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Stars to watch at Qatar World Cup

Published : 15 Nov 2022 08:47 PM

The biggest names in the men's game will descend on Qatar for the sport’s showpiece international event.

Two candidates, Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, will be there for probably their final attempt at winning the big one.

Ronaldo is now 37 and Messi 35, and both have admitted that this is their last dance.

But Olympic champ Messi and Ronaldo will be joined by an all-star cast that includes France’s Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, and Antoine Grizemann - the reigning champs from 2018.

Then there’s Olympic gold medalist Neymar and Brazil who have been in devastating form with a side stacked with superstars like Gabriel Jesus who fired Arsenal top of the Premier League, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo emerging as global superstars at Real Madrid, and Olympic champion Richarlison aiming to become world champion too. And that’s just in attack. 

The Selecao Canarinho also boast Thiago Silva and the iconic Olympic Dani Alves at the back, along with defensive midfield maestros Casemiro and Fabinho.

Even in goal, Brazil have an impossible choice between Liverpool’s Alisson and Manchester City's Ederson.

Then there's England with the captain Harry Kane who will believe they have a strong shout after making the final of Euro 2020 and only losing out on penalties to Italy.

English stars like Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Jude Bellingham, Reece James, Bukayo Saka, Jack Grealish, Mason Mount, Marcus Rashford, have England fans dreaming of a first World Cup since 1966.

Outside some of the big favourites there’s Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, South Korea's Son Heung- Min, Belgian duo Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, Japanese wonder-kid Kubo Takefusa, Alphonso Davies (Canada), USA soccer hope Christian Pulisic ... the list could go on and on.

Meanwhile, the participating teams start arriving in Qatar with the Japanese squad were the first team to arrive in Doha on November 7, following with the US National Team being the first team to arrive at its base camp in Marsa Malaz Kempinski at The Pearl when the coaching staff and some team officials from Argentina have already arrived in the country.

The venues of the World Cup 2022, Qatar

All the eight different stadiums across the middle-eastern nation of Qatar where the matches of the World Cup 2022 will take place, are fully ready to hosts.

The venues are: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Stadium 974, Al Thumama Stadium, Education City Stadium and Al Nasser Al Khater.

The CEO of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, said, “Qatar is ready to host a global celebration of the beautiful game. We look forward to welcoming fans and players from across the world as they sample our welcoming hospitality, vast array of entertainment options and, of course, top-class international football. It promises to be a unique edition of the FIFA World Cup — and one that will leave a lasting, positive impact on Qatar, the Middle East and the Arab world."