The Croatian national football team managed to qualify directly for the World Cup in Qatar. Zlatko Dalic's side overcame Russia 1-0 in the last round of the 2022 World Cup.
The World Cup is always a celebration of football. Millions of fans around the world forget their responsibilities and watch their favourite teams play. Some of them get excited while watching the matches, and if you want to bet on any of them, you can choose a suitable bookmaker on this site. The time has come to determine which teams have also secured their place in the main football tournament.
The host country didn't have to play a qualifier, and it's far from certain that they would have made it through. Football in Qatar reformed a few years ago. Local officials have decided to stop the mass naturalization of foreigners and rely on their young recruits. Most of them play in their home region, and the team has no big names by European standards.
The Brazilians are undefeated in the qualifiers: 11 wins and only two draws against Argentina and Colombia. Neymar and the squad were close to winning the 2021 America's Cup but lost to Argentina (0-1) in the final.
The Danes have been through qualifying brilliantly, not just winning but not conceding goals for a long time. The Scandinavians have relaxed in the last rounds and have allowed themselves to lose to Scotland, but nine wins from 10 matches and 30:3 in goals in the group with Scotland, Austria, and Israel is a decent result.
Former Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick gave the squad a facelift, but that didn't stop them from qualifying with nine wins. Some of the great veterans will join the talented youngsters: Neuer, Muller, and Royce.
Last year's Euro finalists have not lost a match in qualifying, with top scorer Harry Kane netting 12 goals to level up with Dutchman Memphis Depay.
The reigning world champions failed at the Euros, losing to Switzerland in the 1/8, but Mbappe, Benzema, and the other stars didn't lose anyone in qualification. Only Ukraine was a problem, with whom they drew twice.
Once again, the Red Devils are among the favourites at a major international tournament. 2018 World Cup (third place), Euro 2020 (quarter-finals), the 2021 Nations League (fourth place). Maybe the semi-finals are this team's ceiling?
Another Balkan team will be at the Mundial. They heroically beat the Portuguese in the last round and left Ronaldo and Fernandes out. It's worth keeping an eye on this young and talented team, with special mention of Fiorentina forward Vlahović.
La Furia Roja didn't qualify without problems. For a long time, Sweden had been leading the group. A young and inexperienced team can show anything. However, few expected them to take the Euros bronze and the Nations League silverware.
Most of Switzerland's players, such as Xhaka and Shaqiri, don't shine at their clubs, but they are simply unstoppable when they arrive at the national team's training camp. At the Euros, they beat stellar France and only lost on penalties to Spain, while in World Cup qualifying, they sent the European champions Italians to the play-offs.
The Oranje have not shone at significant tournaments, perhaps since that 2010 World Cup final, but now the squad seems renewed. They had problems finishing top of the group with Turkey and Norway, but there is hope that the talented team led by one of the top goalscorers in the qualifiers, Depay, can show their worth.
Messi is not getting any younger. This may be his last World Cup with the national team. The Argentines, like the Brazilians, have secured their entry to the World Cup finals ahead of schedule. This year, Leo has already managed to win America's Cup, taking his seventh Golden Ball. When, if not now?