France, the reigning world champion, is preparing to discover its first three opponents for the 2022 World Cup, which will take place in Qatar between November 21 and December 18. The draw for the group stages will take place in Doha on Friday April 1 at 6 p.m. French time.
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The draw method is as follows. The thirty-two qualified teams are divided into four hats, according to several criteria, in particular their Fifa ranking. Here is their composition on April 1 in the morning.
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For the first time this year, three participants have not been officially qualified for the FIFA World Cup. These teams will be known during the intercontinental play-off matches which will be played in mid-June. The country representing Asia will face that of South America, that of North and Central America will play against that of Oceania. In Europe, the ticket to Qatar will be contested between Scotland, Ukraine and Wales.
The best draw: Switzerland, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia
On paper, Switzerland is the weakest team in pot 2, along with the United States. But crossing the Nati at the next World Cup could be an opportunity for the Blues to take their revenge after the elimination in the round of 16 of Euro 2020 on penalties. Xherdan Shaqiri’s teammates haven’t shown great serenity in their last matches. Apart from two clear victories against Lithuania and Bulgaria, Switzerland remains on several draws (Northern Ireland, Italy twice, Kosovo) and a defeat against England.
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Tunisia also struggled to convince, qualifying narrowly for the World Cup by a single goal in the play-offs against Mali. The Carthage Eagles finished third in their group, which was very weak, during the qualifying phases. Saudi Arabia for its part does not present a particular obstacle for the Blues, despite the recent arrival of Hervé Renard as coach.
The worst draw: Germany, Senegal and Ecuador
Germany is the scarecrow in the second hat. Eliminated from entry at Euro 2020, the Mannschaft changed coach after fifteen years with Joachim Löw. Since the arrival of Hans-Dieter Flick, who came from the Bayern Munich bench, the German team has not lost a single match, offering themselves several offensive cards (9-0 against Liechtenstein, 6-0 against to Armenia, 4-0 against Iceland).
Senegal could also pose problems for the France team, thanks to a workforce made up of players playing in the biggest European clubs. Sadio Mané’s teammates (Liverpool) showed their solidity in their play-off against Mohamed Salah’s Egypt. Finally, the youth of Ecuador – who outclassed Colombia in qualifying – could also give Didier Deschamps’ team a hard time. The Tricolor compensates for its inexperience with the physical and technical qualities of its players.