The 2022 World Cup is drawing to a close and the stakes are increasingly high for the eight teams still in contention. What do you expect in the quarter-finals?
💡 Messi’s last fight. Argentine striker Lionel MessiThe 35-year-old, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, has never won a World Cup and many believe this year’s tournament will be his last real chance at the trophy. Quarterfinals Netherlands – Argentina It will be broadcast on both TF1 and beIN SPORTS, from 8 p.m. on Friday 9 December.
💡 Is Neymar better than Pele? Brazilian star Neymar Just one goal is short of equaling one of the holiest records in Brazilian sport: Pele’s 77 goals for the national team. Interest has been growing since Pele, 82, was hospitalized for more than a week. Doctors say his condition is improving. Quarterfinals Croatia – Brazil It will be broadcast exclusively on beIN Sports, starting at 4 p.m. Friday, December 9.
💡 Morocco for history. On Tuesday (December 6th), Morocco achieved this milestone by defeating Spain on penalties, becoming the first Arab team to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The Atlas Lions could once again make history by defeating Portugal in the quarter-finals, becoming the first African team to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals. Quarterfinals Morocco – Portugal It will be broadcast on TF1 beIN Sports starting at 4pm on Saturday 10th December.
Ronaldo back on the bench? This is the big question before the game Morocco – Portugal : He is the Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who holds the record for the number of goals in selection (118), will be in the starting line-up. Portugal coach Fernando Santos left the star of his country on the bench for the round of 16 match against Switzerland. The decision was made after Ronaldo appeared angry at being substituted in the final group stage match against South Korea.
💡 France wants to repeat this feat. France look like one of the strongest teams in the competition so far, and the defending champions are looking to make history by becoming the third country to repeat the feat, after Italy (1934, 1938) and Brazil (1958, 1962). The England-France quarter-finals will be broadcast on TF1 beIN Sports, from 8pm on Saturday 10th December.
Mbappe is in good shape. French striker Kylian MbappeThe 23-year-old has already scored five goals in four matches, making him the favorite to win the Golden Boot, the tournament’s top scorer award. With nine World Cup goals, Kylian Mbappe is tied with Messi and ahead of Ronaldo (8 goals).
England is looking for glory. England are in their golden years, with their most talented and consistent generation of players in decades, but the group are yet to win any major trophies. England Eliminated in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and lost on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2021 final, in front of the London fans. The one and only victory of the English national team at a major tournament dates back to the 1966 World Cup, which was organized by the country.
💡 Where will Ronaldo play after Portugal’s World Cup run ends? The story of the Ronaldo He ended up at Manchester United “by mutual consent” on 22 November after criticizing the club in an interview with Piers Morgan. The soccer star claimed he had no respect for the Mancunian manager Eric ten Hag. He was going to get an offer to play in the Saudi club Al-Nasr, which would bring him More than 200 million dollars a yearBut he denied reports that he was going to accept this contract.
32 teams reached the World Cup for the group stage, which began on November 20 and ended on Friday, December 2. The United States was among the 16 teams that qualified from the group stage, but their run came to an end on Saturday, December 3, with a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands. The 2022 World Cup is the first to be held in the winter due to the extremely hot summer in Qatar. The host nation has been widely condemned for violating the human rights of thousands of migrant workers who built Qatar’s infrastructure ahead of the competition. Qatar was also accused of bribing FIFA officials in 2010 to obtain hosting rights, anticipating an offer from the United States.
The 2022 World Cup Final will take place on December 18th at 4pm. According to Caesars Sportsbook, Brazil is the favorite to win the final, followed by France, Argentina, England and Portugal.
Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Nicholas Rayman
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