PARIS: Belgium and Switzerland will figure among the eight teams seeded for the World Cup draw, FIFA confirmed yesterday, in contrast to 2006 champions Italy and 2010 finalists Holland.
Italy have paid dear for last week’s 2-2 draw with Armenia, slipping four places in the latest world rankings published yesterday.
It is this list which FIFA is using to determine the seedings for the December 6 draw for next year’s World Cup.
Joining hosts Brazil are world champions Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland, and Uruguay.
Should Uruguay fail to qualify - they face a play-off against Jordan - then it is the Dutch who will take their place.
The Italians, as a result of their October 15 stalemate with Armenia, drop from fourth to eighth place in the latest world order. AFP