Which teams have qualified for FIFA World Cup 2022?
- 13 teams have booked their place in the 2022 World Cup
- Qatar will host the upcoming football world cup
- Some big nations like Italy and Portugal are yet to qualify
The FIFA World Cup is just a year away and the playing field is almost set. Thirteen nations have managed to secure a berth in the tournament, which is set to commence on November 21, 2022. While some teams cruised to the qualifiers, it was a roller-coaster ride for the others while several teams are still struggling to make a place for themselves.
No one can predict what will happen at the tournament and whether or not it will be affected by all the scandal, backlash and protests due to being played in Qatar. FIFA has been criticised for not taking morals and values into consideration while choosing the host nation. However, one thing is certain: football will be a spectacle to watch.
Most of the traditional contenders have booked their slots already. Ten European nations and two South American powerhouses have qualified with the thirteenth spot going to the host nation, which qualifies automatically.
Defending champions France, FIFA’s number one ranked team Belgium, a rejuvenated Spain, a young and thirsty England, Hansi Flick’s Germany, Neymar’s Brazil and Lionel Messi’s Argentina will certainly be seen in the next World Cup.
A star-studded Portugal led by Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes has been unable to qualify alongside Euro 2020 champions Italy. However, they have a chance of making it to the World Cup by going through the playoffs stage in order to claim one of the three spots left for European sides.
In other places, although official confirmation is still pending, the picture has become clearer. Some nations have been eliminated while the remaining ones are fighting for limited spots. In Asia it is almost certain that Iran, Saudi Arabia and South Korea will qualify while the fourth spot will be taken by either Japan or Australia.
In North America, the Canadians are leading over the likes of Mexico and the United States. As for South America, Ecuador have the World Cup qualification berth in sight while five teams fight for the last remaining spot.
In Africa and Oceania, the situation remains unclear due to multiple delays in qualifier matches due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nineteen spots are still open but there’s a high chance that the future trophy winners have already booked their place.