World Cup 2022 team guides: Everything you need to know

World Cup 2022 team guides: Everything you need to know

After 12 years of build-up, controversy and debate, the 2022 World Cup is just days away.

Can Brazil end 20 years of pain? Will Lionel Messi finally lead Argentina to world fame in his last dance? Do England have what it takes to go all the way after reaching the semi-finals and finals of the last two major tournaments? And can host Qatar provide a surprise or two? We are about to find out…

To give you the inside track, the athlete has created team guides by local experts on the 32 teams competing in Qatar, profiling every manager involved in this World Cup, outlining each team’s strengths and weaknesses, naming each nation’s potential breakthrough player and explaining exactly how much pressure each team exerts is being taken by the media and fans at home.

Perhaps more important than that, they’ll tell you which coach always wears a pristine white button-down shirt to be lucky, which team has a fan running across the desert to Doha, which panicked president the ailing of his national team well wishes tweeted Star, which fan group inexplicably revived a pop song from the 1980s on their way to the final and which goalkeeper is in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest throw in the world…

Find the answers to all these questions and more in the 32 team guides below.


Group A
Qatar
Ecuador
Senegal
Netherlands

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Group B
England
Iran
United States of America
Wales

Group C
Argentina
Saudi Arabia
Mexico
Poland

Squad leader for France 2022: Les Bleus are destined to make it big or go home early again

Group D
France
Australia
Denmark
Tunisia

Spain 2022 World Cup Squad Guide: The Passing Masters Still Need The Final Touches

Group E
Spain
Costa Rica
Germany
Japan

Belgium World Cup 2022 squad guide: One last chance for the generation that didn't make it

Group F
Belgium
Canada
Morocco
Croatia

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Group G
Brazil
Serbia
Switzerland
Cameroon

Portugal World Cup 2022 squad guide: young stars, aging stars and a well-known debate about Ronaldo

Group H
Portugal
Ghana
Uruguay
South Korea


For a detailed group-by-group breakdown of each team’s tactics and line-ups…

Group A lead: De Jong keeps the Netherlands ticking and watch out for set pieces in Ecuador
Group B guide: England’s control and the Iran goalkeeper’s javelins
Group C guide: Argentina’s quick starts, aging Mexico and possession-shy Poland
Group D leaders: France’s high press, Denmark’s reverse wingers and an Australian giant
Group E Guide: Spain’s young midfield stars and watch out for Germany’s triangles
Group F guide: Free goals from Belgium, cross Croatia and Canada’s cutbacks
Group G guide: Tadic’s corners, Swiss pressing and a more complete Neymar
Group H leaders: Bernardo Silva, the Orchestrator and Uruguay’s Last Dance

(In-Copy Graphic: Photos: Getty Images/Design: Sam Richardson. Top Image: Getty Images)

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