With international football on ice in 2021, next year’s World Cup match in Qatar is looking a little clearer. So far 12 teams have earned their spot alongside the host at the tournament with most of Europe’s footballing powers having made it through to the group stage. Below, we take a look at the favorites for the first Winter World Cup, including all the teams that have qualified and some of the looking good to take part:
World Cup Strength Ranking
Teams in italics have not yet qualified for Qatar 2022
1. Brazil (-)
Still unbeaten in the CONMEBOL qualifiers, Brazil is considered a World Cup title contender thanks to its impenetrable defense, having conceded only four goals in 13 games en route to Qatar so far. Tite’s side have lost just once in 2021 – the final Copa America defeat to Argentina – and have developed the welcoming habit of winning 1-0 or 2-0 with or without Neymar. At Vinicius Junior, they could also have the tournament’s breakout star next year.
2. French (-)
If Euro 2020 is a reminder that in many games France looks so much worse than the sum of their parts, then the Nations League shows what would happen if they entered the game just moments after passing. Belgium and Spain. Crucially for Didier Deschamps, the Kylian Mbappe-Karim Benzema partnership seems to be improving with every game, right into next winter.
3. Argentina (+1)
Another signed up for the summer tournament, Argentina ended 2021 without a defeat to their name and conceded just one goal in qualifying after the Copa America. A defense anchored by Cristian Romero with Emiliano Martinez behind him looks rather secure than in previous iterations of this team, giving Lionel Messi and his teammates a platform to grind for victories.
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4. English (-1)
England’s relatively serene exit from qualifying seems to have left many gritting their teeth over whether UEFA needs to tear up the rule book; Surely things wouldn’t be this easy for the Three Lions? Sure, they had one of the more hospitable draws but they also have a squad with a deep level of mutual understanding, a reliable international goalscorer in Harry Kane and a host of Impressive selections provide him with service like any team would at the World Cup.
5. Germany (+5)
The first team with Qatar to attend the World Cup, Germany looks to be happy again under Hansi Flick. He certainly hasn’t faced much in the way of opposition since taking over from Joachim Low – perhaps the toughest task by far being a 2-1 win in Romania – but Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Kai Havertz seem to be singing whenever they don’t have a German kit. As has been the case for several years now, the unanswered question may be whether their weakness will cost them.
6. Spain (-)
Perhaps there will be some wobble from coach Luis Enrique’s side as they find their way out of Group B with a win over Sweden. They don’t always make it easy on themselves but Alvaro Morata tends to end up dedicating themselves to a team whose long-term possession will make them a difficult team to score.
7. Belgium (+1)
It could be the last shot at a crucial time for much of Belgium’s Golden Generation, who have so far failed to reach the grand final in an era of sustained excellence. Eden Hazard, the defenders and to some extent even Kevin De Bruyne are starting to show their age while Roberto Martinez is reluctant to bleed some of his young players in the minutes that could may not have returned to bite them in Qatar.
8. Italian (-3)
Should Italy slip into Qatar’s net, they could still move up a spot alongside the favorites, but so far it is far from certain that they will be there after dropping Switzerland and North Korea. Ireland in the last match of the group stage. . Their strongest lineup can be tested by anyone, but without Ciro Immobile, they lack a focal point in attack; eliminate Marco Verratti and limit Nicolo Barella’s effectiveness in midfield and they may struggle to cut teams off.
9. Denmark (new entry)
Euro 2020 certainly wasn’t a boon for Kasper Hjullmand’s side, who won their first nine qualifying rounds before losing to Scotland long after qualifying for the World Cup. Over the next year, Denmark could be even better with an increasingly youthful core cast of Mohamed Daramy, Kasper Dolberg, Joakim Maehle and Andreas Christensen.
