2022 World Cup briefing: squads taking shape as kick-off in Qatar nears

Last Updated on November 12, 2022 by

The main event

The main event

We start with news from Brazil, where the five-time champions were among the first nations to confirm their final squad of 26 players for Qatar. The big surprise was the inclusion of Dani Alves, who will be 40 years old next spring and, if he plays, will become the third oldest outfield player in a World Cup (Argentina Only Ángel Labruna and Roger Milla of Cameroon were bigger). It was expected that the clever defender would end his career at the Universidad Nacional in Mexico but his inclusion on the flight to Doha suggests that he will bring it up again. Well, if it’s good.

Alves suffered a knee injury on October 1 and has not played since. Not that this affects the head coach, Tite, who this week waxed lyrical about the veteran’s skills and attitude. “He adds technical and tactical aspects that are impressive, to be an organizer, an articulator,” he said. “For sure he is no longer a 60 to 70 meter player, but he has other virtues… mental and physical aspects as well.” Maybe a role as a vibes man awaits. There were few other surprises in the Neymar-led squad apart from the omission of Roberto Firmino, who could be forgiven for feeling a little underwhelmed after scoring eight times for Liverpool this season while still working his socks off altruistic.

On to a few talismans now. There was concern in the Senegal camp about the health of Sadio Mané, the hero who carried his nation past Egypt in a playoff for Qatar, but he was named in their squad. The striker limped off during Bayern Munich’s 6-1 win over Werder Bremen, with the club initially downplaying the severity of his right fibula injury, before L’Équipe weighed in to suggest that he could be facing a long layoff that drives him. apart from the opening of Group A against the Netherlands. However, the fears of surgery have now been allayed. “I prefer to keep him in the squad because he is such an important part of us,” said Senegal’s coach, Aliou Cissé.

Qatar: beyond the football

This is a World Cup like no other. For the last 12 years the Guardian has been reporting on the issues surrounding Qatar 2022, from corruption and human rights abuses to the treatment of migrant workers and discriminatory laws. The best of our journalism is collected on our main page Qatar: Beyond the Football for those who want to delve deeper into matters beyond the pitch.

There is also optimism for South Korea, who feared Son Heung-min would have to watch their matches from his sofa after breaking his eye for Tottenham in Marseille. But after a successful operation the striker confirmed that he should go to the ball – although it is clear that there is still some healing to be done. “I won’t miss this for the world. I can’t wait to represent our beautiful country,” he wrote on Instagram. “When I think of the masks that you have been patiently wearing for more than two years, my mask that I will wear in the World Cup matches is nothing. If there’s only a 1% chance, I’ll look at that possibility.”

Perennial dark horses Switzerland will have one of the most experienced squads after Murat Yakin called up Granit Xhaka, who appeared in his third tournament, along with centre-back Fabian Schär and Xherdan Shaqiri, who is awaiting his fourth. ‘ His World Cup. Manchester City’s Manuel Akanji is also included as well as Monaco’s Breel Embolo, who will lead the front line, and 20-year-old uncapped Young Boys midfielder Fabian Rieder. So pleased with the deep Swiss pool to choose from, Yakin said: “We were spoiled for choice.” That’s a confident look. Another old campaigner, Luka Modric, will captain Croatia in his fourth final in a squad that hasn’t changed much over the years, with Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic and Dejan Lovren all included for another dose of national service.

Not many would have given Australia a fighting chance of reaching the final rounds after Graham Arnold took stock of injuries and finally named an eclectic mix of players he called the “boxing kangaroos”. Seventeen of the 26 will be playing in their first World Cup and the inclusion of Garang Kuol is reminiscent of Theo Walcott with England in 2006. Kuol, who will join Newcastle United in the Premier League in January, is yet to start a senior league match but is still being regarded as an “impact player” in Group D. If the youngster The 18-year-old lives up to his punchy billing, perhaps the Socceroos will have the chance to eye one of France, Denmark or Tunisia. The gloves are off. GB

Talking points

Talking points

Maddison makes the cut for England An England squad announcement needs a wildcard to be worth its salt. This year’s role model is James Maddison, who also happens to have been one of the Premier League’s best players this season, even amid Leicester’s early struggles. He looks set for the same status that Jack Grealish enjoyed at Euro 2020, when Gareth Southgate faced repeated calls from fans and media for blood for someone different and exciting. Maddison and Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher, named ahead of Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho and James Ward-Prowse, were the surprise choices in a squad full of attacking players, including Newcastle’s Callum Wilson as back-up striker for Harry Kane. That rather flew in the face of those who personify Southgate as a negative manager. For Maddison to play a role he has considerable talent in front of him, not least from Jude Bellingham, 19 years old and looking like a guaranteed starter. JB

