Unexpected twists of the championship: overview of the 2022 FIFA world cup in Qatar
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is the 22nd edition of the World Cup, FIFA’s quadrennial football competition for national teams, held in Qatar between 20 November and 18 December 2022. Qatar qualified for the finals automatically as tournament hosts, while 206 teams competed for the remaining 31 spots through qualifying rounds organised by the six FIFA confederations and held between June 2019 and June 2022. In the finals, the teams were divided into eight groups of four with each team playing each other once in a round-robin format. The two top teams from each group advanced to a knock-out phase. The defending champions from the 2018 World Cup were France.
This is a World Cup like no other. For the last 12 years the Guardian has been reporting on the issues surrounding Qatar 2022, from corruption and human rights abuses to the treatment of migrant workers and discriminatory laws. The best of our journalism is gathered on our dedicated Qatar: Beyond the Football home page for those who want to go deeper into the issues beyond the pitch.
Intrigue in the final match
Everybody is waiting for the final game! This might be ruined by getting used to the probable muted atmospheres and general weirdness of the tournament’s location but it’s the first round of group games, especially watching the tournament favourites in action for the first time. It’s that moment the towels come off and everyone has to show what they’ve got, sometimes, understandably given the hideous nature of what’s underneath, with nervous trepidation and sometimes with extreme and fully justified confidence. Let the games begin.
Any game involving Iran’s Mehdi Taremi. He’s got a quality I love in a striker: the ability to wind defenders and commentators up. A dive here, a cheeky penalty there, the controversy often gets in the way of what talented player he is. Taremi scored five goals in the Champions League group stage and I suspect he’s going to upset some of famous teams.
How to de-stress from the excitement of waiting for the final match
This has been a welcome 48-hour respite from what’s been the most nonstop World Cup in history, but with the quarterfinals looming, everyone is eager to get back to it and see their team move one step closer to the game’s holy grail. Just spare a thought for everyone else who’s going home instead.
If that’s got you down, just wait until the late game. Are you ready for Lionel Messi to have played his last game in a World Cup should they fall to the Dutch? The 35-year-old has hinted that he won’t partake in the 2026 edition, making this his last opportunity to finally win the one trophy that has eluded him throughout his illustrious career.
What do football and solitaire have in common?
Football and solitaire do not have much in common in terms of the activities themselves. Football is a team sport played with a ball on a large field, while solitaire is a solitary card game played by one person. However, both football and solitaire can be played for leisure and enjoyment, and both can be played competitively with organized rules and regulations. In this sense, both activities can provide a sense of challenge and accomplishment for the players. Additionally, both football and solitaire can be played on a variety of platforms, such as in person or on a computer or mobile device.
- December 14, 2022