FIFA World Cup 2022: These are Austria’s rivals in World Cup qualification

FIFA World Cup 2022: These are Austria's rivals in World Cup qualification

Austria knows its opponents on the way to the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar!

The FFB team will be drafted into qualification group F along with Denmark, Scotland, Israel, the Faroe Islands and Moldova.

Considered very grateful by the first pot with Denmark, the Danes are ranked twelfth in the world rankings and therefore only eleven places ahead of the ÖFB team. Football giants such as France, England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium or Germany have been spared the possible route to Qatar.

From the third pot, the “iconic” lot is also a possible task with Scotland, including a visit to the island. The fourth pot brings a reunion with Israel and a possible revenge for a painful away defeat in the European Championship qualification.

The Faroe Islands have national sports-historical relevance from Pot Five, but this should not be a stumbling block. Opponents are rounded out with Moldova from Pot Six.

The first three games will take place in late March 2021, and the group stage will end in mid-November 2021. The “second way” of the runners-up and two Best Nations League winners will rise in late March 2022 – by then it will be clear at the latest whether the ÖFB team has successfully qualified for the first time since 1998.


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The ten winners of the qualifying groups receive one of the 13 European tickets for the World Cup final.

The runners-up play the remaining three tickets together in tournament mode with the two best UEFA League group winners who were not placed in the top two of a qualifying group at the time. The four teams will draw for each other and play six semi-finals and three finals for qualification.

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As the winner of the League of Nations B1, Austria is in sixth place from the four winners of League A (Italy, Belgium, France, Spain) and Wales, who won Group B4 and scored more points than the BFB team. If at least four of these five nations qualify “naturally” for the playoffs for the World Cup or the best runner-up, Austria will also reach the playoffs without finishing runner-up in the group.


Profile of BFB opponents:

Denmark:

Association: Dance Boldspiel-Union (DBU), founded 1889

Team Leader: Caspar Hazulmand (since 2020)

Famous players: Christian Eriksen (Inter Milan), Yusuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig), Kaspar Shamichael (Leicester City), Simon Kaizer (AC Milan)

FIFA World Ranking: Position 12

Participates in the European Championship: 9 (1964, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2012, 2021)

World Cup participation: 5 (1986, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2018)

Greatest successes: European champions 1992, World Cup quarter-finals 1998, European Championship semifinals 1984

Balance from Austrian point of view: 9 games – 4 wins, 1 draw, 4 defeats (goal difference 14:15)

Scotland:

Association: Scottish Football Association (SFA), founded in 1873

Head of team: Steve Clarke (from 2019)

Most famous players: Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Scott McTomane (Manchester United), Kiran Tierney (Arsenal)

FIFA World Ranking: Word 48

Participation in European Championship: 3 (1992, 1996, 2021)

World Cup participation: 8 (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998)

Greatest successes: Participation in World Cup and European Championship

Balance from Austrian point of view: 20 games – 8 wins, 6 draws, 6 defeats (goal difference 33:25)

Israel:

Association: Israel Football Association (IFA), established in 1928

Team owner: Willie Rattensteiner (auto, from 2020, contract expires)

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Best player: Muns Dabber (1899 Hoffenheim), Sean Weissman (Real Valladolid), Aron Zahvi (PSV Eindhoven)

FIFA World Ranking: Position 87

EM Participation: None

World Cup participation: 1 (1970)

Greatest successes: Participation in World Cup in 1970, Asian Cup winner in 1964

Austria’s record: 11 games – 5 wins, 4 draws, 2 defeats (goal difference 20:18)

Faroe:

Association: Fotboltsamband Faroya (FSF), established in 1979

Team Boss: Hakimani (from SWE, 2019)

Most famous players: Halur Hanson (AC Horsons / Dane), Brandur Hendrixen (Helsingborg / Swift)

FIFA World Ranking: Word 107

EM Participation: None

World Cup participation: none

Greatest successes: Group Victory Nation League 2020 (Liga D)

Balance from Austrian point of view: 6 games – 4 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat (goal difference 16: 3)

Mold:

Verband: Moldovan Football Federation (FMF), Zygrundet 1990

Team owner: Angin Firat (GER-TUR) from 2019

Most famous players: Artur Ionita (Benevento Caliso), Alexandru Epurionu (Istanbul Bassepur)

FIFA World Ranking: Word 177

EM Participation: None

World Cup participation: none

Balance from Austrian point of view: 6 games – 5 wins, 1 defeat (goal difference 8: 2)


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