Why attend the 2022 World Cup?
The World Cup is a rarity when it comes to sports. The event only takes place every four years, and when it does, it brings together the best football players in the world. A knockout competition to see just which country is the best, the World Cup is a time for nations to be proud of their past, present and future. Only 22 World Cup tournaments have taken place with just eight different countries being crowned champions. History will be made in 2022 as the first World Cup ever to take place in the Middle East kicks off in Qatar. The 2022 tournament will also be the first not to be held in May, June or July, but will rather take place from November 21 - December 18.
Whether you were able to attend the 2018 World Cup in Russia or are hoping your time will come in 2022, football fans get the chance to experience the game like never before when attending the tournament live. This World Cup will be the last to involve 32 teams. The 2026 World Cup will increase to 48 teams from all over the globe who will come together to play the month-long competition. Regardless if your nation's team will be in Qatar, the tournament will be a can't miss event in summer 2022.
WORLD CUP STADIUMS
The 2022 World Cup will be played across 8 proposed stadiums in Qatar. 5 cities across the country will host these stadiums.
The plan for building these stadiums is to implement technology that will reduce heat inside the stadiums and the upper tiers of the stadiums will be donated to countries with less developed sports infrastructure after the World Cup. The country is also attempting to build these stadiums by the most environmentally-friendly means possible. So far, 5 of the proposed 8 stadium projects have been launched.
WORLD CUP KEY MATCHES
Thirty-two teams will kick-off the World Cup group stages and only one team will be left standing on December 18. The process for qualification has not yet been announced, but all football member associations are eligible to enter qualification. As hosts, Qatar's team is automatically qualified should they choose to accept. For the first time since the initial two tournaments, the World Cup will be hosted by a country whose national team has never played in the finals before. However, only two teams from each group can advance to the knockout round, and some of the world's biggest teams will be flying home after just three games in Qatar. Of course, no match at the World Cup is ever easy, and good teams could find themselves packing their bags after a poor run of form.
WORLD CUP HISTORY
The first World Cup took place in 1930, and it saw Uruguay win the first of its two Jules Rimet Trophies. Uruguay will attempt to win its third World Cup in Russia, and the country could accomplish the feat behind the goal scoring ability of Luis Suarez.
Uruguay's great rival, Brazil, has won the most World Cup tournaments. The Brazilians have won the tournament five times, most recently winning it at South Korea-Japan 2002.
Four-time champions Germany come into the 2018 World Cup holding the Jules Rimet Trophy. The Germans defeated Lionel Messi's Argentina in the 2014 final. Germany is currently considered one of the best teams in the world, but the team will be tested from the start in Russia.
Only eight teams have ever won the World Cup. Brazil, Germany, Uruguay, Argentina, Italy, Spain, England and France (the current World Cup Champions) are the only nations to ever lift the most prestigious trophy in world football. The 2018 tournament could see a new nation etch its name in history. Any team could rise to the occasion. However, the past winners have the experience, knowledge and skill to finish the 2022 World Cup on the winners' podium.
As the tournament enters unfamiliar territory and a plethora of firsts, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be like no other previous tournament. The excitement is building as the event only comes around every four years. Football fans shouldn't miss a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience it.