Page puts faith in Bale and Allen, right or wrong Rob Page admitted two of his key players have questions hanging over their fitness as he announced his Wales squad. The nation’s superstar captain Gareth Bale has yet to complete 90 minutes of his move to Major League Soccer in June, although he did come off the bench to score the equalizer in extra time to help LAFC win their first MLS title earlier this month. “Did he play as many minutes as we would like? Probably not,” Page said. “He has shown time and time again when he wears the Welsh shirt, regardless of how many minutes he has played at domestic level, he has always produced.” Swansea’s Joe Allen is the other player Page was happy to take a risk on when it comes to his fitness. Page sees the 32-year-old Swansea midfielder as the key to making his philosophy work on the pitch. “If he’s good, he’s playing. He’s huge for how I play and the success we’ve had… he knows the game inside out and that’s invaluable.” GB

Benzema will be France’s talisman At 34, Karim Benzema last month became the oldest winner of the Ball for the first time since Stanley Matthews in 1956. He waited 12 years to play in his second World Cup, the last being the 2010 tournament. lit up by Les Bleus who have the mère of all rows, as the players staged a revolution against horoscope-loving coach Raymond Domenech before crashing out in the group stage. Benzema only returned to the national team in time for Euro 2020, after being exiled in a blackmail case involving his teammate Mathieu Valbuena where the Real Madrid striker was found guilty by a court. In a France squad stripped of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté, the engine of their triumph in 2018, Benzema has late become the standard bearer of his country with Kylian Mbappé, although his own fitness is in doubt . Benzema last started a club game on October 19, after struggling with muscle problems. JB

Beyond the football

Beyond the football

It was a big week for Sepp Blatter as the former Fifa President admitted that the first time the World Cup in the hands of Qatar was a “mistake” and a “bad choice”. The 86-year-old man told the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger that the decision was the result of secret political pressure, a statement he made before. “It’s too small a country,” he said. “Football and the World Cup are too big for that.” Khalid Salman, a former Qatar international footballer and Qatar World Cup ambassador, sparked outrage when he described homosexuality as “brain damage”. Rasha Younes of the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch said that Salman’s comments were “harmful and unacceptable”. Meanwhile, England’s biggest LGBTQ+ supporters group, Three Lions Pride, criticized David Beckham for becoming a paid ambassador for Qatar 2022, calling the former midfielder’s decision “extremely disappointing”. And human rights group Equidem released a report calling for compensation for migrant workers, who it says face discrimination based on nationality, illegal recruitment practices and, in some cases, unpaid wages. GB

Early own goal

Early own goal

Associating this World Cup with human rights concerns does not make much of a sale for potential advertisers. But it was seen as an opportunity for BrewDog, the publicity-conscious brewery, when they launched an “anti-advertising campaign”. When they announced that all profits from the sale of their Lost Lager brand would be directed to causes “fighting human rights abuses”, they declared: “This is not a World Cup. It’s a World F* Cup. The football was dragged through the mud before a single ball was kicked.” It wasn’t long before pictures of BrewDog products for sale in Qatar were circulating. The World Cup games will also be shown in their stores. “We don’t sell directly to Qatar, but we have a relationship with ‘distributor who sells in various Middle Eastern markets,” doubled down on a response. “Apple sells iPhones in Qatar – that doesn’t mean it condones human rights abuses.” Marketing Week reported that Unite Hospitality called this “another disingenuous advertising campaign designed to distract customers from the fact BrewDog is one of the worst employers in the beer industry when it comes to doing the right thing for its workers”.JB

Experts’ Network

Experts’ Network

As part of a unique collaboration between some of the world’s best media outlets, a series of team guides are bringing local flavor and expertise to our coverage of this World Cup. You can find them all here, but here’s a taste of Tomasz Wlodarczyk’s Poland preview:

There is usually a lot of discussion about learning from past failures but this time the general consensus among the public seems to be: “Facts, not words.” As always he relies heavily on Robert Lewandowski, a striker who can score against any defence, and this time he is surrounded by in-form players: Sebastian Szymanski is flourishing at Feyenoord while Piotr Zielinski is having a great season as part of Napoli’s lethal machine. . Perhaps qualifying for the knockout phase is a wish that can finally come true.

And finally …

As the warm-ups before the first bow in the World Cup went, Facundo Tello made a global splash last Sunday, when he issued 10 [ten] red cards during the final of the Champions Argentina Trophy. Seven went the way of Boca Juniors players while three were drawn at Racing Club. A player from each team had already been given their marching orders after a full-time melee with the score 1-1. But the real drama came in extra time. After Carlos Alcaraz’s header in the 118th minute for Racing and a provocative celebration in front of the Boca fans, all hell broke loose. Tello saw his only course of action as reducing the game to 12 players, starting with Alcaraz and going from there. No stranger to multiple red cards back in Argentina, this will not be his first trip to Qatar, having officiated at the 2019 Arab Cup, a testing event for the big man. JB

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How does the World Cup 2022 qualifiers work?

After each team plays against each other home and away, the first four teams qualify for the World Cup. The fifth place team advances to an Intercontinental Playoff with a team from the AFC, or Asian Football Confederation. The winner of that match will then advance to the World Cup.


Who is left out of England squad?

AC Milan centre-back Fikayo Tomori has been left out of England’s World Cup squad.

Which players are in the England squad?

Is Kalvin Phillips in the England squad 2022?

