by Gabriel Cazotto,
South America Bureau Chief
Boxscore: SAO PAOLO, Brazil – January 26, 20120 – As we at all times do at first of a brand new cycle of the World Cup, right here at Boxscore, we current the 32 groups that I consider will qualify for the World Cup in 2022.
We began this sequence a yr sooner than the final time due the time of the attracts, as Qatar World Cup might be within the northern hemisphere winter, in the long run of the yr, opposite to each earlier World Cup.
Thus suspending all of the attracts (and we nonetheless have this yr ultimate attracts for Europe and Asia final spherical, and the would possibly combat between Canada and El Salvador for the final spot within the hex, which could go till June).
For now, we are able to predict the primary of the 6 continents (which might be predicted, in order- South America, Africa, CONCACAF, Asia, Europe and finally, OFC and the 2 World Play-offs)
South America have already got the draw of their spherical robin, and there we are able to take the expected 4 direct certified groups:
1- Brazil. Brazil is at all times there. All the time. Even with Tite in a standing of controversy in Brazil, the group received the final Copa America and if nonetheless dependent of Neymar, many new and youthful gamers can enter the combination for 2022.
Arsenal’s Martinelli, Gabigol who resurrected in Flamengo, Everton, the Ceboliniha who glided in Copa America, and the kids of Actual Madrid: Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior and new purchased Reinier. All are gifted gamers.
2- Uruguay. One other spherical robin the place La Celeste come sturdy, I’d say they’re even stronger than in 2018, as if Cavani is now not in his peak, and the duo Cavani-Suarez would possibly get a bit too outdated throughout the two years of matches, the identical can’t be stated in regards to the Uruguayan midfield. If within the final cycle they have been purê burocratic, Tabarez has discovered a gold mine within the youth of Bentancur, Torreira, Fede Valverde, De Arrascaeta, Nández and Brian Rodríguez. Whereas nonetheless couting on Lodeiro and Vecino. Their protection continues to be stable as ever.
3- Argentina. Nonetheless in a transition of eras, and relying in Messi (and who wouldn’t ) and Agüero (once more, who wouldn’t), the group won’t endure a lot this time round. Lionel Scaloni has improved considerably the group after the primary spherical of Copa America till the top of the yr. We would see a greater Argentine aspect, after they co-host with Colombia yet one more Copa America, this yr. Nonetheless, with Messi and virtually 50% of the spots. Argentina might be there.
4- Now, right here you would possibly assume, Colombia would be the fourth group. Once more, now we have Chile and Peru – and we see a fantastic confront among the many trio for the final spot and the play off one. Sure, even an older group of Chile has a better route for the World Cup. Rueda is making an attempt the whole lot to rejuvenate the squad with Nicolás Ramírez (captain of the U-23), Maripán, Albornoz, Pulgar (who makes an attention-grabbing midfield trio with Aránguiz and Vidal), and the pearl of this new technology of Chilean soccer, Colo Colo’s heart ahead Iván Morales. Additionally relying within the Golden technology of Bravo, Alexis Sánchez and Vargas. I feel the Chilean would possibly get the fourth spot.
5- The Play-off spot would go to Colombia. A extra gifted squad than Peru and now with a extra stable defensive system lead by Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, and his adaptation to the Qualifying is likely to be among the factors that places Colombia within the play-off spot. A group that also depends on James, Cuadrado. However, are getting new and attention-grabbing gamers just like the tank heart ahead and Atalanta sensation Duvan Zapata, as River Plate’s cerebral midfield, Quinteros.
Peru would possibly play a very good combat together with his very aggressive group that reached Copa America ultimate. However the lack of choices to switch an outdated Paolo Guerrero, who would possibly attain the top of playoffs at virtually 38 years.
Ecuador, who began a remodelation in his sport, specializing in Younger skills and the tiki-taka Spanish type with Jordi Cruijff is likely to be prepared solely in 2026.
Paraguay additionally in transition lacks plenty of high quality of their squad, whereas we do have gifted gamers in Venezuela, however the exit of Rafael Dudamel, who was making a fantastic mission, would possibly damage the possibilities of la Vinotinto.
Leaving outsider Bolivia is likely to be those who is likely to be the group to take factors of the favorites, within the altitude of La Paz, and even decides the trio dispute amongst Colombia, Chile and Peru.
Our bets for CONMEBOL:
Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile.