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The 2022 World Cup in Qatar: Czechs will face Belgium, Wales, Belarus and Estonia

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Sport.cz, FAČR

The Italian international Daniele de Rossi and the Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart were in the hands of the European Qualifiers on Monday evening in Zurich.

They sent the Czech national team to Group E in the company of a leader, the highly favored Belgium, and Wales drawn from the second performance basket. This made it clear that the group would only have five members, as the Belgians will play in the Final Four of the League of Nations next year, and therefore need a free qualifying date in October.

Wales is an acceptable opponent for Šilhavý, not only in terms of performance, but also in terms of the conditions of promotion from the League of Nations. An acceptable opponent is, of course, Belarus, with which the Czech team, by the way, competed in the qualification for EURO 1996 in England, not to mention Estonia.

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“Good group, I like it, Belgium is a clear favorite with its golden generation. Then we will see what we and Wales will play, “praised the Czech national team member Jakub Jankto. “It will be very difficult with Belgium outside, but I think we can play with it at home.”

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“A very interesting group with a clear favorite, which is Belgium. A strong generation has grown up there, the Belgians are the best in the FIFA ranking, “added Tomáš Vaclík. “Wales and Gareth Ball are certainly also attractive opponents. I’m curious about other opponents, because I’ve never played against them with the national team before. I believe that we will prepare well for the qualification, and when it starts, we will be fine and in shape to get off to a good start in March. “

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Due to the political situation, Armenia could not meet with Azerbaijan, Kosovo with Bosnia and Herzegovina, or even with Russia or Serbia, Ukraine could not figure in the same group with Russia and Gibraltar with Spain.

Due to the climatic conditions, ten countries were identified as risky, so in one group they could not, for example. end the representations of Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

Furthermore, even before the lot, distances were taken into account, and above all, demanding travel to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Iceland was taken into account.

Finally, the lottery spoke as follows:

Lottery of the European part of the World Cup 2022 qualification in Qatar:
Group A: Portugal, Serbia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan.
Group B: Spain, Sweden, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo.
Group C: Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania.
Group D: France, Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan.
Group E: Belgium, Wales, Czech Republic, Belarus, Estonia.
Group F: Denmark, Austria, Scotland, Israel, Faroe Islands, Moldova.
Group G: Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar.
Group H: Croatia, Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta.
Group I: England, Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra, San Marino.
Group J.: Germany, Romania, Iceland, Northern Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein.

Thirteen teams will advance to the world championship from the European qualification, which will be attended by 55 countries. The ten winners of each group will secure a direct promotion to the championship, which will be organized by Qatar in November and December 2022.

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Teams in second place will advance to the playoffs. In it, the two most top winners of the groups in this year’s League of Nations, who will not succeed in the world qualification, will get a chance. This is also an opportunity for the Czech national team, which also won the League of Nations group.

Order of winners in the League of Nations:
1. France, 2. Belgium, 3. Italy, 4. Spain, 5. Wales, 6. Austria, 7. Czech Republic, 8. Hungary, 9. Slovenia, 10. Montenegro, 11. Armenia, 12. Albania, 13. Faroe Islands, 14. Gibraltar.

A total of twelve teams will advance to the playoffs (ten from the second qualifying places, two from the League of Nations). The lottery will create six pairs, which will play for the next round. The remaining three participants in the 2022 World Championship will then emerge from it. The play-off will be played in March 2022 for only one match, not for revenge at home and away.

Eight new stadiums will be available in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.

Zdeněk Pavlis, Sport.cz

World Cup qualifiers will be played next year in March, September (after three matches), October and November (after two matches).

The opening match of the World Championships in Qatar in 2022 is scheduled for November 21, the final will take place on December 18.

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