The World Cup in Qatar was a huge success.
Qatar has completed its job of hosting one of the most impressive World Cups in history, and now it will pass the World Cup baton to the United States, Mexico, and Canada, where the next World Cup will be organized.
Argentina won the World Cup in Qatar 2022 for the third time, while Lionel Messi became the world champion for the first time, beating France 4:2 after a penalty shootout.
For now, the soccer world will focus on club soccer until 2026, when the FIFA WC will return to the United States, Canada, and Mexico, with 48 nations instead of 32.
When will the qualification process for the 2026 WC start?
With Mexico, Canada, and the United States already in the 2026 World Cup, other North Americans will have easy access to a 2026 World Cup berth; however, the qualification dates have yet to be determined.
Conmebol, South America
The South Americans will have their toughest road to the 2026 World Cup, as six nations will compete for a place. The qualifiers will start on March 23, but the schedule of matches is not yet final. Will Messi and Neymar return to the World Cup?
The European Football Association has not yet set a date for the qualifications for the 2026 WC. However, due to the 2024 European Championship, the matches are expected to start in 2025. This time, too, 16 European teams will receive tickets for the WC, and the expansion of the World Cup participants will not particularly reflect on the Old Continent.
This time, eight Asian countries will battle it out to qualify for the WC, and India could make its second appearance in the tournament since 1950. The matches will start on October 12, 2023, for the lowest-ranked teams and end in November 2025.
The Confederation of African Football has not revealed the date of the qualifiers, but nine African countries will have the opportunity to compete in the World Cup and one extra intercontinental play-off. By increasing the number of participants at the World Cup, Africa profited the most.
Undoubtedly, the quality is very present (Morocco finished in fourth place), but so far the “black” continent has provided only four national teams, so in Qatar we did not manage to see Egypt, Algeria, Nigeria, and the Ivory Coast, selections that have thirty in their ranks. great individual players.
The Oceania zone of the OFC will receive “half” of the tickets for the World Cup, but until 2026 the confederation will have a direct participant in the World Cup as well as one for re-classification, i.e., the play-off. This region, like the others, has not yet established a qualification schedule.
FC Augsburg scored only four goals and won only two of the six games they played before facing the mighty Bayern Munich. The fans expected Augsburg to lose another one. Bayern Munich cruised through their winning streak.
Mergim Berisa scored the winning goal for Augsburg in the 59th minute of the game. Bayern Munich was trying. He sent 21 shots on goal, but not a single one managed to get past Rafal Gikijevic. Augsburg has yet to regain their best form following their stunning victory over Bayern Munich. They are currently in 14th place with 15 points.
Christopher Nkunku, top scorer
RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku has been in brilliant form this half-season. So far, Nkuku has scored 17 goals for Leipzig and 12 in the Bundesliga. Nkunku’s play as a striker is also responsible for the positive changes in Leipzig after the first five games. Nkunku has taken 40% of Leipzig’s shots on goal this season.