Carnival of The Beautiful Game Begins

Joga Bonito: The beautiful game of football. The game that brings people and nations together. Yes, the matches get intense, players might react, fans have a go at each other , however you take home beautiful memories and great friends. Whatever happens in the pitch, stays in the pitch.

The game which has the highest fan following across the globe and it all started by just kicking a ball. You can read about the trivia here and where it all began thousands of years ago:-

O joga bonito : The beautiful game has come a long way from Han dynasty to the current format.

The 22nd edition of this carnival which takes place every fourth year will kick off on 20th November, 2022. The group phase matches will be played from 20 November to 2 December. The knockout phase will be from 3-18 December.

Host nation Qatar will be playing Ecuador in the inaugural game of FIFA World Cup 2022.

Total of 32 teams , divided in to 8 groups. 64 matches will be played and the ultimate winner will lift the World Cup Trophy. The final matches of each group will be played at the same time.

Do you know why and when it was decided to start the final group stage games at the same time? (more about it on this link)

Top two teams from each group progress to the round of 16 / knock out matches.

This World Cup will witness lot of new stadiums which were built in the last 3-4 years , especially for the World Cup. The matches will be played across eight different stadiums spread across Qatar.

Stadium 974 will host 7 matches: 6 group and 1 Round of 16 knockout match.
Lusail National Stadium: 10 matches , with 6 group along with matches during every knockout stage, including the final.
The Khalifa International stadium : 6 group matches, 1 Round-of-16 game and the play-off for 3rd place
Education City Stadium: 6 group and 2 knockout matches.
Al Thumama stadium: 6 group-stage matches along with a Round-of-16 match and one quarter-final.
Al Janoub Stadium: 6 group-stage matches along with 1 Round-of-16 match.
Al Bayt Stadium: 6 group matches including the inaugural match, 1 each of Round 16, QF and SF.
Ahmad bin Ali Stadium: 6 group matches and 1 Round of 16.

The sponsors list :-

(YouTube Shorts also is a regional partner)

Brands including jersey manufacturers have taken a cautious approach this year in getting associated with World Cup.

Timing of all the matches will be important and Hublot is the official timekeeper.

You can read / glance through the highlights of World Cup 2018 here.

This edition of World Cup has already had enough controversies, so hope to see matches without any of them.

Look forward to a spectacle of football extravaganza for the next 29 days.

Who will lift the 22nd edition of this carnival ? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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All the images used in the above are from FIFA website.

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