FIFA World Cup 2022: The much-awaited tournament starts on 20 November 2022. All the 32 teams that are participating in the tournament have finalized their squads. Each team in the tournament has 26 players who will entertain the fans throughout the tournament. The tournament is being played in Qatar this late in the year. So, the players and fans do not have to face the scorching heat there. We are presenting this article to all the fans who are hyped for FIFA World Cup 2022. Here we will discuss the tournament’s schedule, teams, fixtures, channel list, and much more. So stay with us till the very end.
FIFA World Cup 2022
The FIFA World Cup this year is meant to be more exciting than ever for a multitude of reasons. Two of the most beloved Footballers of all time Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo are probably participating in their final world cups. Also, if Argentina reached the final of the tournament then Lionel Messi will dethrone Lothar Matthaus as the player to have the most world cup appearances. The first match of the tournament will be between the hosts Qatar and Ecuador. Prior to this first FIFA World Cup game, an opening ceremony will also take place on 20 November at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
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Football World Cup 2022 Highlights
|Name of the Tournament||FIFA World Cup 2022|
|Number of Teams||32|
|Edition of the Tournament||22nd|
|Matches Dates||20 November 2022 to 18 December 2022|
|Number of Groups||8|
|Number of Teams in each Group||4|
|Number of Qualifying Teams for knockouts in each group||2|
FIFA WC Teams 2022
Below is the collection of all 32 Teams participating in the tournament along with their groups. From each group, 2 teams will be selected for the knockout stage.
|Name of Team||Group|
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FIFA World Cup Schedule 2022
There are a total of 48 games in the Group Stage of the FIFA WC 2022. The information about the dates of these games and timings in IST are as follows.
|20 November 2022||Qatar Vs Ecuador||9:30 PM|
|21 November 2022||England Vs Iran||6:30 PM|
|21 November 2022||Senegal Vs Netherlands||9:30 PM|
|22 November 2022||United States Vs Wales||12:30 AM|
|22 November 2022||Argentina Vs Saudi Arabia||3:30 PM|
|22 November 2022||Denmark Vs Tunisia||6:30 PM|
|22 November 2022||Mexico Vs Poland||9:30 PM|
|23 November 2022||France Vs Australia||12:30 AM|
|23 November 2022||Morocco Vs Croatia||3:30 PM|
|23 November 2022||Germany Vs Japan||6:30 PM|
|23 November 2022||Spain Vs Costa Rica||9:30 PM|
|24 November 2022||Belgium Vs Canada||12:30 AM|
|24 November 2022||Switzerland Vs Cameroon||3:30 PM|
|24 November 2022||Uruguay Vs Korea Republic||6:30 PM|
|24 November 2022||Portugal Vs Ghana||9:30 PM|
|25 November 2022||Brazil Vs Serbia||12:30 AM|
|25 November 2022||Wales Vs Iran||3:30 PM|
|25 November 2022||Qatar Vs Senegal||6:30 PM|
|25 November 2022||Netherlands Vs Ecuador||9:30 PM|
|26 November 2022||England Vs United States||12:30 AM|
|26 November 2022||Tunisia Vs Australia||3:30 AM|
|26 November 2022||Poland Vs Saudi Arabia||6:30 PM|
|26 November 2022||France Vs Denmark||9:30 PM|
|27 November 2022||Argentina Vs Mexico||12:30 AM|
|27 November 2022||Japan Vs Costa Rica||3:30 PM|
|27 November 2022||Belgium Vs Morocco||6:30 PM|
|27 November 2022||Croatia Vs Canada||9:30 PM|
|28 November 2022||Spain Vs Germany||12:30 AM|
|28 November 2022||Cameron Vs Serbia||3:30 PM|
|28 November 2022||Korea Republic Vs Ghana||6:30 PM|
|28 November 2022||Brazil Vs Switzerland||9:30 PM|
|29 November 2022||Portugal Vs Uruguay||12:30 AM|
|29 November 2022||Netherlands Vs Qatar||8:30 PM|
|29 November 2022||Ecuador Vs Senegal||8:30 PM|
|30 November 2022||Wales Vs England||12:30 AM|
|30 November 2022||Iran Vs United States||12:30 AM|
|30 November 2022||Australia Vs Denmark||8:30 AM|
|30 November 2022||Tunisia Vs France||8:30 PM|
