Despite a number of scandals, the World Cup is underway, with Germany kicking off the tournament against England on Monday. The opening ceremony was also interrupted by a new song from BTS singer Jung Kook, which stole the show.
The FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be the first to be held in an Arab nation. The tournament will be held from November 20 to December 18, with over 1.5 million football fans expected to travel to Qatar for the tournament. The tournament is set to be the biggest yet in the history of the sport, with 32 teams set to compete for the title of world champions.
It has been announced that Belgium will be without Romelu Lukaku for the first two games of the tournament. The Belgium manager is not convinced that the striker will be fit enough to start against Canada in the first match of the tournament. He is expected to return for the game against Croatia in the group stage.
Germany are expected to be tough to beat in Group E. The two sides have faced each other eight times, with Germany winning six and losing two. In addition, they have been defeated in the group stage by France and Spain.
France have also been beaten in the group stage of the tournament in the past, and are looking to avoid this fate in 2022. Brazil, Argentina and Spain are also aiming to defend their titles. The teams have been drawn in a tough group, with Japan and Costa Rica in the other two.
Belgium are looking to get their World Cup campaign off to a good start, and will be hoping to avoid the Champions Curse that has afflicted France. They are in a tough group, but are likely to be at the top of their game when the tournament starts.
Belgium will also be without Romelu Lukaku for their first game of the tournament, as the striker was ruled out with an injury. He has been unable to recover from the thigh injury that he picked up during training in Qatar.
The Netherlands are also aiming to put their early World Cup hopes in the past, and will be hoping to win their first game against Senegal. However, they have been plagued by injuries, with Alphonso Davies suffering a hamstring injury on club duty and Weston McKennie suffering a quad injury.
Portugal are expected to be tough opponents for Belgium, and will be hoping to get their World Cup campaign off to favourable starts. They are also expected to be on the front foot in their Group B clash against Japan. However, Japan has been eliminated in the group stage of the past two World Cups, so they may have a tough time.
Germany are also in a tough group, but they should be able to bounce back after losing to Poland and Portugal in their last two group games. They are also expected to win their first game against Japan, which could put them in a good position for the second game against Brazil.