In brief World Cup 2022: will the 20-year cycle work for Brazil?

Last Updated on November 24, 2022 by


The main event

The main event

Pelé, Rivelino, Jairzinho and Carlos Alberto, Brazil’s legendary 1970 squad, are still regarded as the best World Cup squad in history and despite being favorites again this time around, the 2022 iteration is unlikely to reach those glorious heights. will reach. But Brazil is certainly in for a big tournament, as it hasn’t lifted the trophy since 2002, when Ronaldo (the real one) shrugged off the trauma of the 1998 final by plundering eight goals and even finding time for a crazy haircut.

Watching 20-year cycles bodes well for Brazil. In 1962: winners, 1982: best team not to win, 2002: winners. But if his side leans on fate, current manager Tite will quickly drum that out of them as Qatar 2022 quickly develops into a World Cup full of shocks. Saudi Arabia and Japan have stunned Argentina and Germany respectively and Thursday’s opponents Serbia have the potential to tweak Brazil’s noses, even if the Seleção beat them at the same stage in 2018. Brazil hasn’t failed to top since 1978 their World Cup group. If that streak ends here, history may crumble before our very eyes.

That seems like a good time to revise Pelé’s quote that an African country would win the World Cup in 2000. That claim in 1977 gave the Brazilian legend six editions of the event to play with. He clearly needed more. Time is ticking on and no African team has even reached a semi-final. Three have reached the quarter-finals and two of them, Cameroon and Ghana, will take their bows to Qatar 2022 on Thursday. Despite the memories of Roger Milla’s corner flag dancing and the collective felling of a 1990 hurdler Claudio Caniggia, Cameroon has not won a match at the hurdle since 2002 World Cup. Thursday’s opponents, Switzerland, seem strong enough to further extend that unwanted streak.

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Ghana kicks off their campaign against a Portuguese side determined to prove that Cristiano Ronaldo’s ignominious departure from Manchester United can be placed in a separate box of club football. “We have not discussed the topic. We are all focused on the national team and the World Cup,” said his now former Old Trafford team-mate Bruno Fernandes. While the perfect end for Lionel Messi is now threatened after Argentina’s opening defeat, we may have all forgotten that a giant final hurray (and a mighty last laugh) before Ronaldo is not out of reach.

Japan’s victory over Germany will have boosted South Korea ahead of their game against Uruguay. The two Asian countries excelled as co-hosts in 2002, but the Koreans generally have a ceiling in the World Cup and unfortunately for them, it’s the group stage. They have been knocked out after three games in eight of their other nine World Cup appearances – even the last time when Son Heung-min helped them to a 2-0 win against Germany. Son’s participation in Qatar looked threatened after he suffered a broken eye socket, but the Spurs frontman has been cleared to play. Against Uruguay he will wear a protective mask; not a bad thing maybe with Luis Suárez on the other side. DT

Talking points

Talking points

A compact World Cup can help players There’s not much to be said for hosting a World Cup in Qatar – you know why. There’s also not much to be said for holding one in the middle of almost every competing country’s season – players who have worked their entire lives to get to the league and then earned the right to play in it miss out injured, while those who win and those who lose in the final won’t have time to process the best and worst night of their lives before trudging home, most likely into the depths of a European winter. But perhaps there’s one aspect that works: even the poor games we’ve seen so far have been played at pace and with intensity, presumably because the teams can rest without having to spend time traveling, just as they are. not exhausted at the end of a long 10 month slog. DH

Smaller lights benefit from courage. However, that intensity was evident in the absence of both Argentina’s and Germany’s players once they took the lead against Saudi Arabia and Japan, and both were deservedly beaten. It may still be possible for the better teams to get through some games, but it’s a dangerous business, and the shocks have also brought a lesson to the so-called lesser lights: be brave and be aggressive. Saudi Arabia already knew this, playing with a high line and flying challenges, but Japan had to learn on the spot, forced to change course after falling behind – to devastating effect. Teams like South Korea, Ecuador and Serbia would do well to pay attention. DH

