The end of the qualification campaign

1 October 2017

On October 11, 2017 the European qualification of the national teams on the forthcoming Russian FIFA World Cup will consign to history. According to regulations of the XXI World Cup, 14 best European teams will be included into 32 participants of the final tournament. Today only two of fourteen vacancies are already taken. This is the host of the tournament – Russia and also the winner of the eighth group N - the national team of Belgium.

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And now, from October 5 till October 10, in two last rounds of a qualification campaign the winners of eight other sextets and also eight best vice-champions of the groups which will be defined. Then, on the 9-14th of November in additional play-off matches will be finally determined four more participants of the Russian FIFA World Cup.

We will remind that last summer, 24 national teams took part in a final tournament of the EURO-2016 in France. At once let's mark out those participants of last continental championship which for two rounds before ending of a current qualification campaign have already lost even theoretical chances to be qualified on the forthcoming global forum. These are the national teams of Albania, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic.

And now let's remember the main favorites of qualifiers. Germany, Serbia, Poland, England and Spain have to arrange officially the direct berths during nearest round. France, Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal, Croatia and Iceland will continue their fight for berths. And, of course, the match of Portugal and Switzerland in Lisbon will become the main fight of the last 10th round. In this duel the final winner of group B will be determined.

As for today Portugal, Italy and Northern Ireland became the vice-champions of their groups. But if Cristiano Ronaldo, André Silva, Ricardo Quaresma and their partners still can fight for a champion title, then Squadra Azzurra and the hosts of well-known " Windsor Park " have not right to rest on the vice-champion laurels as according to the results of qualifiers one of the vice-champions will be the ninth unwanted.

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