We’ll officially be finished with the Round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup 2 years from now. In order to understand which Bayern Munich players will be selected for their respective national teams, we can find out who they will be playing in order to qualify for the tournament.
Today, UEFA and FIFA drew the groups for the qualifying groups for the 22nd edition of the planet Cup. We will take a glance at each of the groups that have the nations of respective Bayern players in them and assess their chances to form it out.
For reference, UEFA qualifying dictates that the winners of every group will advance to the planet Cup. In addition, the runners up in each group will join the 2 best teams in Nations League rankings who did the simplest in their groups but outside the highest two spots. The 12 teams are drawn into three playoff paths with two rounds of single-elimination playoffs with the winners of each of these paths qualifying.
Group A: Portugal, Serbia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan.
a.k.a. The Group of Recurring Plot Lines
Portugal seems well set up for this group, While Bayern Munich’s Tiago Dantas might be a long shot for making the roster. Serbia and Ireland are good competitors and will fight for the second spot if not first. After being knocked out of the Euros by Scotland last month Serbia will need to face a team from the British Isles. I’m going to go with my gut and say it won’t happen again
Prediction: 1) Portugal 2) Serbia
Group B: Spain, Sween, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo
Spain is expected to top the group easily. Marc Roca will be there but Javi Martinez won’t show up. Thiago Alcantra will have much more to prove, however. Sweden is going to be a fun team to observe and that I feel with Bundesliga talents like Emil Forsberg and Ludwig Augustinsson, they’re going to be ready to win and most probably advance over a Greek team that seems tough, but have chronically underperformed the last three qualifying rounds for major tournaments.
Prediction: 1) Spain 2) Sweden
Group C: Italy / Switzerland / Northern Ireland / Bulgaria / Lithuania
There’s not quite a challenge for Switzerland as the bottom three teams won’t be a threat. On the other hand, the Italian team will be on a mission to tumble and win as they were not a part of the 108 World Cup.
Prediction: 1) Italy 2) Switzerland
Group D: France / Ukraine / Finland / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Kazakhstan
France will go through no doubt with great players coming in from various leagues especially Bayern. The other spot is still wide open as Ukraine and Serbia could put up a fight with Finland and Kazakhistan coming in with a lot of momentum and energy anything could happen and as a result cannot be predicted. Ukraine might look to have a slight edge if provided with the looks of form and luck.
Prediction: 1) France 2) Ukraine
Group E: Belgium / Wales / Czech Republic / Belarus / Estonia
There’s no history of rivalry in this group and is expected to stay dry but with Belgium we expect wales to go in with the form they carry from Euro. The Czechs could be a threat for wales but we would predict that wales will have an upper hand.
Prediction: 1) Belgium 2) Wales
Group F: Denmark / Austria / Scotland / Israel / Faroe Islands / Moldova
The group is wide open as Austria has made it to the Euros 3 out of their 4 times but have not qualified for the World Cup yet. Talking about Denmark side they failed to qualify for the 2016 Euros but made it to the round of 16 in the 2018 World Cup. Scotland and Israel are also on a decent run. With Denmark we expect Scotland to go through we the current form they are in right now.
Prediction: 1) Denmark 2) Scotland
Group G: Netherlands / Turkey / Norway / Montenegro / Latvia / Gibraltar
No doubt that the Dutchs will surely make it this time after missing out in the last world cup. With the likes of Erling Haaland, we expect Norway to join the dutch in the World Cup journey.
Prediction: 1) Netherlands 2) Norway
Group H: Croatia / Slovakia / Russia / Slovenia / Cyprus / Malta
Here the prediction is slightly against experience and in the favour of youngsters as we cut off the likes of Croatia and expect Russia and Slovakia to go through. The ageing factor in the Croatian team with the likes of Modric, Rakitic and Perisic can be outnumbered by the pace of the youngsters.
Prediction: 1) Russia 2) Slovakia
Group I: England / Poland / Hungary / Albania / Andorra / San Marino
England can edge over but the 2nd spot seems to be quite dramatic with Poland and Hungary not able to produce enough confidence in their game. Lewandowski is the advantage that Poland has but we expect the younger and much more powerful Hungary to move ahead.
Prediction: 1) England 2) Hungary
Group J: Germany / Romania / Iceland / North Macedonia / Armenia / Lichtenstein
Germany will, however, make it to the tournament. Romania might not be able to keep up with the pace of Germany and Iceland so we predict Iceland over Romania.
Prediction: 1) Germany 2) Iceland