The sports biggest party on the planet earth is about to unfold in Qatar this winter as the world’s most decorated football/soccer teams will compete among themselves to win the ultimate prize. The tournament is stretched across almost a month and it will be played across eight different venues across the country.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
The hosts Qatar will officially kick start this year’s FIFA world cup campaign against the South American giants, Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium, in Al Khor. The match will begin at 11:00 AM ET with a capacity crowd expected at AL Bayt Stadium to cheer the home team. Qatar is placed in group A where they will be facing Ecuador, the European powerhouse Netherlands and the African Champs, Senegal.
The tournament is already surrounded by immense controversy even before the commencement of the event. Qatar won the bid to host the mega event back in 2010 and ever since, the state has worked meticulously to get itself prepared on time. But the allegations regarding human rights violations, and LGBT community rights retrieval due to the ban on homosexuality in the Arab state have created a massive uproar in the western world. Some have accused Qatar of bribing FIFA to win the bidding to host the world. But all these attempts to destroy the image of the Qatari state have been futile as the country is now just a few moments away from hosting one of the biggest spectacles in sports history.
Qatar has spent a massive $220 billion in preparation for this competition, making it the highest-valued FIFA edition of all time. Here is all you need to know about FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar, including groups, venues, and how to stream and watch the event from any part of the world.
How to stream the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the USA
Football is the most played sport worldwide with almost 220 odd countries involved in this recreation in one way or another. So, most countries have devised the means to air this event in their respective regions considering the massive fan following of the game. Here is how you can stream the event from different regions of the world.
Soccer fans in the United States will have a number of sources that they can utilize for this purpose. Peacock will live stream all 64 matches live throughout the country. It will be available in Spanish, Portuguese as well as English. Peacock’s premium subscription is available for $4.99 per month.
Besides that, you can also stream the event live on FOX Sports App, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo and some of the streaming platforms like Fubo Tv, Direct TV Stream, Sling TV, Vidgo, and Hulu + Live TV, which will cost you less than $75 per month.
How to stream the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Canada
While the fans living in the South Asian contingent can stream the event on Voot and Jio TV. Canadian soccer enthusiasts will have to tune in to TSN for the purpose.
Venues for 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar:
Qatar has almost spent $220 billion on the preparation for this World Cup. While the previous editions’ hosts, Russia spent $18 billion which signifies a huge difference. A total of eight stadiums will be welcoming all the athletes and fans from around the world. And each of them is nothing but a wonder in itself. Here we will go through a brief description of each playing field.
The opening game of the tournament will be played between hosts, Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium located in the city of Al Khor. The stadium holds a capacity of 60,000 and will have the privilege to stage one semi-final of the mega event.
Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah has a seating capacity of 40,000 fans, and will host group stage and round of 16 games.
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan is unique in the sense that the stadium was constructed after the demolition of the previous stadium on the exact same site. And moreover, 90% material of the previously destroyed stadium was recycled and reused in this uplifting of this stadium.
Education City Stadium also known as the ‘Jewel of Desert’ is one of the four stadiums located in the Capital, Doha. It has a capacity of 45,350 fans and is labeled as one of the world’s most sustainable stadiums.
Stadium 974 is constructed using shipping containers, removable seats, and other modular building blocks. It has a seating capacity of almost 40,000.
Another stadium in the city of Doha is Al Thumama Stadium which will be hosting a number of WC games including the group stage, the round of 16 and quarterfinals games.
Khalifa International Stadium is one of the oldest stadiums in Qatar which was opened in 1992. will welcome 40,000 soccer-loving fans to the World Cup.
And not but not least, Lusail Stadium, the biggest stadium of all will have the privilege to host the Final along with other important matches of this year’s campaign. It has a capacity of 80,000 fans.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Fixtures and Schedule:
Here is a complete list of the fixtures of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022.
