I love World Cup qualifiers and I’m buzzing but I recognise that’s not a common opinion.
What’s happening outside of boring boring UEFA? Loads!
In Asia it’s final group stage time, and a slightly lop-sided draw means that in Group A, one of UAE, Iraq, Syria or Lebanon will make it to the next round (and then potentially the intercontinental playoff). Some fancied Vietnam to make an impact but they’ve got a tough group draw and their domestic season has been cancelled so probably not.
In Africa we’re down to the final… 40 teams. 10 groups of 4, with the winners advancing to 5 playoff matches, with the winners qualifying for WC2022. Cameroon and Ivory Coast have been drawn together so we’ll be saying goodbye to one of them at this stage.
In North America we’re into the final group stage (8 teams with 3 going through and 1 going to the intercontinental playoffs). You’d expect Mexico, USA and Costa Rica to do it but you never know, the US might hilariously fuck up again.
In South America it’s Brazil vs. Argentina on the 5th, but both are looking comfortable qualifiers already, with Brazil on a 100% record. The other two spots are up for grabs.
And finally down in Oceania, the fixtures are yet to be arranged due to Covid, but NZ will win whenever they’re played.