1986 FIFA World Cup qualification

A total of 121 teams entered the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 24 spots in the final tournament. Mexico, as the hosts, and Italy, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 22 spots open for competition. The draw took place on 7 December 1983 at Zürich, Switzerland.

The 24 spots available in the 1986 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

  • Europe (UEFA): 13.5 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier Italy, while the other 12.5 places were contested by 32 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the intercontinental play-offs (against a team from OFC).
  • South America (CONMEBOL): 4 places, contested by 10 teams.
  • North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 2 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier Mexico, while the other 1 place was contested by 17 teams.
  • Africa (CAF): 2 places, contested by 29 teams.
  • Asia (AFC): 2 places, contested by 27 teams.
  • Oceania (OFC): 0.5 place, contested by 4 teams (including Israel and Chinese Taipei). The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the intercontinental play-offs (against a team from UEFA).

A total of 110 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 308 qualifying matches were played, and 801 goals were scored (an average of 2.60 per match).

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Teams121 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played308
Goals scored801 (2.6 per match)
Top scorer(s)Denmark Preben Elkjaer Larsen (8 goals)

Continental zones

To see the dates and results of the qualification rounds for each continental zone, click on the following articles:

Group 1 – Poland qualified. Belgium advanced to the UEFA play-offs.
Group 2 – West Germany and Portugal qualified.
Group 3 – England and Northern Ireland qualified.
Group 4 – France and Bulgaria qualified.
Group 5 – Hungary qualified. Netherlands advanced to the UEFA play-offs.
Group 6 – Denmark and USSR qualified.
Group 7 – Spain qualified. Scotland advanced to the UEFA–OFC intercontinental play-off.
Play-offs – Belgium qualified over Netherlands.
Group 1 – Argentina qualified. Peru and Colombia advanced to the CONMEBOL play-offs.
Group 2 – Uruguay qualified. Chile advanced to the CONMEBOL play-offs.
Group 3 – Brazil qualified. Paraguay advanced to the CONMEBOL play-offs.
Play-offs – Paraguay qualified over Chile, Colombia and Peru.
Canada qualified.
Algeria and Morocco qualified.
Iraq and Korea Republic qualified.
Australia advanced to the UEFA–OFC intercontinental play-off

Inter-confederation play-offs: UEFA v OFC

The two teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Scotland  2–0  Australia 2–0 0–0

Qualified teams

1986 world cup qualification
Final qualification status
  Country qualified for World Cup
  Country failed to qualify
  Country did not enter World Cup
  Country not a FIFA member

The following 24 teams qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup:

Team Finals appearance Streak Last appearance
 Algeria 2nd 2 1982
 Argentina 9th 4 1982
 Belgium 7th 2 1982
 Brazil 13th 13 1982
 Bulgaria 5th 1 1974
 Canada 1st 1
 Denmark 1st 1
 England 8th 2 1982
 France 9th 3 1982
 Hungary 9th 3 1982
 Iraq 1st 1
 Italy (c) 11th 7 1982
 South Korea 2nd 1 1954
 Mexico (h) 9th 1 1978
 Morocco 2nd 1 1970
 Northern Ireland 3rd 2 1982
 Paraguay 4th 1 1958
 Poland 5th 4 1982
 Portugal 2nd 1 1966
 Scotland 6th 4 1982
 Spain 7th 3 1982
 Uruguay 8th 1 1974
 Soviet Union 6th 2 1982
 West Germany 11th 9 1982

(h) – qualified automatically as hosts

(c) – qualified automatically as defending champions

11 of the 24 teams subsequently failed to qualify for the 1990 finals: Algeria, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Hungary, Iraq, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Paraguay, Poland and Portugal. Mexico would be banned from competing in the 1990 finals due to the Cachirules scandal, bringing the total number of teams who did not qualify for the subsequent tournament to 12.

Top Goalscorers

8 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals

Notes

  • West Germany lost a World Cup qualifying match for the first time ever on 16 October 1985, when they were defeated 0–1 by Portugal in Stuttgart. Including games played by Germany before the 2nd World War, they had played 36 World Cup qualifying matches (32 wins, 4 draws) before. Brazil did better by remaining undefeated until 25 July 1993, when they were beaten by Bolivia in La Paz, after 31 World Cup qualifying matches (24 wins, 7 draws) without a single loss.
  • Scotland manager Jock Stein died during their qualifier at Wales, suffering a heart attack immediately after the Scots scored a late equaliser.
  • Canada and Iraq qualified to their only World Cup up to date.

External links

1985 CONCACAF Championship

The 1985 CONCACAF Championship was the ninth edition of the CONCACAF Championship. It also served as the qualification for the 1986 World Cup. A total of 18 CONCACAF teams entered the competition. The North, Central American and Caribbean zone was allocated 2 places (out of 24) in the final tournament. Mexico, the World Cup host, qualified automatically, leaving 1 spot open for competition between 17 teams. Canada earned their first major title and clinched qualification on 14 September 1985 to participate in their first World Cup after beating Honduras 2-1 at King George V Park in St. John's, Newfoundland.

