Dates, times, teams, football stars in action, how to watch, official song and Qatar tournament mascot

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Qatar will host the biggest football spectacle on the planet in 2022, where global stars like Ronaldo, Messi, Mbappe, Pogba, Neymarand Kane are ready to turn it on.

The FIFA Men’s World Cup trophy is up for grabs, four years after France claimed the right to qualify as world champions.

The stakes are higher than ever with established football nations like Brazil, Belgium, Argentina, England, Germany, Portugal, Senegal, South Korea and more aiming for glory and a new page in football history.

So when and where? What are the meeting dates? Who qualified? Where can you find a timetable? Who are the biggest stars to watch?

Read on for answers to all the big questions about Qatar 2022.

When is the FIFA Men’s World Cup 2022?

The FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar will start on Sunday, November 20, 2022 and run until Sunday, December 18.

This is the first FIFA Men’s World Cup that does not take place during the northern hemisphere’s summer and takes place in late fall and early winter in the region. of the Persian Gulf.

Where will the 2022 World Cup take place?

The 2022 World Cup will be held in 8 different stadiums across the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar: the iconic Lusail Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, 974 Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Education City Stadium, Al Wakrah Sports Complex.

The furthest distance between two stadiums in the 2022 World Cup is around 70 kilometres, or 45 miles, which means it is one of the densest tournaments ever.

The Arab State of Qatar has approximately 3 million inhabitants, more than 80% of whom live in the national capital, Doha.

World Cup qualifiers: Who qualified for Qatar 2022?

The 32 countries that have qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup are Qatar (hosts), Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, Countries -Bas, Uruguay, Croatia, Denmark, Mexico, United States, Senegal, Wales. , Poland, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Switzerland, Ghana, Republic of Korea, Cameroon, Serbia, Canada, Costa Rica, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Ecuador.

World Cup Draw: Groups

The teams have been divided into eight groups for the first phase of the tournament. There are four teams in each group and countries will play against the other teams in their group once. Winners get 3 points, there is 1 point for each team if the match ends level, and losers get no points. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams with the most points in each group advance to the Round of 16, starting with the Round of 16.

Check out the eight groups of four below.

When and at what time will the first game of the Qatar 2022 World Cup take place?

Host country Qatar will open the tournament with a Group A game against Ecuador on Sunday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. local time (4:00 p.m. GMT/UTC) in Doha at Al Bayt Stadium.

How can I get tickets for the 2022 FIFA World Cup?

Fans can get tickets through the Fifa.com website. Around 2.5 million tickets have already been sold for Qatar 2022.

The tickets are in the “last minute phase” of the sale. Organizers have restricted entry to Qatar to only allow fans with official tickets to enter the country during the tournament period.

What time will World Cup matches be played in 2022?

The first two rounds of group stage matches will start at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Arabian Standard Time (AST), which is 3 hours ahead of GMT/UTC.

This is:

11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. CET (Central European time during the tournament)

10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm and 7:00pm GMT/UTC (also UK time during the tournament)

5:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST or ET) in the United States

And 2:00 a.m., 5:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST or PT) on the West Coast of the United States and Canada.

The last round of group matches and the knockout matches will take place at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time:

4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. CET

3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. UTC / United Kingdom

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ET

07:00 and 11:00 PT

The final, on December 18, is at 6:00 p.m. local time. This is 4:00 p.m. in Central Europe, 3:00 p.m. UTC and in the UK, 10:00 a.m. Eastern and 7:00 a.m. Pacific time in the United States.

Who are the stars to watch at the Qatar 2022 World Cup?

The biggest names in men’s football will travel to Qatar for the sport’s flagship international event.

Two GOAT football candidates, Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, will probably be there for their last attempt to win the jackpot.

Ronaldo is now 37 and Messi is 35, and both admitted it was their last dance.

But Olympic champion Messi and Ronaldo will be joined by a star cast that includes France Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogbaand Antoine Griezmann – the defending champions of 2018.

Then there’s the Olympic gold medalist Neymar and Brazil who have been in devastating form with a squad full of superstars like Gabriel Jesus which sent Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo emerge as global superstars in Real Madrid and Olympic champion Richarlison aiming to become world champion too. And that’s just on offense.

The Seleçao Canarinho brag too Thiago Silva and the iconic Olympic champion Dani Alves at the back, with the defensive midfield maestros Casemiro and Fabinho.

Even in goal, Brazil have an impossible choice between Liverpool Alisson and that of Manchester City Ederson.

Then there’s England with captain Harry Kane who will believe they have a loud cry after reaching the Euro 2020 final and only losing on penalties against Italy.

England stars love Phil Foden, Rahim Sterling, Jude Bellingham, Reece James, Bukayo Saka, Jack Greish, mason mount, Marcus Rashfordhave English fans dreaming of a first World Cup since 1966.

Apart from some of the big favorites, there is Uruguay Luis SuarezSouth Korea Son Heung Minbelgian duo Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukakujapanese prodigy Kubo Takefusa, Alphonse Davies (Canada), American football hopeful Christian Pulisic

The list could go on and on.

