After 12 years of build-up, controversy and debate, the 2022 World Cup is now just days away.
can Brazil Will the 20-year injury end? In the end, Lionel Messi leads. Argentina In the last dance to international glory? Live England After the semis and finals, have you got what it takes to go all the way? And will Qatar host a surprise or two? We are going to check it out…
To help give you an inside track, The athletics It has produced team guides by local experts on the 32 teams competing in Qatar, featuring each manager involved. World Cuplisting each team’s strengths and weaknesses, naming each country’s top scorer, and explaining exactly how much pressure each team faces from the media and home fans.
Plus, they’ll probably tell you which manager always wears a clean white shirt for luck, which team has a fan who will cross the desert to Doha, which country’s shocked president tweeted his best wishes to his national team. star, which group of fans inexplicably inspired a 1980s pop song as they marched towards the final and which goalkeeper is in the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s longest throw.
Find answers to all these questions and more in the 32 group guides below.
An in-depth look at each team’s strategies and how to set them up, team by team…
Group A Guide: De Jong I have kept the Netherlands and keep the Ecuador group
Leader of Group B: England’s control and Iran’s goalkeeping army style throws
Group C Guide: Fast start to Argentina, old Mexico and title-shy Poland
Group D guide: France’s top press, Denmark’s inverted wing and Australia’s giants
Group E Guide: Watch out for Spain’s young midfield stars and Germany’s triangles
Group F guide: free-scoring Belgium, tough Croatia and Canada draw
Group G guide: Tadic corners, Swiss press and a more complete Neymar
Category H Guide: Bernardo Silva Orchestra and Uruguay’s Last Dance
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