UEFA Confirms 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Qualifiers

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UEFA confirmed the final European qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Sunday. A total of 13 European teams will qualify for the tournament, and a further three teams will secure their places through the World Cup play-offs. The final qualifiers will be played on March 29 and March 24, 2022, with the draw for the play-offs taking place on March 24. During the play-offs, teams will play home and away matches to secure their spot in the tournament. The winner of the two single-leg semi-finals will face each other in a final.

Argentina have been crowned the winners of the Copa America, and will be favourites to win the World Cup after being undefeated throughout qualifying. They will go into the tournament as favourites, with Angel Di Maria, Rodrigo De Paul, and Paolo Dybala all ready to deliver. While Argentina is in good shape, a lack of a high-scoring striker may be an issue. This could be a problem for Argentina in Qatar, but the young talent in the squad should be enough to win them the tournament.

The Netherlands will be looking to make it two straight World Cup finals after their run to the semi-finals in 2014. Coach Louis van Gaal is the only Dutch manager to have won a World Cup. The Netherlands have a good record, but they may need a few players to recover after injury during the Euros.

Portugal, meanwhile, will be looking to become the first team to qualify for a World Cup on the basis of two consecutive qualifying rounds. They qualified through the play-offs after beating Ukraine in the final, and will travel to Qatar with the hope of securing a place in the knockout rounds. They’ll face Spain and Germany in Group E. Despite their disappointing run at the last tournament, Portugal have a strong squad and are more than capable of winning the World Cup.

France have been eliminated in the group stage of the last two World Cups, but they’ve been in the semi-finals of every tournament since 2007. They were also eliminated in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup, and have not qualified for a World Cup since 2006. They have the star power to make it into the final, but their place in the final has never been assured. They will be hoping that their great generation – including Cristiano Ronaldo – can get them over the line in Qatar.

Uruguay’s great generation was close to missing out on the tournament in 2010, and they’ll have to be strong again to earn their place in the 2022 World Cup. The team is still loaded with the talents of Luis Suarez and Jose Maria Gimenez, and a strong group will carry their hopes to Qatar. Uruguay’s coach, Gustavo Alfaro, has had his share of defeats – he was beaten by Ireland in the group stage – but he has a smart, attacking team.

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