Qatar 2022: A terrible draw for the Blues?

The latest results of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers (but also of the CAN) draw a little more the possible hats for the April 1 draw. The France team will be among the top seeds.

The French team of Didier Deschamps already knows the selections that it will not face in the first round of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The European qualifiers gave the composition of Pot 1 of the draw on April 1 in Doha. The Blues will be seeded with the host country, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, England, Spain and Italy or Portugal (who could face each other in the play-offs).
The African Cup of Nations and the results of the (unpublished) international window at the end of January will update the Fifa ranking which will probably be used in the draw. The 2018 world champions led by Karim Benzema could fall on the heavy in hat 2, where Germany accompanies Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Only European nations can find a representative of their confederation.

Qatar 2022: Sergio Agüero will accompany Argentina

 Just retired after the detection of a heart problem, Sergio Aguero has confirmed that he will travel to Qatar for the World Cup. The former Barça player will accompany the Argentine selection.

Sergio Aguero's football career came to an abrupt end a few months ago. The Argentinian, victim of heart problems at the start of the season while playing for FC Barcelona, ​​had to put an end to his adventure as a professional footballer, at the age of 33. But in an interview with the Argentine channel TyC Sports, Kun Agüero confirmed that he will travel to Qatar for the next World Cup. “I will go to Qatar. We have to see in what role. It was a pleasant conversation. Chiqui Tapia was very nice and asked me to join them. These days we're going to keep talking to see what role and see if we're going to the conference and the World Cup draw. This week, we will finish fixing everything. I'm going to be with the guys, I'm going to be there, I get along very well with them. The goal is to be next to them and relax,” Sergio Agüero told TyC Sports. Very close to the Albiceleste players, and in particular captain Leo Messi, Sergio Agüero will bring his good humor and his experience to the group, even if his exact role within the Argentine selection is not yet defined.

Belgium already in Qatar 2022!

 For the first time in history, a World Cup will take place in the middle of the season in 2022. And for good reason, the championships will be put on hold in December to make way for the World Cup in Qatar, a unprecedented experience that thrills the majority of breeders. This is for example the case of Roberto Martinez. For the Belgium coach, the organization of a World Cup in the middle of winter will allow players to be in top physical shape. This is not always the case during the World Cups in the middle of summer, when the players come out of a grueling season.

“There are always complaints because players have to respond to national team call-ups when they are tired. I think in Qatar we will see the best World Cup or the best international tournament ever. Physically, the players will then be at their best level,” said the former Everton manager in an interview with the BBC, before continuing. “At that time, in December, we are a few weeks away from the start of the season and the players will not have more than a thousand minutes on the clock. It's the perfect time to let them evolve into the national team "analyzed Roberto Martinez, delighted with the organization of this World Cup in the middle of December. For the players as well as for the supporters, this timing is unprecedented and there is no reason for it to alter the show. On the contrary, if we follow the theory of the Belgium coach, convinced that the players will be physically fresher and therefore more able to offer a spectacle to the spectators.

Qatar 2022: FIFA changes some play-off dates

If the posters were already known, the program experienced an upheaval with several modifications. The International Football Federation (FIFA) communicated in particular the new dates of the Tunisia-Mali double confrontation, in response to a request from the President of the Tunisian Football Federation.

FIFA has announced that Tunisia will face Mali in the first leg of the African zone play-offs on March 25, 2022 in Bamako instead of March 24, while the return match scheduled for March 27 will finally be played on March 29 at the stadium. Hamadi Agrebi from Rades to Tunis. The first leg Cameroon-Algeria has been brought forward by one day, to Friday March 25, while the return is maintained on Tuesday 29. The same goes for DR Congo-Morocco, brought forward to Friday, with an unchanged return to Tuesday 29. All this to give an extra day of rest between the two confrontations. Ghana-Nigeria moves to Friday March 25 instead of Thursday. Egypt-Senegal is the only first leg date that has not been changed, the return will be played on the 29th as for all the other meetings.

World Cup Qatar 2022: Sergio Agüero in the staff of the Argentina team?

Forced last December to announce his retirement from sport due to cardiac arrhythmia (altered heart rate), Sergio Agüero (33) could stay close to the field. At the microphone of Radio 10, the former Argentinian international has indeed raised the possibility of being present in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup (November 21 - December 18), as a member of coach Lionel Scaloni's technical staff. .

“I spoke to Scaloni, he called me, explained the ex-striker of Manchester City and FC Barcelona. The boys too, as well as (Claudio) Chiqui Tapia (the president of the Argentine Federation). We are considering having a meeting this week. The idea is to come and see what can be done. There is the idea of joining the technical staff. I want to be at the World Cup. The reality is that if I go, I'll be with the boys, I'll be in training. This is not a problem. »

Qatar 2022: lists extended to 26 players?