Beyond the football

Beyond the football

Ecuador fans endeared themselves to supporters around the world by chanting “We want beer” during their opening game against Qatar. But sadly, there was a depressingly familiar tone to one of their other tunes, which is why they’ve been accused of homophobic singing by FIFA. It is, of course, FIFA that allowed the World Cup to be held in a country where it is illegal to be gay, and then invoked the rules of the game to stop players from protesting the World Cup and the host country’s appalling behaviour, but unfortunately it so. unmoved by his own hypocrisy. DH

Global media-watch

Global media-watch

Under a headline “Debacle starts for Germany!” Bild set the tone after the defeat to Japan left them staring at a second consecutive early World Cup exit. “This is just unreal,” the tabloid newspaper thundered. “The national team fooled itself at the start of the World Cup with a 2-1 defeat to outsiders Japan… The debacle is reminiscent of the bitter tournament in Russia in 2018, where Germany lost 1-0 to Mexico and was turned off. out of the group stage for the first time.”

The result leaves Germany facing a tough Group E match against Spain, described by Bild as “already a final”. The added caveat is that it comes against a team that has beaten Germany just once in the past seven encounters (two draws, four wins from Spain). Meanwhile, the Bavarian Football Works website saw the result as appalling, but no shock given the warning signs going into the tournament. “The defense was just awful and a ticking time bomb,” was the verdict, while manager Hansi Flick was derided for his “mind-boggling” substitutions as play slipped in the second half. AR

The internet reacts

The internet reacts

The Japanese supporters were at it again: no goading German fans or throwing cups of delicious Bud Zero into the air as a victory. No, they were meticulously tidying themselves up at the Khalifa International Stadium after their side’s remarkable win:

Japanese fans really are the best.🇯🇵

They beat Germany in a famous win, but before they celebrated, they hung out at the Khalifa International Stadium to help clean up.👏

This is nothing new. Japanese fans are known to give their vocal support for 90 minutes (or about 105 minutes at this World Cup), then hand out plastic bags and calmly clean up all their rubbish before leaving the stadium. It happened in Russia 2018, after winning their opening game against Colombia and after a heartbreaking 3-2 exit by Belgium. It is a custom that comes from Japanese culture, where it is very important to tidy up your things and not leave a mess. Of course, there’s another theory as to why Samurai Blue supporters are doing it.

Japan will beat you and clean up the whole place, leaving the crime scene with no evidence

Today’s matches

Switzerland v Cameroon (Group G, 10am GMT, ITV1) An optimistic Samuel Eto’o has predicted that Cameroon can win this World Cup, but to get out of a diabolically competitive Group G must come first. The indomitable lions have a toothy attack – Bryan Mbeumo, Karl Toko Ekambi and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting – but the results this year have been patchy. Switzerland lost their bad reputation at Euro 2020, knocking out France and taking Spain into extra time before losing 5-3. Granit Xhaka is in the shape of his life for a team that beat Italy in qualifying. With Brazil on the way, both teams desperately need an early three points. AR

Uruguay v South Korea (Group H, 1pm GMT, BBC One) Son Heung-min able to play despite his broken eye socket is the news every South Korean fan has been longing for. The Tottenham Hotspur striker is vital to his side’s chances of exploiting gaps in the defense of a side no longer led by Oscar Tabárez. New manager Diego Alonso has built his squad around Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde, behind a strike led by Luis Suárez and Darwin Núñez in a combination of great Liverpool forwards past and (possibly) future. The key to stopping them is Napoli’s defensive “monster” Kim Min-jae in form. AR

Portugal v Ghana (Group H, 4pm GMT, ITV1) Cristiano Ronaldo made headlines before kicking a ball in Qatar and in theory it should be a piece of cake for Portugal against the lowest seeded team in the tournament: Ghana at number 61 while there is plenty of attacking talent in this Portuguese squad – Rafael Leão, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes – can it thrive if built around a 37-year-old who is still sculpted like a Greek statue – but now moves as much as one too? For underdogs Ghana, keep an eye out for 22-year-old Ajax ace Mohammed Kudus, who may be up for a run on 39-year-old Pepe. AR

Brazil v Serbia (Group G, 7pm GMT, BBC One) Tite’s ominously well-balanced Brazil no longer relies solely on Neymar, but has forward options from Vinícius Júnior to Gabriel Jesus, Raphinha to Antony. However, Serbia has its own offensive threats in the burly form of two forwards in form: Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic. Not many sides agree with Brazil, but Dragan Stojkovic is firm in Serbia’s attacking principles, insisting: “How we win is important.” In an open game, Casemiro’s experience in midfield could be crucial, but keep an eye out for Thiago Silva – still a great defender in a three, but perhaps less comfortable in the back four Brazil is likely to play. AR

Player to watch

The radiant light of Son Heung-min South Korea, now 30, is unlikely to get closer to its peak at this level again and will attract every lens in the Education City Stadium. He’ll be playing in a big face mask as he plows on, still recovering from a broken eye socket suffered just 23 days ago. Diego Godin. “We’ll see how it will be,” said his manager, Paulo Bento. “Our hope is that he will be as comfortable as possible.” SG

And finally …

If the action sucks, treating the coverage as a live stream can still be a big day. Where’s Wally? of things in tattoos. How many birds, flowers, crucifixes and sets of Olympic rings can you count today?

What time does the clock on Darwin Nüñez’s left arm say? And can you see text that takes up more meat space than Manuel Akanji’s eye-popping “Prove them wrong”? SG

What will FIFA 2024 be called?

What will happen after FIFA 23? No, this won’t be the last FIFA title ever, but it will be the last title ever under the EA name. Instead, FIFA will produce its own football simulator games. FIFA is launching new football video games developed with third-party studios and publishers, giving football and gaming fans more choice.

What is the next FIFA called?

1993FIFA International Football

Will there be a FIFA 23?

A new season is almost here. FIFA 23 will be released worldwide on September 30, 2022 on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC and Stadia.

What will happen after FIFA 23?

The new name of the FIFA video game: EA Sports FC After that release, all future games will no longer use the FIFA name or branding, nor will the World Cup be part of the official FIFA event. Instead, the game will be renamed EA Sports FC.

Is FIFA 23 going to be called FIFA?

Now they look forward to a new era of football games, with “EA Sports FC” as a new brand name in the future, but we will receive FIFA 23 as the last game in the FIFA franchise.

Why is FIFA 23 the last game?

The latest installment of FIFA 23 will be the last under the partnership between the two entities. After this release, all future games will no longer use the FIFA name or branding, nor will the World Cup be included as an official FIFA event. Instead, the game will be renamed EA Sports FC.

What will the next FIFA be called?

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Will there be another FIFA after FIFA 23?

FIFA 23 will be the final installment in the EA Sports FIFA franchise, but it certainly won’t mean the end of the video game. In May, EA Sports and FIFA announced that their 20+ year partnership will end in the summer of 2023.

What will come after FIFA 23?

The new name of the FIFA video game: EA Sports FC After that release, all future games will no longer use the FIFA name or branding, nor will the World Cup be part of the official FIFA event. Instead, the game will be renamed EA Sports FC.

Is FIFA 2023 the last FIFA?

Note that FIFA 23 is the last entry in EA’s series of that name. The 2023 game will be called EA Sports FC because EA and FIFA are separating. 2022 is a huge year for football, with the men’s and women’s World Cups taking place next year, so FIFA 23 is sure to get that much bigger.

How many countries are qualified for world?

ArgentinaSouth America
EcuadorSouth America
UruguaySouth America

What is the heaviest group at the 2022 World Cup? Of the eight different 2022 World Cup groups, the one featuring England, the United States, Wales and Iran – Group B – is mathematically the most difficult and therefore the most challenging to predict.

Why Italy is not in World Cup?

Italy will not be present at the 2022 World Cup that starts on Sunday, because Roberto Mancini’s team failed to qualify for the tournament that will take place in Qatar. The Italian failed a few months after winning the European Championship 2020 at Wembley against England.

Is Italy out of the World Cup? Italy failed to make it to the FIFA World Cup for the second time in a row after a shock loss to North Macedonia in the play-off semi-finals. The three-time World Cup winner, who – until 2014 – had last missed the tournament in 1958, saw his nightmare come true by missing two consecutive World Cups.

