yesand finished The qualifying phase for Qatar came to an end after three long years. When Norjmoogiin Tsedenbal scored the first goal on the road to the 2022 World Cup in Mongolia-Brunei on June 6, 2019, the coronavirus had not yet hit the planet.
The restrictions affected the 206 teams that have competed in 2,424 matches due to being in Qatar. They have beaten in search of 32 tickets that are already awarded. 1,104 days after the Mongolian winger’s goal, Campbell closed the ‘Ticos’ pass with his goal in the Costa Rica-New Zealand match and the poster for a Cup that starts in 157 days.
Costa Rica, with Spain
On April 1, in Doha, the World Cup group stage is drawn with three questions. Groups B, D and E – that of Spain – were not completed pending the elucidation of Route A of the playoff in Europe, postponed in March due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the two intercontinental playoffs.
Everything was decided in June. Ukraine won (1-3) in Scotland in semis but I lost in the final (1-0) against Bale’s Waleswhich went directly to group B with England, Iran and the United States.
Australia had to defeat the United Arab Emirates (1-2) in the duel of third Asian Per on penalties in the final of the first intercontinental playoff of those held in Qatar to play their fifth final phase in a row. The ‘socceroos’ joined France, Denmark and Tunisia in D. And Keylor Navas’s Costa Rica won (1-0) New Zealand, qualifying for its fifth Cup of the last six, going to lot E with Spain, Germany and Japan. To be the rival with which Luis Enrique’s team will debut in the World Cup on November 23 (5:00 p.m.) at Al Thumama Stadium.
The latest World Cup
For the first time, the World Cup will be held in an Arab country, with the eight venues in less than 70 kilometers and in the autumn in the northern hemisphere -between November 21 and December 18-. The one in Qatar will be the shortest final phase since Argentina 1978 (28 days) and the one that has taken the longest to arrive since Brazil 1950 -it was not played in 1942 and 1946 due to World War II-. The ball hasn’t rolled in a World Cup for 1,587 days! Four years, four months and three days have passed since France defeated Croatia (4-2) in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
Seven of eight winners
Italy and its four World Cups are the great absence of this World Cup alongside stars like Haaland (Norway), Salah (Egypt), Mahrez (Algeria), Alaba (Austria), Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Luis Daz (Colombia), Oblak (Slovenia), Alexis (Chile)…
The other seven champions -Brazil (five), Germany (four), Argentina (two), France (two), Uruguay (two), England (one) and Spain (one)- will be in a Cup with other candidates without a title- Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands – and many cracks: Neymar, Vinicius, Messi, Lewandowski, Man, Modric, Cristiano, Kane, Hazard, De Bruyne, Darwin, Luis Surez, De Jong, Vlahovic, Bale, Pedri, Kimmich… although Les Bleus de Mbapp, Benzema… are the favourites.
asian to power
Only Qatar will debut in a tournament with six Asian teams – Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the hosts and Australia, which competes in Asia –. Only the European ones (13) are more. In addition, Wales and Canada return after 64 and 36 years of absence. Those that do not fail are Brazil -full of 22 World Cups- Germany (18 in a row), Argentina (13), Spain (12)… A Cup that will be the fifth for Messi and Cristiano, equaling the record of the German Matthus, the Italian Buffon and the Mexicans Carbajal and Márquez. His compatriots Ochoa and Guardado could also achieve it.