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The teams who have already qualified for the World Cup in Qatar

2021-11-19 17:00:31 2346

The World Cup heads to Qatar in 2022 with 32 teams set to battle it out for glory in the Middle East.

Keep track of which sides have booked their spots for the carnival of football with our comprehensive list of qualifiers below.


Recently qualified teams

Argentina

Argentina's spot in next winter's World Cup was confirmed on Tuesday night following a goalless draw with arch-rivals Brazil.

That result combined with Chile's 2-0 defeat to Ecuador and Bolivia's 3-0 victory over Uruguay means they are the second South American side alongside Brazil to qualify.

Lionel Scaloni's side won the Copa America in July and are now unbeaten in 27 matches.


Netherlands

A 2-0 victory over Norway confirmed the Netherlands World Cup qualification as winners of a tight Group G.

They finished two points ahead of Turkey, who beat Montenegro to leapfrog the Scandinavians into second place and a spot in the play-offs.

Coach Louis van Gaal had suffered a cycling accident in the build-up to the crucial match, leaving him wheelchair-bound and unable to be in the technical area at De Kuip — but they did not let that stop them.


Switzerland

Switzerland snatched automatic qualification in the most dramatic of circumstances when pipping European champions Italy to top spot in their qualifying group.

Heading into the final round of fixtures, all the Swiss could do was win their home clash with Bulgaira and hope for an Azzurri slip-up — and their dreams came true thanks to a plucky Northern Ireland performance.

Italy's 0-0 draw in Belfast, combined with Switzerland's 4-0 trouncing of Bulgaira, was enough to ensure that Murat Yakin's side will feature in Qatar.


England

England made sure of their spot at Qatar 2022 in memorable fashion, with a 10-0 mauling of minnows San Marino enough to confirm Gareth Southgate's side as winners of their qualifying group.

Having made a semi-final at the 2018 World Cup before losing the delayed Euro 2020 final to Italy on penalties, fans of the Three Lions will be hopeful that they can go one step further in Qatar and lift a first trophy since 1966.

Blessed with emerging talent in all areas of the pitch, Southgate can also call on goal machine Harry Kane who topped the European qualifying scoring charts with 12 goals in just eight matches.



Already qualified 

Qatar

As the host nation, Qatar are assured of their place at the finals without having to go through qualification and will be making their World Cup debut.

In the previous 21 tournaments, only South Africa in 2010 have failed to reach at least the knockout stages as a host nation — though Qatar will have their work cut out to avoid a similar fate judging on official rankings.

They can at least take heart from their against-the-odds AFC Asian Cup win in 2019, overcoming the likes of South Korea and Japan to lift the trophy in one of football’s most surprising upsets of recent years.



Germany

Germany became the first team to officially qualify for the World Cup, securing top spot in Group J of the European section with a 4-0 victory over North Macedonia in October 2021.

Seven wins from their opening eight clashes proved to be enough for Die Mannschaft to book their place in Qatar, where they will look to right the wrongs of a disastrous campaign at Russia 2018 which saw them exit at the group stage.

Former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has replaced the long-serving Joachim Low in the dugout after their last 16 exit at Euro 2020 and will be hoping to lead his nation to a fifth Jules Rimet Trophy.



Denmark

Surprise semi-finalists at Euro 2020, Denmark carried their fine form into World Cup qualifying and sealed their place in the tournament with a 1-0 home win over Austria in October 2021.

A perfect run of eight victories put the Danes out of the reach of Scotland and Israel with two matches to spare — Kasper Hjulmand’s side scoring 27 times and not conceding a single goal in that run.

Though this will only be a sixth World Cup appearance in the nation’s history, Denmark have been present at four of the last six tournaments and will hope to improve on their sole run to the quarter-final stage in 1998.


Brazil

A 1-0 win against Colombia in November 2021 saw Brazil confirmed as the first side to progress from South America's CONMEBOL qualifying section.

Tite's troops booked their spot in Qatar by triumphing in 11 of their opening 12 qualifying encounters and drawing the other, doing so in the fashion of a team firmly on the rise.

Having ruled the world on a record five occasions, the Brazilians would dearly love to land a first title since 2002.


France

Defending champions France booked their spot in the finals with an emphatic 8-0 win over Kazakhstan in mid-November.

That comfortable victory, in which Kylian Mbappe scored four goals, saw an unbeaten Les Bleus move four points clear of Group D rivals Finland with one game to play.

Despite a disappointing Euro 2020 campaign, France will hope to become only the third team to win back-to-back World Cups with a successful tournament in Qatar.


Belgium

Belgium survived a late scare to see off Estonia 3-1 and join the early qualifiers for Qatar.

Goals from Christian Benteke, Yannick Carrasco and Thorgan Hazard saw them go clear of nearest challengers Wales and Czech Republic in Group E.

If they can get Romelu Lukaku fit and firing, the Red Devils will fancy their chances once again with an ageing golden generation looking to live up to the hype.



Croatia

Croatia leapfrogged opponents Russia to earn their spot in Qatar after a comical own-goal gave them a 1-0 win in torrential conditions.

Their golden generation that finished as runners-up of 2018 may be fading, but they will still be able to call on greats such as Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic in 2022.


Spain

Spain needed just a point against Sweden to book their spot in Qatar, but they got all three thanks to Alvaro Morata's late strike which condemned the Scandinavians to the play-offs.

Having won three consecutive tournaments between 2008 and 2012, the Spaniards suffered a lull for several years after and their semi-final run at Euro 2020 was achieved with a much-changed squad.

Luis Enrique's side are certainly building for the future — but if last summer's efforts are anything to go by, we could be seeing a lot of La Roja in Qatar.


Serbia

Serbia qualified the hard way with a comeback victory against Portugal in Lisbon, securing their spot next December.

Aleksandar Mitrovic made amends for the penalty miss that saw the Eagles miss out on Euro 2020 by scoring the 90th-minute goal that sent them to Qatar.


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