Five-time world champions Brazil became the first South American nation to join the list of FIFA World Cup 2022 qualified teams, following their 1-0 win over Colombia on Friday, November 12.
Brazil, one of the most successful countries in international football, needed a positive result to claim one of CONMEBOL’s four automatic places for World Cup qualification. As a result, Brazil extended their legacy of participating in every football World Cup in history.
Four-time World Cup winners Germany were the first nation, apart from hosts Qatar, to make it to the list of FIFA World Cup 2022 qualified teams, following their 4-0 win over North Macedonia in their Group J European qualifier match in October 2021.
Denmark, who had a whirlwind 2021 following the Christian Eriksen episode at the UEFA Euro 2020, joined Germany in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualified teams after finishing as Group F winners thanks to a 1-0 win over Austria on October 12.
Besides Germany and Denmark, France and Belgium booked their place following wins over Kazakhstan and Estonia respectively. France recorded an impressive 8-0 win over Kazakhstan while Belgium defeated Estonia 3-1 to become the fourth European nation to qualify for the World Cup finals.
On Sunday, November 14, the trio of Croatia (Group H), Spain (Group B) and Serbia (Group A) sealed their qualification spots with hard-fought wins over Russia, Sweden and Portugal respectively. England and Switzerland followed suit the next day. England thrashed San Marino 10-0 in their final qualifying group game. Switzerland, on the other hand, registered a 4-0 win over Bulgaria which helped them go past Italy to qualify for the showpiece event.
Netherlands eventually joined the following a 2-0 win over Norway and Argentina qualified as well despite playing a 0-0 draw against Brazil
Meanwhile, five teams will qualify from the CAF confederation, and the AFC qualifiers will see four nations directly making the cut to the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualified teams list.
With Brazil already qualified, three spots are available on the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualified teams list from the CONMEBOL federation while a further three places are allotted for winners of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.
The winner of the Oceania World Cup qualifiers will play one team from the remaining three confederations (AFC, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL) in two intercontinental play-offs.
In each tie, the two teams will play in a two-legged home-and-away series. The two winners, who are decided on the aggregate score or penalty shoot-out, qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2022 qualified teams (UEFA)
FIFA World Cup 2022 qualified teams (AFC)
FIFA World Cup 2022 qualified teams (CONMEBOL)
FIFA World Cup 2022 qualified teams (CAF)
FIFA World Cup 2022 qualified teams (CONCACAF)
FIFA World Cup 2022 qualified teams (OFC)
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