The FIFA world ranking published this Thursday has confirmed Brazil, which recovers the leadership five years later; SpainArgentina, France, Belgium, England and Portugal, in addition to the host Qatar, as seeds in this Friday’s draw for the 2022 World Cup, while Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, Croatia or Uruguay will appear in the second pot and Ecuador will start from the room.
The 32 teams that will compete in the final phase of the tournament from November 21 to December 19 next will be divided into four pots and distributed (one ball from each pot) into eight groups, with two conditions: the host team will be in Group A and teams from the same confederation may not coincide in a quartet, with the exception of the European teams, which at most two can share the same group.
From pot 1, as anticipated by the previous FIFA classification, Spain, Brazil, Argentina or the world champion, France, will start, in addition to Qatar, Belgium, England and Portugal, with the threat that some teams pose to all of them that appear in the second: Mexico, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Uruguay, Switzerland, the United States and Croatia, in order of their positions in the last ranking this Thursday.
Each of them will also have an opponent from pot 3, which will include the balls from Senegal, champion of Africa; Iran; Japan; Morocco; Serbia, with Dusan Vlahovic; Poland, with Robert Lewandowski; Republic of Korea and Tunisia.
And another from 4, formed by Cameroon, Canada, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia and Ghana so far, to which will be added the winners of the two intercontinental playoffs (one between the United Arab Emirates and Peru and another between New Zealand and Costa Rica) and the pending tie in Europe between Wales and the winner of Scotland-Ukraine, postponed to June due to the Russian invasion.
This is how the draw drums look
– Pot 1: Qatar (host), Brazil, Belgium, France, Argentina, England, Spain and Portugal
– Pot 2: Mexico, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Uruguay, Switzerland, the United States and Croatia
– Pot 3: Senegal, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Serbia, Poland, Republic of Korea and Tunisia
– Pot 4: Cameroon, Canada, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, winner of New Zealand-Costa Rica, winner of United Arab Emirates-Peru and winner of Wales-Scotland/Ukraine