The 2022 FIFA World Cup draw came about on Friday (April 1). Twenty-nine groups and three others that aren’t determined but lastly came upon about their destiny because the groups had been cut up into eight teams. The draw threw out some mouth-watering ties corresponding to Germany vs Spain, Croatia vs Belgium, and Portugal vs Uruguay.
The World Cup shall be held in winter, a primary in its historical past will current new challenges for groups and gamers as they give the impression of being to handle their workload between taking part in within the respective leagues and the World Cup.
Right here’s a have a look at the eight teams.
The primary group contains hosts Qatar, Netherlands, African champions Senegal, and Ecuador. On paper, the dutch have the strongest group and shall be anticipated to prime the group.
The second Asian nation to host the World Cup, Qatar had been additionally drawn into Group A. Regardless of by no means qualifying for the World Cup, the host nation’s performances have improved within the final decade. The group has received the 2014 Gold Cup, and the 2019 Asia Cup is greater than a match for any group.
After lacking out on the earlier World Cup in 2018, the Netherlands will even be trying to make a mark with African champions Senegal who’ve been in prime type within the current occasions.
Qatar have been sensible, however Netherlands and Senegal have sufficient expertise to take the highest two spots.
Groups: Qatar, Netherlands, Senegal, Ecuador
Groups Qualifying: Netherlands, Senegal
1966 world champions England are joined by the USA, Iran and whoever wins the European playoffs between Scotland and Ukraine. It is a group that might throw some surprises. England will doubtless take the highest spot, however it’s the second place the place issues will get heated up. The USA may seem like the favourites however will get a tricky problem from Iran.
With Scotland and Ukraine missing the expertise of the above three sides, will probably be a three-way combat with England and USA taking the highest two spots.
Groups: England, USA, Iran, Scotland/Ukraine
Groups Qualifying: England, USA
Two-time winners Argentina and Uruguay are joined by Robert Lewandowski’s Poland and Saudi Arabia in Group C. Argentina shall be trying to enhance upon their Spherical of 16 exit from the final World Cup. In the meantime, Mexico have proven that they’ve the expertise to knock out massive groups (Germany in 2018, for instance).
Poland might have Lewandowski, however the lack of ability of the opposite gamers to step up will price them a spot within the subsequent Spherical. Saudi Arabia have topped their group whereas conceding solely 4 objectives, however towards higher high quality groups, they are going to be came upon.
Groups: Argentina, Mexico, Poland, Saudi Arabia
Groups Qualifying: Argentina, Mexico
Defending champions France discover themselves in Group D. The Blues will face Denmark, who may have Christian Eriksen of their squad, a 12 months after he suffered cardiac arrest on the Euros, Tunisia and the winner of the playoffs between Australia and the United Arab Emirates.
France have a plethora of expertise and can simply prime the group, however Tunisia and Denmark can each have a declare for the second spot. Tunisia had one of many meanest defence within the African qualifiers. Nevertheless, Denmark have high quality gamers corresponding to Eriksen, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, and Kasper Schmeichel, which is able to in the end assist them safe the second spot.
Groups: France, Denmark, Tunisia, Australia/United Arab Emirates
The Group of Loss of life. The 2010 and 2014 World Cup champions are in the identical group and is probably probably the most vital group stage tie. They are going to be joined by Asian powerhouses Japan, and the winner of the playoffs between New Zealand, and Costa Rica.
The four-time world champions lastly ended their 15-year relationship with supervisor Joachim Loew who was changed by ex-Bayern Munich’s treble profitable supervisor, Hansi Flick. Die Mannschaft have at all times been a group to be careful for and shall be trying to neglect the previous world cup’s demons. In the meantime, The 2008 World champions are among the many strongest groups within the World Cup. ‘La Roja’ topped their group after profitable six, drawing one and dropping one.
Nevertheless, they had been unfortunate to bow out within the semi-final to Italy on penalties regardless of dominating them for 120 minutes, and thus shall be trying to go all the way in which in Qatar.
Whereas Germany and Spain will doubtless take the 2 spots however will obtain a tricky problem from Japan, and Costa Rica (in the event that they qualify), who can spring up surprises.
Groups: Spain, Germany, Japan, New Zealand/Croatia
Groups Qualifying: Spain, Germany
That is maybe the final probability for Belgium’s golden technology to etch their identify in historical past by profitable a global trophy. They’re joined in Group F by 2018 finalists Croatia, Morocco, and Canada (first qualification since 1986). At present ranked primary, Belgium will prime the group.
Morocco conceded simply as soon as and scored 20 objectives whereas topping their group, however they and Canada will in the end fall in need of Croatia’s expertise who will comply with Belgium into the Spherical of 16.
Groups: Belgium, Croatia, Morocco, Canada
Groups Qualifying: Belgium, Croatia
5-time world champions Brazil are in Group G and are joined by Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon. The Selecao dominated the CONMEBOL qualification group as they received 14 and drew three video games to qualify because the group topper from South America. With a potent mixture of expertise throughout the board, they’ve grow to be the bookie’s favorite to win their sixth World Cup and qualify as group toppers.
Switzerland have proven by knocking France out within the Euros that they’ll rise to the event, however Serbia completed as group toppers forward of Pot 1 seeded Portugal and thus will doubtless be a part of Brail for the following Spherical.
Groups: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Groups Qualifying: Brazil, Croatia
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal are in Group H and are joined by Uruguay, Ghana, and South Korea. Lately, Portugal has been dubbed because the group that has ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’. Nevertheless, this time Selecao das Quinas can now name upon the companies of Diogo Jota, Ruben Neves, Joao Felix, Bruno Fernandes, and Bernardo Silva.
In the meantime, Uruguay have additionally a mixture of expertise in Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, and Diego Godin, together with the youthfulness of Darwin Nunez, Rodrigo Bentancur, and Facundo Torres.
Ghana and South Korea have carried out brilliantly however will doubtless fall brief towards the expertise of Portugal and Uruguay.
Groups: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, Korea Republic
Groups Qualifying: Portugal, Uruguay