World Cup 2022 Qatar: Players and Teams to Look Out For

The World Cup 2022 will be one of the biggest events in the Arab World, and there will be a lot of “firsts” for fans and players. In particular, this is the first time in World Cup history that the tournament will be held in Qatar and the first time that it will happen in the winter instead of the usual summer.

If a soccer fan can’t stand the excitement, it’s best to know which teams and players to watch for before the 2022 FIFA World Cup starts. To help you with that, here is a short list of the top teams and players in the betting game.

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Argentina

When they returned from Russia four years ago, Argentina was in a mess. Now, they look the best out of all the teams still in the running, and it would be a great story if Lionel Messi won the World Cup on his last try.

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Lionel Scaloni’s team went through qualifying without losing a game, but they still have to play one more dead rubber match against Brazil, who they beat last year to win the Copa América for the first time since 1993. Since 2019, Argentina hasn’t lost an international match.

Many say Argentina has the best chance to win the 2022 World Cup. This is mostly because they are playing so well and seem to have built a team that doesn’t have to rely on Messi. Argentina has a strong team with stars like Rodrigo de Paul and Angel Di Maria. 

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Belgium

Belgium’s best finish at a FIFA World Cup has been third place, which they got by beating England in the 2018 tournament. This was their best finish since they first went to the FIFA World Cup in 1930.

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Many people think this is a sign that the team is ready to take their game to the next level in 2022 with stars like Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, and Kevin De Bruyne. There are doubts that the team’s defense won’t be as good as last year’s because Nainggolan, Dries Mertens, Vincent Kompany, Moussa Dembele, and Jan Vertonghen are all in their 30s. 

However, adding a few young players should help make up for the fact that the team’s most powerful players are getting older. The 21-year-old Tielemans, the 22-year-old Timothy Castagne, and the 19-year-old Zinho Vanheusden are just a few up-and-coming stars playing for Belgium.

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Brazil

As the most successful national team in the history of the World Cup, Brazil has been a giant in the tournament for a long time. They have won 73 out of 109 matches, won five World Cups, and finished in second and third place twice.

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With credentials like these, it’s no surprise that the other teams in the 2022 World Cup will keep an eye on this long-standing team. To add to the excitement, Gabriel Jesus is only 20, Coutinho is 25, and Neymar, Casemiro, and Firmino are all 26 when the 2022 tournament comes around.

Brazil is doing well on the international stage and has only lost one match since 2020. Their team is full of talented players like Neymar, Vinicius Jr., and Lucas Paqueta, and their overall talent is off the charts. After Argentina, Brazil is usually the next favorite to win its sixth World Cup.

Denmark

Even though the emotions of Christian Eriksen’s fall and recovery helped fuel their run to the semi-finals of Euro 2020, Denmark has shown that they are one of the best international teams in the world. They breezed through the qualifying rounds and beat France, who is in Group D, on the road.

Nine months after having a heart attack at the Euros, Eriksen returned and scored with his first touch in a loss to the Netherlands by 2-4. Even without Eriksen, Denmark made it to the semi-finals of the Euros and had no trouble qualifying for the World Cup.

After losing to the Dutch, the Danes beat Serbia 3-0 in a game that excited everyone, and Eriksen scored again to keep the Danes’ hopes up. The draw was almost the same as Denmark’s group in 2018. The Danes will be expected to move on with France, Peru, or Australia.

England

Since 1966, England hasn’t been able to win the World Cup again, which has upset the English people. Even so, they are still a tough opponent in international football and have a great team of young, talented players who are on the rise.

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The team has grown and become more experienced since the 2018 World Cup, where they finished fourth. However, their recent games have been hit or miss. England is still likely to make it to the end, but a ship that was once calm has started to move dangerously.

France

Who else besides the defending champions should you watch out for? France took the title away from brave Croatia just 22 minutes before the final. They also showed their teeth by putting their best players on display, including Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé, who is only 19 years old and already a world champion.

