The world’s biggest football event FIFA World Cup is starting on Sunday in Qatar in which teams from 32 countries will compete for the trophy. Will the winner of this event for the fifth time in a row belong to Europe or will the five-time winner Brazil be able to end the monopoly of Europe? It will be decided on December 18 when the final of the event will be played.
On the one hand, the French team will defend their title in the event, on the other hand, they will have to play cautiously because the last time they participated in the World Cup played in an Asian country as the defending champions, they The journey was over in the first round.
This World Cup will be very important for Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina’s Lionel Messi, and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez. Earlier, they played in four World Cups and did not lift the trophy once, this fifth occasion will be the last of their career.
The special thing about Qatar World Cup is that it is held in winter. Earlier this fair was held between May, June or July. But to avoid the extreme heat in Qatar, it is being held in winter.
The highlight of this World Cup is that it will be the last edition in which the number of teams will be 32 as the number of teams has been increased to 48 in the subsequent event.
Brazil lead with five titles, and Germany has a golden opportunity to equal the record.
The football World Cup has a long history, the first World Cup was played in 1930 with 13 teams participating, two more editions followed by a break due to World War II which led to 1942 and 1946. It could not be held. But since then it has been successfully held every four years.
Brazil has won most of the 21 World Cup events played so far, winning five times. In 2002, the mega event was held in Japan and South Korea, and even then Brazil won.
The teams of Italy and Germany (former West Germany) have won the World Cup four times. Germany has a good chance to equal Brazil’s record as Italy’s team failed to qualify for the main round this time.
Uruguay, Argentina, and France are among the two World Champions, while England and Spain have won it once. The top unlucky team is the Netherlands, who made it to the final three times and were runners-up all three times.
Former Czechoslovakia and Hungary failed to reach the finals twice. Teams from Sweden and Croatia also managed to play in the finals once.
The two favorite teams of the event Spain and Germany in the same group
32 teams are participating in the mega event which started on Sunday and they have been placed in eight groups. Group A includes hosts Qatar along with Ecuador, Senegal, and the three finalists Netherlands.
Group B features arch-rivals Iran and the United States along with former champions England and Wales, who made it to the World Cup after 64 years.
In Group C, two-time champions Argentina will face sixth-time World Cup qualifiers Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland, while defending champions France have been drawn in Group D alongside Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia.
In Group E, the two favorites for the event will be Spain and Germany, along with Costa Rica and Japan, while in Group F, strong Belgium will face Morocco, Croatia, and Canada, who are playing in the World Cup after 36 years.
Five-time champions Brazil will be joined by Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon in Group G, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal is drawn in Group H alongside former two-time champions Uruguay, Ghana, and South Korea.
Two teams from each group will qualify for the pre-quarterfinals, from which eight of the 16 teams will play in the quarter-finals, the top 16 in the semifinals of the event, and the winners of the two semifinals in the final, followed by the champions this time. will be decided.
If we talk about the world ranking of the 32 teams involved in the event, Brazil is at the top, while Belgium is second and Argentina is third. Defending champions France is fourth, England fifth, and Spain seventh.
The Netherlands and Portugal are ranked eighth and ninth, while the Danish team is in the tenth position. Surprisingly, four-time winners Germany are not part of the top ten and is in 11th place.
Qatar built a temporary stadium containing 974 containers for the event
Just as Qatar renovated its stadiums and made them fully air-conditioned. After seeing this, this mega event is being declared the most expensive event to date.
The 64 matches of the World Cup will be hosted by eight stadiums in Qatar, in the iconic Lusail Stadium in Lusail stands out due to its capacity of 80,000 spectators. Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor has a capacity of 60 thousand of people sitting at the same time. In other stadiums between 40 and, 50 thousand spectators will be able to watch the match.
These stadiums include three stadiums in Al Rayyan, Khalifa International Stadium, Ahmad Ali Stadium, and Education City Stadium. Al-Janoob Stadium in Al Wakrah has also recently hosted Arab Cup matches, while Al Thummama Stadium in Doha is known for its unique design. It will be the center of everyone’s attention.
But the most unique stadium among all these stadiums is located in Doha which is named Stadium 974 because it was built with the help of 974 recycled shipping containers, especially for the mega event.
The stadium will have a seating capacity of 40,000 people, but it will be dismantled after the World Cup. Donations will be made as an aid to the winning countries.
Not only this but for the first time in this World Cup, a ball is being used that has a tracker installed that will keep track of the ball’s movement. With the help of this technology, not only will the referees help in making the correct offside decision, but it will also save their time in other decisions.