With the FIFA World Cup 2022 groups announced ahead of the tournament’s commencement in November, leading nations are plotting their path to the finals. If you are a football enthusiast, get ready for a renewal of old rivalries and clashes toward the title. Brazil will be fighting to clinch the title for the sixth time, while France will defend to keep the title.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 is in Qatar from 20th November to 18th December. The first game kicks off at Al Bayt Stadium, with Ecuador taking on the hosts. In FIFA 2022, 32 teams will face off in eight groups.
The history of the FIFA World Cup began in 1930 Uruguay. Since then, the spectacle has occurred every four years, interrupted only in 1942 and 1946 by World War Two. During its history, eight countries can boast of having won the tournament. We’ll see if that changes at the 22nd edition of the 2022 World Cup event in Qatar.
Uruguay also has the added distinction of being the first winner of the World Cup in 1930, as the hosting nation of the tournament. The hosting countries of Italy (1934), England (1966), West Germany (1974), Argentina (1978) and France (1998) were also winners.
While the first tournament in Uruguay involved 13 competing teams, this number grew to 16 in Italy (1934), 15 in France (1938), and back down to 13 in Brazil (1950). The number of competing teams stabilized at 16 competitors from 1954 to 1978 but would grow to 24 teams between 1982 to 1994. By 1998, the World Cup tournament in France featured 32 competitors who will remain constant up to and including 2022. After that, this number is set to rise in 2026 to 48 teams globally.
FIFA 2022 will have eight groups of four teams drawn from the qualifying teams. FIFA’s World Cup ranking determines the position of the teams. Countries from the same continent cannot be drawn to the same group except for Europe.
In the FIFA 2022 World Cup, Group A features Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and Netherlands. History shows that every host nation usually makes it to the knockout phase, except for South Africa in 2010. Qatar has slim chances going by the string of heavy defeats. Qatar will kick off the FIFA World Cup against Ecuador, which made it to the World Cup despite losing 18 qualifiers. Senegal and Netherlands look a notch above Qatar and Ecuador. The Netherlands looks revitalized with Louis Van Gaal’s return, but that doesn’t rattle Senegal, who are reigning African champions. Senegal has a strong team with Sadio Mane in attack, Kalidou Koulibaly in defence and Edouard Mendy in goal.
Talented England is playing in Group B. Having made it to finals in the last European championship semi-finals in the 2018 World Cup, they are a formidable team to watch. While the USA appears less threatening, England has failed to beat them in previous World Cup meetings. Besides, the USA has many stars in European teams, like Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea. While Iran sailed through the qualifiers with only one loss, the team is solid but not spectacular under Croatian coach Dragan Skocic. Wales was the last to join the group after beating Scotland and Ukraine, but their talent and performance under Gareth Bale make them a notable squad.
Argentina has the star quality to watch out for in FIFA 2022. However, they will face off against former manager Gerardo Martino, who is leading the Mexico squad. Poland changed coaches before the playoffs, and the players are somewhat finding themselves. Saudia Arabia has been consistent in the qualifiers despite performing poorly in the Asian Cup.
France has gifted players, and you should look forward to exciting football from them in Group D. While Tunisia changed their coach after the Cup of Nations, they have found their footing, and their experience playing in France makes them a worthy competitor. However, the biggest threat for France is Denmark, having won nine out of ten games in the qualifiers. They have a well-organized side and team spirit. Australia was the last to join the team after beating Peru and UAE.
The clash of the 2010 and 2014 champions makes for a memorable game, as Germany and Spain face off in Group E. After a horrible performance in previous World Cup games, Spain is looking to make a comeback under Luis Enrique. The group is rounded off by Japan, making their seventh successive World Cup appearance and Costa Rica.
Belgium qualified undefeated for Group F. Unfortunately, some of their best players, like Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, look old. Morocco, despite their difficult coach Vahid Halilhodzic, has a great team. Croatia is the team to watch for in the group, with exceptional players like Luka Modric. Canada’s last appearance in World Cup was in 1986, which puts them at a disadvantage, but they have a good lineup led by Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich.
Group G features Brazil, the top contender for the World Cup title, as well as Switzerland, Serbia and Cameroon. Brazil made the qualifying rounds unbeaten and is looking to regain its glory after losing to Belgium in the 2018 World Cup. While Switzerland has a great team, the overreliance on Breel Embolo could be their downfall. Serbia has an array of attacking talent, making them worthy opponents to Brazil. Cameroon scrambled through the qualifiers to make it to the group.
Group H is the hardest group to call. Portugal was behind Serbia but somehow beat Turkey and Macedonia in the playoffs. Uruguay is resurging since the replacement of Oscar Tabarez with Diego Alonso. South Korea and Ghana qualified convincingly, but they must up their game to make it to the knockouts.
