During the first few months of 2022, the world cup will be held in Qatar. It is the second tournament to be held entirely in Asia. It is also the first to be held in an Arab country. It will feature 32 teams. In addition to the hosts, three teams from CONCACAF and one from the Oceania region have also qualified.
The final two slots went to the United States and Mexico. The United States has qualified without losing to Mexico. The two teams will compete in the World Cup together. There are also four slots for Asian teams. They were filled by Iran, Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. These teams are all ranked lower than the USA. However, Iran has been a World Cup stalwart this century. They have only missed two tournaments. They have never reached the final.
England is aiming for the knockout rounds. It has a finely balanced squad under coach John Herdman. It has two stars in Jonathan David and Alphonso Davies. However, the lack of a high scoring striker could be an issue. It has also not beaten second place Ukraine home or away. Hopefully, it will be more successful this time around.
France’s place in Qatar was always guaranteed, but it qualified in an interesting way. It was ranked higher than second place Ukraine, but it did not beat them at home or away. In fact, it drew with El Salvador. It also qualified for the World Cup without losing to Canada. Its goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, is a star. It will be interesting to see whether it can get through the group stage and qualify for the knockout rounds.
Brazil has the greatest chance of winning the 2022 World Cup. The team is well-organized and technically proficient. Its great generation will include Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Jose Maria Gimenez. They will have a tough opponent in Qatar, though.
Uruguay is another team to be considered a shoo-in. Their great generation has been coming of age in South Africa. The team has a young squad that is highly-skilled. The team also has a solid defense. They only conceded twice during Africa’s second group stage. However, they also had to survive a 2-2 draw against Paraguay. They also managed a 3-2 win over Ecuador. They will have a tough game against Tunisia in Qatar.
Iran has qualified for the World Cup in three of the last four editions. However, it has never made it past the group stage. It has a strong attacking talent that is also Champions League-level.
South Korea, on the other hand, qualified relatively unscathed. It also managed to reach the playoffs, despite missing out on the World Cup four years ago. It will have to consider its supporting cast for Son Heung-min.
Spain will also be competing in the 2022 World Cup. They have a solid core of players, and they have a good record at World Cups. Their coach is also smart. However, they will have to win two games in the group stage to qualify.