October 16, 2009

ZURICH (AP) -- France, Portugal, Russia and Greece will be seeded in the playoffs to decide the final four European spots at the 2010 World Cup.

They were the four highest-ranked of the playoff teams in the FIFA world rankings published Friday, meaning they can not face each other in the two-legged playoffs on Nov. 14 and 18.

Instead they will be paired against the four non-seeded teams -- Ukraine, Ireland, Bosnia and Slovenia -- with the draw to be made Monday.

FIFA was criticized for waiting until last month before deciding to seed the playoffs.

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