England’s World Cup squad in full… Midfielders: Declan Rice (West Ham), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Kalvin Phillips (Man City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Mason Mount (Chelsea).

Who is in England’s World Cup squad?

Gareth Southgate has named his final 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale. Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ben White.

What is the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers?

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale. Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben White, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker. Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Conor Gallagher, James Maddison.

Has England squad been announced?

Gareth Southgate has named his 26-man England squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. The squad was revealed on Thursday afternoon ahead of the players arriving in camp on Monday morning after the this weekend’s home club fixtures.

What time is the England squad being announced?

When is England’s World Cup squad announced? Gareth Southgate is expected to name his final 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at around 2pm on Thursday. you can find more information here.

Which England players are playing in the World Cup 2022?

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Callum Wilson (Newcastle), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Phil Foden (Man City), Jack Grealish (Man City), James Maddison ( Leicester City).

Who didn t make the England squad 2022?

Ben White, Kyle Walker, and Marcus Rashford are expected to be called up when Southgate announces his final 26-man squad in just over an hour. Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham and James Maddison are the big names who will miss out. Ivan Toney, Jarrod Bowen, Joe Gomez, Marc Guehi and James Ward-Prowse to join them.

Who is left out of the England squad?

AC Milan centre-back Fikayo Tomori has been left out of England’s World Cup squad. Gareth Southgate will officially name his 26-man selection this afternoon (Thursday) but despite a series of defensive injury concerns in the build-up to Qatar, the former Chelsea player has not been included.

Who has been picked for England squad?

Dan Sansom’s 26-man England squad Midfielders: Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Jordan Henderson, Jude Bellingham, Harvey Elliott, Mason Mount, James Maddison. Forwards: Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Ivan Toney, Callum Wilson.

How many teams are going to Qatar 2022?

The 2022 World Cup, the first to be held in the Middle East, features 32 nations divided into eight groups of four teams and will be the last tournament to be played in the 32-team format.

How many countries is going to Qatar 2022? The 2022 men’s World Cup in Qatar will feature 32 teams before the field expands to 48 teams for the 2026 World Cup.

Will Qatar 2022 have 48 teams?

In addition, the tournament is scheduled to be the last with a field of 32 teams; the field is expected to increase to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

How many teams at Qatar 2022?

The 32 teams that have qualified for the 2022 World Cup will each bring 26 of their stars to Qatar. But who is he?

How many teams will qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup?

Full list of all 32 nations. The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is almost here. This year’s edition will be the first tournament hosted in the Middle East and the first to take place at the end of the calendar year, in November and December.

Is India qualified for FIFA World Cup?

A yearQualification Scenario
2006Second Round Qualification
2010First Round Qualification
2014Second Round Qualification
2018Second Round Qualification

Has India ever qualified for the FIFA World Cup? The history of India’s national football team dates back to the 1920s. They never played in the World Cup although they qualified in 1950. They had no entry in the tournament from 1950 onwards. India never won the final of the Asian Championship but reached the final in the 1964 AFC Asian Cup.

Has Indian team qualified for FIFA?

The Indian men’s team has qualified for the 2024 Asia Cup which will now be held in Qatar instead of China. Coach Igor Å timac, a member of the Croatian team that finished third at the 1998 World Cup in France, and captain Sunil Chhetri are aiming to put behind them a first-round exit in the UAE Asia Cup 2019.

Will Indian football team play FIFA 2022?

India’s teams will not be able to play and the country cannot host the upcoming Under-17 World Cup after the All India Football Federation was suspended. FIFA took the decision “due to undue influence from third parties.”

Is India qualified for FIFA 2023?

India qualify for the AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023 despite a 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in the qualifying final. Despite the defeat, the Indian football team qualified for next year’s main event as one of the top six runners-up teams across the groups.

Is India a part of World Cup 2022?

Defeated by 10 wickets in Adelaide in the semi-final, India crashed out of the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and Dravid admitted the result was a “disappointment” for the Rohit Sharma-led unit.

Which countries will play in World Cup 2022?

The 2022 World Cup will start with 32 teams in eight groups of four:

  • Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands.
  • Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales.
  • Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland.
  • Group D:…
  • Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan.
  • Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia.

Is India is out of T20 World Cup?

Buttler, Hales knock India out of T20 World Cup as England go for 10 wicket win, set for final against Pakistan.

Is India qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022?

Has India qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup? India failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar.

What is the FIFA rank of India?

The Indian national team is ranked 106th in the October 2022 edition of the FIFA Rankings released on Thursday. The Blue Tigers, who have qualified for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, last played two international friendlies in September on FIFA dates.

Why did FIFA suspend India?

Last week, FIFA said the All India Football Federation (AIFF) had been banned after âflagrant violations of FIFA statutesâ due to âinappropriate influence from third partiesâ.

Why was KP removed from England team?

Pietersen was dropped from the England squad for the 2012 Lord’s Test against the Proteas after it was revealed that he had sent text messages about Andrew Strauss and then-coach Andy Flower to rival team players during the -Headingley Test.