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Who hosts The FIFA World Cup 2022?

Buckle up, the biggest sporting event, FIFA World Cup is around the corner. The last edition of the World Cup held in Russia in 2018 was won by France. 32 countries across the globe including France will compete in Qatar for the biggest sporting glory that any country could ever imagine winning. Despite a corruption scandal during bidding for the host selection, Qatar is set to become the first country in the Arab world to host World Cup. As South Korea and Japan hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the tournament will be the second World Cup to be held in Asia. It is also the last edition of the World Cup which involve 32 teams. The 2026 edition will commence the involvement of 48 teams in the upcoming tournaments. The next edition of the World Cup will be jointly hosted by Canada, the United States, and Mexico. 

Who has won The Most World Cups?

Brazil, having won a World Cup record 5 times, is the only country to participate in World Cup each time since its inception in 1930. Germany and Italy have won it four times, whereas Argentina, France, and Uruguay have won it two times. England and Spain also have their taste of one World Cup victory each. Four-time champions Italy failed to qualify for this edition of the World Cup, becoming the first country to fail to qualify, having won the last edition. The host nation Qatar will make its World Cup debut.

World Cup mascot

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When Was FIFA World Cup 2022 Held?

The final draw for the FIFA World Cup 2022 draw was held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in Doha, Qatar on 1 April 2022. The group division is given below:

Group A

Qatar

Ecuador

Senegal

Netherlands

Group B

England

IR Iran

USA

Euro Play-off

Group C

Argentina

Saudi Arabia

Mexico

Poland

Group D

France

IC Play-off 1

Denmark

Tunisia

Group E

Spain

IC Play-off 2

Germany

Japan

Group F

Belgium

Canada

Morocco

Croatia

Group G

Brazil

Serbia

Switzerland

Cameroon

Group H

Portugal

Ghana

Uruguay

Korea Republic

The two winners of the inter-confederation playoffs and the winner of the Path A of the UEFA play-offs were yet to be determined at the time of the draw. In the wake of 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, FIFA decided to suspend Russia from international competitions until further notice. 

World Cup Final

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Why is World Cup in Qatar not set to play in the usual June/July? 

Due to Qatar’s extreme heat during summer, this edition of the World Cup will be held from late November to mid-December, making it the first World Cup not to be held in May, June, or July. This edition will also be played in a reduced timeframe of around 28 days. The 2022 FIFA World Cup with commence with an opening fixture featuring the host nation, Qatar on 21 November and will conclude with the final being played on 18 December 2022. 

The official mascot La’eeb was unveiled on 1 April 2022. It is an Arabic word meaning “super-skilled player”. The official song of the tournament “Hayya Hayya (Better Together)” was also released on the same day. It is performed by Trinidad Cardona, Davido, and AISHA.

Source: Gossip Gist

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