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France did not want to lose at home twice and tie away twice in June. Even though they have a lot of talent, the world champions have trouble convincing people. Most of their goals come from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé, and they still haven’t fully gotten over losing to Switzerland in the Euro 2020 qualifiers last summer.

As of now, the team is getting ready to defend its title, and more stars are expected to join their strong lineup. This includes the fast midfielders Yacine Adli and Houssem Aouar, who were already known before the tournament.

Germany

Germany is a clear threat in the upcoming World Cup because the team has a lot of good players. Even though the team was eliminated early in 2018, and their only win came at the last second against Sweden, their record of four World Cup titles, four second-place finishes, and four third-place finishes still makes them a group to watch in 2022.

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Timo Werner and Leroy Sane are two of Brazil’s veteran players who have already made their mark on the field. They will be joined by a group of young players, like 19-year-old Kai Havertz, who will help the team get back on track.

Germany was hurt and broken last summer, but they have quickly found who they are under Hansi Flick. They are doing an excellent job of making the change between generations and playing the kind of smooth football that was mainly missing at Euro 2020.

Portugal

After their shocking loss to Serbia in November, Portugal took their second chance and made it through the playoffs. When Otavio gave them an early lead, a 3-1 win over Turkey seemed likely.

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Then North Macedonia came and beat Italy in a hard-fought battle in Porto. Bruno Fernandes scored when it mattered most, and his two goals helped his team win by 2-0. Even though Fernando Santos has a very talented team, he still has problems to face before the finals. 

How much should he rely on veterans like Pepe, Jose Fonte, and Cristiano Ronaldo? One young player who looks like he will be a star is 22-year-old goalkeeper Diogo Costa. He took over as the team’s keeper for the playoffs, and it seems like he will keep the job.

Spain

Spain has been quietly improving, and it’s possible they should have won Euro 2020. Since their glory days in the early 2010s, their team has changed significantly, but they still play beautifully and flow together.

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They won all their qualifying games and have done well in tournaments like the Nations League, so we expect them to do well in Qatar. The only bad thing is that Spain is in the same group as Germany, so getting to the next round might not be easy.

In the Nations League, Luis Enrique’s team kept getting better. They tied with Portugal and the Czech Republic before beating Switzerland and the Czechs to win their group. The 2010 winners’ biggest problem is that they don’t have a great striker, but the new group led by Pedri and Gavi has a lot of potential.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands has never won a big international tournament, but many people think 2022 could be their year at the World Cup.

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They have talented players like Virgil van Dijk, Frenkie de Jong, and Daley Blind, who all seem to do well when wearing their orange kits. Also, now that coach Louis van Gaal is back in charge, we can expect the team to be well-organized and play with strategy.

Oranje fans will have higher hopes for their team as they prepare for their first World Cup since 2014 since they beat Belgium 4-1 in Brussels. Louis van Gaal, who led them to the semi-finals in Brazil that year, is back, and he will be hoping to do the same thing with a young team that beat Wales twice a in week with late goals.

Uruguay

After a rough qualifying season and a change of manager, Uruguay returned from the brink to make it to Qatar. Coach Oscar Tabarez was in charge for 15 years but was fired after his team lost four games in a row in the fall.

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When Diego Alonso joined, Uruguay won four races and moved to third place in South America. Diego Godin, who is 36 years old, is still the rock of the defense, but Alonso has rotated Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez up front, and both have scored big goals in the turnaround.

 Fernando Muslera, who had been the goalie for a long time, was replaced by Sergio Rochet because of the new coach. Alonso brought Uruguay a much-needed new broom, but can his star player still play in one more tournament?

The Bottom Line

Can’t wait to see the best teams in the world fight it out in the World Cup 2022? This big sports event brings together the best football players from 32 teams. You’ll get excitement, adrenaline, and pride as you cheer on your favorite teams and players.