FIFA World Cup 2022:End Of An Era?


2022 FIFA World Cup cover photo in Qatar (The Sporting News)

CJ Bennett, Staff Reporter

  The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be the 22nd running of the FIFA World Cup competition. The World Cup is scheduled to take place in Qatar from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18. This will be the first World Cup to be held in the Arab nation. FIFA is doing this to guarantee a geographical spread, in six zones: Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America, with the Caribbean, Oceania and South America in the final pot.

  The tournament is scheduled to have 32 fields, divided into eight groups. The teams participating in group A are Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal,  and Netherlands; England, Iran, Wales, and USA in Group B.;Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland in Group C;France, Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia in Group D;Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, and Japan in Group E;Belgium, Canada, Morocco, and Croatia in Group F;Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G;and lastly, Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, and South Korea in Group H.

  Junior Brian Costa says, “I want Portugal to win, not gonna lie, but realistically I believe that Brazil is going to win. They have got a strong squad full of talent but they’re just so many good teams. You have Spain, France, Argentina, Uruguay, Belgium, England…, it’s going to be tough. Anything is possible so I’m waiting for the group stages to start and to be honest. After that I can honestly be sure who’s strong and who’s not. I believe it’s going to be a very good World Cup.”

  Sports reporter from Aljazeera wrote, “At first glance, this year’s draw seems pretty even-handed. Group E, with Spain and Germany, looks sewn up from the start, as does Group F, with Belgium and Croatia. But anything could happen in the other groups.” 

  The 2022 FIFA World Cup is the last for many legends. Lionel Messi, star Striker for Paris Saint-Germain said “this will ‘surely’ be his final World Cup but nothing has been confirmed yet.” He has retired from Argentina duty in the past before coming back. Cristiano Ronaldo, Star Striker for Manchester United, said in September that “I will not be retiring after Qatar and I hope to continue to play for Portugal for a few more years.”  Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have defined a generation of football – but this is likely to be their final chance to win a World Cup.