the Ivory Coast in a critical return leg this week, instead forcing it to move the game to Morocco. Soccer’s governing body attempted to deny Egypt a chance to play in Cairo, but that seems to have been resolved. Then there’s Iceland.


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