Why did Italy didn’t qualify for World Cup?

However, Italy is not the only popular team to miss out on a spot. These are the eight teams that will not compete in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The country missed out on a spot after losing 92 minutes to North Macedonia in their playoff semi-finals in March.

Can Italy still qualify for Qatar 2022?

Italy’s failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup came just nine months after they won Euro 2020 and beat England in a penalty shootout at Wembley in the summer of 2021. Remarkably, Azzurri also failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after a loss from 1-0 to Sweden in the play-offs.

Why Italy is out of the World Cup?

Italy failed to make it to the FIFA World Cup for the second time in a row after a shock loss to North Macedonia in the play-off semi-finals.

How many African countries qualify for World Cup?

Africa has produced a significant number of world-class footballers. Five teams from the continent qualified for this year’s World Cup in Qatar. But it has been 12 years since the World Cup in South Africa, the first football World Cup on African soil.

How many African teams have qualified for 2022? For the first time in the tournament’s history, all five African teams will be led by African coaches. Qatar 2022 marks the first time in World Cup history that African coaches have led all five African countries in the competition.

Has Nigeria qualified for 2022 World Cup?

MFM Sports Club President Godwin Enakhena said the failure of Super Eagles to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar is one of the biggest setbacks Nigeria has faced as a nation across the board in recent times. Enakhena said the media has been hit hardest by Nigeria’s failure to qualify for Qatar 2022.

Who are all the teams that qualified for World Cup 2022?

Complete list of 2022 World Cup teams

  • Qatar.
  • Germany.
  • Denmark.
  • France.
  • Belgium.
  • Croatia.
  • Spain.
  • Serbia.

Which Africa country qualified for World Cup 2022?

Cameroon, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia and Ghana will represent Africa at the World Cup in Qatar. All five have previously appeared at football’s biggest event. Cameroon, Morocco and Senegal reached the last eight of the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

How many African teams make the World Cup?

Five African teams have qualified for the World Cup.

How will African countries qualify for Qatar 2022?

The teams play in a round-robin format with 2 legs before selecting the top 10 places in the group. After that, these 10 teams will be divided into pairs to play in the knockout phase, the 5 winning countries will win a place to play in the final round of the 2022 World Cup.

How many African countries are in the World Cup 2022?

Five African teams have qualified for the World Cup.

How many European countries are in the 2022 World Cup?

There are 13 European countries participating in the 32-team tournament that kicks off on Sunday, with only 40 percent of the teams taking part in the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East.

Which teams will qualify for 2022 World Cup from Europe?

Meanwhile in Europe, Denmark, France, Belgium, Croatia, England, Spain, Serbia, Switzerland and Wales are the teams that will join Germany at the World Cup after topping their respective groups in the first qualifying round.

Is Portugal going to the 2022 World Cup?

Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal will take part in the World Cup against Ghana today. How healthy it is to have a 37-year-old in charge is, of course, the subject of much debate, but few doubt that Ronaldo is the talking point heading into Qatar 2022.

Which team will Ronaldo be in at the 2022 World Cup? Ronaldo, who now plays for Portugal at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, said in a statement on Tuesday that he loves the club and its fans.

Is Portugal going to 2022 World Cup?

The last remaining groups to play finally begin their World Cup campaigns on Thanksgiving, as Brazil and Portugal make their first World Cup appearances of 2022.

Is Ronaldo going to World Cup 2022?

Cristiano Ronaldo has completed his first training session in Qatar with Portugal in preparation for their opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo has completed his first training session in Qatar with Portugal in preparation for their opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Which team will Ronaldo be in 2022?

According to The Guardian, the 37-year-old has been instructed not to return to the club’s training facilities after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where he will represent Portugal. As Ronaldo wants to leave and United want to get rid of him, the question is how his departure will play out.

Will Messi and Ronaldo play 2022 World Cup?

Both players will be featured in their fifth World Cup after first appearing on international football’s biggest stage in 2006.

Is Portugal going to play in Qatar?

The Portugal national football team, led by one of the greatest forwards of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo, is entering the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar, looking to go the distance for the first time.