So, finally the wait is over and the world cup is going to start in less than 8 months now. The feeling of watching football World cups is incredible. The 2022 World Cup is on its way and it will defiantly produce some exciting clashes.
It gives us goosebumps even if we think about it. It excites us, it makes us jump, it makes us sad, it makes us angry, it makes us smile and whatnot.
This year is the world cup being held in Qatar. Yesterday on 1st April FIFA world cup draws took place in Doha which is the capital of Qatar and was attended by 2000 guests including former world cup winners Cafu and Lothar Matthaeus along with the draw assistants.
World Cup 2022: Group distribution
There are 8 groups and every group has 4 teams which were selected randomly by shuffling to make it fair for every team participating in the tournament. The tournament will be kicked off on November 21st when the hosts Qatar will take on Ecuador.
Former world cup winners Germany and Spain will clash early in the tournament after being placed in the same group which will be very thrilling for the viewers to watch.
Attention is immediately drawn to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Uruguay. Off the back of their Euro Cup victory in 2016 and the Nations Cup victory in 2019 Portugal will be among the top contenders in the race as it may be the last chance for Cristiano Ronaldo to win the world cup.
The 2 time world cup winner France are also in the top contenders list and are looking forward to defending the title. Sadio Mane’s Senegal will also compete after winning their first Africa Cup of Nations. Lionel Messi’s Argentina will be on the top contender list and will be motivated to win the cup after their 15th Copa America win. England could also have a local derby to look forward to if Wales or Scotland qualify.
Belgium were recently No. 1 in the top-ranked National team in the world and came 3rd in 2018 FIFA world cup and will also be among the top contenders list with players like Kevin Debruyne and Thibaut Courtois.
Brazil, having world-class players like Neymar Jr and Marquinhos will again face Serbia and Switzerland in this year’s FIFA world cup as well.
World Cup 2022 stadiums
Out of all the 32 teams participating in this year’s FIFA World Cup only 16 teams will qualify for the next rounds which means that in all 8 groups teams which will be 1st and 2nd will qualify for the next rounds.
The stadiums in which the matches will be played are Lusail Stadium in Lusail having a capacity of 80,000. Al Bayt Stadium in Al khor has a capacity of 60,000. Stadium 974 in Doha has a capacity of 40,000.
Khalifa International Stadium in Doha has a capacity of 45,416. Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan has a capacity of 40,000.
Al Thumama Stadium in the south of Doha has a capacity of 40,000. Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah has a capacity of 40,000 and finally, the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan has a capacity of 40,000.
The FIFA World Cup has over 1 billion viewers and is loved by everyone and it creates unity amongst the people. The most interesting fact about this World Cup is that it will be the first winter World Cup in the Northern Hemisphere.
Originally, the world cup usually takes place in summers in the Southern Hemisphere as this is the time when the region experiences winter conditions. Also, Qatar is spending over 200 billion dollars on stadiums, highways, hotels etc making it one of the most expensive World cups in the history of the game.