Guide to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

ANDhe Qatar World Cup is about to start. The 32 teams are already in their respective headquarters and the ball will start rolling until the next December 18 a new world champion is crowned. We will tell you everything about the schedules, the stadiums, the predictions and the great favorites of this World Cup event at MARCA.

Where is the 2022 World Cup played?

The tournament will be held entirely in Qatar, with eight locations very close to each other. The eight World Cup stadiums are located within a radius of just 75 kilometers around. The headquarters of the parties are newly built, except for the veteran Khalifa International Stadium and the redeveloped Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium. The jewel in the crown of Qatar is the lusail stadium, located 22 kilometers from Doha. An amazing venue, with the latest technologies, which will serve as the culmination of the grand final of the 2022 World Cup.

When does the World Cup in Qatar 2022 start?

The Qatar 2022 Soccer World Cup is the great soccer event of the year. This edition will be special since, due to the extreme heat in the summer months in the Asian country, be the first to be played on winter dates, from November 20 to December 18.

The World Cup will begin on November 20 with the duel between the host team, Qatar, and Ecuadorinitially scheduled for the 21st but which will be played the day before to serve as the opening of the World Cup event.

When is the final of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?

80,000 spectators will be able to witness the World Cup final on December 18 that will be played in Qatar, more specifically in the Lusail stadium.

Full schedule of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Group stage: From November 20 to December 2

Round of 16: From December 3 to 6

Quarter finals: December 9 and 10

Semifinals: December 13 and 14

Third and fourth place: December 17

Final: December 18 th

How many teams participate in the World Cup in Qatar 2022

The World Cup is contested by 32 teams, divided into eight groups of four teams. they will play it Qatar (host), Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands, England, Iran, United States, Wales, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland, France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia, Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia, Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon, Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.

Group stage of the World Cup in Qatar 2022

The group stage of the World Cup in Qatar takes place from November 20 to December 2. The 32 teams, divided into eight groups of four teams, will play to try to achieve one of the first two places in their group, which give access to the round of 16.

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, the Netherlands.

B Group: England, Iran, United States, Wales.

Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland.

Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia.

Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan.

Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia.

Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon.

Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea.

Stadiums and venues for the Qatar 2022 World Cup

Favorite teams to win the 2022 World Cup

The FiveThirtyEight predictions page places as the second team to take the World Cup to the selection of Spainjust behind the selection of Brazil. They will accompany these two selections, Francethird and Argentina, fourth, as the four best in the world. We must also take into account other European teams such as Portugal, Germany or Englandwho have quality players and appear at the top of the World Cup champion predictions.

The 10 promises you can’t get in the 2022 World Cup

Pedri (Spain/Barcelona/2002)

The Bara ‘lighthouse’ is not a promise, it is a reality. At 19 years old, with only 14 caps, he postulates himself as the star of Spain.”He is a unique player, totally different from what there is”, boasts Luis Enrique. At Euro 2020 he already ‘pulled the car’. In fact, he was named ‘Best Young Player’ of the tournament and, at the end of the year, he received the ‘Golden Boy’ and the ‘Kopa Trophy’.

Rodrygo Goes (Brazil/Real Madrid/2001)

The Real Madrid winger is very much to Tite’s liking, but he lands in Qatar with the label ‘revulsive’. A priori, he starts behind the trident formed by Raphinha, Neymar and Vinicius. Even from Richarlison. However, his great peak in form – he has accumulated seven goals and five assists in the 1,360 minutes he has played this season – threatens to break the ‘established order’.

Jamal Musiala (Germany/Bayern/2003)

The Bayern ‘all-rounder’ is a ‘rare bird’. He debuted with England under 15, he played with Germany under 16, he climbed with the ‘three lions’ to the under 21 and, finally, he has decided to represent the ‘Mannschaft’ at an absolute level. His debut with Joachim Lw, but the arrival of ‘Hansi’ Flick gives him even more stripes: it was he who made him debut with Bayern at just 17 years, 3 months and 25 days.

Bukayo Saka (England/Arsenal/2001)

The winger is one of the big ‘culprits’ for Arsenal leading the Premier League to the World Cup. It is pure imbalance. Only in the League this season he has four goals and six assists in 14 games.

