Australia and Japan in same World Cup qualifying group

South Korea must once again negotiate potential political problems as they face communist neighbours North Korea in Group B having met them twice in the previous round of qualifiers for the finals in South Africa.

Group A

Australia

Japan

Bahrain

Uzbekistan

Qatar

Group B

South Korea

Iran

Saudi Arabia

North Korea

United Arab Emirates

Matches to be played between Sept. 6 and June 17, 2009