Saturday, September 30, 2023

Why isn’t Argentina automatically qualified for the 2026 World Cup?

Argentina must qualify for the 2026 World Cup, which will be held in Mexico, the United States, and Canada, and does not have a direct ticket despite being the current champion of the competition.

The combination of Lionel Messi This Thursday begins his journey through the Conmebol qualifiers, where he will face a difficult side in Ecuador. Since 2002, when the tournament was held in Korea and Japan, the reigning champion has not had direct access to the next event.

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela will compete for the five secure tickets and one repechage granted by the region starting this Thursday.

The only teams that have a guaranteed ticket are hosts USA, Mexico and Canada. It is the first time that three nations organize a World Cup.

Messi comes at a great time for Argentina national team having played an important role at Inter Miami with whom he already won the League Cup and continues to fight for MLS. The attacker is keen to continue his winning streak for the national team, having scored seven games in a row.

The Monumental Stadium is preparing an exceptional setting to welcome his team this Thursday against Ecuador, celebrating the past victory at the 2022 World Cup.

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