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2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for Asia.

44 Asian teams are affiliated with FIFA, but Cambodia, Philippines, Bhutan and Brunei decided not to take part, and Myanmar was banned from the competition (for refusing to play a qualifier in Iran during 2002 qualifying), so a total of 39 teams took part, competing for 4.5 places in the World Cup.

The qualification was composed of three rounds. Only the 14 last ranked teams according to FIFA took part in the Preliminary Round, where they were paired 2-by-2 and played home-and-away knock-out matches. The 7 winners joined the other 25 teams in the Second Round, where those 32 teams were divided in 8 groups of four teams each. The teams in each group would play against each other home-and-away, and the team with most points in each group would advance to the Third Round.

In the Third Round, the 8 remaining teams were divided in two groups of 4 teams each, that would again play against each other in a home-and-away basis. The two teams with most points in each group would qualify to the World Cup. The two third placed teams would play-off against each other home-and-away. Winner of this play-off would play against the fourth placed team in the Final Round of CONCACAF in an intercontinental play-off for a place in the World Cup.

Tiebreakers

First round

Guam and Nepal were scheduled to play against each other on November 21 and 25; Nepal withdrew, so Guam progressed to the 2nd round, but Guam later withdrew.

FIFA then decided to elect a "lucky loser", to select the best of the teams that lost, to advance to the Second Round.

The losers were compared, using the following criteria to break ties: a) number of points; b) goal difference; c) goals scored.Laos advanced to the Second Round.

Second round

In the second round, the 25 teams who received byes, as well as the 7 play-off round winners, were split into eight groups of four teams each. Teams played home-and-away games with the other teams in their group, and the top-ranked team qualified for the third round.

Group 1



Group 2



Group 3



Group 4



Group 5



Group 6



Group 7



Group 8

Third round

In the third round, the 8 teams who won their groups in the earlier round were split into two groups of four teams each. Teams played home-and-away games with the other teams in their group, and the top two teams qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Meanwhile, the third-placed teams entered a play-off to determine who would contest the AFC–CONCACAF play-off.

Group 1



  • Saudi Arabia and Korea Republic qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
  • Uzbekistan advanced to the AFC playoffs.

    Group 2



  • Japan and Iran qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
  • Bahrain advanced to the AFC playoffs.

    Fourth round



    Teams finishing 3rd in the third round groups played each other to determine a possible 5th qualifier from Asia. The first leg was originally played on 3 September 2005 but the match was ordered to be replayed by FIFA after a refereeing mistake. With Uzbekistan leading the tie 1-0, a penalty was awarded to them but the referee disallowed the resulting goal and offered an indirect freekick to Bahrain for encroachment. Uzbekistan had formally requested for the match to be recorded as an automatic 3-0 victory.Bahrain advanced to the AFC–CONCACAF play-off on the away goals rule.

    Inter-confederation play-offs

    The Fourth Round winner then played the fourth-placed team of the CONCACAF qualifying group, Trinidad and Tobago, in a home-and-away play-off. The winner of this play-off qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals.

    Qualified teams

    The following four teams from AFC qualified for the final tournament.:
    Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.


    Goalscorers

    ;9 goals

  • Ali Daei;6 goals

  • A'ala Hubail
  • Lee Dong-gook
  • Ali Ashfaq
  • Begençmuhammet Kulyýew;5 goals

  • Husain Ali
  • Ilham Jaya Kesuma
  • Bashar Abdullah
  • Maksim Shatskikh;4 goals

  • Vahid Hashemian
  • Hong Yong-jo
  • Bader Al-Mutawa
  • Badar Al-Maimani
  • Yasser Al-Qahtani
  • Alexander Geynrikh;3 goals

  • Talal Yousef
  • Hao Haidong
  • Li Jinyu
  • Huang Wei-yi
  • Javad Nekounam
  • Razzaq Farhan
  • Qusay Munir
  • Takashi Fukunishi
  • Mitsuo Ogasawara
  • Takayuki Suzuki
  • Badran Al Shagran
  • Roda Antar
  • Ali Nasseredine
  • Sergey Chikishev
  • Ibrahim Fazeel
  • Ahmed Thoriq
  • Roberto Kettlun
  • Saad Al-Harthi
  • Sami Al-Jaber
  • Ibrahim Sowed
  • Rejepmyrat Agabaýew
  • Guwançmuhammet Öwekow
  • Mohamed Omer
  • Server Djeparov
  • Mirjalol Qosimov
  • Anvarjon Soliev
  • Phan Văn Tài Em;2 goals

  • Li Xiaopeng
  • Shao Jiayi
  • Chen Jui-te
  • Chu Siu Kei
  • P. Renedy Singh
  • Arash Borhani
  • Reza Enayati
  • Mehdi Mahdavikia
  • Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht
  • Ebrahim Taghipour
  • Salih Sadir
  • Ahmad Mnajed
  • Tatsuhiko Kubo
  • Yuji Nakazawa
  • Masashi Oguro
  • An Yong-hak
  • Kim Yong-su
  • Kim Do-heon
  • Lee Young-pyo
  • Park Chu-young
  • Mesaed Al Enezi
  • Faraj Laheeb
  • Evgeny Boldygin
  • Mohamed Nizam
  • Ahmed Mubarak
  • Mohamed Al Hinai
  • Amad Ali
  • Khalifa Ayil Al-Naufli
  • Taysir Amer
  • Safwan Habaib
  • Sayed Ali Bechir
  • Mubarak Fazli
  • Waleed Hamzah
  • Waleed Jassem
  • Talal Al-Meshal
  • Mohammad Al-Shalhoub
  • Mohammed Noor
  • Indra Sahdan Daud
  • Raja Rafe
  • Yousef Shekh Eleshra
  • Pirmurod Burkhanov
  • Numonjon Hakimov
  • Akmal Kholmatov
  • Yusuf Rabiev
  • Kiatisuk Senamuang
  • Nazar Bayramov
  • Wladimir Baýramow
  • Leonid Koshelev
  • Ali Al Nono;1 goal

