The draw for UEFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers was finally completed on Monday. It was held online in Zurich due to the world pandemic and assisted by two former players, the Italian Daniel De Rossi and the Dutch Rafael Van der Vaart to oversee the ptoceedings.
The 55 UEFA members are grouped in ten with five or six teams each. They will be battling over the 13 spots available for this zone. The group leader will automatically qualify to the Qatar 2022 final round. Meanwhile the remaining three tickets will be given to the winners of the play off stages. There are 10 runners-ups plus 2 best teams in the recent UEFA Nations League ranks but are unable to finish on the top two in the final standings in the qualifying round.
Based on the result of the draw, most of the favorite should have no difficulty in sealing one direct ticket to Qatar such as the past World Cup winners Germany, Spain and Italy, Euro 2016 winners Portugal and the runner-up record holder, Netherlands. However, the current Champions France is handed in a tricky group with the dark horses like Finland, Ukraine and Bosnia Herzegovina. And so are The Three Lions since they will be facing off Hungary and Poland.
Here are the complete list of group and the entire teams within.
Group A: Portugal, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan.
Group B: Spain, Sweden, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo.
Group C: Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania.
Group D: France, Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kazakhstan.
Group E: Belgium, Wales, Czech Republic, Belarus, Estonia.
Group F: Denmark, Austria, Scotland, Israel, Faroe Islands, Moldova.
Group G: Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar.
Group H: Croatia, Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta.
Group I: England, Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra, San Marino.
Group J: Germany, Romania, Iceland, North Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein.