2022 FIFA World Cup

On the 2nd of December 2010, Qatar won the bid to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup, making it the first Middle Eastern country to host the tournament.

However, the result did not come without its share of controversy and objections.

Fifa world cup 2022
Fifa world cup 2022

FIFA representatives were accused of taking bribes for their votes. In addition to this, there were accusations of migrant workers being mistreated and having little or no legal rights.

Critics raised practical issues about playing football in the middle of the Qatari summer, where temperatures can reach up to fifty degrees Celsius.

As a result of these concerns, Fifa moved the tournament to November, when the temperature decreases by 20 degrees.

In fact, the stadium architects will introduce a state-of-the-art air conditioning system that will further cool the grounds.

The 2022 World Cup kicks off on the 22nd of November when Qatar takes on Ecuador at 7:00 pm local time, and the Netherlands plays Senegal at 1:00 pm.

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The stadiums that will host the games

In the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the games will take place in eight stadiums.

Because of the high temperatures, the stadiums, training facilities, and fan zones will be equipped with solar-powered cooling technology to keep the temperature at a reasonable 27°C.

  • Al-Khor, Al-Bayt Stadium (60 000 capacity)
  • Al-Rayyan, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (40 000 capacity)
  • Al-Wakrah, Al-Janoub Stadium (40 000 capacity)
  • Doha, 974 Stadium (40 000 capacity)
  • Doha, Al-Thumama Stadium (40 000 capacity)
  • Doha, Education City Stadium (40 000 capacity)
  • Doha, Khalifa International Stadium (40 000 capacity)
  • Lusail, Lusail Iconic Stadium (80 000 capacity)

The role of Fifa in the World Cup

FIFA was founded in 1904 to oversee international competition among the national associations.

The governing body is responsible for promoting association football’s major international tournaments, notably the World Cup.

It has its headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland, and its membership now comprises 211 national associations.

All of these national associations are members of a confederation. These confederations are as follows:

Africa

The Confederation of African Football, CAF, is responsible for running continental, national, and club competitions.

Asia

With 47 member countries, The Asian Football Confederation, AFC, is the governing body of the association for football, soccer, and beach soccer in some Asian countries and Oceania.

Europe

Founded in June 1854 in Switzerland, The Union of European Football Associations, UEFA, works as an administrator for football, beach soccer, and futsal in Europe.

North & Central America and the Caribbean

As one of the governing bodies, The Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) has 41 member associations

Oceania

Established in November 1966, the Oceania Confederation (OFC) currently has 13 members.

South America

The South American Football Confederation, CONMEBOL, is the continental governing body for football within the South American region.

It is one of the oldest confederations globally and has ten member associations.

FIFA applies and enforces the rules across all the competitions it oversees.

History of the tournament

During the first World Cup in Uruguay, in 1930, the host country lifted the cup. Since then, the tournament has taken place every four years except for the second world war years.

Over the years, European and South American countries have monopolized the tournament, with Brazil winning it five times, followed by Germany and Italy on four occasions.

In fact, France, Spain, Italy and Germany won the last four world cups, with Brazil last winning in 2002.

There have been some great finals over the years. Who can forget when England beat Germany in 1966, when Geoff Hurst smashed the ball against the German bar, only to rebound onto the goal line.

Although the goal was awarded, there was some controversy as to whether the ball had crossed the line.

However, England went on to win the game 4-2, lifting the cup in the home grounds of Wembley.

Let’s not forget the winning goal scored by Mario Götze for Germany in the 113th minute against Argentina in the final of 2014 either.

This match will undoubtedly live long in the memory of both sets of fans.

How does a team qualify for the world cup?

To qualify for the world cup, a team has to go through the qualifying process determined by their respective confederation.

Fifa decides how many places each federation is allocated. For the World in Qatar, the allocations are as follows:

Europe

Thirteen countries from Europe will play in Qatar in 2022.

The qualifying rounds comprise ten groups, with the winner of each round qualifying automatically.

Three play-offs determine the remaining three places.

South America

FIFA has allocated four and a half places to South America.

All ten nations play each other home and away. The top four nations qualify directly to the finals.

The fifth-place team will go into an intercontinental playoff against the winners of the AFC playoff on June 13.

The playoff will be between Peru and either Australia or the UAE.

Asia

Just like South America, Asia has been awarded four and a half places. However, the Asian qualifying process is rather complex.

There are four rounds of games, with teams being eliminated at every stage.

The top four teams qualify automatically, with the two third-placed teams in the final stage of the group stage meeting each other in a playoff.

The winner of this game faces the fifth-placed South American team (Peru), and the winning team qualifies for Qatar.

Oceania

This area has a chance for one team to progress to the finals. Qualification is divided into three rounds, with a semi-final and a final.

New Zealand will meet Costa Rica, the fourth-placed team in CONCACAF, on June 14 for a place in the finals.

Africa

With five allocated places, the twenty-eight lowest-ranked teams play each other in a two-legged tie.

The winning teams then progress to ten groups of four.

