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The teams who have qualified for the World Cup in Qatar
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Matthew Hill
2018 World Cup winners France have booked their place at the 2022 tournament in Qatar
2018 World Cup winners France have booked their place at the 2022 tournament in Qatar

The World Cup kicks off in Qatar on November 20, with 32 teams set to battle it out for glory in the Middle East.

Keep track of which sides have their tickets stamped for the carnival of football with our comprehensive list of qualified teams below.


Argentina's World Cup spot was confirmed last November following a goalless draw with arch-rivals Brazil.

Lionel Scaloni's side won the Copa America in July 2021 and will be fighting for their third World Cup crown.


Australia became the penultimate nation to secure their place in Qatar after defeating Peru 5-4 on penalties in the intercontinental play-off.

It will be the Socceroos' fifth consecutive World Cup and Graham Arnold's side will hope to make it to the knockout stages for the first time since 2006.


Belgium remained unbeaten in qualifying to finish ahead of the likes of Wales and the Czech Republic.

If they can get stars such as Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne fit and firing, the Red Devils will hope to go even better than their third-place finish in Russia.

Romelu Lukaku will be a key man for Roberto Martinez's side
Romelu Lukaku will be a key man for Roberto Martinez's side


A 1-0 win against Colombia last November saw Brazil confirmed as the first side to progress from South America's CONMEBOL qualifying section.

Having ruled the world on a record five occasions, Tite's squad would dearly love to land a first title since 2002.


Cameroon booked their place in Qatar on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw with Algeria.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's goal sent the game to extra-time, where Karl Toko Ekambi's 124th-minute effort was needed to cancel out Ahmed Touba's strike and settle the tie in favour of Rigobert Song's side.


Canada earned their place at the World Cup for the first time since 1986 with a 4-0 victory over Jamaica in their penultimate qualifying game.

Managed by English head coach John Herdman, the current generation includes a number of Europe-based stars including Lille's Jonathan David and Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies.

Costa Rica

Ex-Arsenal star Joel Campbell hit the winner as Costa Rica secured the final spot at Qatar after beating New Zealand 1-0 in a play-off.

The 10-man Kiwis had plenty of chances but did not make them count as they narrowly missed out on the winter tournament.


Croatia leapfrogged opponents Russia to earn their spot in Qatar after a comical own-goal gave them a 1-0 win in torrential conditions.

Their golden generation that finished as runners-up in 2018 may be fading, but they will still be able to call on greats such as Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic in 2022.


Surprise semi-finalists at Euro 2020, Denmark carried their fine form into World Cup qualifying and sealed their place in the tournament with a 1-0 home win over Austria.

Though this will only be a sixth World Cup appearance in the nation’s history, the Danes have been present at four of the last six tournaments and will hope to improve on their sole run to the quarter-final stage in 1998.

Denmark players celebrate with head coach Kasper Hjulmand after securing their 2022 World Cup spot
Denmark players celebrate with head coach Kasper Hjulmand after securing their 2022 World Cup spot


Ecuador needed just a point against already-eliminated Paraguay to ensure a top-four finish but suffered a 3-1 defeat.

Thankfully, Uruguay's victory over Peru saw La Tri reach their fourth World Cup despite the shock loss.


England made sure of their spot at Qatar 2022 in memorable fashion, with a 10-0 mauling of minnows San Marino enough to confirm Gareth Southgate's side as winners of their qualifying group.

Having made a semi-final at the 2018 World Cup before losing the delayed Euro 2020 final to Italy on penalties, fans of the Three Lions will be hopeful that they can go one step further in Qatar and lift a first trophy since 1966.


Defending champions France booked their spot in the finals with an emphatic 8-0 win over Kazakhstan.

Despite a disappointing Euro 2020 campaign, Les Blues will hope to become only the third team to win back-to-back World Cups with a successful tournament in Qatar.


Germany became the first team to officially qualify for the World Cup, securing top spot in Group J of the European section with a 4-0 victory over North Macedonia.

Seven wins from their opening eight clashes proved to be enough for Die Mannschaft to book their place in Qatar, where they will look to right the wrongs of a disastrous campaign at Russia 2018 which saw them exit at the group stage.

Former Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick will take charge of his first major tournament in Qatar, succeeding Joachim Low
Former Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick will take charge of his first major tournament in Qatar, succeeding Joachim Low


Ghana qualified for the World Cup on away goals after a 1-1 aggregate draw with Nigeria.

Arsenal star Thomas Partey's 10th-minute goal was cancelled out by a William Troost-Ekong penalty, but the Black Stars held on to progress.


