Winning is not a one day’s effort. It is a continuous process of training of mind and body. Qualification is essential for winning. Qualification for the world cup 2018 started way back in 2015 as part of the AFC (Asian Football Confederation ) qualification, with the first qualifying match played on 12 March 2012 at Dilli, Temor Leste. The main qualifying draw was on 25th July 2015 at St. Petersburg, Russia the host of world cup 2018. This is the first time in history that all the 209 countries were qualified for the world cup. A total of 665 goals in 224 matches were scored in the qualifying games to increase the expectations of the quality of matches to be played in the world cup. Kualifikasi piala dunia 2018 could be an eye opener for the world cup 2018 this summer.
- First times :
It is the first time in the history of football world cup all the 209 FIFA member associations were qualified. Host Russia is automatically qualified. Of all the 20 world cups so far for a period of 80 years, this is the first time there is not one association left out for some reason in this 21st world cup.
The smallest country in the world Iceland with 350,000 population is a surprise entrant to this world cup along with debutant Panama.
- Shocking Eliminations :
Italy the heart of European football could not enter world cup. This is only the first time this has happened to Italy after 1958 and for the US since 1986 and also to football-crazy nations like Chile, Cameroon, and New Zealand. The success streaks of countries like Ghana and Ivory Coast in the previous tournaments was also broken because of their eliminations.
Indonesia who was bidders to host this world cup was disqualified even before playing the first qualifying match along with Zimbabwe.
- Heartwarming comebacks :
The spirited comeback after several decades for countries like Peru, Egypt, Morocco, and Senegal is a welcome sight.
In all the kualifikasi piala dunia 2018 has confirmed the excitement and entertainment in store for summer 2018