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Qatar 2022: The Ultimate FIFA World Cup Preview

Everything you need to know about the world's greatest sporting event.

With less than two weeks to go until Qatar 2022 kicks off, we take a look at everything you need to know about the world's biggest sporting event.

Start date and time

The World Cup will kick off next Sunday, November 20, with the match between Qatar and Ecuador, to be held at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. The match can be seen live on FOX and Telemundo starting at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT.

The Final

The grand finale of the World Cup will take place on Dec. 18 at Lusail Iconic Stadium, with FOX and Telemundo broadcasting at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT. This is undoubtedly the most watched soccer match in the world, and the sport's most prestigious trophy will be at stake.

The Host: Qatar

This will be the first World Cup in an Arab country, with eight stadiums with a capacity ranging from 40,000 to 80,000 people.

The designation of Qatar as host of the World Cup generated great criticism from the first day, since there is talk of significant corruption to obtain the right to host the tournament.

In addition, cases of "forced labor" and poor working conditions have been reported. The Guardian estimates that up to 4,000 workers could have died due to the poor conditions in which they worked for the World Cup.

Recently, former FIFA president Joseph Blatter stated that it was a bad idea to choose Qatar as the host country. The matter is ironic, because he says this after he stole a lot of money and benefited from it.

Top Candidates

Argentina is the great favorite to win the so-called trophy. The team led by Lionel Messi is currently on a 35-game unbeaten streak; during this period, they won the Copa America and La Finalissima.

Brazil is also one of the candidates to become world champions once again. Neymar's team led the South American Qualifiers with 45 points, winning 14 games and drawing three, with no defeats in 17 matches.

Finally, we must highlight France, the reigning world champions. Although the team has suffered important absences due to injury, they still have top players such as Kylian Mbappé and current Ballon D'Or winner Karim Benzema.

Top Stars

This World Cup will undoubtedly be an emotional one because it will be the last for several stars who marked an era in the history of the game.

Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) will say goodbye to the World Cup, and they hope to lift the trophy to further cement their status as immortal soccer legends.

Karim Benzema (France) will be looking for redemption since, by the decision of coach Didier Deschamps, he did not participate in the 2018 World Cup, where France was the champion.

Neymar (Brazil) still owes his country the debt of being world champion. Brazil has won the most World Cups in its history with five, and it has been 20 years since their last conquest.

Best Young Player Award Candidates

The FIFA Young Player Award is given to the best player in the tournament who is at most 21 years old, and in Qatar 2022, we will see important talents who are already making an impact in European soccer.

Pedri (19) and Gavi (18) are likely to start for Spain and are strong contenders for the award. Both have already won the Golden Boy prize and will be hoping to leave their mark in Qatar.

Another great candidate is Englishman Jude Bellingham (19), one of the best players in the Bundesliga.

Germany's Jamal Musiala (19) is also emerging as a winner of this award. The Bayern Munich midfielder is already essential to one of the world's most powerful teams.