Ten European countries have qualified for the Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022, with only three places left. Eleven nations are still visualizing a place in Qatar in November and December, including Scotland, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, Wales, European champions Italy, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden. FIFA World Cup Fans can buy Football World Cup Tickets from our website.
Following FIFA’s response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine. The playoffs conditions are now slightly different from when the draw was drawn in November.
Russia, which would face Poland, has been disqualified, while Ukraine’s semi-final with Scotland has been suspended until June.
The 11 countries are divided into three parts, with only one country making progress on each path.
Here we take a look at each country’s World Cup record and what they need to do to compete in the biggest show in world football alongside Belgium, England, France, Germany, Croatia, Serbia, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.
World Cup Record: Third (1954), Fourth (1934), Group Stage (1958, 1990, 1998), Second Round (1978, 1982).
Austria is targeting to reach the Qatar World Cup for the first time. Since 1998 and will be Wales’ semi-finals in Cardiff.
They finished fourth in their World Cup qualifying group (the same group as Scotland). But thanks to their Nations League performances. They reached the playoffs as one of the two qualifying countries.
Former West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic and Real Madrid defender David Alaba are among their key players.
World Cup Record: Group Stage (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998).
Like Austria, Scotland is expecting to qualify at the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 24 years.
Steve Clarke’s team at Euro 2020 finished second in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers – losing only to group winners Denmark.
Scotland defeated Denmark 2-0 in the final qualifying round to secure a semi-final at home. But if they beat Ukraine they will travel to Wales or Austria.
World Cup Record: Quarter Finals (2006).
Ukraine was firstly tried by Scotland in the semi-final at Hampden Park on March 24. It was clear that this was not possible after Russia invaded the country.
FIFA has decided to postpone the match to the June international window due to security reasons and a lack of playing time.
Ukraine’s 4-0 Euro 2020 quarter-final defeat to England last summer saw them change managers, with Oleksandr Petrakov replacing former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko division.
They are undefeated in qualifying, trailing group champions France. But have won just two of their eight games and drawn the other six. Andriy Yarmolenko and Oleksandr Zinchenko, who play for West Ham and Manchester City in the Premier League, are their regulars.
World Cup record: Quarter-finals (1958).
Wales only played one World Cup final 64 years ago in Sweden. Where they lost 1-0 to eventual champions Brazil in the quarter-finals thanks to a goal from Pele.
Under Rob Page, Wales are second in qualifying Group E, behind FIFA world No. 1 Belgium.
A draw with Belgium in Cardiff’s final qualifier gives them home advantage in the semi-finals. They will also receive Scotland or Ukraine if they beat Austria.
World Cup Record: Group Stage (2006).
The last time the Czechs played at the World Cup was in 2006. When they defeated the United States but lost to Ghana and Italy and failed to qualify for the group stage.
They defeated Scotland and the Netherlands at Euro 2020 last summer before losing to Denmark in the quarter-finals but finished third in their World Cup qualifying group behind Belgium and Wales.
However, a good track record in the Nations League took them to the playoffs. West Ham’s Vladimir Coufal and Thomas Soucek are among their most famous players.
World Cup record: third (1974, 1982), second in the group stage (1978), top 16 (1986), the group stage (2002, 2006, 2018), first round (1938).
Russia’s eviction means a farewell to Poland in the final. Where it will face Sweden or the Czech Republic in Qatar.
Poland wants to play in their ninth World Cup and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski wants to name 2021 FIFA’s best men’s footballer.
They are six points behind England in qualifying but have scored 30 goals in 10 games, with Lewandowski having eight.
World Cup record: runner-up (1958), third (1950, 1994), fourth (1938), quarter-finals (1934, 2018), second in the group stage (1974), top sixteen (2002, 2006), group stage (1970, 1978, 1990).
Sweden reached the quarter-finals in Russia four years ago, losing 2-0 to England. But are in danger of losing in 2022.
They host the Czech Republic in the semi-finals, but now that the 40-year-old has been banned. He will have to do without striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Although he will qualify for the away final against Poland.
Sweden was well-positioned to continue with two games to go. But lost to Georgia along the way. Before securing second place and a play-off in a tiebreak with Spain.
World Cup records: champion (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006), runner-up (1970, 1994). Third (1990), fourth (1978), quarter-final (1998), top 16 (1986, 2002), group Stadium (1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1974, 2010, 2014).
World Cup without four-time champion Italy? It happened in 2018 and will likely happen again in 2022.
Italy, who beat England to become European champions in the Euro 2020. Finally, last summer, remain unbeaten in their World Cup qualifying group. But two draws with Switzerland and a draw at home with Bulgaria and 0-0 with Northern Ireland set Italy up second place. The Swiss advanced to the top of the group.
The play-offs will bring bad memories for the Italians. As they missed out on a place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. After losing 1-0 to Sweden in total in two games in November 2017. For the first time since 1958, they will host North Macedonia. If successful, will face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal or Turkey.
World Cup Record (as North Macedonia): Never qualified.
North Macedonia, ranked 67th in the world, has debatably the toughest task of any country in the play-offs. As they have to knock out European champions Italy, and if they win again. They will again go against Portugal or Turkey.
They never qualified for the Qatar FIFA World Cup. But made it to Euro 2020 thanks to their performances in the Nations League. Although they finished bottom of the group after losing to Austria, Ukraine and the Netherlands.
But North Macedonia has proven its ability to deliver a shock. With an incredible 2-1 away win over Germany in the qualifying group stage. A result that helped them secure second place over Romania.
World Cup records: 3rd (1966), 4th (2006), last 16 (2010, 2018), group stage (1986, 2002, 2014).
Portugal missed the automatic qualifying round dramatically. They needed a home draw to Serbia in their last game. But conceded a goal in stoppage time to lose 2-1 – with Cristiano Ronaldo in tears at the final whistle.
Now Portugal, whose squad also includes other Premier League stars, including the Manchester City trio of Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva. Liverpool’s Diogo Jota and Ronaldo’s Manchester United team-mate Bruno Fernandes. Will be home against Turkey followed by Italy or North Macedonia.
Ronaldo has played in four World Cups and helped Portugal to fourth place in 2006 – knocking out England. But at the age of 36 this may be his last chance to appear on the biggest podium and win the final trophy.
World Cup Record: 3rd (2002), Group Stage (1954).
Turkey wants to qualify for the Qatar World Cup for the third time. The first time in 20 years after reaching the semi-finals in 2002 before losing to eventual champions Brazil.
Their team, which consists of Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu and Inter midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, must first win in Portugal before they can play at home against Italy or North Macedonia.
In qualifying, Turkey finished second behind group winners in the Netherlands. They later lost 6-1, although they did beat the Netherlands 4-2.