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South American nation Ecuador will have to navigate a group that includes hosts Qatar, African team Senegal and three-game finalists Netherlands if they want to qualify for the knockout stage at the World Cup 2022 tournament. Ecuador have been drawn in the same group with the aforementioned countries after the draw which took place on the first of last month.

Ecuador qualified for the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil automatically from the South American region. The Ecuadorians are one of the four teams who qualified for the tournament automatically. The other three teams are five-time world champions Brazil, Two-time world champions Uruguay and two-time world champions Argentina.Read More


Four South American teams will definitely be at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar and there could be a fifth South American team depending on how Peru perform in the inter-confederation playoffs.

Peru finished fifth in the South American qualifiers after seeing off Colombia courtesy the 2-0 win over Paraguay. Gianluca Lapadula and Yoshimar Yotun scored in the first half to give Peru a big victory in their quest to make a sixth World Cup appearance at the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil. Fifth spot was enough to get the inter-confederation playoffs thanks to the first half goals from the duo of Gianluca Lapadula and Yoshimar Yotun on the way to a 2-0 home win over Paraguay.Read More


European champions Italy won’t be going to the World Cup tournament again after they were eliminated at the playoff stage by lowly North Macedonia via a 1-0 home defeat. The Italians had to settle for a place in the World Cup 2022 playoffs from the European region after they finished second behind Switzerland in their qualifying group and they were drawn with North Macedonia in path C of the playoffs. On their part, the North Macedonians finished second behind Germany in their qualifying group.

Italy and North Macedonia were drawn against each other in one part of the semifinals in path C of the World Cup 2022 playoffs in the European section. Immediate past European champions Portugal and Turkey were drawn against each other in the other part of the semifinals in path C.Read More


There will be a resumption of hostilities when the two West African giants lock horns seeking to secure automatic qualification for the FIFA World Cup taking place in Qatar later this year and there’s all to play for. Both Nigeria and Ghana left the ongoing African Cup of Nations earlier than expected of them and while both countries have engaged in fierce pitch battles in the past, they’ve been pitted against each other in what is expected to be a thrilling qualifying fixture.

Ghana were knocked out of the AFCON Group Stage after an embarrassing and shocking defeat at the hands of Comoros in their final group game, a result that meant that the Ghanaian Football Federation relieved their former coach of his duties afterward. Nigeria suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Tunisia in their very first knockout game of the tournament despite being the only team with a 100% record at the group stage, winning all if their three group games.
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The ten teams for the final round of the African qualifiers have been confirmed ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament. In the second round of the African qualifiers for the World Cup 2022 tournament, forty teams were drawn into ten groups of four teams each. At the end of proceedings, the ten group winners advanced to the third and final round.

For the final round of the African qualifiers for Qatar 2022, the ten teams from the second round would need to face a two-legged tie to determine the five teams that would qualify for the World Cup 2022 tournament.
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The World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign is starting to take a definite shape at the various regions and the South Americans are not left behind. The round robin World Cup qualifying format adopted for the South American region is one of the most dynamic when it comes to the World Cup tournament.

For the latest round robin World Cup qualifying format ahead of the tournament in Qatar next year, Bolivia have been very impressive. The Bolivians would be hoping the current set of players can emulate the 1994 set by making it to the World Cup 2022 tournament. Bolivia have not qualified for a World Cup tournament since the 1994 edition in the United States of America (USA).Their latest game ended in their World Cup qualifying campaign turned out to be their most impressive thanks to the thumping 4-0 home win over Paraguay.Read More


The Super Eagles of Nigeria have a perfect record after two games at the start of their World Cup 2022 qualifiers following the 2-1 win over hosts Cape Verde in their latest qualifying match on Tuesday evening.

The Gernot Rohr-led Nigerian team started their World Cup campaign in Group C of the second round as far as the African continent is concerned. The three-time African champions were one of the teams drawn bye in the first round.Read More


Some reports started making the rounds from around three weeks ago that former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was getting close to reaching an agreement with the Netherlands Football Federation to become their national team’s new head coach following the dismissal of the former coach Frank de Boer.

De Boer was relieved of his duties by the federation as he could not help them go far at the Euros 2020 tournament. Their disappointing campaign saw them crash out of the competition during the knockout stage and it was unexpected of them because of the wealth of talents they had in the squad heading into the tournament.
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After missing out on the final Euros squad, Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard will most likely also not have a hand in England’s World Cup campaign next year. The United star was not able to make the final cut despite his brilliant form last season for West Ham United in the Premier League after joining the Hammers on loan from Old Trafford. Lingard was called up by England head coach Gareth Southgate to link up with the rest of the squad for their preliminary games before the official commencement of the 20w0 Euros competition but could not make the list of the final 26 players.

And after not being able to make Gareth Southgate’s final 26-man squad, it is believed that he could also not be selected as part of the squad that will be heading to Qatar in 2022 for next year’s World Cup tournament. Lingard is keen to play more games and has stated clearly that he wishes to be involved in more action on the pitch regardless of the club that he will be playing for next season.

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Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has delivered a huge update about his fitness and the chances of featuring for the Netherlands at their upcoming tournaments and competitions. The towering defender has been a huge miss for his club this season after picking up a severe injury that ruined his season earlier in the year. After colluding with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the first Merseyside derby of the season, he was taken off the pitch and could not continue.

Since then, the Reds defender has not retired to the pitch and has been working on his rehabilitation process to continue working his way back to full fitness. The former Southampton defender has been working with his physio on making a comeback from his injury and even though he has continued to make progress, he has made an announced that fans would be very concerned about.
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