With the 2022 World Cup tournament dawning on us thick and fast, teams have been pitted against one another and allocated into different groups so they know who they face in their bid to go as far as they can in the tournament.
There are ten groups in total and the participating teams have been shared into those groups. Five or six teams are allocated to each of the ten groups with the ten group winners securing straight qualification for the showpiece event in 2022.
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The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers from the Asian section have been given new dates. The new dates for the Qatar 2022 qualifiers were confirmed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) earlier in the week.
There are four matchdays to be completed in the second round of the qualifiers in the Asian section and these games have now been postponed until next year as confirmed by the AFC on Wednesday. The matchdays were initially planned for March and April this year before Covid-19 happened. The Pandemic led to the postponement of the matches to October and November 2020.The games have been pushed back again.
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Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has said that the west African nation could have a difficult 2022 following the postponement of the 2021 African Cup of Nations. The continental tournament was expected to held between January and February next year but it has been postponed by 12 months amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to Girondins4ever, Rohr acknowledged that his team are set for a difficult schedule ahead, considering they will have many games to play, suppose they are able to qualify for both AFCON and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he told: “The Africa Cup of Nations is postponed. It’s the same for everyone so it’s not a drawback.
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Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has described Lionel Messi as an ‘animal’ and believes the Argentine will play at the 2022 World Cup. The 33-year-old has won numerous accolades at the club level, but he has yet to win any major trophy on the international stage. Messi suffered World Cup heartbreak in 2014 when Germany beat Argentina in the final and he has since been the runner-up in the Copa America on two occasions.
Speaking to Marca, Xavi said that he has no doubts regarding the fitness of the Barcelona star and the Argentine should represent his country in the next World Cup in Qatar, he told: “I see Leo playing until he wants to. On a physical level, he is fast, strong, he is a competitive beast, physically an animal. I have no doubt that he will play in Qatar 2022.”
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Former England star David James has said that he understands the constant pressure on Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The 26-year-old has been the Three Lions’ regular choice in goal for the past three years, but they have been calls for him to be replaced amid his inconsistent displays at the club level.
The likes of Nick Pope and Dean Henderson are waiting in the wings to take any opportunity which arises, and James has acknowledged that it is very difficult to remain the country’s number one over a long period of time. Still he spoke in the support of Pickford saying: “I look at Pickford and there’s tremendous qualities he’s got. I think being the number one is very, very difficult. For one, people want to shoot you down, of course, because that’s the nature of the game. And secondly, to actually be at your best is difficult and to maintain that standard in any sporting context your performances are going to ebb and flow. To be the best or the number one for a long period of time is very difficult and let’s be right, Jordan’s not playing for one of the best sides in the country.”
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Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has praised the work done by Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) after the Education City Stadium, the third host venue of World Cup 2022 to be completed, was opened on schedule despite the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Spanish retireesays the completion of the venue is a sign of the better times to come. He felt the feat showcased the progress that Qatar have made in spite of being impacted by Covid-19. The midfielder also expressed his gratitude to the health workers who are spearheading the fight against the dangerous virus.
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The Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD) has confirmed that the World Cup 2022 will be made carbon neutral in a bid to help the environment. Qatar won the rights to host the World Cup a few years ago. This turned out to be a major controversy for nations around the world due to the difficult climatic conditions that are well known to this part of the world. However, this was a pride for Qatar and other Middle East countries, who are still supporting the nation, since this would be the first time such a major event is being held in this region of the world.
In order to make the event a massive success – at least in terms of infrastructure, Qatar has been spending a huge sum of its oil wealth in building stadiums, roads, public transport, and more. Yet, there has been a criticism that the huge expenditure from Qatar will result in a significant explosion of carbon emissions, butYoussel Al-Hur, who is the chairman of GORD, confirmed that the nation is committed to making sure that emissions do not spike as a result of all the construction activity. The carbon neutral aim is being done with the help of 25 other projects, which are reducing emissions. Apart from building stadiums and an underground transport facility in Doha, Qatar is also building museums and much more.
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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims that the United States has the potential to host the World Cup 2022 if it was snatched from the hands of Qatar at the last moment. The Middle East outfit is facing fresh charges of corruption and bribery. Furthermore, a fixture congestion is starting to look likely due to the coronavirus pandemic suspending all leagues across the world. As a result, the Euro 2020 has already been moved to the next year. It may not be easy for the World Cup to be switched, as this World Cup will be held as a winter event in order to overcome the heat of Qatar.
Qatar has already invested huge amount of money in order to develop several new stadiums, which have been air-conditioned in order to prevent the heat from getting to the players and fans. Yet, the nation may not be able to hold the event if it was postponed, as the postponement would clash with several other events across the world. Hence, there is a possibility that the event could be moved to a different location – especially with Qatar facing bribery charges. This World Cup in Middle East will be the last to include 32 teams, as it will expand to 48 for the 2026 World Cup, which will be held jointly by the United States and Mexico.
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With the Euro 2020 moved to 2021 and the Tokyo Olympics moved to 2021 as well, there were certain calls to move the World Cup from 2022 by a year as well. However, as at press time FIFA was yet to give such announcement.
Corona Virus has pretty much disrupted major plans for 2020 and already impacting the year after. There are concerns the leagues that need to be completed would have a different timeline, then the next league season, the 2021 plans being made which might impact 2022 in a number of ways including funding and availability.
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Los Angeles FC manager Bob Bradley has backed the United States to comfortably qualify for the next World Cup in Qatar. The North American giants were not present during the previous edition of the global tournament and that was certainly a shock, given they had failed to reach the group stage for the first time since 1986.
interview covered by ESPN, Bradley, who managed USA between 2006 and 2011, said
that he is confident about the country’s prospects of qualifying for the next
World Cup. He added that there needs to be a settled environment during the
qualifying phase and stated that the dismissal of Jurgen Klinsmann contributed
to the nation’s failure to make the previous edition of the World Cup.
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