2022 World Cup match schedule

Here is a basic program for Qatar 2022:

  • 20 November 2022: Opening Ceremony, Group A opener (Qatar v Ecuador)
  • December 2, 2022: Last round of group matches
  • December 3-6: Round of 16
  • December 9-10: quarter-finals
  • December 13-14: semi-finals
  • December 17: match for third place
  • December 18: Final

The “rest days” when there are no matches during Qatar 2022 are Wednesday December 7, Thursday December 8, Sunday December 11, Monday December 12, Thursday December 15 and Friday December 16.

What is the official song of the 2022 World Cup?

Basically, there’s quite a playlist for the Qatar World Cup.

The global hit Hayya Hayya (Better Together) by Trinity Cardona, David, and Aisha was followed by Arhbo, a song by the award-winning multi-platinum Puerto Rican superstar Ozuna and Franco-Congolese rapper gims – is the first French-speaking artist to produce and perform a World Cup soundtrack

This upbeat new single joins the official soundtrack of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and arguably the biggest artist on the album – the Grammy-winning American rapper Little baby – published ‘The World is your to take’.

He joined a long list of iconic artists like Vangelis, Ennio Morricone, Plácido Domingo and Shakira to record a song for the World Cup.

“When I started in music in 2017, I embarked on a dream that brought me to where I am now,” said Lil Baby, real name Dominique Armani Jones.

“And that’s what I want the fans to feel when they hear the song,”

“I hope this makes you feel like you’re stepping onto the World Cup pitch, moving towards your own dreams, whatever that means to you,” he added.

“I’m by far one of the hardest workers out there, I firmly believe that practice makes perfect,” the song begins.

Qatar 2022 official mascot: La’eeb

La’eeb is the official mascot of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

“La’eeb is an Arabic word meaning super-skilled player. He belongs to an indescribable parallel mascot – everyone is welcome to interpret what he looks like,” according to the FIFA website.

“La’eeb encourages everyone to believe in themselves as ‘Now is All’. He will bring the joy of football to everyone. The adventurous, fun and curious La’eeb was revealed in the draw final of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.”

What is the 2022 World Cup trophy?

The coveted golden trophy to be won in Qatar is simply called the FIFA World Cup. It has been used since 1974. Before that, the Jules Rimet Trophy was used from 1930 to 1970.

Where can I watch the World Cup on TV and digital streaming?

Here is a list of TV broadcasters that FIFA organizers have partnered with where you can watch the 2022 World Cup tournament matches across the globe.

Afghanistan ATN
RTSH Albania
Argentina TVP – TyC Sports
Armenia AMPTV
Australia SBS
Austria ORF – ServusTV
Azerbaijan İTV
Bangladesh T Sports
Belarus Belteleradio
Belgium RTBFVRT
Bolivia Bolivia TV – Red Uno – Unitel
Bosnia and Herzegovina BHRT
Bulgaria BNT – Nova
Brazil TV Globo
Brunei Kristal-Astro
Cambodia TVK
Canada Bell Media
Caribbean SportsMax
Cayman Islands Logic
Central Asia Saran Media
China CCTV – Migu
Colombia Caracol Televisión – RCN Televisión
Costa Rica Teletica
Croatia HRT
Curacao TV Direct 13
Cyprus CyBC
Czech Republic ČTTV Nova
Denmark DRTV 2
Ecuador Teleamazonas
El Salvador TCS
Estonia ER
Europe EBU
France TF1 – beIN Sports
Finland Yle – MTV3
Georgia GP
Germany ARD – ZDF – Deutsche Telekom
Greece ANT1
Guatemala TV Azteca – Tigo Sports
Honduras Televicentro
Hong Kong PCCW
Hungary MTVA
Iceland RÚV
Indian Subcontinent Viacom18
Indonesia Klikdaily – Emtek
Ireland RTÉ
Israel IPBC
Italy RAI
Japan Dentsu – Abema
Kazakhstan Kazakh Television
Kosovo RTK
Latin America Vrio Corp.
Latvia LTV
Liechtenstein SRG SSR
Lithuania LRT
Macau MDT
Malaysia Astro – GTR
Malta PBS
MENA beIN Sports
Mexico TelevisaTV Azteca
Moldova TRM
Mongolian Central Television
Montengero RTCG
Nepal Media Center
Netherlands SAI
new zealand sky
MRT North Macedonia
Norway NRKTV 2
FYR Digital Network of Pakistan
Panama PRC – TVN
Paraguay SNT – Telefuturo – TreceTyC – SportsTigo Sports
Peru Latina Television
Philippines TAP DMV
Poland TVP
Portugal RTP Sport TV
Romania TVR
Russia Match TV – Channel One – VGTRK
Senegal RTS
Serbia RTS
Slovakia RTVS
Slovenia RTV
South Africa SABC
South Korea SBS – KBS – MBC
Spain RTVE – Mediapro
Sub-Saharan Africa SuperSport – New World TV
Suriname SCCN – STVS
Sweden SVT TV4
Switzerland SRG SSR
Taiwan ELTA
Trinidad and Tobago CNC3
Turkey TRT
Ukraine Suspilne
UK BBC ITV
Fox of the United States – Telemundo
Uruguay ANTEL – Channel 4 – Channel 10 – TeledoceTyC Sports
Uzbekistan MTRK
Venezuela Televen

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