  • Duaij Naser Abdulla
  • Mohamed Hubail
  • Mohamed Husain
  • Salman Isa
  • Sayed Mahfoodh
  • Li Weifeng
  • Sun Jihai
  • Xu Yunlong
  • Yu Genwei
  • Chang Wu-yeh
  • Chiang Shih-lu
  • Chuang Yao-tsung
  • Kwok Yue Hung
  • Ng Wai Chiu
  • Wong Chun Yue
  • Elie Aiboy
  • Ismed Sofyan
  • Budi Sudarsono
  • Mohammad Nosrati
  • Rahman Rezaei
  • Nashat Akram
  • Ahmad Salah Alwan
  • Saad Attiya
  • Hussam Fawzi
  • Younis Mahmoud
  • Emad Mohammed
  • Jassim Swadi
  • Toshiya Fujita
  • Akira Kaji
  • Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
  • Shunsuke Nakamura
  • Shinji Ono
  • Naohiro Takahara
  • Keiji Tamada
  • Atsushi Yanagisawa
  • Abdelhadi Al Maharmeh
  • Haitham Al Shboul
  • Hatem Aqel
  • Moayad Mansour
  • Awad Ragheb
  • Mustafa Shehdeh
  • Mahmoud Shelbaieh
  • An Chol-hyok
  • Choe Chol-man
  • Kim Chol-ho
  • Nam Song-chol
  • Ri Han-jae
  • Ri Hyok-chol
  • Pak Song-gwan
  • Sin Yong-nam
  • Ahn Jung-hwan
  • Cha Du-ri
  • Cho Byung-kuk
  • Choi Jin-cheul
  • Lee Chun-soo
  • Park Ji-sung
  • Abdul Al Dawood
  • Fahad Al Hamad
  • Hamad Al Harbi
  • Waleed Jumah
  • Nawaf Humaidan
  • Husain Seraj
  • Vyacheslav Amin
  • Valeri Berezovsky
  • Vladimir Chertkov
  • Azamat Ishenbaev
  • Emil Kenjisariev
  • Andrey Krasnov
  • Phutthadavong Chanthalome
  • Visay Phaphouvanin
  • Sengphet Thongphachan
  • Faysal Antar
  • Mahmoud Chahoud
  • Khaled Hamieh
  • Haitham Zein
  • Fu Weng Lei
  • Rosdi Talib
  • Mohd Amri Yahyah
  • Assad Ghani
  • Mohamed Nazeeh
  • Ali Umar
  • Ahmed Al Mukhaini
  • Yousef Shaaban
  • Francisco Atura
  • Ziyad Al-Kord
  • Ahmed Keshkesh
  • Imad Zatara
  • Meshal Abdullah
  • Mohamed Salem Al Hamad
  • Nayef Al Khater
  • Saad Al-Shammari
  • Bilal Mohammed
  • Nasser Kamil Mubarak
  • Wesam Rizik
  • Sami Al-Anbar
  • Talal Al-Meshal
  • Fahad Fallata
  • Saud Kariri
  • Omar Sulaimani
  • Khairul Mohd
  • Channa Ediri
  • Mohamed Hameed
  • Kasun Jayasuriya
  • Dudley Steinwall
  • Chandradasa Karunaratne
  • Rathnayake Mudyanselage
  • Isuru Perera
  • Jehad Al-Hussain
  • Mohamad Yehya Al Rashed
  • Meaataz Kailouni
  • Sukhrob Hamidov
  • Sarayoot Chaikamdee
  • Therdsak Chaiman
  • Jiensathawong Jakapong
  • Anon Nanok
  • Niweat Siriwong
  • Sutee Suksomkit
  • Nirut Surasiang
  • Dovlet Bayramov
  • Omar Berdiýew
  • Gurbangeldi Durdiyev
  • Artem Nazarov
  • Didargylyç Urazow
  • Rashid Abdulrahman
  • Saleh Obaid
  • Mohamed Rashid
  • Bakhtiyor Ashurmatov
  • Marat Bikmaev
  • Vladimir Shishelov
  • Nguyễn Minh Hai
  • Phạm Văn Quyến
  • Radwan Abduljabar
  • Akram Al Selwi
  • Saleh Al-Shehri
  • Fathi Jaber;1 own goal

  • Mohamed Salmeen (playing against Japan)
  • Yahya Golmohammadi (playing against Qatar)
  • Ebrahim Mirzapour (playing against Japan)
  • Nitsavong Khoupchansy (playing against Iran)
  • Battulga Khishigdalai (playing against Maldives)