The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is here as Qatar and Ecuador kick off the tournament on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. ET — full schedule here with start times and TV info. There’s no better time to make your picks as we gear up to see who will take home one of the most coveted trophies in sports. Thirty-two teams will combine to play 64 games over the 28 days of the tournament. We have our latest Power Rankings here to see where everyone stacks up — and while you’re at it, Join Official Telegram Channel covering the beautiful game in all its glory, including daily updates about the World Cup, here.
Check out our bracket to pick all the games in what will be the final World Cup to include both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. We have James Benge’s game-by-game predictions here. Messi has already announced that this will be his final World Cup for Argentina, who are among the favorites to win the tournament. After getting his first international trophy by winning the 2021 Copa America with Argentina, there would be no better way for a Messi sendoff than with a World Cup title. Ronaldo hasn’t announced that this will be his last World Cup, but the Portuguese forward would be 41 by the time the next World Cup rolls around. Safe to say Father Time is undefeated.
France, without N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, will look to rise above their injuries and off the pitch drama to make a run to defend their title from 2018, but with talented England and Brazil teams, the French will have stiff competition for the trophy. The United States will also be happy to advance from the group stage after a disappointing run of friendlies leading into the World Cup.
The groups are as follows:
- Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and Netherlands.
- Group B: England, Iran, United States and Wales.
- Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.
- Group D: France, Australia, Denmark and Tunisia.
- Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany and Japan.
- Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco and Croatia.
- Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.
- Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.
And here’s the full bracket:
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