The FIFA World Cup 2022 is set to kick off in Qatar from November 21st to December 18th, 2022. The tournament, which takes place once every four years, promises to be an amazing one with all the teams that are contending ready to go, and the appropriate things being put in place.
The FIFA World Cup was first played in 1930 and has been running since then as the biggest football competition in the world. The World Cup consists of 32 countries battling for the top prize. It starts with a qualifying round, where the top teams will be given spots in the World Cup group stage. After the group stage, the top two teams will then proceed to the first knockout round, called the Round of 16. The winners of the matches in that round will then proceed to the Quarterfinal round, where eight teams will battle for the Semifinal spot. The final four teams will then face off in the semifinals, and the winners will play in the final.
Being the most prestigious, most popular, and most watched sporting event in the world, the World Cup has seen 79 countries play in its 92-year history. The current holders of the World Cup title are the France national team, after they triumphed in the unforgettable 2018 World Cup, winning their second World Cup while entertaining fans all over the world throughout the campaign.
Brazil are the all-time winners of the World Cup, with 5 titles. Other countries have proven themselves as some of the best in the world, winning the most prestigious prize in football. Those countries include Italy (four titles), Germany (four titles), Argentina (two titles), Uruguay (two titles), England (one title), and Spain (one title).
The 2022 World Cup will be played in the winter for the first time in history, as opposed to its usual summer scheduling. This is because of the unfavorable weather conditions in the host country and as a way to keep the fans; who will be coming to watch from all over the world, and the players comfortable.
Experts and professionals from all over the world have come up with predictions and permutations in World Cup odds, presenting the favorites and likely winners of the world cup. The favorites for the World Cup are as follows:
With players like Thiago Silva, Danilo, Militao, Casemiro, Fabinho or Neymar Jr. in the squad, Brazil lead the list with odds of +500 and are followed by the reigning champions France at +550. England, who finished fourth at the 2018 World Cup are provided with odds of +650, alongside Argentina who will be fresh from their Copa America and Finalissima triumphs whereas 2010 winner Spain have been provided with odds of +750. Notably, four-time winners and the 2014 victors Germany are valued at +900.
How does the 2022 FIFA World Cup look?
After a series of qualification matches amongst the countries competing in the world cup, 32 teams came out on top and took their spots in the group stages of the world cup. Each of the eight World Cup group consists of four teams and the teams who have qualified for the world cup, and their groups are as follows:
- Group A consists of Qatar (the host nation), Ecuador, Senegal, and the Netherlands.
- Group B consists of England, Iran, the USA, and Wales.
- Group C will see Argentina face off against Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland.
- Group D consists of the 2018 winners, France, alongside Denmark, Tunisia, and Australia.
- Group E consists of Spain, Germany, Japan, and Costa Rica.
- Group F consists of Belgium, Canada, Morocco, and Croatia.
- Group G consists of Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon.
- Group H consists of Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, and Korea Republic.
For many interesting reasons, fans all over the world are looking forward to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. As mentioned earlier, the World Cup will be held in the winter, but it will also be different from other editions of the classic football tournament as it will be the first World Cup that will be held with the fewest stadiums, among others. Fans all over the world can only anticipate and look forward to a successful competition, for them and the countries they support.