The Mundial, the main football competition that gives the best national teams from every continent the chance to compete for the title of world champions, has fans all over the world literally counting down the seconds until kickoff. Since this challenge only arises once every four years, the highest level of tension and entertainment is guaranteed. Everyone shares the same goal, which is to win the prized trophy at the very end. This means that each and every player will give their all—200% effort—to help their countrymen win the World Cup
, a goal that many did not even dare to dream of as children.
Are you prepared for such a situation, then? We at Parimatchnews are happy to give you access to this comprehensive, up-to-date guide, which will put you one step ahead of the World Cup.
This time, all the routes are destined to converge in Qatar, the nation that was picked 12 years ago as the location. And there are primarily two things that set apart this 22nd World Cup from the previous ones.
First off, due to the weather in Qatar, the championship will be held for the first time in the winter. When the temperature soars to 40 degrees Celsius, it is simply impossible to enjoy anything outdoors, and it goes without saying that you cannot even consider playing football. As for the second point, the WC will take place in a Middle Eastern nation.
Should we prepare for a showdown on a higher level this time? Probably, as Qatar is spending a record 220 million dollars on World Cup preparations, taking them to the very highest level possible.
Simply by looking at these numbers, it appears that this winter will bring with it a show that will be hard to top.
Comparison of the amounts spent on FIFA World Cup preparations:
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Five cities—Doha, Al Rayyan, Lusail, Al Khor, and Al Wakra—will host the competition. It will run from November 21 to December 18 for four weeks. There will be 64 games between the 32 national teams during that time.
Will the French national team be able to defend their title as champions? They arrived in Qatar as the current champions.
At least until the group stage's departure, the issue will still be up for debate. Since then, a lot has changed, most notably the structure of the teams. And this is what makes such competitions so fascinating—pretty much every team has a chance to advance all the way to the championship game.
The World Cup logo is shaped like the number “8”. It has a few meanings:
- The eight is a sign of infinity.
- The number refers to the number of stadiums, which will host matches.
- The logo resembles a silhouette of the World Cup.
The name of the ball is Al Rihla, which is Arabic for "journey." The architectural structures of Qatar served as an inspiration for the ball's design, which also included the use of the national flag's colors.
The grand opening ceremony is scheduled for November 20 and will take place at the Al Bayt Stadium prior to the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador (both from Group A).
Fans of K-pop have good news. It has been announced that Jungkook, a member of the Korean band BTS, will perform at the championship's opening ceremony.
The stadiums selected to host the championship are notable; it is safe to say that each one is a work of art.
There will be 15 games played in Doha, the capital of Qatar, which has a population of about 3 million.
Al Thumama will host 8 matches, the capacity is 40 000 spectators.
Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will host 7 matches, the capacity – 40 000 people.
The semi-finals and finals will be played at the largest stadium in Qatar, Lusail Stadium, which will host 10 matches and accommodate up to 80,000 spectators.
In Al Khor:
With a capacity of 60 000, Al Bayt Stadium, which is arguably the most authentic venue, will host nine games (including the opening ceremony and the semifinal).
Seven games will be played at Al Janoub Stadium, which can accommodate 40.000 spectators.
In Al Rayyan:
With a seating capacity of 45,000, the Education City Stadium will host 8 games.
Seven games will be held at the 45 000-seat Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.
Eight games, including the third-place game, will be played at the 45 000-seat Khalifa International Stadium.
The following are the tournament dates:
- Group stages will take place from November 20 to December 2;
- Quarterfinals – December 9 – 10;
- Semifinals – December 13 – 14;
- Grand final – December 18.