The 2018 World Cup in Russia belonged essentially but also formally to Europe. It was a complete domination of the national teams of the old Epirus, which saw in the semifinals reach 4 of its teams (Croatia, Belgium, England, France) and in the big final winner the team of Didier Deschamps, which prevailed with 4-2 of Croatia by Zlatko Dalic.
Now on Monday, December 7 in Zurich, the national team of France, world champion, but also the other teams of Europe will find out who will be its opponents in the qualifying phase for the World Cup, which will be held in the small but beautiful, Qatar.
The country that has spent many millions of euros, in order not only to build amazing stadiums that will host the games of the final phase, but almost the entire country. So that it does not resemble any of the steppes it had 6-7 years ago, but a modern and modern state.
Which causes awe and admiration at the same time from the fans but also the visitors who will want to visit it.
The draw will take place as a virtual event on December 7 in Zurich, Switzerland.
The world governing body FIFA confirmed the seedings for the European section of qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, with England, Belgium and the reigning world champions in Pot 1.
The seedings were allocated based on the latest FIFA ranking, following the completion of the Nations League group stage in November.
In Pot 1, the world number one Belgium is joined by France, England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. It means that no heavyweights will be drawn together in the same group.
France have been seeded for the first time in 12 years. On the road to Brazil in 2014, they finished behind Spain in the qualifiers and defeated Ukraine in a playoff to reach the World Cup. In the next qualifying campaign, the team of Didier Deschamps topped a group that included both Sweden and the Netherlands. Italy failed to qualify for the Russia World Cup, but return as a top seed in this campaign.
Pot 1: Belgium, France, England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
Switzerland narrowly missed out on making Pot 1 after poor results in the recent Nations League. Poland and Sweden are among the other heavyweights in Pot 2.
Pot 2: Switzerland, Wales, Poland, Sweden, Austria, Ukraine, Serbia, Turkey, Slovakia and Romania
The 2018 World Cup hosts Russia as well as Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland find themselves in Pot 3. Together with the former European champion, 2004, Greece, coached by the Dutchman, John Van’ t Schip.
Pot 3: Russia, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Czech Republic, Norway, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Scotland, Greece and Finland
In Pot 4, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina are the most prominent teams.
Pot 4: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Israel, Belarus, Georgia and Luxembourg
The next pot contains more teams from the periphery of the European game, with among others Faroe Islands, Latvia and Lithuania.
Pot 5: Armenia, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia and Andorra
Pot 6 groups all the minnows, including UEFA’s low-rankest country San Marino, and they will be drawn into sixth position in groups F to J.
Pot 6: Malta, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar and San Marino
Europe will have 13 representatives at the next World Cup finals. The ten group winners will qualify directly for Qatar 2022, with the ten runners-up advancing to the play-offs. The two best UEFA Nations League group winners who do not finish in the top two will complete the playoffs, with the 12 nations split into three paths forming two semifinals and a final in each.
The World Cup qualifiers in Europe get under way in March. The Qatar World Cup will be the first World Cup in winter, scheduled to run from November 21 to December 18 of 2022. It will be the last global finals with 32 teams. In 2026, when the United States, Mexico and Canada stage the tournament, 48 countries will participate.