A part of the country is in Europe which gives the national football team a right to play in UEFA competitions.
Because it is a European country. It isn't a European country. Russia is in Asia look it up . . . . . . . . . . . . <<>>Russia and Kazakhstan are both UEFA countries.
If they played in the Asian Confederation, then because the qualifying groups are organised geographically, they'd be up against Syria, Jordan, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, etc. I doubt FIFA (for all their faults) would let that happen any time soon... Cyprus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan also play under UEFA when they are geographicallly Asian as well.
As of June 2012, Spain is the UEFA champion.
Azerbaijan used to be part of the Soviet Union, which was part of UEFA. When they gained independence their football team was given the opportunity to join UEFA or the Asian federation, and they chose the former.
Israel plays in UEFA because almost every Arab country in Asia refuses to play with Israel, and some of the Arab nations in the Asian Football Association are still technically at war with Israel.
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Either UEFA, That country's Football Association or the referee.
EFA is the name used in FIFA 09 to represent the UEFA Tournament. They could not get the license to use the UEFA name and had to make it shorter.