Porto forward Mehdi Taremi scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory against Iraq, sealing Dragan Skocic's men a place in a third-straight World Cup.

The Iranians failed to progress from a group featuring Spain and Portugal in 2018 and will hope to make the knockout stages for the first time in their history this time around.


Japan beat Australia 2-0 thanks to a last-gasp Kaoru Mitoma double in Sydney to book their place in Qatar.

It will be the Samurai Blue's seventh-straight appearance in the finals.


Mexico finished joint-top of CONCACAF qualifying, tied with Canada on 28 points, to secure their spot at an eight-consecutive World Cup.

The 2026 co-hosts have reached the last-16 stage on all of their last eight appearances and will be eager to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1986.


Morocco beat DR Congo 5-2 on aggregate to qualify for the World Cup in style.

The first leg ended 1-1, but an emphatic 4-1 victory in the second leg booked the Atlas Lions' place in Qatar.


A 2-0 victory over Norway confirmed the Netherlands' World Cup spot as winners of a tight Group G.

The Dutch failed to qualify in 2018, meaning the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt will have their first taste of the global showpiece in Qatar.

Virgil van Dijk will make his first World Cup appearance in Qatar
Virgil van Dijk will make his first World Cup appearance in Qatar


Poland beat Sweden 2-0 in the World Cup qualifying play-off finals to secure their spot in Qatar.

Robert Lewandowski's penalty and Piotr Zielinski's strike were enough to secure victory at Zlatan Ibrahimovic's expense.


Bruno Fernandes' brace saw Portugal overcome North Macedonia 2-0 in the World Cup qualifying play-off finals.

Fernando Santos' men beat Turkey 3-1 in the previous round and advanced by a similarly comfortable scoreline against the minnows that knocked out Italy.


As the host nation, Qatar are assured of their place at the finals without having to go through qualification and will be making their World Cup debut.

In the previous 21 tournaments, only South Africa in 2010 have failed to reach at least the knockout stages as a host nation — though Qatar will have their work cut out to avoid a similar fate judging on official rankings.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's World Cup spot was confirmed when Japan beat Australia 2-0 last March.

The Green Falcons have featured five times at the tournament but have not made it out of their group since their debut appearance in 1994.


Senegal beat Egypt on penalties in a repeat of the Africa Cup of Nations final.

A 1-1 aggregate draw led to a shootout, which the AFCON champions won 3-1.


Serbia qualified the hard way with a comeback victory against Portugal in Lisbon, securing their chance to battle for the Jules Rimet trophy.

Aleksandar Mitrovic made amends for the penalty miss that saw the Eagles miss out on Euro 2020 by scoring the 90th-minute goal that sent them to Qatar.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was Serbia's hero in pipping Portugal to automatic qualification
Aleksandar Mitrovic was Serbia's hero in pipping Portugal to automatic qualification

South Korea

South Korea reached their 10th-straight World Cup with victory against Syria in AFC qualifying.

The 2002 co-hosts will hope to have Heung-Min Son in their ranks as they plot further surprises after famous wins against Italy and Germany in recent tournaments.


Spain needed just a point against Sweden to book their spot in Qatar, but they got all three thanks to Alvaro Morata's late strike which condemned the Scandinavians to the play-offs.

Having won three consecutive tournaments between 2008 and 2012, Luis Enrique's side are certainly building for the future — but if their Euro 2020 efforts are anything to go by, we could be seeing a lot of La Roja in Qatar.


Switzerland snatched automatic qualification in the most dramatic of circumstances when edging out European champions Italy to top spot in their qualifying group.

The Swiss will be making their 12th World Cup appearance, but have not reached the quarter-final stage since 1954.


Tunisia advanced to the World Cup after beating Mali 1-0 on aggregate.

The tie was settled in the first leg, where Mali's Moussa Sissako conceded an own goal and was sent off.

United States

After missing out in 2018, the United States squeezed past Costa Rica on goal difference to earn their place back at the top table.

Chelsea attacker Christian Pulisic will be the key man for Gregg Berhalter's side — the 24-year-old has 21 goals in 52 appearances for the Stars and Stripes.


Two-time champions Uruguay sealed their spot in Qatar thanks to a 1-0 win over Peru last March.

This will be the South American nation's 14th finals, with their last triumph coming in 1950.


After finishing runners-up to Belgium in Group E of their qualification group, Rob Page's side had to face Austria in their play-off semi-final.

A Gareth Bale double secured a 2-1 win before the Dragons went on to defeat Ukraine 1-0 thanks to Andriy Yarmolenko's own goal to seal World Cup qualification for the first time since 1958.


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