On the way to Qatar 2022! 12 RBL players travelled to represent their countries in October. Lukas Klostermann's Germany team and Yussuf Poulsen with the “Danish Dynamite” have booked their tickets to the World Cup. Emil Forsberg will continue to work towards qualification with the “Tre Kronor”. As well as those three, Péter Gulácsi, Willi Orban und Dominik Szoboszlai (all Hungary), Joško Gvardiol (Kroatien), Konrad Laimer (Austria), André Silva (Portugal), Tyler Adams (USA) and Amadou Haidara (Mali) will keep working on reaching the finals. Brian Brobbey (Euros qualifiers with Netherlands U21s) also represented his country.
Lukas Klostermann (Germany)
“Klosti” had Romania and North Macedonia to get past in this set of internationals. On Friday he came off the bench in a 2-1 victory for Hansi Flick's side against Romania, but the right back started and played the full 90 minutes on Monday evening in the 4-0 win over North Macedonia. The six points collected from these two games meant that Flick's men secured their spot at World Cup 2022, the first country to do so!
The final two qualifiers for "Die Mannschaft" will take place in mid-November. The first is a game in Wolfsburg against Liechtenstein (11/11/21), followed by a trip to Armenia three days later to complete the qualification process.
Emil Forsberg (Sweden)
Sweden have overtaken Spain in group D! Emil scored the opening goal from the penalty spot in a 2-0 win against Greece, seeing the "Tre Kronor" overtake "La Furia Roja" to lead the group. The eighth and final qualifier sees the two leaders face off in a showdown for top spot and automatic qualification.
Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark)
The Danes are the second team to secure qualification for Qatar 2022: following a 4-0 win over Moldova, a 1-0 win against Austria in Copenhagen saw qualification secured. "Yussi" started both games, in one of the best qualification runs ever: the "Danish Dynamite" played and won eight games, scored 27 and did not concede a single goal! Congratulations to Yussuf and the entire squad on their performance and qualifying for the World Cup!
Konrad Laimer (Austria)
The Red-White-Reds were unable to take anything from Denmark, but head coach Franco Foda did put Konrad Laimer in the starting XI for the 1-0 defeat. As a result, "Das Team" sit fourth in their group, seven points behind second-placed Scotland, who have a good chance of making the playoffs.
There might still be a way into the World Cup for Laimer and Austria, though: the Nations League. As Foda's squad won their group, there is still a possibility for them to qualify for one of the twelve playoff places.
Péter Gulácsi, Willi Orban and Dominik Szoboszlai (Hungary)
Hungary earned a respectable 1-1 draw against EURO 2020 runners-up England, where the match favourites were denied time and time again by goalkeeper Gulácsi. Unfortunately, a point was not ennough - the "Magyarok" are fourth in group I with eleven points. The unbeaten "Three Lions" are out of Hungary's reach with 20 points to their name, but second-placed Poland are only six points ahead with two games remaining.
Joško Gvardiol (Croatia)
Joško Gvardiol's Croatian side are doing somewhat better, sitting second in group H, just two points behind leaders Russia. Our defensive summer signing got on the scoresheet with a strike in a 3-0 win against Cyprus. Croatia then drew 2-2 against Slovakia, with Joško not getting on the pitch.
André Silva (Portugal)
The "Seleccao das Quinas" beat Luxembourg 5-0 on Tuesday, with André in from the start. After the convincing win, the Portuguese sit one point behind group A leaders Serbia, the leaders having played a game more than the EURO 2016 champions.
Tyler Adams (USA)
The CONCACAF qualifiers of this international break are still not yet done for the USA, as well as Mexico, Canada, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Jamaica. The USMNT side has played five games, with the next one being played on Thursday morning (01:00 CEST) against Costa Rica. The American national side currently sit second in their table behind Mexico.
Amadou Haidara (Mali)
Nothing has been set in stone for the African qualifiers either. Amadou Haidara and Malil are currently on course for the next round, two points ahead of Uganda. Four games in, Mali are the only team in group E yet to concede.
Brian Brobbey (Netherlands U21)
Brian Brobbey and the Netherlands' U21 squad have got through three qualifiers for the U21 EUROs in this break. After coming on against Switzerland, he was taken off due to injury and did not take part in their 5-0 win against Wales.