World Cup 2022 Draw: The Eight Groups In Qatar

After the World Cup draw, the 8 groups have now mostly been confirmed. As usual, there’s a lot of debate about which teams will qualify to the next round, which can realistically hope to win the World Cup and who the surprise package of the tournament will be.

Read on for our thoughts on the World Cup draw below!

Group A (Qatar, Senegal, Netherlands, Ecuador)
Qatar will have the advantage of home support, but no one really expects them to make it out of the group stage.

The Netherlands do not have the star-studded squad of previous years but they have a strong defence, experienced midfielders and will base their attacks around Memphis Depay’s versatility.

Senegal have a golden opportunity here to top their group and should be able to qualify from this group easily. Their spine is made up of experienced, world-class players, Mendy, Koulibaly, and Mane.

Ecuador will face Qatar in the opening match of the World Cup and if they can win that game, they’ll know a draw against either Netherlands or Senegal should give them a strong chance to qualify.

Group B (England, Iran, USA, Wales/ Scotland / Ukraine)
England will be favourites to qualify for this group, they’re expected to make a deep run in this World Cup and could even win the whole thing.

The last member of group B has not qualified yet, but one of Wales/Scotland and Ukraine should vie with USA and Iran for 2nd spot in group B.

Group C (Argentina, Mexico, Poland, Saudi Arabia)
Argentina has had more talented teams in the past but this is one of their most balanced teams yet. Head Coach, Lionel Scaloni has a close relationship with captain, Lionel Messi. Both will hope they can lead Argentina to a first World Cup in 36 years.

Mexico and Poland are the other contenders in the group. As usual, El Tri will fear no one. At the last World Cup, they defeated Germany in the group stage and advanced to the next round. Argentina and Poland will be wise to be wary of the Mexican National Team. On their day, they can cause any team problems.

Poland has been inconsistent in International tournaments lately. They will hope to remedy that and advance to the knockout round after finishing last in their group at the last World Cup. With current FIFA Men’s best player, Robert Lewandowski, leading the line for them, they’ll always have a chance against any team.

Group D (France, Denmark, Tunisia, Peru/Australia / UAE)
The feel-good story of the tournament will be seeing Christian Eriksen play in Qatar. After suffering a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020, he recently made his return to the Danish National Team and will feature at the World Cup, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Tunisia merit their place in Qatar, but in this group, they’re out of their depth. Anything apart from an early exit for the North African side would surprise us greatly.

France needs no introduction. They have the most talented national team on the planet and after winning the 2018 World Cup, will be in Qatar to retain their trophy. Anything other from a place in the final will be seen as failure, especially after their early exit from Euro 2020.

Group E (Spain, Germany, Japan, Costa Rica/ New Zealand)
Group E is easily the most intriguing. Boasting two former World Cup winners as well as the highest-ranked Asian country, the stage is set for possibly the most interesting group in Qatar.

After flattering to deceive at the last two World Cups, Spain will be eager to remind the world how good they can be at their best. Under Luis Enrique, they’re playing some of the best football in the World again and can call upon some of the most exciting young talent in World Football to complement their more experienced stars.

How they crashed out ignominiously in the group stage will still be fresh in the mind of the German fans and players. Hansi Flick is a marvelous tactician leading a talented and experienced team. We expect them to do much better at this tournament than they did at the last one.

Japan was unlucky to lose to Belgium in the round of 16 at Russia 2018 after leading the Belgians 2-0 with 20 minutes left to play. Spain and Germany would be wise to be wary of Japan. Their lightning-quick attacks can cause a problem for any team.

Group F (Belgium, Morocco, Croatia, Canada)
Belgium are not obvious favourites to win this one anymore. Several of their best players at the World Cup have either retired (Vincent Kompany), declined badly (Eden Hazard) or have experienced a bad run of form in the past year (Romelu Lukaku).

Canada are the feel-good story of the tournament after qualifying for the World Cup by topping their qualifying group. Bayern Munich wing back Alphonso Davies should be back in time for the World Cup finals, boosting their chances to make it out of Group F.

Croatia is still a good team, but their chances of making it to another World Cup final are slim. There’s still a good team there, but several of their key players have passed their physical prime.

Matches featuring Morocco will be entertaining, as usual. Opposing teams will be wise to watch out for Achraf Hakimi’s marauding runs from wingback and Sofiane Boufal’s trickery on the opposite wing.

Group G (Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon)
Group G is filled with familiar foes – Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland were in the same group at the 2018 World Cup.

Brazil, the number 1 team in World football, has a deep squad and will hope that this is the year they once again lift the World Cup. This is a complete team as well and if they meet France at any stage of the tournament, it should be a clash for the ages.

Serbia have Dušan Vlahović, the best striker in Italy, leading the line for them and several talented players behind him. Could this be their year to advance to the latter stages of the World Cup?

Cameroon will be confident that they can hold their own against the other countries in Group G not named Brazil.

Switzerland as always, will be quietly efficient. Led by their captain, Granit Xhaka, they will look to remain compact and pick their moments to break forward in support of striker, Breel Embolo.

Group H (Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea)
After taking the hard route to World Cup qualification, Portugal will be confident that they can win Group H and advance to the next round ASAP.

Uruguay is reaching the end of a cycle. Key men, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Godin have a combined age of 106. They will need all of their considerable experience to advance to the latter stages of this competition.

Ghana will be optimistic about making it out of Group H. Portugal and Uruguay are hugely talented teams with obvious flaws. If the West African country can target those flaws, their countrymen back home will be celebrating over bowls of Jollof Rice.

Any team that has Heung-min Son is one that will always have a chance. The Tottenham winger and Wolverhampton Wanderers forward, Hee-Chan Hwang will lead the South Korean attack. Expect quick transitions and wing-heavy play from the Asian giants.

Surprise Package Of The Tournament:
At the last World Cup, Kylian Mbappe introduced himself to the world by inspiring France to win the trophy.

No stranger to the limelight after his starring performances in the UCL, he took it a step further and showcased his stunning talent on the biggest stage of all.

This year, the youngster who can go up a similar level with his country is Spain’s Pedri. Still just 19, the Barcelona youngster plays with a confidence that belies his age and will be a crucial part of a reinvigorated Spain side.

If Spain are to lift the World Cup trophy, they will need Pedri to be at his irrepressible best. Who can bet against him doing exactly that?

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Author: Clayton Kuhn