The 22nd World Cup series is about to begin. From November 20, 32 nations will compete in Qatar for the coveted title. Players from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Brazil are familiar to the general public, but what about countries like Australia, South Korea and Serbia? Check out this section Football zone A group ahead of the World Cup and it’s Group D’s turn in the fourth edition, which includes defending champions France. Other countries in this group are Australia, Denmark and Tunisia.
By: Bart D’Hanis
France will start this World Cup as the defending champions. In 2018, the country defeated Croatia in the final to lift the trophy. Paul Pogba (Juventus), N’Kolo Kante (Chelsea) and Raphael Varane (Manchester United) were the key players in that match. The top two will miss the French qualifier anyway due to injury. Whether Van Varane will be recovered in time is still uncertain. Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Jules Conte (Barcelona), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) and Wesley Fobana (Chelsea) are also in a race against time to qualify for their World Cup debuts. Fortunately for Deschamps, he has plenty of alternatives to choose from. Midfielders Aurelian Dichoumeni and Eduardo Camavinga (both Real Madrid) are knocking on the door of the French national team. If Benzema is unable to start the first game of the World Cup at the base, the national coach can choose from names like Olivier Giroud (AC Milan) and Christopher Ngungu (RB Leipzig).
The World Cup in Qatar will be France’s sixteenth in history. The French won the tournament twice. First time in 1998 and again twenty years later in 2018. After the World Cup in 2018, France also participated in the European Championship in 2021. This campaign was not successful. In the last sixteen Lesson Blues Switzerland were sent home on penalties. In the Nations League, France was anything but impressive. The French finished third in a group with World Cup opponents Denmark in Qatar. Apart from Denmark, Croatia was also in excellent condition. During this Nations League campaign, France lost twice to Denmark. However, the qualifying round for the World Cup went smoothly. The French topped the group alongside the likes of Ukraine and Finland and are unbeaten in eight games. France open their game against Australia in Qatar on November 22. Byam Kegner is scheduled to reunite with Denmark on November 26. The group will conclude with a match against Tunisia on November 30.
Australia is not really known as a football country. So, most of the names in the exam Socceroos Don’t ring the bell. Australia’s list is relatively old, with an average age of 27.5. This is due to former Premier League players Matthew Ryan (FC Copenhagen) and Aaron Mooy (Celtic) who are already in their thirties. The squad for the World Cup in Qatar has already been announced. A notable name on the list is eighteen-year-old Karang Kuol (Central Coast Marines). The young striker has just one international match to his name, but has already booked a place on the plane to Qatar. In fact, the teenager is so talented that he will move to England after the World Cup, where he will continue to develop at Newcastle United. Bad news for Australia though, Ajdin Hrustic (Hellas Verona) has an ankle injury. The former FC Groningen player has so far made twenty international appearances for the national team. It is still uncertain whether the midfielder will feature at kick-off in the first leg.
Australia is ranked 38th in the FIFA rankings. Qatar is participating in the World Cup football tournament for the sixth time. This is the fifth time in a row this year Socceroos To be in the World Championships. Of the previous four World Cups, only 2006 survived the group stage. Australia has qualified for the World Cup in a group with Asian nations. National coach Graham Arnold’s team, who played for Roda JC and NAC Breda in the Netherlands, finished third in the group. With Japan and Saudi Arabia looming large, Australia needed to secure a coveted World Cup ticket through a play-off against Peru. It was eventually achieved by a penalty. Australia also played three exhibition matches before the World Cup. Two against New Zealand and one against Jordan. All three exhibition games were won. Australia will face France on November 22. They will then face Tunisia on November 26. Australia will face Denmark on November 30.
Denmark goes one The downtrodden For the World Cup in Qatar. The Danes have a good squad and are not affected by injuries. At the back, the national coach Kasper Hjulmund may have Simon Kjer (AC Milan), Andreas Christensen (Barcelona) and Joachim Mehle (Atalanta) among others. For midfield, Christian Eriksen (Manchester United) and Pierre-Emile Hajjjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) are the real options. Former Ajax Kasper Tolberg (Seville), Mikel Damsgaard (Brentford) and Andreas Skov Olsen (Club Brugge) should score for the Danes. The latter in particular has been in excellent form for his club this season. He had six goals and two assists in fourteen games in the league. The young winger is also making a big impact in the national team. He has already scored 8 times in 23 international matches.
Like Australia, Denmark will be participating in the World Cup for the sixth time this year. There were also Danes in 2018. Later eliminated by Croatia on penalties. The Croats were also Denmark’s opponents in this year’s Nations League. The Danes topped the group with France, Croatia and Austria. France has even won twice. Denmark’s good form is evident in the World Cup qualifiers. In a group that included Scotland, Israel and Austria, the Danes won no less than nine out of ten matches. Denmark completed two exhibition games this year. They lost 4-2 against the Netherlands. However, the Danes won against Serbia: 3-0. Last year, at the European Championships, Denmark managed to surprise friend and foe alike by reaching the semi-finals of the tournament. Eriksen collapsed in the first game against Finland, which seemed like an extra boost for the Danish team. However, in the semi-final, England were stronger with a score of 2-1. Denmark begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on November 22. France will be the opponent on November 26. The group stage concludes with a match against Australia on November 30.
As with the Australian selection, the FIFA World Rankings do not have the most famous names in the thirties. Omar Recic (Arsenal), on loan for Sparta Rotterdam, is injured and has to miss the World Cup. Wahbi Khasri (Montpellier) is likely to play for Tunisia in this World Cup. The striker scored 24 goals in 74 international matches for Tunisia. Khazri was accurate twice in Ligue 1. National coach Jalel Khadri will take nineteen-year-old Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United) to the World Cup. The talent on loan to Birmingham City was part of the squad last international season and was even allowed to come on two occasions. Apart from Reiki, national coach Kadri has few injury problems within his squad.
This will be the sixth time that Tunisia has graced the World Cup. The previous five times did not reach the knockout stage and the tournament was already stuck in the group stage. Tunisia won the World Cup qualifiers in Qatar. Tunisia topped the group alongside Equatorial Guinea, Zambia and Mauritania. The ten winners of the groups played against each other in a diptych to split the five World Cup tickets. In this diptych, Tunisia were strong 0-1 against Mali. Tunisia also played several exhibition matches for the World Cup. For example, Comoros won 1-0 and Tunisians lost 5-1 against Brazil. Tunisia will face Denmark in their first match on November 22. Australia and France will face each other on November 26 and 30.
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