As Qatar prepares for its biggest football tournament in November and December of this year, the spectacular World Cup qualifiers have group-stage blocks.
From geopolitical competition to spectacular moments, here are some of the biggest stories from the World Cup.
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Socceroos eye ‘revenge’ for 2018 pain
If the Socceroos are to reach the World Cup, they will have to beat the Urethra and the 2018 group stage rivals Peru.
And it will be similar to the 2022 World Cup in Russia four years ago – Australia will once again face two more rivals, Denmark and France.
But Socceroos coach Graham Arnold Socrates says they could be motivated by revenge.
“(Team D) brings back memories of 2018 and the fact that the 2018 winner and Denmark are in the same team – the only difference is Tunisia,” Arnold said after the game.
“It’s definitely one step at a time for us, and everything is in the game first and foremost, but it’s a fun team.”
“They (Soccer players) are going back to their clubs, and they are watching the draw today. They want revenge on some of the boys in 2018 and I’m sure everyone will be happy.
Football World Cup schedule
November 22/23 ፡ Ex France v Australia
November 26/27 ፡ Tune Tunisia vs Australia
November 30, December 1 Australia from Denmark
Times TBC, possible locations are 9pm, midnight, 3am and 6am AEDT.
Is there a death group?
Each time the World Cup is played again, the same great phrase is thrown – ‘Death Team’. The most difficult team to escape, or perhaps the champion, is the chance.
The term refers to the 1970 World Cup, which was described by Mexican journalists as the Spanish group Grupo de la Murte, which includes Group 3 champions England, winners Brazil, 1962 Czechoslovakia and Romania.
Uruguayan manager Omar Boruss used the phrase “before the 1986 World Cup” and the word became well-known in the English-speaking world. Since then, there has been a debate over which team is the heaviest in each race – and this year it is no different.
At the FIFA level, controversial and unreliable, Category B emerged as the deadliest group. England (5th), Iran (21st), USA (15th) and European Championship Winners. That could be Scotland, Wales or Ukraine.
Wales are 18th in the world – which means that if Wales finish, the team will be on average 14.75.
Considering that only England can be considered a real weight and a winner, Category B is statistically the heaviest. Indeed, many British researchers and supporters have expressed their admiration for their rivals.
Many argue that group D is the true ‘death group’.
Category D France (3), Denmark (11) and Tunisia (35) plus Australia (42), Peru (22) or the United Arab Emirates (68).
France are world champions, Denmark has reached the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and this time they are over the dark horses. If Peru qualifies, it will be 17.75 on average – second only to Group B (Wales must pass that group).
And Category E Spain and Germany have two of the best teams of the last decade and rivals for centuries. Two at the end of 2010 (Spain won 1-0 in extra time)
Spain is currently seventh and Germany 12th, and the teams recently met in Spain beat Spain 6-0 in the National League in November 2020.
“We have negative memories, but we will not experience such a thing twice,” said German goalkeeper and captain Manuel Nuer.
“You can clearly see that Germany has improved,” said Spanish coach Luis Enrique. They are in a renaissance but we are Spain, seventh in the world, and we want to beat everyone in the world.
They will join Japan, winners of the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar, and Japan, winners of the knockout stages between Costa Rica and New Zealand.
New Zealand will be ranked 101st in the world.
The last chance for a legend
Lionel Messi’s Argentina are unbeaten in 21 games, according to legend.
Messi turns 35 in June, and is hoping to win the World Cup for the first time – the only major trophy he has missed.
Two-time winners Argentina lead Group C with Mexico, Robert Lewandowski, Poland and the stunning Asian qualifier against Saudi Arabia.
“We can’t complain, but we can’t be happy,” Coach Lionel Scaloni told Argentina’s Tisi Sport.
“We think we can have a good team level but we have full respect for everyone.”
Mexico, who won the last 16 of the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, may be the hardest hit. In the last seven tournaments, Mexico has surprisingly reached the first round – losing every time.
“They are the most difficult opponents in history,” said Scaloni, who represented Argentina at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
“We played a good game and won extra time. It was a very difficult match. Mexico has a history of World Cup. “
Cristiano Ronaldo could be close to 38 by the time he arrives, which could be his last big international match.
Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea meet in the impressive Group H.
“We can see the glass as half full or half empty,” said Portuguese coach Fernando Santos.
After winning Euro 2016, Portugal only qualified for the 16th round of the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2021.
But for both Ronaldo and Messi, winning the biggest continental competition – Euro and Copa America – is a great way to prove that they are the best player ever.
Willin’s always-present revenge
Ghana become the first African nation to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup after a stunning save from Luis Suarez in 2010.
“The hand of God is now mine,” Suarez said after the game.
He added: “I saved the best in the race. “Sometimes I play as a goalkeeper in training, so it was worth it.”
Suarez was shown a red card, but Asamoah hit Jian at the crossroads – Suarez celebrated with a red card as he came off the pitch.
The two teams now face each other in the final group stage, with the winner likely to knock the other team out of the competition.
Political Competition on the Play
Speaking of Category B, He qualified for the playoffs by defeating Soccerros in popularity.
Berhelter does not believe that bouquets will be seen at this time. He does not want to talk about politics.
“It was a good sign at the time, but everyone is moving forward.
Berheltter adds: “Soccer is more than just a political issue, we are able to remain friends on the field.
“That is history, that was 24 years ago, and for us it is about to come.
Brian McCarthy, who scored the American goal, is now the general manager of the national team. Mehdi Mahvadia, who scored Iran’s second goal, is in Iran’s coaching staff.
Scotchich shared the same view of the ensuing war as the United States seeks to curb Iran’s nuclear program.
“I don’t care. “Of course there is a story, but our focus is on the game,” said the Iranian Croatian coach.
4. The Netherlands
4. Wales / Scotland / Ukraine (UEFA playoff winner)
2. Saudi Arabia
2. Australia / USA / Peru (Winner of IC Playoff 1)
2. Costa Rica / New Zealand (Winner of IC Playoff 2)
4. South Korea