10. Netherlands (new entry)
Under Louis van Gaal’s management, the Dutch perhaps deserve credit for how impressively they came out of the group after an unstable start under Frank de Boer. Norway and Turkey may have posed many problems with Europe’s other leading parties, but in the end the Dutch finished working against the latter. At Memphis Depay, they will also be able to name the best player on the international stage in 2021, his 12 goals largely amassed by superior opponents to Kane, the player. his top scorer in the UEFA qualifying round.
11. Portugal (-4)
That is same old problems with portuguese: who seems to be completely out of midfield, dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo and Diogo Jota to the point of inhibiting other top strikers and likely to repeat the same mistakes in defence. Admittedly they were assigned one of the toughest number two seeds in Serbia, but they made the weather inclement not only for themselves but also for the Republic of Ireland. During a playoff, they seem to be completely capable of exploding on their own.
12. Algeria (new item)
The African champions were pushed closely by Burkina Faso on their way to the final round of qualifying, but if they make it through the CAF’s brutal melee to secure five places, they promise to be the real test for anyone at the World Cup. Islam Slimani may have seen his goals exhausted at club level, but his partnership with Riyad Mahrez continues to bear fruit for the Desert Foxes.
13. United States (new entry)
There will certainly be disappointed supporters, who feel the numbers are too high after the last draw in Jamaica, but any team can beat its major rivals three times in a year with High stakes on every occasion deserve serious treatment if they go to Qatar. The biggest cause for concern for Gregg Berhalter may be the lack of a good striker, but if Ricardo Pepi or anyone else can prove it, then the USMNT will indeed have a very balanced lineup. equal.
14. Senegal (new entry)
Few teams made it past their CAF second round as definitive as Senegal, who shared the scoring burden around an impressive front line that included Sadio Mane and Ismaila Sarr. In the opposite direction, any team with Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly in the backline will be hard to beat. Aliou Cisse’s team can still be the dark horse against Qatar, if they can do that.
15. Serbia (new entry)
The shock surrounding Portugal’s exit rather dulls the impressive extent of this Serbian side. Certainly, it should come as no surprise that any team consisting of Dusan Tadic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Dusan Vlahovic could make it to the World Cup. The former offers Dragan Stojkovic’s side the ability to remove almost any team from open play or dead ball, where the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic can have a big impact.
16. Ecuador (new entry)
Coming in at number three in CONMEBOL’s standings, Ecuador’s qualifying success often comes with the caveat that their best results are claimed in the highlands of Quito. It is true that they have won 16 points at home – more than any South American team Brazil – but no less, the team beat Bolivia and Chile to earn themselves six points after four rounds. the rest of the game. These include meetings with Brazil and Argentina, but Gustavo Alfaro’s side may have done close enough to qualify.
17. Switzerland (new entry)
The Swiss have come to the World Cup in a style worthy of the football they have been playing for over a decade. They don’t beat themselves and it’s very hard for you to score against them – they only conceded two in qualifying – but rarely come out of their shell. At Euro 2020, they reached the quarterfinals; If one of their young strikers like Noah Okafor pushes, they could repeat it in Qatar.
18. Mexico (-8)
El Tri found themselves nervously staring into the rearview window after a defeat to USMNT and group leaders Canada, which secured third and final place in qualifying in the Octagon. In terms of talent, they should be Concacaf’s best side, but Raul Jimenez is yet to score from an open game since his return from a traumatic brain injury while no player has scored more than one. times for Tata Martino’s team in the final round of qualifying. Four of their last six qualifiers took place at home but need to improve quickly.
19. Iran (new entry)
At the top of Group A and almost certain to qualify for the World Cup, Dragan Skocic could be called up to a team whose impressive attack includes Sardar Azmoun and Feyenoord winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh. A positive result against South Korea would help cement their position as the best possible candidate from Asia.
20. Qatar (new entry)
Friendly results against Ireland, Azerbaijan and potential rivals Serbia show that the World Cup hosts have a long way to go even if their experience in the Gold Cup – where they reached the semi-finals only to lose to the United States – suggests a team could up their game in the major leagues. Their problem may be that next winter they will have to face teams that will challenge them rather than Grenada or Honduras.
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