Germany and Spain will conflict at this 12 months’s World Cup after Friday’s glitzy draw ceremony in Doha positioned the 2 former winners in the identical group, whereas bitter political rivals america and Iran have been additionally drawn collectively. 4-time winners Germany have been in Pot Two, making them the apparent crew to keep away from for the highest seeds within the Qatari capital. They have been knocked out on the group stage in Russia in 2018. In a break with latest custom, hosts Qatar won’t function within the match’s opening match on November 21. That honour will go to Senegal’s Group A match with the Netherlands at 1:00pm (1000 GMT). The Qataris, of their first ever match at a World Cup finals, face Ecuador that night.
Reigning champions France will meet acquainted foes Denmark and Tunisia in Group D, which will likely be accomplished by the winners of an intercontinental play-off — both Australia, Peru or the United Arab Emirates.
Who mentioned what on the draw for the 2022 World Cup on Friday:
“We now have damaging recollections, however one thing like that does not occur to us twice.”
— Germany goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer on being drawn with fellow former champions Spain. The Spanish thrashed Germany 6-0 in a Nations League match in November 2020.
“You possibly can see clearly that Germany have improved. They’re going via a interval of renewal however we’re Spain, seventh on this planet, and we need to beat everybody on this planet.”
— Spain coach Luis Enrique
“It’s the similar handicap for everybody. It means we predict the gamers will arrive brisker than at a traditional World Cup, in higher form bodily and in footballing phrases. The dearth of time is a handicap, however no crew may have a lot time.”
— Luis Enrique on having simply eight days between home leagues breaking apart and the World Cup beginning
“For us, we’re in on day one so it is fairly clear now what our programme seems to be like for the top of the Premier League season and getting out right here as rapidly as attainable.”
— England supervisor Gareth Southgate, whose facet face Iran on the opening day of the match on November 21, simply eight days after the ultimate spherical of Premier League video games earlier than the worldwide break.
“I counsel you (France) to additionally put together as a result of now we have an excellent crew and we will likely be able to battle.”
— Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand on going through the defending champions.
“A really demanding group, completely different types, completely different elements however most likely what we want if we need to be prepared for this World Cup. After which the draw most likely splits — the primary 4 teams, they’ve fewer top-10 groups going through one another, then the subsequent 4 teams might be remaining after remaining after remaining, so most likely the ultimate may very well be the least like a remaining. However that is how attracts work.”
— Belgium coach Roberto Martinez plots his crew’s path via the knockout rounds. In the event that they prime their group they might face Spain or Germany within the final 16 and may very well be on the identical facet of the draw as Portugal, England and France.
“I have not been to Qatar or Senegal that usually so I do not know these international locations that properly.”
— Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal on Group A rivals which additionally embody Ecuador.
“It is prior to now. It was 24 years in the past. What issues to us is what’s going to occur now.”
— USA coach Gregg Berhalter after being paired with geopolitical rivals Iran. The 2 international locations met on the 1998 World Cup when relations between the 2 nations have been notably fraught. Iran gained that recreation 2-1.
“I at all times guess with us towards anyone.”
— Canada midfielder Jonathan Osorio on being drawn with world quantity two Belgium, Morocco and 2018 runners-up Croatia.
“We will take a look at the glass as being half full or half empty.”
— Portugal coach Fernando Santos whose crew face Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.
“What an emotion it’s to be right here in entrance of you. Now it is getting critical. Now we all know it’s for actual.”
— FIFA president Gianni Infantino
“When folks discuss soccer, the primary phrase is Brazil. I respect quite a bit Brazil, it’s at all times the favorite, however I like to play towards exhausting groups.”
— Serbia coach Dragan Stojkovic on going through the five-time world champions.
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