The European qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar start on Wednesday evening with a match between Turkey and the Netherlands (6pm). DAZN). In ten groups, a total of 55 countries are battling for one of the ten direct tickets to the tournament in the winter of 2022. Only the first in the group qualifies directly, and the second in the group must go to the play-off tournament with two teams. The remaining teams for the World Cup final have the best position in the Nations League. The gameBuzzer Provides an overview of the situation in individual groups and shows favorites before World Cup qualifiers begin.
Group A: Portugal, Serbia, Ireland, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg, (Qatar)
Group A comes with the biggest feature of the entire competition: there is also a guest on the season with Qatar. Automatically qualified for the 2022 Winter World Cup host tournament. However, in the European qualifiers, they want to gather match practice for the World Cup outside the competition in their own country. European champions Portugal, Serbia and Ireland can count on chances outside – they have to fight for second place.
Group C: Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania
Group C offers an exciting dilemma for direct qualification: Italy certainly look polarized, but the Swiss do not have to hide behind a lot of Bundesliga professionals. “We are not far from them. We have a good team and we can cause problems for Italy,” said Denis Zacharia of Gladbach. SRF.
Group D: France, Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Kazakhstan
To see France as Group Winners in Group D, you do not need a prophet. The world champion is the undisputed favorite in the group and in next year’s World Cup final. It will be exciting behind: Who will get the playoff spot? Only Kazakhstan is excluded from the raffle.
Group E: Belgium, Wales, Czech Republic, Belarus and Estonia
Group E starts Wednesday evening (8.45pm, DAZN) With the best game: Belgium meet Wales in Louvain. It does not seem at first that the British around superstar Gareth Bale, who loaned Real Madrid to Tottenham, could seriously lose direct qualification to Belgium.
Group F: Austria, Denmark, Scotland, Israel, Moldova, Faroe Islands
Two neighboring German nations are battling in Group F for a direct ticket to the World Cup. Austria, with 19 Bundesliga legionnaires, want to qualify for a World Cup final for the first time since 1998. But Denmark also has a good chance of winning first place. Both start against two other professional nations: the Austrians play Scotland on Wednesday (8.45pm), and the qualifiers for Denmark start the same day in Israel (6.45pm, both DAZN). Note: Scots can be expected after the European Championship victory.
Group G: Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar
BBB star Earling Holland lost to Norway in the playoffs. Will the storm bring hope to the World Cup with the Scandinavians? Getting there in Group G will not be easy. The Netherlands with the best young team will be the benchmark. Holland, captain Martin Edegard and company are waiting for Turkey in the battle for second place – the German team won 3-3 in November.
Group H: Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia, Malta, Cyprus
Group H offers a real surprise bag: Vice World Champion Croatia must win first place. However, this team is not as densely populated as the world-class players it was at the tournament in Russia three years ago. The Russians, Slovenia and Slovakia need to be able to score against the Adriatic team.
Group I: England, Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra, San Marino
Along with English, Group I offers one of the most beloved for the title in Qatar. The toughest group opponent for the Three Lions is Poland with world footballer Robert Lewandowski. Hungarians who have been in contact with many Bundesliga professionals are also expected to say something.
Group J: Germany, Iceland, Romania, Armenia, North Macedonia, Liechtenstein
The German team was really lucky. If the downward trend in the sport from last fall does not continue dramatically, the team will have no problem winning their group. On the one hand, it will be exciting to see who will take over as coach from Joachim Low after the European Championship. On the other hand, the fight for second place that qualifies for the playoffs offers recreational value. The Icelanders, who have already been to the 2018 World Cup, should be in a favorite position.