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Qatar - Host the twenty-second World Cup, in 2022

The Ball is Round Football Index: World Cup Finals: Qatar 2022.

Qatar - Host the twenty-second World Cup, in 2022.

When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many outsiders.

The Qatar bid finished above those from Australia, Japan, South Korea and USA.

World Cup History - Qatar 2022 - The Twenty-Second World Cup

Qatar 2022 World Cup Schedule and Stadiums

 The 2022 World Cup Finals in Qatar take place during the European winter for the first time.

All eight stadiums are within 25 miles of central Doha.

32 Countries Competed at Qatar 2022

Argentina Argentina
Group C: (1:2 vs Saudi Arabia) (2:0 vs Mexico) (vs Poland).

Australia Australia
Group D: (1:4 vs France) (1:0 vs Tunisia) (vs Denmark).

Belgium Belgium
Group F: (1:0 vs Canada) (vs Morocco) (vs Croatia).

Brazil Brazil
Group G: (2:0 vs Serbia) (vs Switzerland) (vs Cameroon).

Cameroon Cameroon
Group G: (0:1 vs Switzerland) (vs Serbia) (vs Brazil).

Canada Canada
Group F: (0:1 vs Belgium) (vs Croatia) (vs Morocco).

Costa Rica Costa Rica
Group E: (0:7 vs Span) (vs Japan) (vs Germany).

Croatia Croatia
Group F: (0:0 vs Morocco) (vs Canada) (vs Belgium).

Denmark Denmark
Group D: (0:0 vs Tunisia) (1:2 vs France) (vs Australia).

Ecuador Ecuador
Group A: (2:0 vs Qatar) (1:1 vs Netherlands) (vs Senegal).

England England
Group B: (6:2 vs Iran) (0:0 vs USA) (vs Wales).

France France
Group D: (4:1 vs Australia) (2:1 vs Denmark) (vs Tunisia).

Germany Germany
Group E: (1:2 vs Japan) (vs Belgium) (vs Costa Rica).

Ghana Ghana
Group H: (2:3 vs Portugal) ( vs South Korea) (vs Uruguay).

Iran Iran
Group B: (2:6 vs England) (2:0 vs Wales) (vs USA).

Japan Japan
Group E: (2:1 vs Germany) (vs Costa Rica) (vs Spain).

Mexico Mexico
Group C: (0:0 vs Poland) (0:2 vs Argentina) (vs Saudi Arabia).

Morocco Morocco
Group F: (0:0 vs Croatia) (vs Belgium) (vs Canada).

Netherlands Netherlands
Group A: (2:0 vs Senegal) (1:1 vs Ecuador) (vs Qatar).

Poland Poland
Group C: (0:0 vs Mexico) (2:0 vs Saudi Arabia) (vs Argentina).

Portugal Portugal
Group H: (3:2 vs Ghana) (vs Uruguay) ( vs South Korea).

Qatar Qatar
Group A: (0:2 vs Ecuador) (1:3 vs Senegal) (vs Netherlands).

Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
Group C: (2:1 Argentina) (0:2 vs Poland) (vs Mexico).

Senegal Senegal
Group A: (0:2 vs Netherlands) (3:1 vs Qatar) (vs Ecuador).

Serbia Serbia
Group G: (0:2 vs Brazil) (vs Cameroon) (vs Switzerland).

South Korea South Korea
Group H: (0:0 vs Uruguay) (vs Ghana) (vs Portugal).

Spain Spain
Group E: (7:0 vs Costa Rica) (vs Germany) (vs Japan).

Switzerland Switzerland
Group G: (1:0 vs Cameroon) (vs Brazil) (vs Serbia).

Tunisia Tunisia
Group D: (0:0 vs Denmark) (0:1 vs Australia) (vs France).

Uruguay Uruguay
Group H: (0:0 vs South Korea) (vs Portugal) (vs Ghana).

USA USA
Group B: (1:1 vs Wales) (0:0 vs England) (vs Iran).

Wales Wales
Group B: (1:1 vs USA) (0:2 vs Iran) (vs England).

Second Round

Kick off times (Central European Time)

Saturday, 3rd December

49 - 1A vs 2B (16.00)
Khalifa International Stadium.

50 - 1C vs 2d (20.00)
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

Sunday, 4th December

52 - 1D vs 2C (16.00)
Al Thumama Stadium.

51 - 1B vs 2A (20.00)
Al Bayt Stadium.

Monday, 5th December

53 - 1E vs 2F (16.00)
Al Janoub Stadium.

54 - 1G vs 2H (20.00)
Stadium 974.

Tuesday, 6th December

55 - 1F vs 2E (16.00)
Education City Stadium.

56 - 1H vs 2G (20.00)
Lusail Stadium.

Rest Days: 7/8 Dec

Quarter-Finals

Friday, 9th December

58 - W53 vs W54 (16.00)
Education City Stadium.

57 - W49 vs W50 (20.00)
Lusail Stadium.

Saturday, 10th December

60 - W55 vs W56 (16.00)
Al Thumama Stadium.

59 - W51 vs W52 (20.00)
Al Bayt Stadium.

Rest Days: 11/12 Dec

Semi-Finals

Tuesday, 13th December

61 - W57 vs W58 (20.00)
Lusail Stadium.

Wednesday, 14th December

62 - W59 vs W60 (20.00)
Al Bayt Stadium.

Rest Days: 15/16 Dec

Third  Place Match

Saturday, 17th December

63 - L61 vs L62 (16.00)
Khalifa International Stadium.

2022 World Cup Final

Sunday, 18th December

64 - W61 vs W62 (16.00)
Lusail Stadium.

Appearances:
How many appearances each country has made in the World Cup Finals.

World Cup Finals

Uruguay 1930:
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.

Italy 1934:
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.

France 1938:
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.

Brazil 1950:
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.

Switzerland 1954:
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.

Sweden 1958:
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.

Chile 1962:
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.

England 1966:
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Mexico 1970:
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.

W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.

Argentina 1978:
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.

Spain 1982:
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.

Mexico 1986:
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.

Italy 1990:
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.

USA 1994:
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.

France 1998:
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.

Korea-Japan 2002:
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.

Germany 2006:
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.Full coverage of the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany with background information on all 32 teams.

South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.

Brazil 2014:
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.

Russia 2018:
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.

Qatar 2022:
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.

United 2026:
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.

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