The 55 European national teams will begin qualifying for the 2022 tournament in Qatar this week, despite a pause in Asia and South America during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ten European qualifying groups will kick off Wednesday and play 75 games in eight days.
Some teams will play tripleheaders on a tight schedule due to the loss of dates in June due to the postponement of the European Championship.
World Cup qualifying matches in Europe have not been lost due to travel and quarantine restrictions.
The fear that Germany-based players would be denied travel was not realized, so Robert Lewandowski could play in Poland, England, and David Alaba would join Austria in Scotland.
The pandemic was felt by three teams losing what home advantage exists when most games are still being played without fans.
Cristiano Ronaldo never plays for Portugal at home, but he is in a familiar place in Turin, Italy.
Portugal chose Juventus Stadium as the neutral host for the opening match against Azerbaijan on Wednesday.
Norwegian star Erling Haaland also plays in a neutral position. Norway chose Spain’s Malaga for a home game against Turkey on Saturday.
Estonia will host the Czech Republic on Wednesday in the Polish city of Lublin.
France, the defender of World Cup champion France, will launch a qualifying campaign with Kylian Mbappe hitting the best of the season. -A burst of 10 goals in 7 games, starting with a hat-trick for the Champions League victory in Barcelona.
Le Bruce will launch a campaign against Ukraine on Wednesday. The group of five teams will include Finland’s third Euro 2020 qualifier.
Thursday’s match against Georgia in Sweden looked like a modest match before Zlatan Ibrahimovic got out of international retirement.
The charismatic 39-year-old striker has made his first appearance in Sweden since Euro 2016 and aims to add to the national record of 62 goals.
England is home to San Marino, and manager Gareth Southgate’s biggest headache is choosing to attack with Harry Kane.
Germany will start its qualifying program under Joachimlow and will continue his new coaching in September after his 15-year tenure, including the 2014 World Cup title, ends after Euro 2020.
The 10 winners of the group will participate directly in next year’s final tournament.
The 10 runners-up will advance to the playoffs in March next year, with two Nations League teams participating.
The 12-team knockout bracket in the single-leg game determines the last three European teams to go to Qatar.
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