The World Cup draw will occur on Friday in Qatar. Here is a glance at the nations FIFA qualified teams for the 2022 World Cup and how they could toll on the opposition. Finally, the field during the current year’s World Cup is almost finished. The opposition is beginning to come to fruition, with the draw scheduled for Friday.
The exact nature of the 2022 World Cup, which has been marred by scandal and anxiety since Qatar was picked as the host, is unknown. The identities of the teams competing, on the other hand, are – for the most part — well-known.
Only one significant player is absent: Italy, which will miss the event for the second consecutive cycle after losing in a playoff to North Macedonia. The situation is becoming clearer elsewhere.
Rundown of who’s in FIFA Qualified Teams
Amidst the contention that has hounded the competition since it was granted to this little Gulf state in 2010, it’s not difficult to neglect to focus on the way that the programmed passage allowed to the opposition’s host country has given Qatar an immediate course into a rivalry it has seldom verged on coming to on justify.
Canada has not competed in a World Cup since 1986, and while the country entered qualification hoping to break that wait, it must have anticipated a tumultuous and grueling journey through the North American octagon. It did not work out that way: Canada raced through the competition from start to end, not only securing a spot but also finishing ahead of both the United States and Mexico.
Germany is one of the FIFA qualified teams, and while they may have been the first to secure a spot in Qatar, their route was laden with danger and anxiety. It was victorious in all nine of the others, and it did so with plenty of fixtures remaining.
Group took care of a sorted bunch, dominating its initial nine matches and qualifying with a month to pursue a mind-boggling, passionate excursion to the elimination rounds of the European Championship.
Tite’s team breezed through the tough qualifying campaign in South America, winning 14 of their 17 games and drawing the remaining three. It has only conceded one goal at home, a statistic boosted by the fact that its match with Argentina was called off after health ministry officials stormed the pitch to arrest several of the visiting Argentine players.
The place of the defending champion in Qatar was never in doubt, although it was more of a purgatory than a celebration. The France were unable to defeat second-placed Ukraine at home or away, leaving the sensation that France could be so much more.
Belgium, the world’s top-ranked FIFA qualified team for the past three years or so, did not need to break a sweat in qualifying, scoring an astonishing 25 goals in eight games, with a third of those coming in a single match against Belarus.
Croatia waited until the very last minute to secure a berth in Qatar, scoring an own goal by Fyodor Kudryashev with 10 minutes remaining in the country’s final match, a 1-0 win over Russia on the soggy ground in Split.
The only blemishes on its record this time were draws with Hungary at home in a game marred by crowd unrest and Poland away. In the last 12 years, it has only lost one game on its path to a major championship.
Until Sweden’s unexpected collapse in the final round of qualifying, Spain’s automatic spot in the field was in doubt. Few sides are as technically gifted as Luis Enrique’s, but qualification once again demonstrated that Spain’s goal-scoring woes have become epidemic.
For 90 minutes on the penultimate matchday, it appeared as if Serbia would take their usual playoff spot: Portugal merely needed a point to qualify.
In his initial not many months at work, Murat Yakin directed the group to the highest point of its gathering, outperforming the recently delegated European hero, Italy. The Swiss dominated all of their matches and just permitted two objectives all the while.
The battle to ensure Lionel Messi gets one last chance at the World Cup should have been tense, stressful, and filled with internal squabbles.
Iran has secured itself as a World Cup customary this century. Starting around 1998, it has just missed two occasions. And there was never any uncertainty that it would arrive at the finals for the third time in succession.
Paulo Bento’s team made it through qualifying largely unscathed. Despite a rather sluggish start for a team that hasn’t missed a World Cup since 1982. Which included draws with Iran and Iraq and a late home win over Syria. A win in the team’s penultimate game, against Iran, is also encouraging.
Hajime Moriyasu’s side bounced back, winning six straight games, though only a couple of them were convincing.
Scarcely any groups might have had more uneasiness on their excursion to Qatar than Uruguay. Which verged on passing up the finals that it headed out in different directions from Oscar Washington Tabarez. The dearest mentor who had become inseparable from the public group, partially through the competition.
Saudi Arabia started strong, establishing an unassailable lead against Australia. But then looked to fade away, losing in Japan and drawing with China.
South America’s qualification group devolved into a frenetic battle for one of the two automatic spots left vacant by Brazil and Argentina. Ecuador made it thanks to a great home record in which it only lost once, against Peru, at altitude in Quito, and D.C.’s six goals.
The Netherlands was absent from both Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. Its road to Qatar was far from perfect a loss to Norway in the final game would have meant elimination. But the way Louis van Gaal’s team managed the pressure and the ghosts of previous failures is encouraging.
Cameroon was defeated in the 119th minute of the second leg of its playoff against Algeria, destined for heartbreak at the end. Karl Toko Ekambi entered in the 124th minute, and everything changed. It’s difficult to fathom how any squad could have qualified in such a dramatic manner.
It would be a stretch to say Ghana’s qualification went without a hitch. After missing out on Russia four years ago, the Black Stars had to rely on three managers. A highly contentious penalty kick, and an away goal victory over Nigeria to get to Qatar.
Their World Cup playoff came to an end after tight victories at home in Cairo and Dakar. Egypt stumbled on both occasions, but Sadio Mané did not. Leading his country to regional champion and a World Cup berth.
Tunisia only conceded twice in Africa’s second group stage, and then beat Mali in a playoff by a single goal.
Portugal should have been home and dry months ago, but its concentration failed at the most inopportune time. It did not keep Portugal for long, though, as Turkey and North Macedonia were easily eliminated. To keep Portugal’s record of qualifying for every major tournament this century intact.
Poland’s players made it clear to both the country’s officials. And FIFA that if they were forced to play Russia in a playoff. In the aftermath of the invasion of Ukraine, they would gladly forfeit qualification.
The United States
For all the low points — defeats in Panama and Canada, demoralizing draws in El Salvador. And Jamaica — and the lingering fear that a repetition of 2017 could be on the horizon,
Mexico, not the United States, has been confused and incoherent during qualifying during the last couple of years. In spite of neglecting to beat either the United States or Canada at home or away. And losing both the Nations Football League and Gold Cup finals to its northern neighbor in the earlier year, Gerardo Martino’s group endured.