2022 FIFA World Cup: Qatar Beckons

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  • Hostilities flag-off November 21, 2022
  • Lusail Iconic Stadium hosts final Dec 18

Finally, the countdown is on to this year’s global showpiece in the oil-rich nation of Qatar, with 32 nations ready to chase down the grandest prize in international football.

Another four-year cycle is almost over as players, coaches, and supporters from every corner of the planet begin to count down the days to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Interestingly, of the 32 nations looking to chase down global glory in the Middle East, there are plenty of ambitious teams that believe they can emulate the efforts from 2018 of reigning champions France.

However, only one will prevail, but there promises to be plenty of thrills and spills along the way and you can find everything you need to know about every possible step of that journey that will finally terminate right inside Lusail Iconic Stadium slated to host the final match on December 18, 2022

The Selected Stadiums

Lusail Iconic Stadium General View

History is being made in 2022 as the World Cup finals head to the Middle East for the first time. The event will also be taking place across November and December, rather than its standard June/July slot, due to the soaring summer temperatures in Qatar, and will be completed in a condensed 28-day format.

The eagerly-anticipated competition will get underway on November 21 and will see actions happening across eight specially-built venues in five cities, with the Lusail Iconic Stadium playing host to the final on December 18, 2022

CityStadiumCapacity
LusailLusail Iconic Stadium80,000
Al KhorAl Bayt Stadium60,000
DohaStadium 97440,000
DohaAl Thumama Stadium40,000
Al RayyanEducation City Stadium45,350
Al RayyanAhmad bin Ali Stadium44,740
Al RayyanKhalifa International Stadium40,000
Al WakrahAl Janoub Stadium40,000

Dignitaries When The Draw Held

It was a gathering of football icons and celebrities when the draw for this year’s World Cup finals took place at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre on Friday, April 1, 2022

Carli Lloyd, Jermaine Jenas and Samantha Johnson were all on hand to oversee events in Qatar, with assistance provided by the likes of Cafu (Brazil), Lothar Matthaus (Germany), Adel Ahmed MalAllah (Qatar), Ali Daei (Iran), Bora Milutinovic (Serbia/Mexico), Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria), Rabah Madjer (Algeria) and Tim Cahill (Australia).

The 29 nations that had already qualified at that stage were, along with three spots allocated to play-off final winners, placed into four pots based on FIFA’s international ranking system.

The Qualifiers At A Glance

Canada celebrate 2022
Celebration time for Canada
There are still three places up for grabs as the finals draw took place, with one of the UEFA section play-offs having to be delayed until June due to Ukraine being unable to take in competitive fixtures following Russia’s invasion of their borders.
Two inter-confederation play-offs are also slated for mid-June, with nations progressing down AFC, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, and OFC sections involved in those contests.
Below is the full list of teams that have booked their tickets to Qatar so far
TeamAssociation
QatarAFC
BrazilCONMEBOL
BelgiumUEFA
FranceUEFA
ArgentinaCONMEBOL
EnglandUEFA
SpainUEFA
PortugalUEFA
MexicoCONCACAF
NetherlandsUEFA
DenmarkUEFA
GermanyUEFA
UruguayCONMEBOL
SwitzerlandUEFA
United StatesCONCACAF
CroatiaUEFA
SenegalCAF
IranAFC
JapanAFC
MoroccoCAF
SerbiaUEFA
PolandUEFA
South KoreaAFC
TunisiaCAF
CameroonCAF
CanadaCONCACAF
EcuadorCONMEBOL
Saudi ArabiaAFC
GhanaCAF
AFC-CONEBOL play-off winnerYet to be determined
CONCACAF-OFC play-off winnerYet to be determined
UEFA Path A winnerUEFA

All The Groups

Kylian Mbappe France 2022
Kylian Mbappe France
As is always the case in events such as this, the finals draw threw up plenty of intriguing subplots to what is already shaping up to be quite the sporting blockbuster.
The fabled ‘Group of Death’ will see Spain and Germany locking horns in 2022, with there some serious quality on show in that mini-league.

  Group A                       

Group B

Qatar

England
Ecuador

Iran

Senegal

United States

Netherlands

Wales/Scotland/Ukraine

              Group C   

Group D
Argentina

France

Saudi Arabia

Australia/UAE/Peru
Mexico

Denmark

Poland

Tunisia
Group E

                    Group F

Spain

Belgium
Costa Rica/New Zealand

Canada

Germany

Morocco
Japan

Croatia

Group G       

Group H
Brazil

Portugal

Serbia

Ghana
Switzerland

Uruguay

Cameroon

South Korea

The Kick-off And Dates

Neymar Brazil 2022
Neymar Brazil

World Cup 2022 will kick off on November 21, with hosts Qatar helping to open things up.

An action-packed group stage will run until December 2, when 16 sides will make their way through to the knockout rounds.

The last-16 fixtures are due to take place between December 3 and 6, with the quarter-finals being held on December 9 and 10.

Semi-final showdowns with plenty at stake are scheduled for December 13 and 14, with the final pulling in a global audience of billions on December 18 – the day after a third-place play-off has seen bronze medals handed out. – Goal.com reports

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