World Cup Football is ready to move to Qatar. The draw on Friday will decide the groups of a planetary event orphan of Italy, the European champions. A sort of starter for the World Cup, on stage from 21 November to 18 December. In Doha we will talk about present and future scenarios: from the new rules for the assignment of the World Cup after 2026, up to the enlargement of the squads of the national teams. Although relations with FIFA are not the best, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin will not be missing.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Final draw
FIFA, while relying on considerable resources, seeks to transform itself into an even more global company. Before the pandemic, however, UEFA had reserves of just over 300 million, dried up by the impact of Covid on Champions, Euro 2021 and leagues. FIFA has suffered much less from the pandemic, having no tournaments in progress. More games, more compression, less recovery times, greater chances of income. The silent revolution of football, an evolution for some, is already underway. It has 11 other regional offices around the world that work in collaboration with the headquarters in Switzerland, in addition to the temporary office in Doha , where Infantine has moved to closely follow the organization of the next World Cup.
The glitzy draw in Doha on Friday also set reigning champions France on a potential collision course with England in the quarter-finals, if they win their relatively kind groups. But the world’s top-ranked team Brazil face a tougher task in the first stage. The French, seeking to become the first nation to win back-to-back World Cups since Brazil in 1962, will meet familiar foes Denmark and Tunisia in a Group D completed by the winners of an intercontinental play-off — Australia, Peru or the United Arab Emirates.
Here’s a look at each group following Friday’s draw in Doha for the 2022 Qatar World Cup:
Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Qatar, ranked 51st in the world, are appearing at their first World Cup but were among the top seeds thanks to their privileged status as hosts. With a squad of home-based players under Spanish coach Felix Sanchez, they are a little-known quantity to most. The Netherlands, whose coach Louis van Gaal recently criticised the decision to make Qatar hosts, will hope to make a big impact as they return after missing 2018. Sadio Mane’s Senegal will also be keen to impress off the back of winning their first Africa Cup of Nations, while Ecuador are back for their fourth finals appearance.
Group B: England, Iran, USA, European play-off winner
Iran topped their qualifying group under Croatian coach Dragan Skocic and have been regulars at recent tournaments. They may benefit from playing so close to home too, but the returning USA will be eager to impress with Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic their star.
England could also have a local derby to look forward to should Wales or Scotland come through the final European play-off in June, but Ukraine remain in contention.
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Off the back of their Copa America victory last year, Argentina will be among the contenders and this is surely Messi’s last chance to win the World Cup, or even score a goal in the knockout phase.
Poland last appeared in the World Cup knockouts in 1986 and they face a challenge making the last 16 given the presence of Mexico, who have made the first knockout round at the last seven tournaments only to lose each time.
Group D: France, Play-off winner, Denmark, Tunisia
France were in the same group as Denmark on their way to winning the World Cup in 1998 and 2018 but also in 2002 when Les Bleus went out in the group stage. While France defend their trophy, the 11th-ranked Danes are dangerous outsiders after reaching the Euro 2020 semi-finals. No team has retained the World Cup since Brazil in 1962. France were also in a group with Peru and Australia in 2018 and both are still in contention in the intercontinental play-off, as are the United Arab Emirates. Tunisia’s squad features several French-born players.