of October in Zurich the drawing of play-offs will take place. Today
the European qualification stages are absolutely finished and let us
say once again that fixing of eight best vice-champions of groups
took place according to quite intricate scheme:
nine winners of groups got into the World Cup 2018 automatically.
Eight best holders of the second places (by results against the
first, third, fourth and fifth national teams in group) will play in
play-offs. Results against the sixth places weren’t taken into
consideration so that participants of groups with six teams had no
advantage of the participants of groups with five teams”.
is the way the present regulations of UEFA look like. All this would
be ridiculous if it wasn’t so sad. It is obvious that top officers of
the European football agency didn’t even find time to count the
number of participants of each group. None of them has five teams and
therefore it was possible to name eight best vice-champions of the
groups by total outcomes calmly and quietly and without any
AMERICA. Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia became the holders
of four direct berths. And the fifth final team of CONMEBOL (the
national team of Peru) faces two matches battle against the winner
of Confederation of Oceania New Zealand on the 6th
AMERICA. Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama became the participants of the
final tournament of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 from CONCACAF. The
national team of Honduras having taken the fourth place will also
face intercontinental battle consisting of two matches against the
national team of Australia.
It is the only Confederation of six ones where the qualifying
campaign is still going on. Today the national teams of Egypt and
Nigeria became the winners of their groups. Three more African teams
will be defined during the last November round.
in Asian Confederation all participants of the World Cup were defined
in September. Thus, names of 23 finalists of the forthcoming
planetary championship are known today. These are Russia, Germany,
England, Belgium, Iceland, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, France,
Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama,
Japan, South Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Nigeria.
final list of participants of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 will be
defined on the 15th
of November when the African qualification campaign will come to the
end and all six additional play-offs will be played.
now some words about the main disappointments of this qualifying
campaign. The Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Ecuador,
the USA, Algeria, Ghana and Cameroon won’t definitely take part at
the forthcoming battle. Really, it is very difficult to imagine the
final World Cup tournament without the Flying Dutchmen and the
national team of the USA.
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