the Netherlands and Senegal favourites; Qatar might surprise the host
2022 FIFA Globalism The first group in the cup will host Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands, and the group stage will be held from November 20 to December 2.
Qatar for analysis and forecasting
Qatar is the Asian champions and is participating for the first time in the World Cup finals as the host country.
As for Qatar’s tournament credentials, Qatar never advanced to the quarter-finals in an Asian Cup until 2019. But Felix Sanchez’s men proved the doubters wrong as they claimed their first title conceding just one goal, scoring 16 goals – beating four former champions. In Saudi Arabia, Iraq, South Korea and Japan.
Without participating in the Asian Qualifiers as host, Qatar participated in the 2019 Copa América-Brazil, the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the 2021 Qatar Arab World Cup, reaching the semi-finals of the last two.
Unknown by many, others would argue that they are the single most prepared team in the tournament. But what will haunt Qatar as it wants to avoid the fate of South Africa, which remains the only host country to be eliminated in the group stage.
Goalkeepers: Saad Al Sheeb (Al Sadd), Mishaal Barshim (Al Sadd), Youssef Hassan (Al Gharafa).
Defenders: Pedro Miguel (Al-Sadd), Musaab Khedr (Al-Sadd), Tariq Salman (Al-Sadd), Bassam Al-Rawi (Al-Duhail), Boualem Khokhi (Al-Sadd), Abdul Karim Hassan (Al-Sadd), Hammam Ahmed (Al-Gharafa) and Jassim Jaber (Al-Arabi).
Midfielders: Ali Asad (Al-Sadd), Asim Modibo (Al-Duhail), Mohamed Waad (Al-Sadd), Salem Al-Hajri (Al-Sadd), Mustafa Tariq (Al-Sadd), Karim Boudiaf (Al-Duhail), Abdulaziz Hatem (Al-Rayyan), Ismail Mohamed (Al-Duhail).
Attackers: Nayef Al Hadhrami (Al Rayyan), Ahmed Aladdin (Al Gharafa), Hassan Al Haydous (Al Sadd), Khaled Mounir (Al Wakrah), Akram Afif (Al Sadd), Al Moez Ali (Al Duhail), Mohammed Al Muntari (Al Duhail)
Analysis and forecasting Ecuador
Ecuador surprised many by clinching an automatic spot in the South American Qualifiers. That campaign brought a number of historic moments, including a maiden victory away from home against Chile, as the Ecuadorians outperformed Peru, Chile, Colombia and Paraguay.
Featuring a team that includes a handful of emerging talent who strut their stuff for the biggest hitters in Europe and coach Gustavo Alfaro, who manages to get the best out of each of his players.
Although it won’t be easy, reaching the last 16 will be the best performance in the country’s history. Getting the honor of opening the tournament on day one, along with the hosts, might just be the highlight of the tournament.
Goalkeepers: Moises Ramirez (Independiente del Valle), Alexandre Dominguez (La Liga de Quito), Hernan Galendez (Ocas).
Defenders: Piero Hincapie (Bayer Leverkusen), Robert Arboleda (Sao Paulo), Pervis Estupinian (Brighton), Angelo Preciado (Genk), Jackson Borrowzo (Troyes), Xavier Arriaga (Seattle Sounders), Diego Palacios (Los Angeles), Felix Torres (Santos ) Laguna), William Pacho (Royal Antwerp).
Midfielders: Carlos Grizzo (Augsburg), Jose Cifuentes, Gigson Mendes (Los Angeles), Moises Caicedo (Brighton), Jeremy Sarmiento (Brighton), Alan Franco (Taleres), Angel Mina (Lyon), Ayrton Preciado (Santos), Gonzalo Plata), Romario Ibarra (Pachuca).
Attackers: Djorkaeff Reasco (Newell’s Old Boys), Ener Valencia (Fenerbahçe), Kevin Rodriguez (Impapura), Michael Estrada (Cruz Azul).
