Written by Philip Girdai
meItaly’s unexpected exit in the semi-finals of qualifying has opened the door to various speculations. FIFA has announced that the top seeders, with the exception of host country Qatar, will be determined according to the FIFA rankings. First or second (we’ll know for sure when the new ranking is published on March 31), Belgium (which is third in Russia) will be Tier 1, just like Brazil, France, Argentina, England, Spain and possibly Portugal.
Which means that the Devils are likely to meet the Netherlands, Germany, Croatia and Denmark in the first round in Qatar. After Italy’s elimination (6th place in the FIFA rankings at the end of February), there is now a scenario (but not the most likely) that allows Roberto Martinez’s forces to avoid the Orange (who are on our team in the Nations League) or Mannshaft.
Everything is in “Maybe” in relation to Portugal. The indispensable condition is North Macedonia’s second achievement on Tuesday in Lisbon, the least likely part of the scenario.
We give you points you can win or lose every match for all champions. Quite simply: if Portugal (8th in the FIFA rankings at the end of February) is left out, then the biggest beneficiary will be the Netherlands, which climbed to ninth in the unofficial standings after the weekend’s matches. In the event of a win on Tuesday in a friendly match against Germany or in the event of a draw (even if Mexico and the United States win in connection with this second option) during the last day of CONCACAF, the derby of who will be Plats Pays in hen (as in the United States in 1994 and in France in 1998) Impossible.
To avoid Manshaft surely in the first round, the Devils must rely on Hansi Flick’s men’s victory on Tuesday at the Johan Cruyff Arena, while at the same time hope, on Wednesday-Thursday nights, that CONCACAF’s closing day is not synonymous with US and Mexico success.