World Cup 2022 briefing: who stands out now all 32 teams have played?

The main event


At this point, all 32 Qatari teams have participated in the group stage. We are able to see who is on the 2022 World Cup.

Spain was the obvious winner, especially considering the speed with which they beat Costa Rica. This allowed them to rob their opponents of possession and threatened the goal every time they moved forward. After beating Italy in their semifinal, the 2010 winners were disappointed to be eliminated from the Euros. They also have Luis Enrique, an increasingly skilled coach, and Gavi, a promising 18-year-old Barcelona player, who could become the tournament’s breakout star. You can just get the ball from them.

France were exceptional in dismantling Australia 4-1 in Group D, the ageing-like-a-fine-wine Oliver Giroud knocking in a couple of goals, the absurdly gifted Kylian Mbappe ominously shifting up a gear or two as necessary. Didier Deschamps was their coach and even managed to win the Russia trophy four years ago. To use a familiar horse-tipping phrase, Les Bleus is definitely worth another look.

Quick Guide







Richarlison scored the best goal in the first round of matches in Brazil’s 2-0 defeat of Serbia. He swiveled on his silky first touch, and volleyed a beautiful volley into a corner. Tottenham’s forward, Neymar, scored the first goal. Brazil’s abundance of attacking talent and solidity make them a team to avoid in the knockouts.

England was able to defeat Iran in the 6-2 victory. Jude Bellingham’s box-to-box drive, all-round footballing intelligence and box-to-box drive are attracting comparisons to Bryan Robson. Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder has shown maturity that goes beyond his 19 years off the pitch. This England generation has a touch of precious metal in their hearts, with Mason Mount, Bukayo Saa, Declan Rice and Phil Foden jostling for a spot in the front six with Harry Kane. Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands beat Senegal, beating them with a few late goals. The Oranje would win if World Cups were based on only managerial experience.

The shock of Argentina’s opening defeatby Saudi Arabia is a great World Cup shock. Will Lionel Messi fulfill his destiny on the biggest stage? Robert Lewandowski , who missed a penalty during Poland’s opening match against Mexico, could also be asked the same question.

Spain has more difficult tests ahead of them, but the 7-0 win was a great way to prepare for Sunday’s big collision with Germany. Germany lost to , a dynamic Japan. Hansi Flick, co. arrived with high hopes. But they must have a result or they’ll be returning home very early. As some of the long stoppages have shown, football no longer lasts for 90 minutes. But will Germany win the final? It is possible that it will win, but it would be foolish to place a bet against it. LMc


Talking points


There is no lowering of interest
Fifa released figures that seem to refute any notion of people leaving the World Cup. Viewing figures for the opening match were up around the world compared to 2018, according to Fifa. The governing body stated that viewing figures for the 2018 opening fixture were up in Brazil, France, and the UK. The opening match between Ecuador and Qatar was won by . A peak audience of 3.8million viewers was recorded from an estimated population of less than 18 million. A slight caveat: Qatar’s opening match in Russia 2018 was on a Thursday during the European afternoon. Qatar’s kickoff took place on Sunday when most people were off work. PMc

Camping carry-on
The organising Qatari Supreme Committee (SC) promised full refunds to fans who arrived at their World Cup campsites and found them unfinished. According to ESPN, the SC claimed that the operator negligence was responsible for fans being denied reimbursements for their money. One night at a shipping container campsite costs around $200. The rest of their stay will be free. A spokesperson for the SC stated that “a section of these units, which are delivered to and managed by different private entities have not met the requirements that were advertised” PMc

Teams that are not recognized
Fifa has another embarrassing goal? Fifa has been accused of not following its own rules after colourblind supporters were subject to a “disaster kit clash” in which Switzerland and Cameroon wore their respective home kits for the Group G clash. Fifa regulations stipulate that teams should change their kit or combine items from different kits to make a clear distinction. This applies even if the match is already underway. One in twelve men and one out of 200 women are affected by colourblindness worldwide. Colour Blind Awareness recently found that 6% of elite male football players are colourblind. This means that there is an average of one player per squad. Kathryn Albany Ward, founder, stated, “You would think that even though Fifa cannot police their own regulations, the national teams would,”. “We would like to know why the Switzerland v Cameroon red/green combination was allowed, and why the other team didn’t change into an alternate kit at half-time according to the regulations. This is especially embarrassing because Fifa is located in Switzerland. BF


