The opening match between Qatar and Ecuador will take place on November 20 at 11 a.m. ET, officially kicking off the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. You can find the complete schedule, including start times and TV information, here. There is no better time to make your predictions than as we get ready to see who will win one of the sports’ most coveted trophies. Over the course of the tournament’s 28 days, 32 teams will play 64 games together. See how everyone is doing with our most recent Power Rankings.
Check out our bracket to choose all the matches in the World Cup that will be the last to include both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Here are James Benge’s game-by-game forecasts. Argentina, one of the favorites to win the competition, has already declared that this will be Messi’s final World Cup. There would be no greater way for a Messi sendoff than with a World Cup victory after he won his first international championship by helping Argentina win the Copa America in 2021. Though the Portuguese forward hasn’t said that this World Cup will be his last, he will be 41 by the time it comes around. Without a doubt, Father Time is unbeatable.
France will try to overcome their injuries and off-the-field problems without N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba in order to defend their title from 2018. However, the French will have tough opposition from the great squads of England and Brazil. After a dismal run of friendlies prior to the World Cup, the United States will likewise be relieved to have advanced from the group stage.
These are the groups:
- Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, and the Netherlands make up Group A.
- England, Iran, the US, and Wales make up Group B.
- Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland make up Group C.
- France, Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia make up Group D.
- Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, and Japan make up Group E.
- Belgium, Canada, Morocco, and Croatia make up Group F.
- Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon make up Group G.
- Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, and South Korea make up Group H.
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