Will we get an opportunity to see Erling Haaland and Martin Odegaard in motion in Qatar?
It is the query on each informal soccer fan’s lips after seeing Erling Haaland destroying defences left, proper and centre following his transfer to Manchester Metropolis earlier this yr: Will his Norway be on the World Cup?
The World Cup is after all of the competitors the place the perfect gamers on the earth battle it out amongst one another to elevate the coveted trophy.
Sadly, it is not fairly that easy.
Solely 32 international locations have certified for the showpiece in Qatar this November and December and that implies that among the smaller nations miss out.
And when these so-called smaller international locations have some high-profile gamers of their ranks, the world will get disadvantaged of these superstars.
On this case, Norway did not qualify for the World Cup 2022 after solely managing to complete third of their qualification group behind Netherlands and Turkey.
Which in turns means we will be unable to see Haaland banging within the objectives in Qatar, whereas Arsenal’s gifted playmaker Martin Odegaard can even reluctantly be having fun with a little bit of a break.
So ought to we simply overlook about ever seeing Haaland and Odegaard enjoying at a World Cup then?
Properly, no, not fairly.
The Norwegians did qualify for the match in 1994 and 1998 and the presence of the aforementioned duo may very properly spark one other participation within the close to future, significantly with the continued World Cup enlargement plans.
The 2026 version of the World Cup could have 48 groups there, together with 16 European groups. Which means there are three extra spots to play for throughout the qualification course of.
Norway will nonetheless have their work reduce out for them as they’re at the moment the Twenty second-ranked crew on Fifa’s World Rating, however soccer is and stays an unpredictable sport!