For many football fans, the post-Christmas blues will be banished by the prospect of their club buying big when the transfer window opens in January.
Reuters Soccer Blog
Europe’s 53 national teams have been split into nine groups with the winners of each qualifying directly for South Africa. The best eight runners-up will play off among themselves over two legs next month for the remaining four slots. The runner-up with the worst record will miss out on a playoff berth entirely.