Voria Ghafouri was arrested yesterday by Iranian security force. He was accused of spreading propaganda against Iran and trying to undermine the World Cup team. Ghafouri has spoken out in defense of Iranian Kurds and urged the government to stop the killing of Kurdish citizens. Ghafouri was previously detained for criticizing the former Iranian foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

After failing to sing the national song before England’s defeat, the Iranian team has been in controversy. Ghafouri’s arrest will likely be seen as a warning to other players to not repeat their protests. PW


Global media-watch


After Germany’s shocking defeat by Japan, the finger of blame continues its manic jibe in all directions. Bastian Schweinsteiger, a pundit at ARD, lamented “big mistakes again on defence” and singled Niklas Sule out and Leon Goretzka as the reason for Ritsu Doan scoring. wrote Kicker that there was immense pressure on the German team ahead of Sunday’s big match against Spain. WM


The internet responds


John Fashanu is addressing the OneLove armband debate in a sentence that nobody wants to write. Good Morning Britain praised the decision. It was the worst since the Titanic crew, who chose to avoid icebergs by being laissez-faire. Fashanu made the most deplorable rant at the World Cup so far, saying: “If politics gets into football, which it is, the politics go down, and and up and eventually they win.” Of course there is nothing political about a dictatorship using the largest event in football as a way to increase their soft power. But, a limited pro-equality gesture? This sounds a little provocative.

Fashanu seems to do more harm than good on this issue, and they are well aware of that. Inciting debate about the existence of LGBTQ/ human right issues. Next week, they will be asking questions about football’s ability to be more inclusive and eradicate homophobia at the same time.

— Anita Asante (@NicenNeetz) November 24, 2022


Breel Embolo, who scored against Cameroon to give Switzerland its winning start, was also the center of attention. Although players are often criticized for not celebrating against former clubs, Embolo’s muted response speaks to the complexity of international football and personal identity. It has also spawned many good memes. WM


Today’s matches


Wales v Iran, Group B, 10am GMT BBC One It seems strange considering we are only six days into this tournament. But it is crunch time for Wales. They need to win against Iran after a draw of with the USA. Otherwise, Gareth Bale’s ability for miracles might not be enough for them to make it into the last 16. Wales struggled with Dan James at the front. They rallied after half-time and were replaced by Kieffer Moore. Rob Page might use Moore’s link-up play against an Iran team that was outmuscled by England. This tournament will be remembered for Iran’s unflinching bravery no matter what happens.

Qatar v Senegal, Group A, 1pm GMT BBC OneCosta Rica may be the most feared team, but they were horrendous against Ecuador. They will be eliminated from the World Cup if they lose to Senegal after only two games. This is an event that was built on human misery. Few will be sorry if Qatar becomes the second host after South Africa in 2010. Senegal’s moments were against the Netherlands, and they will be confident that they can beat a side that failed in their curtain raiser.

Netherlands v Ecuador (Group B, 4pm GMT on ITV) After losing against Senegal late, the Netherlands will be hoping for a dominant performance against Ecuador. Louis van Gaal acknowledged that his team was “shoddy in possession” during their opener. Frenkie De Jong and his co-midfielders will be under pressure to perform better on the ball. Although Ecuador won comfortably against Qatar, they weren’t very impressive. Moises Caicedo, the engine, will be taking on De Jong and his team.

England v USA (Group A, 7pm GMT, ITV).England has met the USA twice at the group stage, but have never beaten them. While a 1-1 draw in South Africa was the first sign that things were not going well with Capelloball (or Roonismo), the 1950 defeat in Belo Horizonte still ranks among the most shocking in the competition’s history. The USA have improved a lot over the past 72 years, believe it or not. While Christian Pulisic might be the poster boy of the USA, Timothy Weah is equally dangerous. WM


Player to view


Joe AllenHe might not be the bright youngster that led Swansea to the Premier League, even though his career took him back to his boyhood club, but Allen is still a vital player for Wales. He has now returned to full training after being out since September due to a hamstring injury. After struggling to keep the ball against the USA in the first half, Wales has been looking for Allen’s experience in midfield. He could play an important role in the match against Iran, regardless of whether he is available to start. WM




The latest side to criticize Fifa for its aggressive actions against the OneLove armband is Wales, who have decorated their training base in rainbow flags. Noel Mooney from the Football Association of Wales, stated that they knew for months and months that the OneLove armband would be worn by them. To lay that one on us, it is quite cheap and very low. We have given Fifa everything in our power to express how angry we are about this decision. WM




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