Throughout the year, FIFA will keep a close eye on the latest news surrounding the World Cup. It’s a month-long football extravaganza that will see 32 nations compete for glory. The winners will be crowned world champions.
FIFA has confirmed that the final will be played at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Doha, Qatar. This is the first time that the World Cup will be held in an Arab nation. The event is scheduled to take place from November 20 to December 18. In addition to being hosted by a Muslim nation, this tournament will also be played in 105 degree Fahrenheit heat.
The opening ceremony was originally scheduled to take place before Qatar’s first game on November 21, but the organizers have now moved it forward a day. FIFA has yet to announce a complete list of performers, but has revealed that Jungkook will perform the official soundtrack for the event.
The 2022 World Cup will feature 32 teams competing for glory. With the bulk of players playing for European sides, the competition will be relatively manageable for the host nation. The tournament will take place in November and December, with over 1.5 million fans expected to visit Qatar during the tournament.
The first match of the tournament will see England face Iran in the Group A. England has won three of its four World Cup qualifiers. However, it was also forced to play its first game against Germany.
The first two games of the tournament will see Belgium play without Romelu Lukaku. The forward is not expected to return to the squad until at least the Group F match against Croatia. The team’s star striker was ruled out of the tournament due to an injury to his left thigh.
Brazil is the most successful nation in World Cup history, and a number of players have already been ruled out of the tournament. Karim Benzema has been ruled out with an injured left thigh, while N’Golo Kante has been sidelined due to an injury.
France have already lost Christopher Nkunku and Presnel Kimpembe. And Mohamed Salah’s Egypt has not qualified for the tournament.
Meanwhile, Canada will make their World Cup debut against Belgium in Group F. Alphonso Davies has declared himself fit to play, but Joe Allen will not feature in the opening match.
After the World Cup kicks off, Wales will play England on November 29. The team’s last World Cup was in 1958. However, the team forged its squad from players in the Rhondda Valley, a rugby union country.
The United States Men’s National Team has wished good luck to its players. Ahead of the tournament, President Joe Biden said, “We wish the best to all players and fans, and the team will be working hard to do everything we can to help our national team win.”
In other World Cup news, the Italian referee Daniele Orsato will be handling the first match of the tournament. He has a good reputation in the modern era of World Cups, having handled two of the last five finals.