This Monday, December 7, 2020, the 55 European teams entered will know their opponents in the qualifications for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™. Millions of supporters will follow the draw which will take place in Zurich from 6:00 p.m. CET and will be presented by Spanish journalist Cristina Gullón.
“To be part of this preliminary draw, to be the presenter and to have legends in football history by your side is an honor, a hope and a responsibility,” said Gullón, who will be joined by the interim Director of the Competitions of FIFA, Jaime Yarza, responsible for leading the draw, and two luxury assistants: lformer players Daniele de Rossi and Rafael Van der Vaart.
“Van der Vaart and de Rossi are two legends of European football and I would like them to tell us how they personally experienced their participation in the World Cup, the memories they have of it, what they felt in representing their country, what it meant for them to go to the final. De Rossi was world champion in 2006 and Van der Vaart was a finalist in 2010, so they are both very well placed for us give their impressions of the 2022 World Cup and tell us which selections are favorite according to them “, explains the Spanish presenter.
Professional journalist, Gullón currently works for Real Madrid TV. Among other experiences, she covered the Formula 1 World Cup and took part in the organization of several UEFA competitions.
Will Europe maintain its hegemony?
While waiting to know the fate which will fall to each of the European teams brought to take part in the qualifications for the 2022 World Cup, the presenter considers that it is too early to make predictions as to the favorite selections to win one. of the 13 qualifying places for Qatar.
“There is still a lot of time and football is cyclical. There are teams that are in the construction phase right now and maybe in a year and a half they will be much stronger. There are players. who will happen, others who will stop … “
It is however possible that in two years, when the ball starts rolling in Qatar, the European teams will occupy the top of the bill, as was the case in Russia, where the four semi-finalists were teams from the Old Continent. . “It is obviously too early to tell, because the qualifiers have over 900 matches, but I think Europe can once again play a leading role in Qatar,” she concluded.