Earlier this week, FIFA revealed the groups for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. After 865 matches across six continents, 206 countries have qualified for the tournament. Each team has a chance to make it to the knockout stages. Each group will play six matches, with the top two teams advancing to the round of 16. In total, 64 matches will be played in eight stadiums. These matches will be staggered throughout the day, with each group playing at least four matches.
Group B features England, United States and Iran. Each team has a chance to advance, although the US will face a difficult task against England. It is a match that will be eagerly anticipated. The US will also play a team from Group C, which features Argentina and Poland. Both of these teams will be looking to make a strong start. The United States is a familiar name, while Argentina has the talent to be one of the top contenders for the trophy.
Group E features four-time champions Germany and four-time winners Spain. Both teams will face their former teammates in the rematch of their 2010 semifinal. The Netherlands are also set to play in group E. These teams will face each other in the round of 16, with the winners moving on to the quarter-finals.
Group C is a tough group to predict. Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru will all be tough to beat. However, Denmark will look to make a strong start to the tournament. They defeated France 2-0 when they played in the 1998 World Cup. Denmark is a team with a record of winning nine out of 10 qualifying matches.
Group E will also feature Belgium, Spain and Germany. These teams have all reached the quarter-finals of previous World Cups, and Spain are looking to repeat their success in Russia 2018. Germany, led by Barcelona’s Pedri, will have their work cut out for them.
Group D is another difficult group to predict, as France will meet Tunisia. Argentina has been beaten in the first round of matches, but is still a strong contender for the tournament. Brazil and Serbia are also in the group, with both teams looking to make an impact. Mexico, meanwhile, has not lost a game since a shock 2-1 defeat to Poland in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup. It was the first time Argentina had been knocked out of the tournament.
The quarter-finals will be played on December 9 and 10, with the winners moving on to the semi-finals. The second-placed teams will play off for a place in the third-place match on December 17. The winner of the play-off will face the winners of the third-place match for a spot in the final.
Qatar will be hosting its first World Cup, and has had its fair share of controversy since the bid was awarded. The country has been criticized for its shady foreign workers, as well as its hostile LGBTQ community. However, FIFA president Gianni Infantino made a statement defending Qatar.