Having the right team in the right place at the right time is what makes the World Cup such a magical event. While some teams have already secured their place in the 2022 World Cup, others are still trying to qualify. Let’s take a look at some of the notable players in the fray, and the most likely to make it to the finals.
While the aforementioned World Cup has been around for a while, the tournament’s latest edition is more likely to be a sleeper than a slugfest. In fact, one team, Iran, has never even made it past the group stage. But the nation is no stranger to controversy, either. In fact, Qatar’s record in dealing with foreign workers has been a source of controversy since it won the bid to host the tournament.
While the 2022 World Cup will have 32 teams in eight groups of four, only four more teams have confirmed their place in the tournament. That makes the tournament a bit of a nerdshow, but the fact that it will be held in Doha makes it an exciting prospect for fans in the Gulf region.
One team that will likely be a force to be reckoned with is the Netherlands. Having made the semifinals in both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, the Netherlands is sure to be among the favorites for the future tournament. However, this is no ordinary Dutch team. The country has a number of talented young players, and Louis van Gaal has put together an imposing squad.
There are two other major contenders that will likely play in the next edition of the World Cup: Spain and Germany. While the latter is the more obvious candidate, the former has had a surprisingly good qualifying campaign. In fact, the two countries are often seen as rivals in the upcoming tournament. In fact, the two teams will face each other in a muscular Group E.
Another team that should be on the radar of World Cup fans is the USA. The Red and Blacks have a solid core of players, but may find it difficult to fend off the aforementioned rivals. However, a draw in their group will give them a real chance to advance.
While it is unlikely that Canada will win the World Cup, it is a good bet that the country has what it takes to get to the finals. The team has a strong defence and some quality attacking talent, and should be a formidable contender for the top prize. However, a lack of a high-scoring striker may prove to be a hindrance.
The World Cup will be held from November 21 to December 18, and the stadiums in Qatar will be situated in and around Doha. It will be the first FIFA winter tournament, and temperatures will be kept to a reasonable level. While the temperatures are expected to rise to well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, the winter edition should be more bearable.