Real Madrid's World Cup: Los Blancos XI for Qatar 2022

The recently concluded international break puts the focus on the World Cup in Qatar, which takes place between mid-November and December, a strange and unprecedented time frame that has all the coaching staffs of the major European clubs on maximum alert.

In this sense, Real Madrid are no exception, although Carlo Ancelotti knows that all his international players, who make up the vast majority of the squad, are looking forward to the event in the Middle East.

It will be an event in which Real Madrid will be represented on a par with their status as reigning European and Spanish champions, to the point that an XI of Los Merengues players could even be formed with possible substitutes for the World Cup in Qatar.

As of today, barring injuries, up to 14 Real Madrid players could have a safe ticket to Qatar.


In that hypothetical defense in the World Cup, the goalkeeper is, without any discussion, Thibaut Courtois, as untouchable in his national team as in his club. Lunin’s Ukraine lost to the Wales of former Real Madrid player Bale, so the substitute goalkeeper will miss the big event. Dani Carvajal, who fights with Cesar Azpilicueta for the status of Spain’s starting right-back, Antonio Rudiger, whose versatility makes him a wildcard for Germany, Eder Militao, who Tite has made room for even in the right-back position, and very possibly Ferland Mendy, will be there. The Frenchman is the most doubtful, but his inclusion in Deschamps’ last squad gives him reason to hope.


In Madrid’s midfield, there are plenty of international players. Aurelien Tchouameni‘s starting place with France is a certainty, confirming the French pivot’s sensational start to the season. Eduardo Camavinga will also be in the squad, although he received a public reprimand from Deschamps after taking time off that did not go down well with the coach. Nevertheless, his chances of going to Qatar are unquestionable.

What can we say about Luka Modric and Fede Valverde? They are two players who are fundamental in the current Madrid team and in their respective national teams.

The Croatian, captain of his national team, has played everything in this break despite his 37 years and the logical concern of Madrid, which is also trying to squeeze the last years of talent from the player. In fact, he has returned injured from the two matches with Croatia and will be out for about ten days. For his part, Valverde, despite playing as a right winger – at least theoretically – under Ancelotti, occupies more central and interior positions in the Uruguayan national team, in which he is, as in Madrid, an absolutely essential piece.

The white midfield could have one more indispensable player for Qatar, but Toni Kroos resigned from the German national team a year ago to focus on Madrid.


Up front, there is little doubt. Karim Benzema, after his rehabilitation by Deschamps, is fixed in the France squad, and should be ahead of Olivier Giroud in the mind of the French coach. His absence due to injury in this last FIFA date should not hinder his chances in any way.

The other two contributions from Madrid are both from Brazil. Both Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo have managed to jump on the bandwagon of Tite’s Brazil, which can be considered the Real Madrid of national teams.

The growth of both in the last season and a half has allowed them to make a place in the Selecao’s attack, which is very expensive and which, in this last break, has left out a striker like Gabriel Jesus despite his great start to the season at Arsenal.

Vini has every chance of making Brazil’s squad for the World Cup, while Rodrygo will have to earn minutes with the same recipe he has applied to increase his share of the limelight at Madrid: verticality, overflow and decisive goals in moments of maximum demand.


There are a number of players who don’t make this theoretical XI, but have options to compete for the starting lineup in the World Cup.

Two such players are Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio, who are not untouchable at the club but can be with their country. The Belgian, in spite of the controversy over his lack of continuity at Madrid and the Spaniard, who has the unwavering confidence of Luis Enrique.

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Real Madrid's World Cup: Los Blancos XI for Qatar 2022

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