By Ray Hamill
The final four spots for next summer’s World Cup will be decided this week, and that means the countdown to the madness can officially get under way.
Thus far, 28 of the 32 teams have sealed their invite to the sports world’s most exclusive party, with four more joining them between now and Wednesday.
For some – the Germanys, Englands and Brazils of the world – it’s business as usual, and the real work won’t begin until June.
For others – the Panamas, Icelands and Moroccos of the world – just qualifying is a major achievement on its own, and no matter what happens when they get there, it’s already considered a successful campaign.