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Kosovo and Spain face in the 6th day of the B Group of the qualifying round for the Qatar World Cup 2022. Selection of Luis Enrique faces this third game of this second window with the need to win so as not to lose rope with Sweden, which although it has two less disputed matches, is only one point away, making it the virtual leader.
But the party, what will be played on Wednesday in Pristina, not only represents an important obstacle in the path of the ‘Red’, but it will also be a meeting that will contain the peculiarity of the political determining factor.
Spain will not have a placid stay in Kosovar territory, since it is one of only five countries in Europe along with Slovakia, Greece, Romania and Cyprus that they do not recognize it as a nation. In addition, it is the only country in the European Union that does not accept the Kosovar passport to obtain the visa for the ‘Schengen zone’.
Spain does not accept the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo, nor does it assume its independence from Serbia, which considers it as the autonomous province of Kosovo and Metojia. This territory declared its independence unilaterally in spring 2008 after an armed conflict at the end of the last century, thus constituting the so-called Republic of Kosovo.
Own Spanish Federation (RFEF), following the instructions of the government, had a brush with his peer from Kosovo because they felt neglected in the first leg, played on March 31 in Seville. What everyone is wondering is why Spain did not ask for Kosovo to be excluded from their hype in the qualifying draw; well it was done with Gibraltar. And it is common to do it with countries that have political incompatibilities or something else, as happens between Russia and Ukraine.
In this geopolitical setting, Kosovo has not forgotten all the controversy surrounding the match played in La Cartuja last March. As it was not recognized as a country by Spain, the Government gave orders so that its formal consideration was not the same as the rest of the rivals and this outraged the Balkans. Spain has arrived this Tuesday in Pristina to face the qualifying match for the World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday.
Spain faces this third match of the second window of Group B with the need to win so as not to lose rope with Sweden, virtual leader, where he can not fail at home against Kosovo. A party that will have the peculiarity of the political determining factor that is added to the need to win.