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Akhbar Al-Youm newspaper – What are the European teams qualified for the World Cup, and what is waiting for their Arab counterparts to book the participation ticket?

Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 09 am / Today’s news / Follow-up


About a year before the start of the 2022 World Cup, the list of qualified teams for the finals began to become clear with ten European countries qualifying for the competition, while no Arab country has yet booked the participation ticket, but a group of them: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt are close to that by reaching the round The decisive factor, while Qatar remains the only Arab country that has secured its position among the competing countries in this international football wedding by virtue of the fact that it will host it. So which European teams have qualified so far? What awaits the Arab teams competing to book the participation ticket?

Ten teams from Europe have qualified so far, in addition to the South American giants Brazil and Argentina, without forgetting the organizing country Qatar, for the 2022 World Cup finals about a year before it is scheduled. While the other Arab teams, which are participating in the qualifiers, continue their march to reserve the participation ticket, especially Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt, which moved to the decisive round.

Europe: Ten teams have qualified so far
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Teams participating in the qualifiers: 55
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Eligible Positions: 13

Denmark was the first team to book its ticket to the finals on October 12. Nine European teams joined it: Germany, France, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Serbia, England, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The European teams that ranked second in the ten groups will enter the play-off These are: Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Ukraine, Wales, Scotland, Turkey, Russia, Poland and North Macedonia, in addition to the two best teams (not qualified via qualification) in the last edition of the UEFA Nations League (Czech and Austria), and the play-off matches will be held from 24 to 29 Next March, the lottery will be drawn on the 26th of this month in Zurich.

In contrast to the old system, the play-off will not be held with direct confrontations from two home and away matches. Rather, the 12 teams will be divided into three tracks determined by a lottery, with four teams competing in each of them with a semi-final system (next March 24) and a final match (next March 29). The winner qualifies for the World Cup (three tracks = three qualified teams for each track).

Africa: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt to the decisive role
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Teams participating in the qualifiers: 54
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Eligible Positions: 5
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Teams that have qualified so far: None
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The matches of the second round of qualifiers ended on Tuesday and resulted in 10 teams qualifying for the decisive round: Algeria, Nigeria, Tunisia, Cameroon, Mali, Egypt, Senegal, Morocco, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

These teams will play, among them, home and away matches, according to the draw that will be drawn in Doha on December 18, on the sidelines of the Arab Cup final, to determine the identity of the five qualified for the finals.

Asia: Host Qatar has her card in her pocket
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Teams participating in the qualifiers: 46
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Eligible places: five and a half seats,
Teams that have qualified so far (Qatar (host country)
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The host country Qatar has its card in its pocket. Currently, 12 teams are divided into two groups and are facing each other home and away. The first and second from each group qualify directly for the finals. On the other hand, the third-placed teams in the two groups will meet back and forth as well, and the winner of the total of the two matches qualifies for an international playoff.

South America: Brazil and Argentina to the World Cup
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Teams participating in the qualifiers: 10
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Qualified places four and a half seats.

Brazil, which has not missed the World Cup since the first edition in Uruguay in 1930, was on time again, and decided on November 12 by defeating Colombia. Argentina joined it on Tuesday, despite its 0-0 draw with Brazil, because the other results were in its favour. Ecuador seems in more than a good position to decide the third card, while the competition will be raging for the fourth and final card that qualifies directly to the finals between five teams: Colombia, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and even Bolivia, where they are separated by only two points.

CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean): 8 teams vying for qualification
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Teams participating in the qualifiers: 35
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Eligible places: three and a half seats,
Teams that have qualified so far: None
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Eight teams will play the final round in the league system, which ends on March 30. The top three teams (currently Canada, the United States and Mexico) qualify for the finals in Qatar, while the fourth-placed team (currently Panama) will enter the international playoffs.

Oceania: Qualifiers in Qatar
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Teams participating in the qualifiers: 11
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Eligible places: half a seat,
Teams that have qualified so far: None
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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the qualifiers that were scheduled for September 2020 did not take place. However, the OFC announced last September that it would organize, in agreement with the International Federation (FIFA), a qualifying tournament in March 2022 in Qatar. The champion of this qualifier enters the international playoffs.

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