|1 December 2022||Poland Vs Argentina||12:30 AM|
|1 December 2022||Saudi Arabia Vs Mexico||12:30 AM|
|1 December 2022||Croatia Vs Belgium||8:30 PM|
|1 December 2022||Canada Vs Morocco||8:30 PM|
|2 December 2022||Japan Vs Spain||12:30 AM|
|2 December 2022||Costa Rica Vs Germany||12:30 AM|
|2 December 2022||Ghana Vs Uruguay||8:30 PM|
|2 December 2022||Korea Republic Vs Portugal||8:30 PM|
|3 December 2022||Serbia Vs Switzerland||12:30 AM|
|3 December 2022||Cameroon Vs Brazil||12:30 AM|
FIFA WC 2022 Qualifiers
From the group stage games that will be held from 20 November 2022 to 3 December 2022, the 16 qualifiers will be decided. These 16 teams will go head-to-head against each other to decide on the 8 teams for the quarter-finals. The quarter-finals will take place from 9 December 2022 to 12 December 2022. The fans will find out the qualifying teams after the completion of the group stage games on 3 December 2022.
In India, fans can enjoy the FIFIA WC 2022 on Sports 18 and Sports 18 HD Channels of Viacom 18. Moreover, the whole tournament will be streamed on Jio Cinema for free, so the fans can simply download the application to watch it. The matches will be telecast/streamed on these channels according to the prescribed timings in the schedule of the WC.
Players to Watch Out For In FIFA WC 2022
FIFA WC 2022 is filled to the brim with exciting young talents and some bonafide legends of the game. But a few players’ recent performances are making fans root for them before the beginning of the tournament. Let us find out, who these players are.
- Kylian Mbappe: Being the highest-paid footballer in the world, this player of France is considered the true successor of legends like Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo. Fans’ expectations of Kylian are very high, let us see if he performs according to these expectations or not.
- Karim Benzema: Karim Benzema is another superstar of France. This 2022 Ballon d’Or winner had a splendid Champions League last year. If Mappe and Benzema perform according to their reputation, then France can very well be successful in defending their title this year.
- Cristiano Ronaldo: It is impossible to talk about football and not mention Ronaldo’s name. The 37-year-old legend is likely playing his last FIFA WC, so fans will want to see him finish off this WC on a high note.
- Lionel Messi: This can be Messi’s as well last world cup and all the fans of Argentina and all over the world have expectations of a trophy from him. Let us see what the World Cup has in store for one of the greatest players of the game.
FIFA WC 2022 Expected Winner
It is hard to predict a winner before the group stage has even begun for the tournament. However, being the defending champion of the tournament and having some of the best players, France is one of the top contenders to be the winner. But the tournament has had a history of many dark horses who emerged as winners. Whichever team wins the tournament, the fans will surely be in for a treat in FIFA WC 2022.
There are a total of 64 matches in the FIFA WC 2022. This includes games on the group stage, group of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final.
16 teams will qualify after the group stage’s game completion in the tournament. 2 teams will be selected from each of the 8 groups in the tournament.
Brazil has won the most FIFA WCs so far i.e. 5.
Considering the age of both Football Legends this will likely be the last WC for both of them. Also, Lionel Messi has recently made a statement indicating that this can be his last FIFA WC. However, nothing can be confirmed till any of them makes an official announcement about this.
The FIFA World Cup is being conducted in mid-November this year, unlike every season because of the hot and humid climate of Qatar during the Spring Season. The conducting committee took the decision to shift the tournament’s schedule so that the players and spectators do not have to suffer from the climate.