1985 China v Hong Kong football match

China v Hong Kong was a 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification match played on 19 May 1985, noteworthy in that the surprise result caused deep dissatisfaction and hooliganism among Mainland Chinese football fans, leading to the match being immortalized as the May 19 Incident or 5.19 incident (Chinese: 五一九事件). Due to this controversy, the match rates as one of the most notable matches in the rivalry of the China PR national football team and the Hong Kong national football team.

The game resulted in a 2–1 win to Hong Kong, with goals from Cheung Chi Tak in the 19th minute and Ku Kam Fai in the 60th minute. Indian referee Melvyn D'Souza officiated the match, which was described by commentators at the time as being played in an unusually intense (for an Asian World Cup qualifier) manner. Disgruntled home fans rioted in Workers Stadium after the match, and People's Armed Police were needed to restore order.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the Asian zone (AFC). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 28 AFC teams entered the competition. However, Chinese Taipei were assigned to the Oceanian zone instead. The Asian zone was allocated 2 places (out of 24) in the final tournament. Asia's automatic qualifying berths were taken by Iraq and Korea Republic

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the African zone (CAF). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 29 CAF teams entered the competition. The African Zone was allocated 2 places (out of 24) in the final tournament.

There would be four rounds of play:

First Round: 3 teams, Algeria, Cameroon and Ghana, received byes and advanced to the Second Round directly. The remaining 26 teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would advance to the Second Round.

Second Round and Third Round: In each of these rounds, the teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would advance to the next round, until there would be 4 teams left.

Final Round: The 4 teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would qualify.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the South American zone (CONMEBOL). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 10 CONMEBOL teams entered the competition. The South American zone was allocated 4 places (out of 24) in the final tournament.

South America's qualifying berths were taken by Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the Oceanian zone (OFC).

Four teams entered the competition. Two OFC members competed: Australia and New Zealand. They were joined by two non-OFC members, Israel and Chinese Taipei. Israel competed in the OFC tournament as they had been excluded from AFC competition since 1974, and Chinese Taipei's were unable to compete in the AFC competition due to political conflict with China.

The competition had group format, with each team playing each of the others twice between September and November 1985. The winner of the tournament was Australia, who qualified for the UEFA–OFC play-off against Scotland for a finals position. Australia lost, meaning that there were no OFC teams at the finals in Mexico.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone (UEFA). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification.

UEFA was allocated thirteen qualifying berths for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and one place in a play-off, however Italy were the defending champions and qualified automatically, leaving 12.5 spots open for competition between 32 teams.

Europe's automatic qualifying berths were taken by Poland, West Germany, Portugal, England, Northern Ireland, France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Denmark, Soviet Union and Spain. Belgium and Scotland qualified through the UEFA Play off and UEFA / OFC Intercontinental Play-off respectively.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA–OFC play-off)

The 1986 FIFA World Cup UEFA–OFC qualification play-off was a two-legged home-and-away tie between the winners of the Oceania qualifying tournament, Australia, and the second-placed team from the UEFA Group 7, Scotland. The games were played on 20 November and 4 December 1985 in Glasgow and Melbourne respectively. Australia were hoping to play in the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1974 and Scotland were hoping for a fourth successive FIFA World Cup.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC First Round

The 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC First Round was part of the AFC qualifying tournament for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. 27 national teams were separated into an Eastern and Western zone where they were split into groups of 3 or 4, with the group winners progressing to the Second Round.

The teams which qualified for the Second Round were United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Syria, Bahrain, South Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Japan.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONMEBOL Group 1

The 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification CONMEBOL Group 1 was a CONMEBOL qualifying group for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.

The group was won by Argentina, who qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Peru and Colombia entered the CONMEBOL play-off stage.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONMEBOL Group 2

The 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification CONMEBOL Group 2 was a CONMEBOL qualifying group for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay.

The group was won by Uruguay, who qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Runners up were Chile who entered the CONMEBOL play-off stage.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONMEBOL Group 3

The 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification CONMEBOL Group 3 was a CONMEBOL qualifying group for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay.

The group was won by Brazil, who qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Runners up were Paraguay who entered the CONMEBOL play-off stage.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 1

The 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 1 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised Albania, Belgium, Greece and Poland.

The group was won on goals scored by Poland, who qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The runners-up Belgium entered the UEFA play-off stage.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 2

The 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 2 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised Czechoslovakia, Malta, Portugal, Sweden and West Germany.

The group was won by West Germany with Portugal as the runners up. Both teams qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 3

The 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 3 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised England, Finland, Northern Ireland, Romania and Turkey.

The group was won by England with Northern Ireland as the runners up. Both teams qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 4

The 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 4 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised Bulgaria, East Germany, France, Luxembourg and Yugoslavia.

The group was won on goal difference by France with Bulgaria as the runners-up. Both teams qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 5

The 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 5 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised Austria, Cyprus, Hungary and Netherlands.

The group was won by Hungary, who qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The Netherlands were the runners-up determined on goals scored and entered the UEFA play-off stage.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 6

The 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 6 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised Denmark, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Soviet Union and Switzerland.

The group was won by Denmark with the Soviet Union as the runners up. Both teams qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 7

The 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 7 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised Iceland, Scotland, Spain and Wales.

The group was won by Spain, who qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The runners-up Scotland entered the UEFA–OFC intercontinental play-off.

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