> On Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 11:34:58 AM UTC-4, Raja Nadar wrote:
> > Will it be Finland?
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_team_appearances_in_the_FIFA_World_Cup#Debut_of_teams
> > Qatar shouldn't count since they did not have to qualify. So far every world
> > cup has had new teams. But this time around, all the top nations are sailing
> > so far in the qualifiers.
> Well, they would certainly be a new *team* at the world cup, though not a new
Indeed. Apart from the trivial case (Uruguay 1930), Qatar are the only team to
debut in the World Cup through hosting it.
> > Africa - There are more possibilities here - Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea,
> > Zambia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Mali, Uganda, Libya, and Gabon
> > are in reckoning. Mali is topping the group, Burkina Faso is the second best
> > bet as they are tied with Algeria and only group winners make it. But there
> >is another round after this :-)
> Everything is still wide open in CAF, and a new qualifier could definitely
> emerge from there. The fact that Cameroon and Cote d'Ivoire were in the same
> qualifying group helps matters.
For some reason it always feels like CAF is the place to look at when one thinks
of new qualifiers. 13 of their teams have played in the World Cup, six of which
had their debuts from 1998 onwards (ie, when they went up to five spots). But
interestingly, the last time they had a new entrant was in 2006, when four out of
their five spots went to newcomers. In 2010, 2014 and 2018 we had some returns
after long absences (eg, Morocco 1998-2018, Egypt 1990-2018), but no newbies.
> > It is highly possible this will be the first world cup with no new entrants
> If indeed there are no new qualifiers, what would be the team that makes the
> World Cup after the longest hiatus? (Canada 1986, Wales 1958, DR Congo/Zaire
As far as I can tell, Wales. If you asked that question at the very beginning
of the qualification cycle, the answer would be Indonesia, away from the
tournament since 1938.