2022 World Cup Build Up
The 2022 World Cup will be hosted by Qatar and will be held in November through December. This is the first time the tournament will be held by an Arab country, and also the first time it will not be held during summer time. Due to the summer weather conditions, the Committee decided to delay the World Cup and hold it during winter so that the teams do not need to play in the extreme summer heat.
The decision was one of controversy, as it is during the regular season of the domestic leagues, and has forced the leagues into rescheduling around the tournament dates. This may pose a challenge for European teams with regular first team footballers who play in the top European leagues. These players will definitely be called on to help their teams in the domestic leagues as well as in the Champions League or Europa League, where the last group stage games are played just under three weeks before the World Cup begins.
This tournament will also be the last time when the World Cup is open to 32 teams, from the next edition there will be 48 finalists in the competition. Qatar, the hosting nation, faced controversy as the country raced to finish the stadiums they required for the tournament. The stadiums were all finished and they were built with state of the art modern construction technology, but there was news about how the workers had to construct the stadiums under dangerous conditions.
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Currently, Brazil has the shortest odds in the outright market, meaning that they are the favourites to win at the time of writing. The team contains numerous stars who play in highly competitive leagues, and has a large range in age.
The current English team is highly touted to win a World Cup or European Championship, boasting some of the best players in the world. The problem English sides have always come under scrutiny for is that the players, who play every week in different domestic clubs, could never manage to put a strategy together to work with their weekly rivals. Under manager Gareth Southgate, and an introduction of fresh young players, the English team have started to show that they can live up to expectations and there is the possibility of football coming home.
The defending champions of the World Cup have the third shortest odds currently, though they are not far behind Brazil or England. France had an extremely convincing campaign in the last World Cup, beating Argentina and Belgium. They faced Croatia in the finals and beat them 4-2 to lift their second World Cup trophy. It could not have been more special for manager Didier Deschamps, who had won the World Cup with his country 20 years before, in 1998, as the captain of France.
Spain are currently tied with Argentina for the fourth shortest odds. The 2010 World Cup winners have not had memorable campaigns since, as they crashed out in the group stage in 2014 and only made it to the last 16 in 2018. The team was unlucky in 2018 not to win the knockout round against Russia, as the match was decided on penalties, but the Spanish team that looks set to play in 2022 has a huge injection of young players.
Argentina’s best performance in recent editions of the World Cup came in 2014, when they were narrowly beaten by Germany in the finals. The team had beaten some top teams such as Belgium and the Netherlands to reach the final match, but in the end they lost in a late extra time goal scored by a German substitute. In the 2018 World Cup, they were knocked out in the round of 16 by eventual winners France, but they put up a fight, with the match ending 4-3.
Though these are the current favourites to win, there are still many more teams that are also considered title contenders such as Portugal, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and so on. When betting, you must keep in mind that anything can happen in the World Cup, and therefore you should never bet with money that you cannot afford to lose. There are organisations such as gambleaware.co.uk that provide useful information on how to set a budget, and how to control your gambling so that it always remains safe and fun.