Nuno Mendes (Portugal/PSG/2002)

The Paris Saint-Germain left back/wing winger one of the few youngsters to break through under Fernando Santos. That is already, by itself, a sign of guarantee. At the age of 20, he has accumulated 16 caps with Portugal and is called to play for the position with Raphael Guerreiro.

Gavi (Spain/Barcelona/2004)

One ahead of his time. The Barcelona midfielder can boast of being the youngest player to debut (17 years and 62 days), score (17 years and 304 days) and go to a World Cup with Spain. His debut with Koeman at ‘Can Bara’, but it has become a personal bet for Luis Enrique. “He is a volcano in eruption. It is difficult not to fall in love with Gavi”, suggests ‘Lucho’.

Eduardo Camavinga (France/Real Madrid/2002)

It doesn’t come at its best. At this start of the season, either as a starter or coming off the bench, he has lacked the brilliance that he brought in the comebacks against PSG, Chelsea and City and which ended up being decisive for Real Madrid to win the Champions League. “We all know the physical and technical qualities that he has. He also has a lot of personality on the field and it is something that I did not know”, Ancelotti emphasizes.

Jude Bellingham (England/Borussia Dortmund/2003)

The English ‘jewel in the crown’ ended up dethroned in the race for the ‘Golden Boy’ and the ‘Kopa Trophy’. “Musiala and Bellingham had a better season than Gavi,” Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann complained bitterly. The truth is that the ‘box-to-box’ of Borussia Dortmund, after the signing of Haaland by City and the renewal of Mbapp by PSG, has become the great object of desire of the greats of Europe. The ‘BVB’, just in case, has already put a price on it: 150 million euros!!!

Enzo Fernndez (Argentina/Benfica/2001)

It has been one of the revelation signings of the course in Europe. He fell on his feet at Benfica from River Plate: he scored in his first three games with the ‘guilas’. His rapport with Florentino in the double pivot has been key for Benfica to reach the round of 16 in the Champions League and be the sole leader in the League after 25 games without losing.

Ansu Fati (Spain/Barcelona/2002)

The last doubt of Luis Enrique could play a capital role in Spain. He had not played with La Roja since October 2020 and, initially, he starts behind Ferran Torres, Marco Asensio and Pablo Sarabia in the fight to take over the wingers. Injuries have prevented him from reaching Qatar with the band of “world crack” that was suspected.

Referees of the World Cup in Qatar 2022


Abdulrahman Al Jassim (QAT)

Ivan Barton (ESA)

Chris Beath (AU)

Raphael Claus (BRA)

Matthew Conger (NZL)

Ismail Elfath (USA)

Mario Escobar (GUA)

Alireza Faghani (IRN)

Stephanie Frappart (FRA)

Bakary Gassama (GAM)

Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG)

Victor Gomes (RSA)

Istvan Kovacs (RUM)

Ning Ma (CHN)

Danny Makkelie (NED)

Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Said Martinez (HON)

Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Andrs Matas Matonte Cabrera (URU)

Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed (UAE)

Salima Mukansanga (RWA)

Maguette Ndiaye (SEN)

Michael Oliver (ENG)

Daniele Orsato (ITA)

Kevin Ortega (PER)

Cesar Ramos (MEX)

Fernando Rapallini (ARB)

Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

Daniel Siebert (GER)

Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)

Anthony Taylor (ENG)

Facundo Tello (ARG)

Clement Turpin (FRA)

Jess Valenzuela (VEN)

Slavko Vincic (SLO)

Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN)

Schedule and where to see the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The group stage, except for the first day, which will only have the opening game, and the second, where three will be played, will offer four games a day, every day from November 20 to December 2. These meetings already have their schedule defined and will be played, Spanish peninsular time, at 11:00, 14:00, 17:00 and 20:00. Except for the matches on the last day of each group, which will be played in blocks of two matches per time slot, at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Always talking about Spanish peninsular time.

The qualifiers, from the round of 16, will also be played in that double schedule of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Spanish peninsular time. The two semifinals will be played at 8:00 p.m. and both the third and fourth place as well as The final will be played at 4:00 p.m. Spanish peninsular time.

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