With the official start of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers having been passed, all eyes are on the kickoff in Qatar, which is still a year away. This early, however, most of the favorites have already punched their ticket on a wild ride in the World Cup’s group rounds.
There are already 13 countries out of the 32 slotted for the group rounds that have already managed to secure their place. Some of them coasted through their opponents, but there are others who had to move heaven and earth to get there. Even the World Cup isn’t without drama.
Some Familiar Names Making Their Mark
Most of the traditional powers-that-be in the World Cup games have already made their presence felt. 12BET online sports betting analysts aren’t shocked that France, the defending champion, is already qualified, along with the likes of Belgium and other powerhouses.
While most agree that Belgium is the team to beat, Spain, England, and Germany aren’t about to take it sitting down. There are also some powerhouses from South America—the old guard Brazil and Argentina, which has enjoyed mixed successes on the world stage.
Some Names Still To Appear
While these teams have already punched their ticket to the group stages, there are notable absences. Of note are teams Italy and Portugal, both of whom have to go through the tedious process of qualifying through the playoffs. It’s a must if they want to continue their appearances on the group stage.
In other parts, raring to make the football score interesting during the group stages are teams from Asia and the Middle East like South Korea and Saudi Arabia. The United States will surely be an interesting team to watch during the group stages, while Mexico’s future is a little uncertain at the moment.
In Other Parts of the World
A surprising revelation this year are teams who went through the wringer playing the respective World Cup Qualifiers for 2022 in their region. The African region are wild cards, with any team there capable of giving the traditional powers a run for their money. Oceania still has a long way to go to qualify because there are situations (COVID-19) that are making matters complicated for them.
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