|November 20, 2022||11 a.m.||Qatar vs. Ecuador||Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor|
|November 21, 2022||8 a.m.||England vs. Iran||Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 21, 2022||11 a.m.||Senegal vs. Netherlands||Al Thumama Stadium, Doha|
|November 22, 2022||2 p.m.||USA vs. Wales||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 22, 2022||5 a.m.||Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia||Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail|
|November 22, 2022||8 a.m.||Denmark vs. Tunisia||Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 22, 2022||11 a.m.||Mexico vs. Poland||Stadium 974, Doha|
|November 23, 2022||2 p.m.||France vs. Australia||Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah|
|November 23, 2022||5 a.m.||Morocco vs. Croatia||Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor|
|November 23, 2022||8 a.m.||Germany vs. Japan||Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 23, 2022||11 a.m.||Spain vs. Costa Rica||Al Thumama Stadium, Doha|
|November 24, 2022||2 p.m||Belgium vs. Canada||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 24, 2022||5 a.m.||Switzerland vs. Cameroon||Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah|
|November 24, 2022||8 a.m.||Uruguay vs. South Korea||Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 24, 2022||11 a.m.||Portugal vs. Ghana||Stadium 974, Doha|
|November 25, 2022||2 p.m.||Brazil vs. Serbia||Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail|
|November 25, 2022||5 a.m||Wales vs. Iran||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 25, 2022||8 a.m||Qatar vs. Senegal||Al Thumama Stadium, Doha|
|November 25, 2022||11 a.m.||Netherlands vs. Ecuador||Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 26, 2022||2 p.m.||England vs. USA||Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor|
|November 26, 2022||5 a.m.||Tunisia vs. Australia||Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah|
|November 26, 2022||8 a.m.||Poland vs. Saudi Arabia||Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 26, 2022||11 a.m.||France vs. Denmark||Stadium 974, Doha|
|November 27, 2022||2 p.m.||Argentina vs. Mexico||Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail|
|November 27, 2022||5 a.m.||Japan vs. Costa Rica||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 27, 2022||8 a.m.||Belgium vs. Morocco||Al Thumama Stadium, Doha|
|November 27, 2022||11 a.m.||Croatia vs. Canada||Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 28, 2022||2 p.m.||Spain vs. Germany||Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor|
|November 28, 2022||5 a.m.||Cameroon vs. Serbia||Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah|
|November 28, 2022||8 a.m.||South Korea vs. Ghana||Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 28, 2022||11 a.m.||Brazil vs. Switzerland||Stadium 974, Doha|
|November 29, 2022||2 p.m.||Portugal vs. Uruguay||Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail|
|November 29, 2022||10 a.m.||Ecuador vs. Senegal||Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 29, 2022||10 a.m.||Netherlands vs. Qatar||Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor|
|November 30, 2022||2 p.m.||Wales vs. England||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|November 30, 2022||2 p.m.||Iran vs. USA||Al Thumama Stadium, Doha|
|November 30, 2022||10 a.m.||Australia vs. Denmark||Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah|
|November 30, 2022||10 a.m.||Tunisia vs. France||Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|December 1, 2022||2 p.m.||Poland vs. Argentina||Stadium 974, Doha|
|December 1, 2022||2 p.m.||Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico||Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail|
|December 1, 2022||10 a.m.||Croatia vs. Belgium||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|December 1, 2022||10 a.m.||Canada vs. Morocco||Al Thumama Stadium, Doha|
|December 2, 2022||2 p.m.||Japan vs. Spain||Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|December 2, 2022||2 p.m.||Costa Rica vs. Germany||Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor|
|December 2, 2022||10 a.m.||Ghana vs. Uruguay||Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah|
|December 2, 2022||10 a.m.||South Korea vs. Portugal||Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan|
|December 3, 2022||2 p.m.||Serbia vs. Switzerland||Stadium 974, Doha|
|December 3, 2022||2 p.m.||Cameroon vs. Brazil||Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail|
FIFA World Cup 2022 Groups:
FIFA world cup 2022 will feature 32 teams across the globe competing for the prestigious title for almost a month. The teams are placed in 8 groups, each pool comprising four teams with the top two teams making it to the next round. Here is a list of groups.
Group A will feature the hosts Qatar, Netherlands, Ecuador and Senegal
Group 2 comprises three lions England, U.S.A, Iran and Wales. This group is expected to go down the wire.
One of the favorites of the tournament, Argentina placed in Group C along with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.
The defending champions, France will go head-to-head with Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia.
The four times world titlists, Germany will meet the 2014 FIFA WC winners Spain, Costa Rica and Japan in Group E.
Group F comprises red-hot Belgium, Morocco, Croatia, and northern hemisphere nation Canada.
The record five-time winners Brazil are in group G where they will face the challenge of Serbia, Cameroon, and Switzerland.
And last but not the least, group H will feature Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.
Team To watch out for:
It will be the last time that one of the greatest players ever to grace the football field, Lionel Messi will be playing his last world cup finals in Qatar. Messi has won everything in his career but the only missing stone has been the FIFA WC. He and Argentina came very close to clinching the fifa trophy back in 2014 but only for an extra time winner by Mario Goetze of Germany in the final denied the golden boy of this generation with a famed trophy.
Argentina has been in fine form heading into this tournament as they have been undefeated in their last 40 games or so. Messi’s teammates are willing to give their all in the field to make this trip memorable for the 34-year-old 7-times golden ball winner.
Like Messi, it will be also the last time we will be seeing Cristiano Ronaldo playing the WC Finals. Ronaldo has been instrumental in the success of Portugal in the last decade or so. The former Real Madrid striker won the Euro cup with Portugal back in 2016 and will be looking to go one step higher this time around. The star-studded Portuguese clan is all geared up to show what their team is made of.
The record five-time World Champs, Brazil are also the favorite to lift the trophy. Headed by their marquee-player Neymar Jr., Brazil has all the basics covered. They have got the confidence of the bookmakers who are rating them very highly to bring the cup back to Rio de Janeiro.
Germany had a dismal campaign last time around, where they were knocked out in the group stages. They may not have the players like Messi, or Ronaldo in their squad but one thing is for sure, they always manage to give up big performances whenever needed. Germany is surely one of the teams to watch out for in this tournament.