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FIFA WC: Portugal-Uruguay and Spain-Germany got the toughest group, these 16…

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FIFA World Cup 2022 is going to start from today. A total of 64 matches will be played in this tournament which lasts for 29 days. Of these, 48 will be league matches. 16 teams performing well here will reach the next round i.e. round of 16 (knockout round). The Round of 16 will be played from December 3 to 7. The 32 teams participating in this tournament have been divided into eight groups and after the group round, the top two teams in each group will advance to the Round of 16. After this eight teams will reach the quarter finals. The semi-final matches will be played on 14 and 15 December. The two semi-final losers will clash for the third place on December 17 and the final of the tournament will be held on December 18.

Let’s know about the 32 teams involved in the eight groups-
Contenders: The Netherlands, who had reached the final three times, failed to qualify last time. Now he is in a relatively easy group. Louis Van Gaal’s team is a mix of youth and experience.

Hidden Rustam: Last time Russia defeated Spain on penalties in their host. Russia was successful in reaching the quarter-finals. Qatar can do something amazing this time among the domestic audience. The defending Asian champions understand the situation better and will have the support of the entire Arab world.

supper star: Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk will be closely watched after Bayern Munich star Sadia Mane was injured. He has made a big contribution to Liverpool’s successes. Dijk will need to do something different if the Netherlands are to win the title for the first time. Louis van Gaal, who became the coach of the Dutch team for the third time after defeating prostate cancer, will retire from the football world after this World Cup.

Round of 16 contender teams: Apart from the Netherlands, Senegal can reach the last-16 from this group. Qatar can also beat Senegal by taking advantage of the home ground.
Contenders: England are strong favourites, although the team is winless in their six matches in the UEFA Nations League. This is England’s longest winning streak in a major tournament. Group is difficult. There is tension between America and Iran. Both the teams will be facing each other in the World Cup after 1998.

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Hidden Rustam: It would not be right to underestimate America. Of course the team could not qualify for the World Cup last time and also had to struggle in the qualifying process in Qatar. They have many young players like Kristin Pulisic from Chelsea, Weston McKennie from Juventus and Tim Weah.

supper star: England’s Harry Kane has a different status. He has also been in excellent form in the English Premier League. He has scored 12 goals in 15 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur.

Round of 16 contender teams: There is a possibility that England may finish first and America may finish second in the group.
Contenders: Argentina is among the title contenders. Apart from superstars like Lionel Messi, the team has many other stars who can bring them to the winning stage again after Diego Maradona’s last World Cup win in 1986. Messi also has to remove the regret of getting the World Cup to the country. He has said that this will be his last World Cup. Lionel scored a goal in a friendly match against the United Arab Emirates.

Hidden Rustam: In the last nine World Cups, Poland’s team is entering the global tournament for the third time and in all three times it has not progressed beyond the group stage. A lot will be riding on Barcelona star Robert Lewandowski. The Mexican team has been playing in the last seven World Cups and has reached the pre-quarters every time. They also reached the quarter-finals in 1970 and 1986, but then they were hosts and supported by home crowds at their grounds.

Round of 16 contender teams: It looks like Argentina will top the group and the other team to reach the next round could be Poland. Lionel Messi will be the star player of this group.
Contenders: Coach Didier Deschamps has been with the French team for over a decade. He is the longest serving coach for a single team participating in this tournament. Four years earlier he had made France the winner in Russia. This is his third World Cup as coach and fourth overall. He also won the title for France in 1998 as a player. He can go with four players in the defence. This means that he can make a different strategy from the tournament he played in Russia, where he played in 4-2-3-1.

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Denmark’s Christian Eriksen, who suffered a heart attack during a Euro match last year, is also a big star. Graham Arnold’s Australia team has Aaron Mooi and 18-year-old Garang Kuol. He has a good scoring average. Cool can leave a mark this time. Many Australian players have played in the Scottish League. The captain in Tunisia is the experienced Youssef Maskani.

supper star: France has the likes of Karim Benzema, Kylin Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann. Questions are being raised over Bezenma’s fitness and the 23-year-old Mbappe has been doing wonders for the Paris Saint-Germain club. He is counted among the best players in the world. Olivier Giroud is just two behind Thierry Henry’s record of 51 goals for France.

Round of 16 contender teams: France and Denmark appear to be favorites to play in the pre-quarters. It could be Denmark topping the group, as France picks up the pace late on.
Contenders: This is being called the Group of Death, in which Spain and Germany are the powerhouses of football, but Japan is a great team, even Costa Rica cannot be called weak. Costa Rica ranked above England, Italy and Uruguay in 2014. They have a good goalkeeper in Keller Navas.

Hidden Rustam: Samurai Blue (Japan) have lost only two of their last 13 matches. The strength of the team can be gauged from the fact that players like Kygo Furuhashi and Ryo Hatete have had to sit out.

supper star: Barcelona club legend Sergio Busgutes is known for his pace and speed at the age of 34. He will be the lifeblood of Spain’s midfield. He also has good captaincy experience.

Round of 16 contender teams: Spain could top the group, while Germany have a strong chance of qualifying for the second round.
Contenders: Last time Croatia team surprised everyone by reaching the finals. Belgium was in third place. Belgium’s Kevid De Bruyne has been doing exceptionally well for Manchester City. The Canadian team grabbed everyone’s attention by qualifying. She topped the CONCACAF qualifying. He has young players like Bayern Munich’s Alvinso Davies and Lille’s Jonathan David. The last time he qualified was in 1986.

supper star: Kevin De Bruyne is counted among the best midfielders in the world. He has assisted 13 goals for Manchester City this season.

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Round of 16 contender teams: Belgium and Croatia are contenders to reach the next round from this group. The Brazilian team, which has won the World Cup five times, is once again being considered as a big contender for the title. They have two of the best forwards in the world in Premier League star Neymar as well as Vinicius Junior. Apart from this, Coach Tite has many good players. Switzerland and Cameroon could produce unexpected results but Serbia’s claim looks stronger. , There will be a tough competition between the three teams for the second spot after Brazil.

supper star: Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar could well be in his last World Cup and will leave no stone unturned. He has not been able to win a big trophy at the international level.

Hidden Rustam: Serbia is the team which has players like Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham club. The team looks stronger on paper.

Round of 16 contender teams: Brazil could remain on top and the second team to advance could be Serbia.
Contenders: All four teams are good but Portugal will rely on their star Cristiano Ronaldo, who is having a dispute with his club Manchester United these days. Diego Jota’s injury is also a cause of concern for the team. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will look to impress in their final World Cup for Uruguay. He can get the support of new player Darwin Nunez. There are many aging players in this team but the team knows how to handle the pressure of big tournaments.

supper star: Goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo also has a final World Cup title like his arch-rival Messi of Argentina. He is having a dispute with his club, it may affect his performance.

Round of 16 contender teams: Uruguay and Portugal are contenders for the top two spots in the group. Korean player Sun Heung Min is injured, in which case his claim is getting a bit weak.


FIFA World Cup 2022 is going to start from today. A total of 64 matches will be played in this tournament which lasts for 29 days. Of these, 48 will be league matches. 16 teams performing well here will reach the next round i.e. round of 16 (knockout round). The Round of 16 will be played from December 3 to 7.



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