Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (L) receives the World Cup trophy from Fifa President Joseph Blatter (R) after the official announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup on December 2, 2010 at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich. (Pic: Getty)
Following the draw for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, all eyes are on the first game of the football tournament.
England have learned who their group opponents will be - well two out of the three confirmed - with a potentially mouthwatering clash against Scotland or Wales in the wings.
Here’s all you need to know about when the next World Cup starts, the grounds being used and the teams qualified, as well as who England will be facing towards the end of this year.
Meanwhile, hot shot striker Harry Kane (49) is closing in on England’s all time record goalscorer Wayne Rooney (53) and could break another record in Qatar as the Three Lions go for glory.
Where is World Cup 2022?
Qatar has been chosen as the host country for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Middle Eastern country, east of Saudi Arabia on the Persian Gulf coastline, won the most votes from FIFA in December 2010.
It will be only the second time the World Cup has been held in Asia following the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.
When does World Cup 2022 start?
Qatar 2022 will be the first World Cup to be held through the winter due to the scorching hot weather experienced in the summer months.
The first game of the 2022 World Cup will kick off on Monday 21 November, with four group stage fixtures scheduled each day until Friday 2 December.
The round of 16 will start on Saturday 3 December, with two matches planned per day over four days, to Tuesday 6 December.
Quarter finals are planned for Friday 9 December and Saturday 10 December before the two semi final games on Tuesday 13 December and Wednesday 14 December.
The third place play off will take place on Saturday 17 December and the final will kick off on Sunday 18 December to decide the winner of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The dates will interrupt the domestic 2022/23 club seasons across Europe, including the Premier League, if the leagues continue in the usual August to May format.
What are the 2022 World Cup stadiums?
The 2022 World Cup will take place over three host cities in Qatar - Doha, Al Dhakira and Al Wakrah. The stadiums are as follows:
- Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium - Capacity: 40,000. Opened: 18 December 2020.
- Al Bayt Stadium - Capacity: 60,000. Opened: TBD.
- Al Janoub Stadium - Capacity: 40,000. Opened: 2019.
- Al Thumama Stadium - Capacity: 40,000. Opened: TBD.
- Education City Stadium - Capacity: 40,000. Completed: 2020.
- Khalifa International Stadium - Capacity: 45,416. Opened: 1976 (renovated in 2017)
- Lusail Stadium - Capacity: 80,000. Opened: TBD.
- Ras Abu Aboud Stadium - Capacity: 40,000. Opened: TBD.
The final of the 2022 World Cup will take place at Lusail Stadium.
Who has qualified for Qatar 2022?
As well as Qatar, the host nation, and England, nine other countries have now qualified for Qatar 2022. These include:
- Qatar (host nation)
- Scotland / Ukraine / Wales
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- Australia / United Arab Emirates / Peru
- Costa Rica / New Zealand
World Cup 2022 World Cup groups
- Group A : Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
- Group B: England, Iran, USA, Scotland / Ukraine / Wales
- Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
- Group D: France, Australia / United Arab Emirates / Peru, Denmark, Tunisia
- Group E: Spain, Costa Rica / New Zealand, Germany, Japan
- Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Who are the World Cup golden boot winners?
The top scorer at the World Cup is known as the golden boot winner.
In 2018, Harry Kane became only the second Englishman to win the award with six goals. Gary Lineker also scored six goals when he took the honour in the 1986 World Cup.
- 2018 – Harry Kane (England) – 6
- 2014 – James Rodriguez (Colombia) – 6
- 2010 – Diego Forlan (Uruguay), Thomas Muller (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), David Villa (Spain) – 5
- 2006 – Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 5
- 2002 – Ronaldo (Brazil) – 8
- 1998 – Davor Suker (Croatia) – 6
- 1994 – Oleg Salenko (Russia), Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria) – 6
- 1990 – Salvator Schillachi (Italy) – 6
- 1986 – Gary Lineker (England) – 6
- 1982 – Paolo Rossi (Italy) – 6
- 1978 – Mario Kempes (Argentina) – 6
- 1974 – Grzegorz Lato (Poland) – 7
- 1970 – Gerd Muller (Germany) – 10
- 1966 – Eusebio (Portugal) – 9
- 1962 – Florian Albert (Hungary), Garrincha (Brazil), Valentin Ivanov (Soviet Union), Drazan Jerkovic (Yugoslavia), Leonel Sanchez (Chile), Vava (Brazil) – 4
- 1958 – Just Fontaine (France) – 13
- 1954 – Sandor Kocsis (Hungary) – 11
- 1950 – Ademir (Brazil) – 8
- 1938 – Leonidas (Brazil) – 7
- 1934 – Oldrich Nejedly (Czechoslovakia) – 5
- 1930 – Guillermo Stabile (Argentina) – 8
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