What Borussia Dortmund stars need to qualify for the FIFA World Cup

Fourteen Borussia Dortmund stars have been called up for international duty and they will be hoping to represent their countries as club football takes a two week break.

With the FIFA World Cup just 250 days away, plenty of teams are battling to qualify for the world’s biggest sporting event. And Dortmund stars will be hoping to impress for their national teams and lead them to Russia next summer.

So which Dortmund stars are in contention to be at the World Cup next summer? Let’s find out.


Centre back Marc Bartra and his country Spain are on top of their group, three points ahead of Italy with two games to go. They are already assured of a play-off spot and just need to match Italy’s results in their games against Albania and Israel. Bartra is his country’s third choice centre-back and will be hoping to feature in those games and impress his manager.

Nuri Sahin and Omer Toprak have both been called up by Turkey who are locked in a four-way battle to qualify for Russia 2018. Turkey are two points adrift of leaders Croatia and second placed Iceland. They still have to face Iceland and Finland and will be hoping to get two wins to boost their chances of qualifying.

Andriy Yarmolenko’s Ukraine are in the same group as Turkey. They also have 14 points and they face Kosovo and Croatia in their final two matches. Only the group leaders can qualify while the second placed team will likely go into the playoffs.

Łukasz Piszczek and Poland lead their group by three points. And positive results against Armenia and Montenegro will secure qualification for them. Sokratis Papastathopoulos will be hoping to lead Greece to a playoff spot. They cannot directly qualify but being one point behind second placed Bosnia, they will be hoping to make it to the playoffs.


Shinji Kagawa will be in Russia next year representing Japan. They have already secured their spot for the World Cup after finishing top in their third round group.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon are currently third in their group, two points behind leaders Ivory Coast with two games to go. The group winners qualify for the World Cup.

North America

Christian Pulisic will be aiming to lead USA to the World Cup. But they face an uphill task to qualify. His nation is currently fourth in the eight-team table. They are a point behind third placed Panama with two games left. The top three three automatically qualify for the World Cup with the fourth facing an inter-confederation play-off to qualify.

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