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Australia, South Korea confirmed as top Asian seeds

The release of the latest FIFA rankings confirmed Australia and South Korea will be the top two seeds for the 2014 AFC World Cup qualifying draw.

South Korea overtook Japan in the FIFA rankings and moved up to 30th following their 2-0 victory over Kuwait in last week’s qualifiers, while Japan’s home loss to Uzbekistan saw them drop to 33rd.

Australia, in 20th spot, are the highest ranked Asian Football Confederation team following last week’s 4-2 win over Saudi Arabia.

Ten teams remain in contention to qualify for Brazil 2014 through Asia, with those sides to be divided into two groups of five.

The top two sides from each group qualify automatically, while the third-placed teams meet in a play-off before the winner progresses to an inter-continental qualifier.

For the draw, the Socceroos and South Korea make up Pot One, while Japan are alongside Iran in Pot Two with 2011 Asian Cup semi-finalists Uzbekistan and 2007 Asian champions Iraq in Pot Three.

Pot Four sees West Asian pair Jordan and Qatar together, while Pot Five consists of Oman and surprise qualifiers Lebanon.

The draw takes place in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Wed 7 March, 2012
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