Until the 2026 World Cup expansion, the 32 teams that will take part in the 2022 World Cup are known. They include the reigning African Cup of Nations champions Senegal, the World Cup runner up Netherlands, the South American powerhouse Brazil, and Germany, one of the best international football teams in the world.
The FIFA World Cup draw was held on Friday and the groups have been set. Each team will play every other team in its group. The two teams with the most points will advance to the knockout stage. A team that ties will earn a point. The first match will be played on November 20th at 7 PM.
Group A will include the host nation of Qatar and Ecuador. Qatar’s recent results have been somewhat disappointing, but their team is technically sound and their coach is smart. Qatar has a good chance of making it through to the knockout stage. The draw also included Netherlands, the 2010 World Cup runner up.
Group B includes England, the United States, Spain, and Iran. England has been a struggle in international competition in recent years, but with manager Gareth Southgate at the helm, things should change by November. Spain has won the World Cup twice and is one of the best international football teams in the history of the sport. The United States has struggled with defense since the departure of Miles Robinson.
Group G features Brazil, Cameroon, and Serbia. Brazil is the best team in the world right now, and is a strong contender for the tournament. Cameroon and Serbia have been struggling on the pitch in recent years, but both teams have the potential to make it through the group stage.
Group D features France, Denmark, and Tunisia. France and Denmark have played well in recent international competition, but Tunisia is an under-staffed team that struggled in their last African Cup of Nations. They had to beat Mali in their playoff to qualify. They will also face Poland in their group match. Tunisia is expected to be a group favorite, but will be up against a talented team that will challenge for the top spot.
Group E will feature Spain and Germany. Germany will be the group’s top team, but Spain is the other favorite. Spain has won the World Cup twice, while Germany has four wins. The group will also feature Poland, which has quality on the pitch, but has had its share of shaky moments in qualifying. It is also possible for Costa Rica and New Zealand to make it through. It could be a tense group for the World Cup.
Group C features Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Poland. Mexico is a team to watch in this group, but it is too deep for it to make it out of the group stage. Switzerland is a strong defensive team, but has had minimal attacking output. The Netherlands has had a lot of big name European players in recent years, but has been in a slump.