World Cup draw: Qatar football tournament roster to be revealed

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Expectations for the Middle East’s inaugural World Cup will kick up a notch today when the draw for the tournament takes place in Qatar.

From heavy favorites to brave longshots, countries will have an idea of ​​who they need to beat to advance to the final stages.

The day of the draw began with a protest outside FIFA headquarters in Zurich. German artist Volker-Johannes Trieb used sand-filled balls to protest the suffering of migrant workers in Qatar who worked on World Cup-related infrastructure.

Here’s everything you need to know.

When is the Qatar World Cup draw?

It starts at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Center at 6:00 p.m. CEST on April 1 and lasts one hour.

When is the Qatar World Cup?

Due to sweltering summer temperatures in Qatar, the tournament was moved to later in the year. It will take place in the middle of the European domestic football season, from November 21 to December 18, 2022.

How will the draw take place?

There will be 32 teams entered in the tournament, but 37 in the draw, as there are still undecided qualifying matches, notably involving Ukraine.

Teams will be divided into eight groups of four, 16 of which will advance to the final stages of the competition.

Which countries have qualified for the Qatar World Cup?

  1. Qatar
  2. Germany
  3. Denmark
  4. Brazil
  5. France
  6. Belgium
  7. Croatia
  8. Spain
  9. Serbia
  10. England
  11. Switzerland
  12. Netherlands
  13. Argentina
  14. Iran
  15. South Korea
  16. Japan
  17. Saudi Arabia
  18. Ecuador
  19. Uruguay
  20. Canada
  21. Ghana
  22. Senegal
  23. Portugal
  24. Poland
  25. Tunisia
  26. Morocco
  27. Cameroon
  28. United States
  29. Mexico
  30. To confirm
  31. To confirm
  32. To confirm

Who will take the last three places?

Ukraine was originally supposed to play Scotland in a European playoff match, but the match was postponed to June due to the Russian invasion.

The winner plays Wales for the last place in Europe.

Costa Rica finished fourth in the North and Central America and the Caribbean qualifying group and is heading into an intercontinental playoff against New Zealand.

Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay qualified in South America. Peru defeated Paraguay 2-0 on Tuesday night for fifth place and will battle for a spot against Asia’s fifth-place playoff winner between Australia and the United Arab Emirates June 7.

What happened in the World Cup qualifiers this week?

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has another shot at lifting the World Cup after helping Portugal to qualify for the tournament.

His Manchester United team-mate Bruno Fernandes scored twice as he beat North Macedonia, who had stunnedItaly Last week.

“Objective achieved, we are at the Qatar World Cup, we are in our rightful place! Thanks to all the Portuguese for the tireless support! Strong Portugal! Ronaldo posted on social media in Portuguese.

The World Cup trophy is the only prize that eluded five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo.

While the 37-year-old is expected to be a key part of Portugal’s squad in Qatar later this year, fellow Premiership star Mohamed Salah will be absent.

Salah missed the penalty spot as Senegal advanced at the expense of Egypt.

Senegal advanced on a penalty shootout for one of Africa’s five berths after fans shone lasers in Salah’s face as he stepped forward to take the first penalty of the Egypt. He launched his attempt over the crossbar while he had green colored lasers pointed at his face and body.

Salah’s Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mané struck the winning penalty after the sides drew 1-1 on aggregate, sending Senegal to their third World Cup. Mané also had the winner of the shootout against Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations final on February 6.

Elsewhere, Robert Lewandowski converted a 50th-minute penalty and Poland secured their second straight World Cup berth with a 2-1 win over Sweden in another European qualifier. It was Lewandowski’s 75th international goal in 129 appearances.

Ghana qualified after a 1-1 draw with Nigeria behind Thomas Partey’s goal in the 10th minute to advance on away goals. The Black Stars, who eliminated the United States in 2006 and 2010, will be making their fourth World Cup appearance.

Algeria won their first leg, vying to qualify after missing out on the 2018 World Cup, but Cameroon came back with a 2-1 win on Tuesday from Karl Toko Ekambi’s goal in the fourth minute of the second extra period to advance on away goals.

Morocco shot the Democratic Republic of Congo 4-1 to secure their 5-2 spot on aggregate. Tunisia drew scoreless with mali and qualified with a 1-0 aggregate win.

Canada has already clinched a berth in North and Central America and the Caribbean, his first World Cup appearance in 36 years.

the United States and Mexico also secured their World Cup spot this week.

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