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World Cup teams: Who is going to Qatar 2022?

| 30.03.2022

The 2022 World Cup teams and those still hoping to qualify

The qualification picture for Qatar 2022 is nearing completion, with 29 of the 32 World Cup teams now confirmed.

There are some famous names already guaranteed to be absent but here we look at the sides to have qualified so far and those still in contention ahead of the World Cup draw on Friday.

Hosts

Qatar

Europe (13 places total)

Qualified: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Portugal, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland

To be decided: Portugal and Poland joined the 10 UEFA group winners by triumphing in the play-offs on Tuesday.

The final play-off path remains unfinished, with Ukraine’s semi-final against Scotland postponed until June. The winners of that match will take on Wales, who beat Austria in their semi last week.

Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Wales

South America (4/5 places)

Qualified: Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay

To be decided: Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador and Uruguay are through as top-four finishers in South America’s 10-team qualifying competition, while Peru, having come fifth, are the side advancing to the intercontinental play-offs in June when they will face either Australia or the United Arab Emirates for a place in the World Cup.

Asia (4/5 places)

Qualified: Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea

To be decided: Four sides have progressed by finishing in the top two in the two groups of six – the third-placed sides, Australia and the United Arab Emirates, will face each other in June in Doha for the right to play in the intercontinental play-offs against Peru.

Africa (five places)

Qualified: Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia

To be decided: N/A – all spots have beee sealed as five two-legged play-offs were completed in the week of the World Cup draw.

North/Central America & Caribbean (3/4 places)

Qualified: Canada

To be decided: Mexico and the United States joined Canada as CONCACAF’s automatic qualifiers on Wednesday night.

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Fourth-placed Costa Rica will face New Zealand in June, with the winners heading to the finals.

Oceania (0/1 places)

To be decided: New Zealand thrashed Solomon Islands in Doha on Wednesday in the final of Oceania’s qualifiers. They will face Costa Rica in a winner-takes-all intercontinental play-off in Qatar this summer.

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Andrew McDermott