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Soccer World Cup 2022: This will be the route from Spain to Qatar: three windows, eight games and a draw at the end of March

Soccer World Cup 2022: This will be the route from Spain to Qatar: three windows, eight games and a draw at the end of March

In the last World Cup, each team had a fixed of about seven ‘kilos’. There will be breaks in March, June and September and progress will be made in the League of Nations.

Luis Enrique, sitting on a refrigerator, during the game against Sweden.JORGE GUERREROAFP

When Felix brych he whistled the final in La Cartuja, on the bench of the Spanish team and, also, in the box, where he was Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), breathed a sigh of relief. “I have taken off a 100-kilo backpack. It’s like winning a title,” he measured the matter. Luis Enrique, after going around the ring with the players. The threat of having to cling to a poisonous playoff to be able to attend the World Cup in Qatar was not part of the roadmap. Especially after knowing the rivals of the group, a priori, a path that did not seem to present too much turbulence. With that final whistle, all sleeplessness ceased.

Spain will attend its twelfth consecutive World Cup. From Argentina’78 to Qatar’22. Half a life without disappearing from the map, something that not all greats can boast. This ticket will also suppose an economic injection for the RFEF. In Russia 2018, FIFA distributed 350 million euros among participants. The Spanish team received about 10 for reaching the round of 16 and a million more just in preparation for the appointment.

Within a year, around these same dates, the Spanish team will be immersed in the preparation of the World Cup. The normal thing is that he is in Qatari lands to get used to the stridency of a demanding climate. The heat will be an inseparable companion during your stay on Arab soil, in an atypical championship that It will be played between November 21 and December 18. For the coaching staff of Luis Enrique, that of Qatar is the key appointment of his project, after having climbed to the semifinals of the Eurocup and reached the final of the League of Nations. Hence the metaphors of the Asturian coach to gauge the conquest. If there is no setback, it will also be the last great appointment of the captains Sergio Busquets or Jordi Alba. Probably a few more.

The Doha draw

The 2022 calendar has several dates marked. The first, between March 21 and 29. In those days a repechage will be played whose prize is the last three places in the World Cup. And since Spain managed to get around that cumbersome mess in Seville, they will have the opportunity to play two friendly matches with which to finalize that list of chosen ones. “I have forty or fifty players and it will be difficult to select,” warned Luis Enrique, who had closed his stage as a player two years before Spain played his ticket to Germany 2006 with that play-off against Slovakia.

The Spanish team (and the rest of the qualifiers) will have to wait, at least, until March 31 to meet their rivals in the World Cup. In principle, that day is scheduled to be held in Doha, the capital of Qatar, the draw to form the groups with the 32 teams. It will be during the 72nd FIFA Congress. A priori, two days after those last games of a playoffs where, for example, the Portugal of Cristiano Ronaldo, condemned in the twilight by Serbia, in the eyes of Da Luz. The pots will be organized according to the coefficient of the teams in the FIFA ranking, where Spain is currently in seventh position.

Three windows

Until the World Cup starts on November 21, there will be two more windows in which the third edition of the League of Nations will begin, whose draw will take place on December 16. Between June 2 and 14, with the League already over (May 22), Spain will play its first four games. And from September 22 to 27 he will play two more duels, in which the semifinals of the following year will be defined. They will be the last officials before turning their minds to Qatar, in the midst of a suffocating schedule. The break in November and December will force the start of a course that, in Spain, has been in the equator of August. There is a possibility that it will start at the end of July.

Ferran torres, Aymeric laporte, César Azpilicueta, David De Gea or Robert Sanchez, which, except for a setback, are outlined as fixed in Luis Enrique’s plans, they already know that the Premier will stop on matchday 16, the weekend of November 12 and 13, eight days before the start of the World Cup, and that It will resume with ‘Boxing Day’, on December 26. The unusual date of the championship will cause the concentrations prior to a big event to be shortened. Before the European Championship, for example, Spain met on May 31, planned two friendlies (Portugal and Lithuania) and did not make its official premiere until June 14.

On the lawn of La Cartuja, the first step was climbed towards a key 2022 for Luis Enrique’s group. A year that ends in Qatar. Surely the Asturian coach, even if only for a few hours, forgot about the future to focus on the present. In that party, another one, that the team lived in Seville.

Reference from elmundo