Soccer stars, glamorous Wags and celebrities hit the red carpet for Qatar’s glitzy World Cup draw, including Elba and Aguero

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THE red carpet was packed with celebrities, soccer stars and wags ahead of the World Cup draw taking place in Doha, Qatar.

Football fans around the world will be on the edge of their seats waiting to find out who their country will be drawn to play in the groups.

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Sergio Aguero was present with his partner Sofia Calzetti.Credit: AFP
Screen star and big football fan Idris Elba smiles with his wife Sophia Makramati

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Screen star and big football fan Idris Elba smiles with his wife Sophia MakramatiCredit: PA
Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf looked dapper as he attended with his wife Sophia Makramati

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Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf looked dapper as he attended with his wife Sophia MakramatiCredit: Getty
Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan looked delighted to be there alongside his wife Paz

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Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan looked delighted to be there alongside his wife PazCredit: Reuters
England boss Gareth Southgate hopes to be as happy once the draw is done

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England boss Gareth Southgate hopes to be as happy once the draw is doneCredit: Getty

Unsurprisingly, the draw is a star-studded event in the mega-rich Middle East.

Manchester City legend and recently retired Sergio Aguero was one of the first to arrive along with partner Sofia Calzetti.

Aguero quit The Beautiful Game in December at the age of 33 at a tearful press conference after being diagnosed with heart disease.

Former Netherlands and AC Milan ace Clarence Seedorf looked dapper in his black suit and bow tie, with wife Sophia Makramati.

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And there were plenty of other big names in the sport, including Brazilian Kaka and Italian icon Andrea Pirlo.

England boss Gareth Southgate was of course present, ready to find out who his Three Lions will have to overtake to reach the knockout stages.

England qualified with flying colors and are among the top seeds heading into the group stages.

But Italy, European champion, DO NOT be in Qatar, after surprisingly losing 2-1 in their qualifying game against North Macedonia.

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Aleksandra Ivanova looked radiant ahead of the bog announcement

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Aleksandra Ivanova looked radiant ahead of the bog announcementCredit: Getty
Former Argentine footballer Javier Zanetti, his wife Paula and son Tomas arrive for the draw

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Former Argentine footballer Javier Zanetti, his wife Paula and son Tomas arrive for the drawCredit: AFP
Former players Andrea Pirlo, Javier Mascherano and Jorge Campos arrive

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Former players Andrea Pirlo, Javier Mascherano and Jorge Campos arriveCredit: Reuters
Arsene Wenger is here - he wants a World Cup every two years

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Arsene Wenger is here – he wants a World Cup every two yearsCredit: Getty

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Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who wants a World Cup every two years, will be an interested spectator for the balls to be drawn.

The screen stars were also keen to show their faces at the glitzy bash.

Actor and huge soccer fan Idris Elba opted for a three-quarter length coat and black sunglasses as he smiled on the red carpet with his wife Sabrina Dhowre.

Qualifying teams will be placed into four ranking pots, all decided by the new Fifa World Rankings.

As a group, we are not really afraid of anyone. It will show in our performance

England midfielder Jack Grealish

England, fifth in the standings, will join Qatar, new world number 1, Brazil, Belgium, France, Argentina, Spain and Portugal in the first pot.

Asked about the World Cup draw earlier this week, England midfielder Jack Grealish said: “As a group we really don’t fear anyone. It will show in our performances.

“I think I saw something the other day saying we haven’t been beaten in 90 minutes since November 2020 or something.

“So I think, yeah, at the moment we have such a confident group and looking ahead to the draw, we’re all going to be excited and we’re not going to fear anyone.”

Host Samantha Johnson prepares for her big night

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Host Samantha Johnson prepares for her big nightCredit: Getty
South Africa weren't going to be forgotten ahead of the big draw

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South Africa weren’t going to be forgotten ahead of the big drawCredit: Getty
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