Winners of the groups play each other in a two-legged tie, and the winners of these matches advance to the finals.

North America and the Caribbean

With only three and a half allocated places, twenty-four teams were placed in six groups. In a direct elimination, the six group winners played home and away on June 12 and 15, respectively in 2021.

The three winners progressed to the next round, where they joined the Fifa top-ranked teams in an eight-team league.

Now, the eight teams will play each other home and away in 14 matches.

The top three will qualify directly, with the fourth-placed team going to an intercontinental playoff against New Zealand on June 14, 2022.

Format

At present, twenty-nine teams have qualified for the finals. In June, they will play two intercontinental and one European play-off to determine what remaining teams will complete the list.

The groups for the Qatar World Cup are as follows:

  • Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands.
  • Group B: England, Iran, USA, Ukraine/Scotland/Wales.
  • Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland.
  • Group D: France, Australia/UAE/Peru, Denmark, Tunisia.
  • Group E: Spain, Costa Rica/New Zealand, Germany, Japan.
  • Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia.
  • Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon.
  • Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea.

The group stages will kick off on Nov 22 and continue until December 2.

The top two teams will progress to the final sixteen. In the event of the second and third places, teams having the same amount of points at the end of the group stage, the team with the better goal difference will progress.

If that doesn’t separate them, the team that scored the most goals will go through.

The final sixteen will see the winner of the group play a second-place team in another round.

This will be one-off matches, as will the quarter-finals, semis, and final. If the game ends in a draw at the end of ninety minutes, it will go into thirty minutes of extra time.

A penalty shoot-out will determine the winner if it is still a stalemate after this.

Who are the favourites?

European and South American nations have always dominated the World Cup.

Although some African nations are starting to close the gap, it would seem that this will remain the case for the next couple of tournaments.

Indeed, most bookmakers, including bet365, have Brazil as favourites.

The rest of the bookmaker’s odds are as follows;

  • Brazil 9/2
  • France 11/2
  • England 11/2
  • Spain 8/1
  • Argentina 9/1
  • Germany 11/1
  • Belgium 12/1
  • Netherlands 12/1
  • Portugal 12/1

One of these teams will probably lift the trophy on December 18. But, as Jimmy Greaves always said, football is a “funny ol game,” and anything can happen.

Brazil, with all their skill, seems to lack the killer instinct when it matters. In the semi-final in Brazil in 2014, they were defeated by Germany and lost 7-1.

At present, Belgium ranks number one in the world and at the current odds, they look like a good bet. However, Germany should always be taken seriously.

They are always around at the death, with a few rare exceptions. Armed with a massive strength in depth, they are always dangerous in World Cup competitions.

The Qatar World Cup promises to be a keenly contested tournament. European nations might have a slight advantage as the tournament takes place in November.

In fact, this is in the middle of their domestic season, thus players will be superfit and sharp when the competition comes around.

Players to look about for

Every team that has won the World Cup has had a stand-out player that has given them the edge.

But who will that player be this year?

Cristiano Ronaldo

When Portugal qualified after a play-off with Turkey, the football world celebrated that Cristiano Ronaldo would grace the world stage for probably the last time.

This guy is a fierce competitor and will have a significant impact on the tournament.

Unfortunately, it is doubtful that Portugal has what it takes to go the whole way.

Lionel Messi

If Lionel Messi is in form, Argentina could rattle a few tails.

The Argentinian maestro is key to how far his country can go in this tournament.

Harry Kane

Although he is passionate about playing for England, Harry Kane can blow hot and cold.

If the rest of his team provides him with the service he requires, we could see Harry being the best player in the tournament.

Karim Benzema

Currently, the hottest player in the world is Real Madrid and French striker Karim Benzema.

So far this year, he has scored twenty-six La Liga goals and fifteen in Europe.

There is no other player that can compete with him at the moment.

France will be a formidable outfit if he can keep up this form for the World Cup.

Robert Lewandowski

Poland’s Robert Lewandowski is dangerous when he plays on a good team.

However, his country might not be able to give him the service he requires and deserves.

Watch out for more “under the radar” players like Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard for Belgium.

Conclusion

The World Cup will undoubtedly be a lot different from the ones experienced in the past.

Many people are sceptical about whether Qatar can pull it off.

However, there is a good chance that they will. Like every middle Eastern country, they will not compromise on the quality of the venues and services offered to both players and fans.

Apart from offering spectacular venues for the match, supporters can also expect outstanding accommodation facilities.

The authorities are doing everything they can to make this a great experience, For example, alcohol is an important part of a football fans’ culture.

In fact, the Qatari government has assured supporters they will be able to indulge in Fan Zones and, to a certain extent, the stadiums.

Now that Covid-19 and lockdowns are beginning to be a thing of the past, it is great to have something like the FIFA World Cup in Qatar to look forward to. Qatar will undoubtedly provide a change of scenery for most travelling fans.

Let’s hope that they will embrace the different cultures they experience and make this World Cup one to remember.

Look out for your favourite teams and may the best man win.

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