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Friday, December 3, 2021

Who qualified for the 2022 World Cup?

A year before the 2022 World Cup, almost half of the field is ready. Thirteen countries have already booked their seats for the tournament, which opens in Qatar on November 21 next year, with some qualifying with ease and some a little more dramatic.

What the tournament will be like, riddled with scandal and anxiety since the day Qatar was declared host, remains to be seen. However, the names of the teams that will be challenging him are very familiar.

Most – if not all – of the traditional contenders are already here: a European contingent of 10 countries, led by France, the reigning champion, and Belgium, officially the best team in the world, as well as the likes of Spain, England and Germany. They were joined by the two great powers of South America, Brazil and Argentina.

Only two major names are still missing: Italy and Portugal, which have to go through the playoffs to claim one of the last three spots in Europe. Elsewhere, although nothing has been officially decided, the picture is clearing up.

For example, three slot machines in Asia will go to Iran, Saudi Arabia and South Korea; the fourth is between Australia and Japan. In North America, Canada – unexpectedly – is currently in the lead, outstripping a slowing Mexico and the developing United States. In South America, Ecuador advances to the final, although five more teams continue to compete for the last guaranteed spot.

Only in Africa, where five playoffs at home and away will decide who makes it to Qatar, and Oceania, where the entire qualifying process has been postponed again and again due to the coronavirus pandemic, clarity remains unclear. There are still 12 months ahead, with 19 more places to be announced. However, there is a chance that there is already a winner.

Here’s a look who’s in:

How did it qualify It was easy to overlook this in the maelstrom of controversy that has plagued the tournament since it was awarded to this tiny Gulf State in 2010, but the automatic entry granted to the host nation gave Qatar a direct path into the competition to reach. she rarely comes close on merit.

What can we expect in 2022? The latest results are not encouraging: Coach Felix Sánchez’s team has completely lost to Serbia, Portugal and Ireland over the past few months. Qatar is unlikely to survive the group stage, but don’t expect to be embarrassed: Sanchez is a smart, capable coach and his team, backed by several nationalized Qataris, is organized and technically savvy.

How did it qualify Germany may have been the first team to land a seat in Qatar, but by its standards its progress was fraught with danger and tension. In March, under the leadership of its former coach Joachim Loew, Germany actually lost the game in qualifying. He won all nine others and did so with a whole host of spare gear.

What can we expect in 2022? Tournament timing may be against Germany. 2022 may be too late for some of the country’s stalwarts – Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer, Ilkay Gundogan – but too early for an exciting generation led by Kai Havertz, Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musial to eventually replace them.

How did it qualify Just after an impressive and emotional run to the semi-finals of the European Championship, Kasper Huhlmand’s team did a little work in a good group, winning their first nine games and qualifying a month before the end.

What can we expect in 2022? Denmark’s impressive qualifying record – not only for this tournament, but over the past six years or so – and its performance at Euro 2020 bode well for Qatar: Yulmand will aim for at least a playoff spot. The only question mark is whether the team can make up for Christian Eriksen’s lack of creative spark if he can’t play.

How did it qualify Tite’s team went through a difficult qualifying process in South America, winning 11 of 13 games. He has yet to concede a goal at home – the statistics are bolstered by the fact that his meeting with Argentina was canceled after officials from the country’s health ministry stormed the pitch to arrest some of the visiting Argentine players – and only lost points in the tournament. road to Argentina and Colombia.

What can we expect in 2022? We’ve been here before: Brazil looked irresistible in qualifying, only to stutter towards the final. Tite has formed a resolute, well-trained team, more than capable of winning the tournament – for the first time since 2002 plucking it out of Europe – but there is still a suspicion that too much creative burden falls on Neymar.

How did it qualify In a word: curious. The place of the reigning champion in Qatar was never in doubt, but it was more of a purgatory than a parade. Both Ukraine and Bosnia left Paris with a point – indeed, the French did not beat Ukraine, which came second at home or away – and the impression is invariably that France could have been much bigger.

What can we expect in 2022? There is every reason to believe that France will be able to retain the trophy, becoming the first team after Brazil in 1962: the country’s talent is so great that its reserves are likely to reach the semifinals. And in Kylian Mbappe, there is a player who can use the tournament as a springboard to true greatness. But like 2018, there is no guarantee it will be fun to watch.

How did it qualify The number 1 team in the world – a status that Belgium has held for three years or so – didn’t really have to worry, scoring an impressive 25 goals in their eight qualifying matches, although a third of them came from a solo outing against Belarus.

What can we expect in 2022? It’s like a mantra that has been repeated in at least the last three tournaments: now is really the time for this Belgian generation to win something. His attacking talent is surpassed only by France and England, and players such as Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku are now at their peak. If there is a caveat, it is that the country’s defensive ranks have thinned slightly in recent years; this team doesn’t seem to be as balanced as the 2016 or 2018 releases.

