The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup, the world’s largest football tournament, is just over a year away. Teams have commenced earning qualifications, while there are still numerous spaces available.
Although the Super Eagles have qualified for the play-offs but their trip to Qatar is still uncertain.
The September and October qualifying windows laid the way for some dramatic confrontations in November, with a number of European clubs securing their spots in Qatar 2020. During the week, the South Americans also signed their registers.
The group stage has concluded on the European Continent. As a result, nine group winners have secured their places. Through the playoffs, three more slots are still up for grabs.
While it will likely take quite a little longer for things to be sorted out in North America’s Concacaf region and elsewhere, there have been some clear statements in South American as Argentina and Brazil have already booked their spots. The Brazilians, five-time World Cup champions, are the only team to have featured in every single tournament since its inception in 1930.
Twelve teams have officially qualified for the tourney so far. More are expected to join the list in the next window. In Europe, what’s more notable, perhaps, is which nations haven’t qualified as giants like Italy and Portugal are on their way to the playoffs.
In Africa, qualifications have reached a crescendo. The final rounds were decided on Tuesday night. Ten countries have made it into the last stage, the playoffs. These teams will be placed in two pots of five teams each at a draws coming up on the 18th of December, 2021.