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What to Expect of the World Cup Qualifiers

Following the draw in Zurich, it is clear that the 2022 World Cup is set to be the stage for the European teams and most especially France, who are the reigning champions winning their second title in 2018. Other than France, some European teams have smashed the World Cup and emerged winners of the last four. Italy won in Germany in 2006, Spain won in South Africa in 2010, and Germany won in Brazil in 2014.

Team France is, of course, the reigning champion of the 2018 World Cup held in Russia. With the past trend, there’s the likelihood a European team could take the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, as per the odds of sites like WettTippsheute.net. 10 of the top 14 ranked teams all come from Europe, with Belgium ranked No. 1.

However, France is still a strong contender for the finals. All this carries some excitement ahead of the preliminary UEFA draw for the 2022 World Cup that’ll be hosted on the 7th of December. Here are some impressive past figures from the Old Continent ahead of the preliminary draw.

In 1904 

During the founder year of football governing body FIFA, seven European teams, including Denmark, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, and Sweden, joined in. France, the current reigning world champions, joined the body four years later in 1908.

807 Goals in 278 Matches

During the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers, there were 278 matches played that resulted in 807 goals. This means that each game averaged 2.9 goals per game. In 2014, the figure was lower at 2.79 goals for each game.

Record of 296 Goals

The record for the most goals in the World Cup qualifiers by a European team goes to the Netherlands with 296 goals. They’ve also had an impressive 82 wins from 125 matches, which carries them to the top of the European World Cup qualifiers. 

Zero Losses

Other than France’s impressive win in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, one other team that has been at the top of its game is Spain. The team has managed to win all the matches in the last campaigns for the World Cup. They last lost in March of 1993 when they bowed 1-0 to Denmark.

3 Goals in 1

The record for the best defense in the Russia 2018 qualifiers goes to team Spain and England. Both of these teams had ten matches and only lost three goals overall. 

10 Goal Win

By beating Greece 11-1 on the 25th of March 1938, Hungary became the first team in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers to score ten goals.

Here are some of the qualification groups for different games with all our attention right now on the 2022 World Cup:

  • Group A: Serbia, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Azerbaijan, and Luxembourg
  • Group B: Spain, Sweden, Georgia, Greece, and Kosovo
  • Group C: Switzerland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Lithuania, and Bulgaria
  • Group D: Finland, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, and Finland
  • Group E: Wales, Belgium, Belarus, Estonia, and the Czech Republic

Matchday Key Dates

  • 24–25 March 2021
  • 27–28 March 2021
  • 30–31 March 2021
  • 1–2 September 2021
  • 4–5 September 2021
  • 7–8 September 2021
  • 8–9 October 2021
  • 11–12 October 2021
  • 11–13 November 2021
  • 14–16 November 2021

Play-offs: March 24th, 25th, 28th, 29th, 2022

World Cup: the 21st of November –18 December 2022

Location: Qatar.


European teams now have a pretty clear road to the Qatar World Cup in 2022. All eyes are currently on team France to see if they will manage to retain their victory or lose it to another side. However, one thing is pretty straightforward, the European teams are here, and they’re here to win.

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