The upcoming FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers will feature a titanic clash between two of the world’s biggest footballing nations, Brazil and Argentina. This highly anticipated match is set to take place at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday 21st November, with kick-off scheduled for 21:30 local time. For fans in Europe, the match will begin in the early hours of Wednesday 22nd November.
The journey to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2026 in the CONMEBOL region began in September 2023 and will continue until September 2025. The region consists of ten countries – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela – all vying for just six spots in the finals. Each country will play the other nine teams home and away in a round-robin format. After all the matches have been played, the top six nations will secure their places in the finals which will take place in America, Canada and Mexico. The team that finishes seventh will have an opportunity to participate in the FIFA Play-Off Tournament where they will compete against five teams from other regions for one of the remaining two spots in the finals.