FIFA stands for Federation Internationale de Football Association in French which translates to International Federation of Association Football in English. The FIFA World Cup is the biggest and most important international football competition. The association was founded in 1904 to oversee and govern international football tournaments played by various nations. It is a non-profit organization that is also regarded as the most prestigious sports organization in the world. Gianni Infantino is currently serving as president of FIFA. FIFA World Cup is held every four years in a different country, the last FIFA was played in 2018 in Russia where France won the title.
All You Need To Know About The FIFA World Cup 2022–
When Does The FIFA World Cup 2022 Begin?
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will kickstart on November 20, 2022. Typically, the world cup kicks off during the summer season but owing to the heatwaves in Qatar, this year it will be held during the winter season. The first match will be between the host country Qatar and Ecuador. The qualifying teams will play in the finals scheduled in December 2022.
Who Is Hosting The 22nd Edition of The FIFA World Cup?
The 22nd edition of the international football world cup will be held in Qatar in November. Not only it’s the first time the competition is being held during the winter season, but it’s also the first time an Arab country is hosting the World Cup in the history of FIFA tournaments. Although, there’s a lot of backlash from football fans since Qatar is infamous for its controversial stance on human rights and the ban on LGBTQ+ rights.
International Players To Look Out For
It might be the last FIFA World Cup for a lot of legendary superstars this year. While the Argentinian player, Lionel Messi has announced his retirement from the world cup, many other players will be missed after the 22nd edition FIFA tournament. Here’s a list of players who might be playing the FIFA World Cup for the last time in 2022:
- Cristiano Ronaldo- Portugal
- Karim Benzema- France
- Angel Di Maria- Argentina
- Edinson Cavani- Uruguay
- Luis Suarez- Uruguay
- Thomas Muller- Germany
- Paul Pogba- France
- Kevin De Bruyne- Belgium
Football World Cup Rivalries
Football fans are full of passion and enthusiasm, they crowd the stadium with their slogans, chants, and anthems. And the joy of watching the game intensifies when there are two major rivals playing against each other. There are a total of 32 teams competing this year in the FIFA 2022 World Cup which means it’ll be a month full of football fun. From 2026 onwards, 48 teams will be participating in the FIFA World Cup. Major rivalry matches that you should look out for:
- England Vs Scotland
- Brazil Vs Argentina
- Spain Vs Portugal
- Germany Vs Netherland
- Italy Vs France
- Denmark Vs Sweden
- Argentina Vs Nigeria
- Brazil Vs Italy
- USA Vs Mexico
Qatar Stadiums That Will Host The FIFA Games
Here’s a list of stadiums in Qatar that will be welcoming football fans and players for the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament:
- Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail (80,000 capacity)
- Stadium 974, Doha (40,000 capacity)
- Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan (44,740 capacity)
- Al Thumama Stadium, Doha (40,000 capacity)
- Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor (60,000 capacity)
- Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah (40,000 capacity)
- Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan (45,416 capacity)
- Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan (45,350 capacity)
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