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2010 FIFA World Cup™ : FIFA modifies top five Asian seedings

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FIFA has modified the seedings of the top five Asian teams for the preliminary draw of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ which takes place on November 25, 2007, in Durban , South Africa .


Australia continue to be ranked top, followed by Korea Republic . IR Iran have moved up from fifth to third seed, while Saudi Arabia and Japan will be joint fourth seeds. The new seedings reflect the results of the teams in the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany .


The previous seedings were: 1) Australia ; 2) Korea Republic ; 3) Saudi Arabia ; 4) Japan ; and 5) IR Iran.


The Asian qualification campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is currently underway with one round already completed. The top 11 seeds who successfully cleared the first round have received a direct bye into the third round while the bottom eight seeds are engaged in a home-and-away elimination round two.


Round three, whi! ch starts on February 6, 2008, will see eleven qualifiers from! round o ne and four qualifiers from round two join the top five seeds. These 20 teams will be split into five groups of four, with the first and second in each group qualifying for places in round four, the final round.



In the final round, the ten remaining teams will be split into two groups of five each with the top-two in each group qualifying automatically for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ finals in South Africa .


TOP FIVE SEEDS FOR PRELIMINARY DRAW IN DURBAN : 1) Australia ; 2) Korea Republic ; 3) Iran ; 4) Saudi Arabia and Japan (tied fourth).

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