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All you need to know about the FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiers

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Today the FIFA World-Cup at Qatar in 2022 feels much more proximate as the football governing body has plotted the qualification blueprint for the nations in the European segment. Ex-Italian midfield maestro Daniele Di Rossi has duly completed his draw-obligations which was carried out in Zurich earlier this week. To epitomize the FIFA qualifiers, 210 nations will give their fullest for the available 31 spots (Qatar has qualified by default as they will stage the tourney). To fragment the qualification as per confederation further refer the table below.

CONFEDERATION No of teams contending No of Qualifying Teams for FIFA WC2022
AFRICA 54 5
ASIA 46 4-5
Europe/ UEFA 55 13
NORTH, CENTRAL AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN 35 3-5
South America/ CONMEBOL 10 4-5
Oceanic 11 1

 

 

The Qualification process for European confederation will outset in the month of March, 2021 and will promise to amaze us with twists and turns until March 2022, which would be eight months away from the anxiously awaited Tournament. Only 13 Spots are at stake for the 55 vying nations across Europe. Let us explore the groups ahead and see what unfurls.

The draw was made upon the seeding which in turn were based on the FIFA World Ranking announced on 26 November. The top-ten ranked teams were in Pot 1, the next ten in Pot 2 and so on, with the last five allocated to Pot 6.

So Put together there are 10 Groups in Europe for the World Cup Qualifiers.

Group A: “Portugal will be the favorites to top the group and book a spot in the World Cup” uttered by the confident Head coach, Fernando Santos. Portugal right now is a blend of an experienced in the form of captain Cristiano, Pepe, Rui Patricio and young bloods who are ready to bolster for their nation in the form of Diogo Jota, Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva to name a few. I will be surprised if Portugal finishes in any of the spots other than the first. Serbia and Republic of Ireland will produce an absolute cracker of a contest as only one of these two might seal a berth in the Voyage to Qatar.

Spain are likely to be the undisputed kings of Group B and are looking more of a unit this time since 2014. They have ensured their presence in the Finals of Nations League by iron-fisting the German armada on matchday 6. Sweden will have to defeat the tactics of Luis Enrique to enter the World Cup but Sergio Ramos (might be his last appearance at World Cup) and Co might not let loose an opportunity which helps in upholding their nation’s pride.

Clash between Italy and Switzerland will be the match to look out in for in Group C and it is also anticipated that Italy will have the last laugh considering the depth and experience the squad bring in.

Group D can be cited as the Group of Death as the current world champions will have to see off the likes of Bosnia, Ukraine and Finland. Didier Deschamps is confident of taking a flight to Qatar but the time will decide if the statement is worth the hype. The same is expected from the teams under Group E with Belgium, wales and the Czech Republic. The question lies ahead of the captaincy for Belgium if it remains with Eden Hazard or will the armband be passed on to Kevin De Bruyne considering Hazards fitness Issues. Yet Belgium will be the favorites on the paper to sail to Qatar.

Pundits do believe that there is no much fire power nor the spark in Group G as it remains a mediocre group and might not provide nail biting matches as other groups have promised to do so. Austria might have the leading edge to progress from this group. Netherlands who are in Group G are in a better form and fit for a redemption as they were snubbed for the 2018 Edition in Russia. With the likes of Van Dijk, De jong, Wijnaldum, Donny Van De Beek and De Ligt the Dutch will strive to bag home not only a slot to Qatar but to bag the trophy back to Amsterdam.

The fate of Group H will be sealed when Croatia locks horns with Russia next year. The runner ups of the 2018 edition will be a dark horse and will pose a threat to other heavyweights in the 2022 edition. It is the English- Polish Showdown in group I. Two of the lethal European Strikers will face-off in this rumble to qualify for Qatar. Germany will round off the last group as they are the only side who are identified with the potential to play the 28-day long Tournament.

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