Senegal Analysis and Forecasting
Senegal are the reigning African champions, and after being knocked out in the first round of the last edition in Russia, the Teranga Lions had one ambition: to outdo the legendary team that reached the quarter-finals in Korea/Japan 2002. Twenty years after this remarkable achievement, the FIFA World Cup is back. On to Asian soil and hopefully at least she can achieve her best result ever.
Indeed, at least one Senegalese player has featured in the UEFA Champions League final squad every year since 2018: Sadio Mane four years ago and again in 2019 and 2022 with Liverpool, and PSG pair Idrissa Gana Gueye and Abdou Diallo. In 2020 and Edouard Mendy in 2021 for Chelsea.
Senegal will build on this experience as experts consider them contenders for the group.
Goalkeepers: Seni Deng (Queens Park Rangers), Alfred Gomes (Rennes), Edouard Mendy (Chelsea).
Defenders: Foday Palou Toure (Milan), Papa Abou Sisi (Olympiacos), Abdou Diallo (Leipzig), Ismail Jacobs (Monaco), Kalidou Coulibaly (Chelsea), Formos Mendy (Amiens), Youssef Sabali (Real Betis).
Midfielders: Pathé Ismail Cisse (Rayo Vallecano), Crippen Diata (Monaco), Idrissa Gana Joy (Everton), Papgui (Olympique de Marseille), Cheikhou Kouyat (Nottingham Forest), Mamadou Loum (Reading), Nambales Mendy (Leicester City), Mustapha Esm ( Paphos), Babi Matar Sarr (Tottenham Hotspur).
Attackers: Boulay Dia (Salernitana), Famara Didio (Alanyaspor), Bamba Deng (Olympique de Marseille), Nicholas Jackson (Villarreal), Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich), Eliman Ndiaye (Sheffield United), Ismaila Sarr (Watford).
Holland Analysis and Forecasting
The Dutch returned to the World Cup after failing to qualify for the previous edition in Russia. Legendary manager Louis van Gaal is once again the captain and will bring back some familiar faces who rocked the big stage with their third-place finish at Brazil 2014.
While there will be a few returning personalities from that memorable tour, Van Gaal’s squad will largely consist of players who have never experienced a World Cup before. Holland leads a strong foundation relying on centre-back Virgil van Dijk and playmaker Frenkie de Jong, adding to a slew of exciting young talent up front.
The Dutch topped their qualifying group losing just one match out of ten, ahead of the likes of Turkey and Norway and will head to Qatar 2022 as one of the teams qualified after six matches unbeaten in this UEFA Nations League. year, which included doubles over Belgium and Wales.
Seen as comfortable group winners, it would take a miracle and a farce for them to end their first-stage run in the finals.
Goalkeepers: Justin Bellew (Feyenoord), Anders Noppert (Heerenveen), Remko Pasveer (Ajax Amsterdam).
Defenders: Nathan Ake (Manchester City), Daley Blind (Ajax), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Denzel Dumfries (Internationale), Jeremy Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen), Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich), Tyrell Malacia (Manchester United), Urian Timber (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Internationale).
Midfielders: Steven Bergwis (Ajax), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Davy Claassen (Ajax), Theon Kopemeners (Atalanta Bergamo), Martin de Roon (Atalanta Bergamo), Xavi Simons (PSV), Kenneth Taylor (Ajax).
Attackers: Steven Bergwijn (Ajax), Memphis Depay (Barcelona), Cody Gakow (PSV), Vincent Jansen (Antwerp), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Noah Lang (Club Brugge), Wott Wieghorst (Besiktas).
Group A matches
Qatar vs Ecuador November 20 21:30 Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Senegal vs Netherlands November 21 21:30 Al Thumama Stadium, Doha
Qatar VS Senegal November 25 18:30 Al Thumama Stadium, Doha
Netherlands VS Ecuador November 25, 21:30, Khalifa International Stadium, Al-Rayyan
Ecuador vs Senegal November 29 20:30 Khalifa International Stadium, Al-Rayyan
Netherlands VS Qatar November 29 20:30 Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
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