The draw for the European qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™ was withdrawn Monday evening at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, which resulted in strong and anticipated confrontations, most notably the fact that the Belgian team, the world ranking leader, fell with the Welsh team in Group Five. The French team will also face world champion Ukraine. In Group D, the Portuguese team, Euro 2016 champion, came in Group A with the Serbian national team.
The tournament is held with 32 teams, including 13 teams from the European continent, who are competing in the qualifiers in which 55 European teams will participate.
The qualifiers are divided into 10 groups, with five groups with five teams participating and five groups with six participating.
And through a virtual ceremony due to the repercussions of the emerging coronavirus, the lottery that resulted in the next ten groups was withdrawn
Group A: Portugal – Serbia – Republic of Ireland – Luxembourg – Azerbaijan
Group B: Spain – Sweden – Greece – Georgia – Kosovo
Group C: Italy – Switzerland – Northern Ireland – Bulgaria – Lithuania
Group D: France – Ukraine – Finland – Bosnia, and Herzegovina – Kazakhstan
Group E: Belgium – Wales – Czech Republic – Belarus – Estonia
Group F: Denmark – Austria – Scotland – Zionist Entity – the Faroe Islands – Moldova
Group G: Netherlands – Turkey – Norway – Montenegro – Latvia – Gibraltar
Group H: Croatia – Slovakia – Russia – Slovenia – Cyprus – Malta
Group I: England – Poland – Hungary – Albania – Andorra – San Marino
Group J: Germany – Romania – Iceland – North Macedonia – Armenia – Liechtenstein
The champions of each of the ten groups qualify directly for the finals.
The second-place winners in the ten groups are competing in a play-off that includes the best teams in the group stage of the 2020-2021 Nations League, who were not lucky enough to qualify through the traditional qualifiers.
The supplement, scheduled for March 2022, results in three additional teams, with 13 European teams participating in Qatar out of 32.
The 12 teams are divided into three different tracks of direct elimination matches in the supplement, so whoever wins in two consecutive matches will qualify for the World Cup.
– The facts of the lottery
The facts of the drawing began with a meeting with former Italian national team star Daniele De Rossi, who was crowned with his country in the 2006 World Cup, and one of the most prominent players of the Dutch national team who won second place in the 2010 World Cup Finals, Raphael van der Vaart, where both stars talked about their memories of participating in the World Cup and the most difficult The teams he faced and the memorable situations for both of them.
After that, wonderful clips were shown of the French national team’s historic journey in the 2018 World Cup, which ended with its victory in the world title.
Van der Vaart commented on this footage, saying that wonderful memory reminded us of the huge and enjoyable crowd in the last World Cup, a wonderful presence that we are currently deprived of. We hope that the fans will quickly return to the football stadiums.
Before conducting the drawing of lots, an explanatory film was shown explaining the lottery system and how to withdraw it, in addition to some restrictions that prevent some teams from falling into certain groups, such as countries that suffer from difficult weather conditions or countries located on the outskirts of the old continent, which requires their travel to make long trips.
And the lottery process was presented after that and explained by the director of competitions in the “FIFA” Jaime Yarza. Then the lottery began in a practical and formal after that.