Although in a pandemic, we are also in a World Cup year. At the end of the year, the biggest nations will compete in Qatar with the aim of winning the world title. To deal with the risks linked to Covid-19, FIFA plans to expand the lists from 23 players to 26, as UEFA was able to do for Euro 2020 and CONMEBOL for the Copa America the same summer.

The final decision has not yet been announced but it should fall at the end of March, announces RMC Sport. The lists may well be expanded, it may be that the match sheets remain limited to 23 players as was the case during the Euro. Which did not please Didier Deschamps in his human management perspective since he had to send three players to the stands for each meeting.

Qatar 2022 World Cup : Serie A stopped to help the Italian team?

The Italian Football Federation hopes to postpone a day of Serie A to help Italy qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Will Serie A stop to allow the Italian team to maximize their chances in the qualifying play-offs for the 2022 World Cup? In any case, this is the wish of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). "We have already requested the postponement to the 30th day scheduled for March 20: the calendar is very busy but we hope that the clubs will agree to allow Roberto Mancini to have a few extra days to prepare for the World Cup play-offs" , explained Gabriele Gravina, the president of the Federation, on Rai Radio 1. “Not qualifying for Qatar would definitely be another bad chapter in our history: we have to get there, we know it will be very difficult because we made life difficult for ourselves by missing two penalties against Switzerland,” added Gravina. . During the playoffs, the Squadra Azzurra was indeed held in check twice by the Nati: 0-0 in Switzerland and 1-1 on the return trip to Italy. Each time, Jorginho missed a penalty. Worse, during the match played in Italy, this penalty, if it had been transformed, would have allowed Italy to validate its ticket for the World Cup… Overtaken by Switzerland, Italy must therefore go through the play-offs to go to Qatar and will receive on March 24, in Palermo, North Macedonia in the semi-finals If they win, Italy will travel to the home ground of the winner of the Portugal-Turkey match on March 29 to play in the play-off final. Absent from the 2018 World Cup after being eliminated in the play-offs by Sweden, the Nazionale does not want to relive such a misadventure and is counting on the help of Serie A.

World Cup Qatar 2022: The return match against Egypt will be played well at the Senegal stadium

 Scheduled for next March, the double confrontation between Senegal and Egypt will look like history. The second leg of this big shock will be played at the Stade du Senegal, said Minister Matar Ba.

Lair of the Lions since March 23, 2019, the Stade Lat Dior should no longer host Lions matches in any case if all goes well. As it will be inaugurated on February 22, the Stade du Senegal will host the second leg of the Qatar 2022 World Cup play-offs. Invited to the Jakaarlo set, Sports Minister Matar Ba spoke of the Lions' double confrontation with the Pharaohs of Egypt. For him, Senegal will manage the first leg well in Cairo and quietly beat Egypt in the return, at the Stade du Senegal. Moreover, Matar Ba informs that the new jewel of Senegal is already approved by CAF. We can say that the Lions have a new lair!

17 million tickets already requested for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The first phase of ticket sales for the World Cup in Qatar, which will take place at the end of the year (November 21-December 18), ended on Tuesday. During this, 17 million requests from all over the world were made, FIFA said. The most coveted match is logically the final, on December 18 at Lusail Stadium.

 It alone concentrated 1.8 million requests. Not all of them can be satisfied, given the capacity of the stadiums, FIFA will communicate the result of these applications on March 8, as well as the steps to be followed and the deadline for payment of the tickets allocated. Until then, subject to availability, the schedule for the next phase of sales, on a first-come, first-served basis, will be communicated by the body's ticketing service. 

FIFA said on Tuesday that 17 million tickets had already been requested during the first phase of sales for the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year.

Canada is almost qualified Qatar 2022 Cup World

It would take a disaster scenario for Canadians to deprive them of reunion with the World Cup, 36 years after a first participation in Mexico.

After this seventh success (2-0) obtained logically, as their domination was total in San Salvador, they have 25 points. That is four better than the USA (2nd) and Mexico (3rd). Atiba Hutchinson (66th) and former Ghent Jonathan David (90th+3) scored the winning goals.

Above all, Panama (4th), big loser of the evening, is now eight lengths three days from the end of the playoffs. However, only the first three of the group will qualify directly for Qatar, the 4th having to go through an intercontinental barrage.

If the "Canucks" win on March 24 in Costa Rica, they will punch their ticket.

South Korea in World Cup Qatar 2022

 Victorious against Syria (2-0), South Korea is guaranteed to participate in the World Cup in Qatar. His tenth World Cup in a row.

This international break makes it possible to see more clearly in the qualifications for the 2022 World Cup in the Asia zone. In Dubai on Tuesday, South Korea got the better of Syria (2-0) and officially validated their ticket to Qatar. The Koreans join Iran among the nations qualified from Group 1. Third two days from the end with three points ahead of Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates hold the rope to obtain the position of play-off.