Nyon (DPA) – Host country Qatar takes part in the European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup as a friendly opponent.The emirate’s national team is in Group A with European champions Portugal, Serbia, Ireland, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan, as confirmed by the European Football Union .

Qatar all plays its home games in Europe, the games are not counted. The selection of the World Cup host must gather the competition drill for the final round in their home country (November 21 to December 18).

The Asian champions will play their first guest appearance against Luxembourg on March 24. The place and the starting time have not yet been determined. In contrast to, for example, the German group J with six teams, the five-member group A would always have one country free per game day.

The German national team will face Romania, EM quarter-finalist Iceland, North Macedonia, Armenia and Liechtenstein, as the draw revealed on Monday evening in Zurich. Only the ten group winners buy their World Cup tickets directly, the runners-up have to go to the play-offs. Qatar is automatically qualified to host.

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