Portugal will start the qualifying phase of group A for the world Championship 2022 at the José Alvalade Stadium, in Lisbon, in front of Azerbaijan, announced today the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF).
The start of qualifying for the ‘quinas’ team will take place on March 24, starting at 7:45 pm, at the Sporting stadium, which, according to the FPF president, brings good memories to the team.
“This is a house where we have been happy and we hope to be able to offer the Portuguese one more victory and an excellent show in this debut. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Sporting Clube de Portugal for all the availability shown so that we can receive this game in conditions of total security at a time when the country is still facing the pandemic hard ”, said Fernando Gomes, quoted on the organisation's official website on the Internet.
The 'poule' A includes the determined Qatar, for being the tournament organizer, who will face Portugal on September 4th and October 09th, and that the five meetings as a visitor will be played in European territory, to avoid long travels.
Portugal will start qualifying with the reception to Azerbaijan, on March 24, 2021, followed by trips to Serbia (27) and Luxembourg (30). In September 2021, the team from the corners receives the Republic of Ireland (01) and visits Azerbaijan (07), while in October it will host Luxembourg (12), ending the qualification in November, with the visit to the Irish (11 ) and the reception to the Serbs (14).
The European qualification for the Mundial2022 will take place between March and November 2021. The winner of each of the 10 groups will qualify directly for the final stage, while the runners-up will dispute the qualification play-offs, to which they will join two League of Nations group winners who fail to qualify directly for the finals or play-offs.
From these 12 teams present in the 'play-offs', which will be played in March 2022, the last three European representatives will come out at the Mundial2022.
The World Cup in Qatar will take place outside the usual period between June and July, due to the strong heat in that country, with the 2022 competition to be scheduled for the dates between November 21 and December 18.