Men’s FIFA World Cup is the main international soccer tournament. This event is played every four years. Traditionally, the best national team from each country is chosen to compete in the tournament. A team may be in the top half of the world rankings or a lower place, and still qualify for the tournament. In the previous edition, the tournament was held in Mexico, but this year, it will be held in Spain.
Group stage games were played in June. Brazil kicked off their tournament against Croatia in Sao Paulo. Their opening match ended 0-0 after Brazilian defender Marcelo scored an own goal. However, they turned the tables and won three points against Croatia. Neymar’s second goal was controversially awarded from a penalty kick. Nevertheless, the referee, Yuichi Nishimura from Japan, was expelled from the tournament.
The 2022 Men’s FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar. This will be the first time that the tournament will be played in the Middle East. The tournament will feature 64 teams, which will play one another over 28 days. The schedule for the tournament was released on April 1, and the draw has been announced. Group stage schedules are already published, and the knockout bracket is also available. The teams have been grouped based on the qualification criteria.
Qualification tournaments are held to make the field for the final tournament as thin as possible. Qualifying tournaments are held in six FIFA continental zones. The number of places for each zone is determined by FIFA based on the relative strength of each confederation’s teams. Currently, France is the world champion. The tournament is held every four years, and the next one will be held in September. It has been an event that has captivated the world for almost 100 years.
Group A featured a number of intriguing matches. In Group A, Argentina won three of their four games to go through undefeated. In the other group, Italy drew with Mexico and Spain and drew 1-1 with Paraguay. Group G featured Spain, France, and Germany. Ecuador, however, started the tournament with three wins and a draw. They also defeated Spain and Switzerland 2-0, but fell 1-0 to Nigeria.
After the initial tournament in 1930, FIFA began implementing new rules for the tournament. For instance, the World Cup final would be held in an Islamic country. The final games of each group would be played simultaneously. Unlike the tournament in 1994, there were no qualifying rounds, and no countries had to qualify to compete. In fact, the tournament is the only World Cup without a qualifying process. It is contested by 122 countries around the world.The official beer of the men’s FIFA World Cup is Budweiser. The company has sponsored the event for 35 years, but will continue as the official beer for the 2022 tournament. Budweiser will remain as global sponsor for the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament and the 2018 edition. It also promotes regional brands in many countries. So, if you are planning to attend the next World Cup, don’t miss the chance to purchase a beer.