Despite being crowned world champions in Qatar 2022, the Argentina national team You have to play yes or no Qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup in Mexico, the USA, and Canada. The reason lies in the regulation and then in the explanation of all the details.
From 1938 to 2002, all teams that became world champions avoided participating in the qualifiers for the next World Cup. For example, Argentina did not participate in the qualifiers for the 1982 and 1990 World Cups because they had won the world title in 1978 and 1986. Nor did it participate in the qualifying matches for the 1978 World Cup as it was the host country.
But a little over two decades ago, FIFA decided to change the rules after the consecration of Brazil in the Korea-Japan 2002 match. Despite reaching the five-time championship, the Canarinha He had to contest the following qualifying competition:
This was the beginning of a new era that Italy (2006), Spain (2010), Germany (2014), and France (2018) later had to repeat. Argentina must do the same by 2026. So far, the previous chosen ones have managed to get into the next World Cup.
The next World Cup will be special because of the number of participating teams: 48, divided by locations and confederations: AFC (8), CAF (9), CONCACAF (6), CONMEBOL (6), OFC (1), UEFA (16).
In the Conmebol, Argentina will play against the other nine players who will be selected after 18 dates (return). The debut takes place this Thursday at 21:00 against Ecuador at the Monumental. And then he travels to Bolivia to perform at the La Paz climax next Tuesday from 5:00 p.m.