The last participants from the European part at the moment are the teams of Poland and Portugal.Poland national team, which nevertheless achieved the removal of the Russian team from the play-offs, defeated the Swedish team and advanced to the final stage of the 2022 World Cup. In the second play-offPortugalwas stronger than North Macedonia.
The participants of the 2022 World Cup at the moment are:
- Qatar (as the host country of the tournament),
- Germany (Group J winner)
- Denmark (Group F winner)
- Brazil (first from South America to guarantee participation)
- Belgium (Group E winner)
- France (group D winners)
- Croatia (Group H winner)
- Spain (Group B winner)
- Serbia (group A winners)
- England (group I winner)
- Switzerland (Group C winner)
- Netherlands (Group G winner)
- Argentina (second from South America to guarantee participation)
- Iran (first from Asia to guarantee participation in Group A)
- Korea (second from Asia to guarantee participation in Group A)
- Japan (guaranteed entry from Group B in Asia)
- Saudi Arabia - (guaranteed entry from Group B in Asia)
- Uruguay (guaranteed a seat in South America)
- Ecuador (guaranteed a seat in South America)
- Canada (first in North America to have guaranteed a seat)
- Ghana (Africa Selection Winner)
- Senegal (Africa Selection Winner)
- Portugal (Europe Junction Winner)
- Poland (joint winner in Europe)
- Morocco (Africa Selection Winner)
- Tunisia (Africa Selection Winner)
- Cameroon (Africa Selection Winner)
Recall that due to the sanctions of the International Football Federation (FIFA), the Russian team is prohibited from participating in international competitions under the auspices of the organization. So, the team of Valery Karpin lost the right to participate in the play-offs, and, accordingly, a potential trip to Qatar. The Russian Football Union (RFU) filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but the preliminary decision was not in favor of the Russian organization.
FIFA unveils the official match ball for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
The International Football Federation (FIFA) has unveiled the official ball of the World Cup, which will be held in Qatar in 2022, the press service of the organization reports.
The ball was named Al Rihla, which translates from Arabic as "journey". The design of the ball is inspired by the unique architecture of Qatar and the country's national flag. The German company adidas acted as a technical sponsor.
Recall that at the moment 27 out of 32 participants in the upcoming World Cup have been identified, namely: England, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, France, Croatia, Switzerland, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan and Canada. The World Cup will be held in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022.