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Russiana brutal war That hasn’t stopped the Ukrainian national football team from returning to the field. As the 2022 FIFA World Cup begins in November, the Ukrainians are one of seven teams vying for the final three unclaimed places at the World Cup, three of them from Europe.

The Ukrainians’ first game of 2022 will be played in Glasgow on June 1, against Scotland in the second European World Cup qualifier play-off. The race was scheduled to take place on March 24, exactly a month after Russia began its invasion of the country. FIFA approved the extension. The Scottish and Ukrainian champions will face Wales, who beat Austria 2-1 in March for a place in the World Cup final from Europe.

Instead of qualifying directly for Qatar, Ukraine advanced to the second qualifying round with second place in the group. France got automatic berths, while Ukraine was ahead of Finland, Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Ukrainians haven’t played together since their World Cup qualifier against Bosnia, a 2-0 win over Zenica on November 16, and since the team’s Euro 2020 quarter-final against England Unbeaten in seven games.

England will be one of three teams Ukraine will face World Cup Group B If Ukraine wins the next two games. The Ukrainians’ first opponent will be the United States, which will face Iran in a few days. Due to the spectacle of war and the World Cup, the U.S.-Ukraine showdown will be played openly in Qatar for both teams in what may be the most-watched USMNT match of all time, both domestically and internationally. The current men’s record is the 2014 FIFA World Cup between the United States and Portugal, which attracted more than 25.5 million viewers.

Russia banned from World Cup Qualified for FIFA after the country’s invasion, despite finishing second in the first-round group. Russia’s shortlisted opponent Poland automatically advanced to the second-round final against Sweden, where they won.

The Ukrainian national team has been competing since April 1992, when the country gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Ukraine’s only previous participation in the FIFA World Cup was in 2006, when it reached the quarter-finals. The Ukrainian has also qualified for the past three European Championships, including co-hosting Euro 2012 with Poland.

Most Ukraine internationals also play for domestic clubs, with the exception of Manchester City’s Alexander Zinchenko and Benfica’s Roman Yaremchuk.No professional football matches have been played in the country since the invasion began requiring everyone to attend Ukrainian men over 18 Remain in a country authorized by the Ukrainian government.