After all the Event, The Inevitable shall occur whether we are prepared to face it or not as mention in the holy Quran, chapter 56.
"When the Event inevitable cometh to pass, Then will no (soul) entertain falsehood concerning its coming. (Many) will it bring low; (many) will it exalt; When the earth shall be shaken to its depths,
And ye shall be sorted out into three classes.
Then (there will be) the Companions of the Right Hand;- What will be the Companions of the Right Hand? And the Companions of the Left Hand,- what will be the Companions of the Left Hand?
And those Foremost (in Faith) will be Foremost (in the Hereafter)."
[Surah 56. Al-Waqi'a (The Event, The Inevitable), 56: 1-10]
Many world cup 2010 qualifying play-off being played all over the world. In Europe qualifiers, 8 teams battled each other out for the last 4 spots in next year's world cup. It looks like France, Portugal and Russia are in the driver's seat after a slightest advantange from the first leg playoff. However, as world cup qualifier is never short of upsets; teams like Slovenia, Ireland and Bosnia or even Ukraine still look promising to go through. My fingers cross for Bosnia to upset Portugal and let our FIFA world's player Ronaldo rotting at home in Lisbon. :b
New Zealand 'All Whites' also made history paving way to the finals since 1982 after defeating Bahrain in another Asia/Oceania qualifier play-off. It seems a blessing in disguise for the Oceanic Champion after Australia parted way with the Oceanic Zones and join Asian Football Confederation (AFC) last year. Indeed the Socceroos also successful in their quest to the world cup next year thus making 2 Oceanic nations qualified. How sweet can it be, one neighbouring nation sacrifices is another nation gains. How I'd wish our Malaysia and its neighbour Singapore can be built around this philasophy or has we actually incorporated it as mention by our famous Che Det with the latter always got an upper hand? sigh.