Europe’s 52 soccer federations learned their fate at the World Cup Qualifying draw in St. Petersburg on Saturday. While representatives of some countries rejoiced at the fact of an easy draw, others were holding their hands in disbelief as they were paired with unwanted opponents.
With France being in Pot 2, everybody knew there was a great chance for there being a ‘Group of Death’, and that is exactly what happened. Unfortunately for the Netherlands, France, and Sweden, the footballing gods did not smile upon them. All three countries were drawn in Group A, which has indeed been dubbed the ‘Group of Death’ by nearly every spectator.
Group E, which contains Romania, Denmark, and Poland (among others) is an even and well matched group. All of the teams from the group have a considerable chance to make it to Russia in 2018.
However, perhaps the European team that struck gold the most from the qualifying draw was Serbia. They were lucky enough to get Wales from Pot 1, by far the weakest team from the pot. However, they did draw Ireland and Austria as well, teams that could surprise down the road. With that being said, however, Serbia has the most talent in Group D. But as we have seen with their abysmal Euro Qualifying campaign, anything can happen when the Serbs take the field.
Here is the full draw;
Republic of Ireland
Bosnia and Herzegovina