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2022 World Cup: the Blues officially seeded for the qualifiers

There was no suspense, but it’s now official. Fifa formalized this Friday the various hats for the draw of the qualifying groups for the 2022 World Cup in the Europe zone. Second in the world rankings behind Belgium, the Blues are obviously one of the seeds with the Red Devils, England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. Low.

The world champions are thus assured of not inheriting one of these formations during the draw for the Europe zone on December 7 in Zurich. Qualified for the final tournament of the League of Nations, Didier Deschamps’ men also have the guarantee of appearing in a group with five selections and of avoiding two meetings against minor formations from the Old Continent on his way to the World Cup in Qatar.

The Blues have a joker

Their campaign in the League of Nations, where they finished among the top two, offers the Blues a catch-up session. If the top ten in each group will automatically qualify for the 2022 World Cup and the second sent to the play-offs, France will also be able to take this second route if it does not finish the adventure in one of the first two places in its group. .

Hat 1: Belgium, France, England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands.

Hat 2: Switzerland, Wales, Poland, Sweden, Austria, Ukraine, Serbia, Turkey, Slovakia, Romania.

Hat 3: Russia, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Czech Republic, Norway, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Scotland, Greece, Finland.

Hat 4: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Israel, Belarus, Georgia, Luxembourg.

Hat 5: Armenia, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Andorra.

Hat 6: Malta, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar and San Marino

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