Qatar 2022: What you need to know

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the World Cup is an international soccer tournament contested by senior men’s national teams from different countries around the world. It is the most famous football tournament in the world, as well as the most widely watched and followed sporting event in the world.

the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is the 22nd edition of the international tournament. The opening match was held today between the host nation, Qatar, and Ecuador.

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 consists of 32 teams divided into 8 groups. The 32 teams consist of five African teams namely; Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Morocco, and Tunisia. The groups are as follows;

1. Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
2. Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
3. Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
4. Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
5. Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
6. Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
7. Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
8. Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

FIFA expands the number of teams for the 2026 World Cup to 48 teams from the current one 32 teams. Africa will be represented by nine teams from the previous 5.

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Past champions: the World Cup won by eight national teams with Brazil being the most successful team with five titles. The other World Cup winners were Germany and Italy with four titles each, while France, the current champions, and Argentina won two titles each. England and Spain have also won the title once.

Qatar is the 17th country to host the World Cup. Brazil, France, Italy, Germany, and Mexico have hosted twice, while Uruguay, Switzerland, Sweden, Chile, England, Argentina, Spain, the United States, Japan, and South Korea (together), South Africa, and Russia have each. hosted once.

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The first cup of winter: the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 consists of 32 teams with 64 games to be played, however, there are only 8 stadiums available for 64 games to be played. This is the lowest number of places for the World Cup in recent years. The lowest number of venues available was 6 stadiums when Argentina hosted the competition in 1978.

the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 there will be games played inside fully air-conditioned stadiums for the first time in the competition’s history due to the extreme weather conditions in the Middle Eastern country.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will have female referees to officiate the games for the first time in the competition’s history. The female referees are Salima Mukansanga, 33 years old, Yoshimi Yamashita, 36 years old, and Stephanie Frappart, 38 years old.

For the first time in the history of the competition, all African teams in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 are managed by natives of the country. The coaches are Walid Regragui (Morocco), Aliou Cissé (Senegal), Rigobert Song (Cameroon), Jalel Kadri (Tunisia), and Otto Addo (Ghana).

Most expensive in history: the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is the most expensive in the history of the competition as a host country, Qatar spent more than $220 billion on infrastructure in preparation for the World Cup. The host country built seven new stadiums for the competition.

the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is the most compact in the history of the competition because all the stadiums are within a 55-kilometer radius of the center of Doha, which means that commuting is easier for teams and fans.
The host country, Qatar is the smallest host country in the competition’s history. With a population of 2.9million and a land of 11,571 square meters.

Financial rewards: In the last edition of the FIFA World Cup, Russia 2018, a total of $400 million was shared among the participants in the form of prize money which saw the current champions, France rewarded with a whopping $38 million while the runner-up was rewarded with $28 million.

In this year’s edition, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the prize money to be shared among the participants saw a slight increase from $400million in the previous edition to $440million. The breakdown of the $440 million is as follows:

1. Group Stage: $9 million per team ($144 million in total for 16 teams)
2. Final 16: $13 million per team ($104 million in total for 8 teams)
3. Quarter-finals: $17 million per team ($68 million in total for 4 teams)
4. Fourth place: $25 million
5. Third place: $27 million
6. Runner up: $30 million
7. Champion: $42 million

In total, the prize money is $440million.

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