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How did it qualify Croatia left it very late, filling their place in Qatar only thanks to an own goal by Fedor Kudryashev 10 minutes before the end of the country’s final match, which turned into a 1-0 victory over Russia on a wet field in Split. Nevertheless, the leadership of a well-balanced group that includes Slovakia and Slovenia is commendable.

What can we expect in 2022? Next winter is likely to be the last hurray for the generation of players that propelled Croatia to the final in Russia in 2018: Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, Domagoj Vida and the rest may not be hosting another tournament. There are indications that another generation will follow, and Croatia certainly won’t leave quietly, but a repeat of Russia is unlikely.

How did it qualify With a lot of ball, but not too much to show. Spain’s automatic spot on the pitch was in question until the final qualifying round when Sweden’s sudden collapse eased tensions. Few teams are as technically nimble as Luis Enrique’s, but the qualification proved once again that Spain’s toothlessness in front of goal is pervasive.

What can we expect in 2022? It all depends on whether Spain can find a reliable scorer: despite everything that Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets have been hailed as the incarnations of the team that won the trophy in 2010, David Villa’s presence was an antidote to what might otherwise have been. fruitless domination. In Pedri and Gavi, Spain has two of the brightest prospects in world football to replace Xavi and Iniesta. Now it remains to be hoped that Ansu Fati can become his villa.

How did it qualify In silence in Lisbon. During the 90 minutes of the final round, it seemed that Serbia would occupy a rather familiar place in the playoffs: Portugal needed only one point to enter the game. But then Aleksandr Mitrovic headed for Dusan Tadic’s cross, the Serbian bench was empty and Portugal found themselves staring at the grass that was opening up under their feet.

What can we expect in 2022? Serbia must be a threat. It has a team made up mostly of the top leagues of Europe: a defense built on Matija Nastasic and Nikola Malenkovic, a midfield bedecked by Sergei Milinkovic-Savic and the evergreen Tadic, and, in the case of Dusan Vlahovic, one of the brightest young strikers in the world. … However, history shows that Serbia will fall short of expectations.

How did it qualify England under Gareth Southgate is seriously good at qualifying for the tournament. Draws with Hungary at home, a game marred by crowd problems and Poland away were the only spots on his ledger this time around. He has now only lost one game en route to the main final in 12 years.

What can we expect in 2022? More importantly, England’s record in these finals is on the rise. Southgate led the team to the semi-finals in 2018 – albeit with a draw – and then on penalties before winning the European Championship at home in the summer of 2021. By improving its cadre of young players, England must be seen as a real contender.

How did it qualify Belgium tends to gain attention as Europe’s tiny powerhouse, but Switzerland’s transformation into a tournament staple is no less worthy. Murat Yakin took the team to the top spot in his group, beating newly appointed European Champion Italy in the first few months of work. The Swiss have not lost a single game and conceded only two goals.

What can we expect in 2022? The answer to this is, in fact, obvious: Switzerland will come out on top in their group and then be eliminated – probably on penalties, possibly after a goalless draw – in the 1/8 finals. This should not be taken as a dismissal. … That a small country like Switzerland can work so reliably is in many ways an example to others.

How did it qualify It is noteworthy that Euro 2020 was the first major tournament in which the Dutch got into after reaching the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup: the Netherlands missed both Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. His progress towards Qatar was not exactly impressive – losing the final against Norway would have meant eliminating – but that Louis van Gaal’s team has dealt with the pressure and ghosts of past failures bodes well.

What can we expect in 2022? There is reason to believe that the qualified Netherlands could be something of a force in Qatar. His world championship record is exceptionally good: final in 2010, semi-finals in 1998 and 2014. The last of them, of course, came under the auspices of van Gaal, now reinstated in his post. Virgil van Dyck, Matthijs de Ligt and Frankie de Jong are the backbone of a very good team. And in Ryan Gravenburch, the last 19-year-old prodigy of Ajax, he might have a star ready to fly.

How did it qualify The quest for Lionel Messi to get one last chance at the World Cup must indeed have been fraught and stressful, and full of internecine quarrels. In a way, it’s a shame that this was not the case at all: after a slow start, Argentina did not lose a single game on the way to punching a ticket.

What can we expect in 2022? Probably because of Messi, a lot of rending clothes, given that this will be the last time a player who is considered by many to be the greatest player of all time will grace a World Cup stage. The question will be how well Lionel Scaloni can build a team that will highlight Messi’s talents – regardless of age – and whether Argentina’s fairly cohesive defense can match its incredible offensive wealth.

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