About FIFA World Cup 2022
The FIFA World Cup is simply called the World Cup. It is the most prestigious championship in the world. This competition is contested by the top senior men’s national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association ( FIFA ). The championship has been held every four years since 1930. But, it was postponed in 1942 and 1946 due to World War II.
The defending champions are France, who won their second World title in the 2018 Russia World Cup. The World Cup trophy has been achieved by eight national teams. Uruguay is the first champion of the cup. Team Brazil has won the trophy five times, and they are the only team to have participated in every tournament. On the other hand, teams Germany and Italy have won 4 times. Teams Argentina, Uruguay and France with two titles each, another hand England and Spain have won the trophy for one time.
As per the rules, the host nation always qualifies to play in the main stage of this tournament. 17 nations have hosted the World Cup. Teams Brazil, France, Italy, Germany, and Mexico each have hosted the tournament twice. While teams Uruguay, Switzerland, Sweden, Chile, England, Argentina, Spain, the United States, Japan, and South Korea (jointly), South Africa, and Russia each have hosted the tournament for one time. Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
2022 FIFA Teams
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is the 22nd edition of this football tournament. Where team Qatar, as the host country, automatically qualified for the group stage. Defending champions France also qualified for the World Cup naturally. FIFA’s six continental confederations organize their qualifying competitions for the World Cup. The confederations are AFC, CONCACAF, UEFA, CAF, CONMEBOL, and OFC. Team Australia, Iran, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea have qualified for AFC.
Qatar is the only team to debut in the 22nd edition of the World Cup. Again, teams like four-time world champions Italy did not qualify for the World Cup. Russia, the 2018 FIFA World Cup hosts, was disqualified from World Cup due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
FIFA 2022 Schedule
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will begin with a grand opening ceremony. The championship will be played in November and December to avoid the extreme Qatari heat. The match schedule of this tournament was confirmed by FIFA on 15th July 2020. The group stage will start on November 20.
The opening match of the tournament will be played between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium. The kick-off times are 13:00, 16:00, 19:00, and 22:00 for the group stage matches. The knockout stage matches will start at 18:00 and 20:00. The third place match will be held on 17 December 2022 at the Khalifa International Stadium and the tournament’s final game will be played on 18th December 2022 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium at 18:00.
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The matches of each group will be held at the following stadiums :
- Groups A, B, E, F: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium
- Groups C, D, G, H: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Education City Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium, Stadium 974.
2018 FIFA Most Famous Players
France was championed for the second time in the previous 2018 World Cup on Russian soil. There are quite a few players who have performed well in the 2018 World Cup. Let’s take a look at these top 10 players :
1) Harry Kane ( England )
Golden Boot winner Harry Kane scored 6 goals, helping England qualify for the semi-finals. But he did not perform well in the group stage of the tournament.
2) Yerry Mina ( Colombia )
The Colombian center-back scored three headers in four games. He is a dangerous set-piece taker. His performance was a major reason behind Colombia’s qualification for the round of 16.
3) Cristiano Ronaldo ( Portugal )
The great legendary player scored a mind-blowing hat trick against Spain. He had the most shorts-per-match ratio for any player in the tournaments.
4) Danijel Subasic ( Croatia )
He saved eight goals in regular times and four penalties. Although Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove and Hugo Lloris won the World Cup trophy but it is Subasic who grabbed the most attention in Russia. He was also a solid presence in the penalty shootout win against Russia.
5) Philippe Coutinho ( Brazil )
Coutinho was the star performer in the group stage matches. He scored a winning goal against Switzerland. He also scored a nice goal against Costa Rica and delivered a pinpoint assist to Paulinho against Serbia.
6) Paul Pogba ( France )
In the 2018 World Cup Pogba dominated the midfield with N’golo Kante. He made a precise pass for Kylian Mbappe to score a beautiful goal in the final, proving that he is an artist. Pogba silenced his critics in the final by scoring a mind-blowing goal.
7) Ivan Perisic ( Croatia )
The Croatian winger scored a last-minute winner against Iceland. He also delivered a match-winning performance against England and his equalizer against France scared his opponents.
8) N’golo Kante ( France )
Kante showed impressive performance in midfield. With Paul Pogba in midfield, he poses a challenge to any opponent. Whether breaking up play or cutting off the opposition’s passing line, Kante often gave the impression of being the best defensive midfielder in the whole world.
9) Kylian Mbappe ( France )
After a weak start in group stage matches, Mbappe burst on the game against Argentina in the Round of 16. Combining his brute pace with a sharp football mind beyond his years, the winger terrorizes defenders. His nice piece of skill creates a chance for Olivier Giroud to make his long-range strike in the final against Croatia.
10) Luca Modric ( Croatia )
Luka Modric showed an all-round performance in the tournament. His cool demeanor as a captain proves that he is a true performer. His goal against Argentina on the second matchday of the group stage was very memorable.
FIFA World Cup is the most prestigious championship in the world. It has been organized once every four years since 1930. Overall, the global connections identified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup are not new. They have been around for decades and have come into the limelight because of the upcoming World Championships. Events like the World Cup will have a positive impact on infrastructure and the economy and will benefit society’s educational and skill experiences. Human rights issues and support for terrorism could negatively affect Qatar’s image in the international arena while their experience of interventions aimed at sustainability could follow.
Thus, there is a possibility of ending the conflict with Israel, improving labor policies, reviewing the homosexual law, and continuing the sustainable development of the country. Generally speaking, a country engaged in such a major undertaking must be prepared to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities. Again it is true that expectations may not be easy to achieve in reality sometimes.
What is the full form of FIFA and when was the federation founded?
FIFA was founded on 21st May 1904 to provide unity between all national football associations, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) boasts 209 countries, rivaling the United Nations and arguably the world’s most prestigious sports body.
Why 2022 World Cup is important for Qatar?
The 2022 World Cup is a possibility of ending the Qatar conflict with Israel, improving labor policies, reviewing the homosexual law, and continuing the sustainable development of the country. Human rights issues and support for terrorism could negatively affect Qatar’s image in the international arena. World Cup will have a positive impact on infrastructure and the economy and will benefit society’s educational and skill experiences.
How many teams will participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar?
A total of 32 national men’s football teams from 6 confederations like AFC, CONCACAF, UEFA, CAF, CONMEBOL, and OFC will participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.