This year’s World Cup will be held in Qatar, with 32 nations competing for victory in the Middle East.
There is still a lot to play for as countries from Asia, North America, and South America compete for their positions in the coming days.
With our entire list of qualified teams below, keep track of which teams have their tickets stamped for the football carnival – we’ll update this article as more are verified.
Brazil was announced as the first team to advance from South America’s CONMEBOL qualification section after a 1-0 win against Colombia in November. Tite’s troops would love to win their first crown since 2002, after ruling the world a record five times.
France, the defending champions, qualified for the finals with an overwhelming 8-0 victory over Kazakhstan in mid-November.
Les Blues will aspire to become only the third side to win back-to-back World Cups with a good tournament in Qatar, despite a poor Euro 2020 campaign.
With a 4-0 victory over North Macedonia in October, Germany became the first team to officially qualify for the World Cup, taking top spot in Group J of the European portion.
Die Mannschaft secured their place in Qatar with seven wins from their first eight matches, where they will try to make up for a terrible campaign in Russia 2018 that saw them leave at the group stage.
Following a goalless draw with arch-rivals Brazil in November, Argentina’s World Cup spot was assured.
In July, Lionel Scaloni’s team won the Copa America and will be vying for their third World Cup title.
In qualification, Belgium was undefeated, finishing ahead of the likes of Wales and the Czech Republic.
The Red Devils will want to improve on their third-place performance in Russia if they can get stars like Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne fit and firing.
After a farcical own-goal earned Croatia a 1-0 win in stormy conditions, they leapfrogged Russia to clinch a spot in Qatar.
Even though their golden generation, which finished second in 2018, is waning, they will still be able to call on legends like Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic in 2022.
Denmark, who were unexpected semi-finalists at Euro 2020, continued their good form into World Cup qualification, securing their participation in the competition with a 1-0 home win against Austria in October.
Despite the fact that this will be Denmark’s sixth World Cup appearance, the Danes have appeared in four of the last six tournaments and will be hoping to improve on their lone quarter-final appearance in 1998.
England clinched their place in Qatar 2022 with a spectacular 10-0 thrashing of San Marino in their qualification group, confirming Gareth Southgate’s team as group winners.
Fans of the Three Lions will be hoping that they can go one step further in Qatar and win their first trophy since 1966, after reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup before losing the delayed Euro 2020 final to Italy on penalties.
The Netherlands’ World Cup qualification was sealed with a 2-0 win over Norway in a tight Group G.
Virgil van Dijk, Frenkie de Jong, and Matthijs de Ligt will have their first taste of the global showpiece in Qatar after the Dutch failed to qualify in 2018.
Qatar, as the host nation, is guaranteed a spot in the championships without having to qualify, and will be making their World Cup debut.
Only South Africa, in 2010, failed to reach the knockout rounds as a host nation in the previous 21 tournaments — though, based on official rankings, Qatar will have their work cut out for them to escape a similar fate.
Serbia earned a spot in the tournament on the back of a comeback victory over Portugal in Lisbon, ensuring their place in the Jules Rimet final.
Aleksandar Mitrovic made up for the penalty miss that cost the Eagles a place in Euro 2020 by scoring the game-winning goal in the 90th minute to send them to Qatar.
Spain only needed a point against Sweden to qualify for Qatar, but they won all three thanks to Alvaro Morata’s late goal, which relegated Sweden to the play-offs.
Luis Enrique’s side are clearly planning for the future, having won three consecutive tournaments between 2008 and 2012 — but if their Euro 2020 preparations are any indication, we could be seeing a lot of La Roja in Qatar.
In the most dramatic of circumstances, Switzerland secured automatic participation by edging out European champions Italy for first place in their qualifying group.
The Swiss will be playing in their 12th World Cup, but they haven’t advanced past the quarter-finals since 1954.
Source: Livescore news