In the FIFA World Cup 2022, four matches will be played daily in the group stage, which runs for twelve days, and the runners-up progress to the round of 16. Here is the FIFA World Cup 2022 schedule:
Football Matches 2022
|Qatar – Ecuador 20 November 2022 – 17:00
|England – Iran 21 November 2022 – 14:00
|Senegal – Netherlands 21 November 2022 – 17:00
|USA – Wales 21 November 2022 – 20:00
|Argentina – Saudi Arabia 22 November 2022 – 11:00
|Denmark – Tunisia 22 November 2022 – 14:00
|Mexico – Poland 22 November 2022 – 17:00
|France – Australia 22 November 2022 – 20:00
|Morocco – Crotia 23 November 2022 – 11:00
|Germany – Japan 23 November 2022 – 14:00
|Spain – Costa Rica 23 November 2022 – 17:00
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Brazil is a top favourite to win the FIFA World Cup 2022, while top contenders include France, England and Spain. They are an obvious favourite due to their five-time win in the World Cup. Brazil has been a quarter-final team since their 2002 win. The only time they made it beyond the quarters was in 2014, when they lost to Germany.
Brazil may be making a comeback under Tite, having suffered only one defeat in the last 29 matches. Fortunately, they made it to the FIFA World Cup by strolling through the South American World Cup qualifier with over 21 points.
France is undoubtedly the second favourite to win the World Cup. They have a talented lineup and a strong team under Didier Deschamps. Most of their top talents play in Real Madrid. Despite the remarkable squad, France has only won one of their last six games and was on the verge of relegation from the UEFA Nations. In the FIFA World Cup, France has had an all-or-nothing tendency. Looking at their history, they won in 1998 and 2018 but had group-stage meltdowns in 2002 and 2010.
In 56 years, England is still waiting to win another FIFA World Cup title. They may be close to the FIFA 2022 title under Gareth Southgate. In 2018, England made it to the semi-finals only to be edged out by Croatia. They will likely go further in Qatar despite approaching the match in distinctly questionable form. England has failed to win in their past six matches, and Southgate is under genuine pressure to win.
Qatar 2022 World Cup promises an appearance of iconic stars, an exciting new generation of talent and final appearances of some of the best footballers. The stage is likely the final FIFA World Cup battle for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Alongside the stars aiming for their first world titles, the defending champions have Kylian Mbappe, the Paris Saint Germain superstar. Neymar, Luka Modric and Kevin De Bruyne will also create an incredible showpiece in Qatar. The biggest stars in the FIFA World Cup 2022 will include:
Kylian Mbappe (France)
Mbappe was a great star in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where France clinched the title. However, the PSG star has made incredible progress in the past two seasons. He’s expected to be a stand-out performer for the defending champions.
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
All eyes will be on Lionel Messi as he looks to add a world title to his glittering list of accolades. He has also confirmed that 2022 is his last World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Despite a tumultuous time at Manchester United, the expectation will still be intense around Ronaldo in Qatar. Portugal also had a rough time in the playoffs qualifications. Luckily, they beat Macedonia to secure their place in the tournament.
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)
De Bryne is the man to watch in Belgium. He will be tasked with helping Belgium improve its performance after consistently underperforming in the previous years with a star-studded lineup.
Vinicius Jr (Brazil)
Vinicius Jr has been under immense pressure to establish himself as a key player in Brazil and Real Madrid. He has risen to the challenge, and his world-class potential could make him one of the star names in Qatar in 2022.
Understanding the FIFA 2022 World Cup odds and probabilities is important for bettors. Since the draw in April, Brazil has been a tournament favourite with +400 odds, while Argentina and France follow closely with +600 odds. The great odds for Argentina are due to the 35-match unbeaten streak. England was on the same odds as France at +550, but the recent relegation to League A in UEFA Nations League has placed them behind the top three at +700.
Qatar is still viewed as a long shot in the group tournament and has the lowest odds. The Netherlands is highly favoured to advance ahead of Ecuador and Senegal. England has the shortest odds of advancing to the group stage in the tournament. The recent slump of the USA, where they scored one goal in the last five matches, has not affected its odds of advancing out of the group. Argentina looks organized and complete and is poised to sail through the group stage.
On paper and in the odds, France is a clear favourite in Group D, followed by Denmark. Despite the unimpressive run in the UEFA Nations League. That’s why our betting page has better odds for France.
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The 64 matches will be battled in eight stadiums in Qatar. The stadiums include:
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is on 20th November, with an opening match of Ecuador vs Qatar. The tournament will end on 18th December after the finals.
Brazil has the most success in the history of FIFA World Cups. They have bagged five titles and are the only country to have participated in all World Cup tournaments. Italy and Germany have garnered four titles.
Brazil is the favourite to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup due to its history. France is also a top contender since they are defending champions and are looking to win two World Cup titles in a row.
When the games commence, you can participate in in-play betting. You can predict the scores in the first or second half and bet on players likely to score in the FIFA World Cup 2022. Check the betting guide on ways to bet in-play.