The qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2022 resumed on October 8 2021 after many rounds were suspended due to coronavirus. Germany emerged as the first national team, besides the host Qatar to qualify for the next year’s tournament, starting from 21 November to 18 December 2022.
The 4-time world champions beat North Macedonia 4-0 on October 11 to secure their spot with 21 points in Group J with 2 matches remaining. Germans have won 7 out of 8 matches and the 1 loss was also against North Macedonia in March before the suspension of qualifying rounds. Other than that the 2014 champions had the best run in their group.
The only team that came close to Germany was Armenia but after losing to Romania 1-0, it no longer had the chance to get close. Now the German position is unassailable.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Format
The quadrennial tournament pits 55 UEFA members in an exciting series of football matches for the glory, trophy, and a huge paycheck. The host team is automatically qualified for the main tournament and the rest of the 54 nations are divided into 10 groups of 5 to 6 teams. The groups were determined in a draw in Switzerland on December 7, 2020.
The ten group winners will qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and runners-up will be joined by the two ranked group winners from the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League. The condition is that these winners would not have qualified directly for the main tournament as the winners of European Qualifiers, nor entered the group stages already as runners-up of European Qualifiers.
12 teams will be remaining after the group stages who will go through three play-off paths before the semi-finals and a final.
Germany vs North Macedonia
Germany won the match easily considering how it’s last outing with North Macedonia went. Its performance was dubbed as “embarrassing” after they suffered their first World Cup qualifying defeat in 20 years. North Macedonia beat it 2-1 on its home ground.
However, this time the Germans came back strong. All of their 4 goals came in the 2nd half. Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller supplied the first 2 goals of the Chelsea duo, Kai Havertz, and Timo Werner. Then Werner scored again, making it 3-0 before another Bayern Munich sensation Jamal Musiala sealed the deal with his first-ever international goal.
The result was no doubt boosted by Armenia’s failure to beat Romania because if Armenia also won from Group J then it would have had the chance to catch up to Germany in the next two matches. However, now even trying is useless. It will be Germany’s 20th appearance at the World Cup, just one behind Brazil who holds the record of 21 World Cup appearances.
Disappointing Loss at the Previous World Cup
After winning its 4th World Cup in 2014, Germany was eliminated early in 2018. It didn’t even advance through the group stages and missed some notable moments of the Russia World Cup.
Germany has qualified every time for the big event. There were two exceptions though; it did not enter the first World Cup in 1930 and was banned in 1950. Otherwise, in the FIFA World Cup 2022, it is making its 18th consecutive appearance.