|The World Cup draw served us juicy match-ups, what group are you looking forward to the most? (Photo credit: FIFA)|
The 2022 FIFA World Cup draw was held on Friday and almost all the teams involved learned of their opponents while two teams have to wait for playoffs results to confirm their place at the winter tournament.
Defending champions France will face Denmark, Tunisia and whoever qualifies for the tournament in a three way round robin between Australia, Peru and UAE. Denmark have announced that Christian Eriksen will be named in the World Cup squad.
Brazil have been named favorites to win this edition of the World Cup and that would do South America a world of good as no team from that continent has conquered the world since the Selecao did it in Japan and South Korea in 2002.
Switzerland and Serbia play Brazil again after being pitched together in 2018, a tough draw for either side but their qualifying runs would encourage them to fight this out for a place in the round of 16. Cameroon completes the group with the African giant pipping Algeria to the precious ticket.
England is in a tricky group, and the fact that they might have to play either of Scotland and Wales, depending on who qualifies from the playoffs is also a potential banana peel. Iran and the USA are the other two teams in Group B.
Argentina won’t have to play Nigeria this time and if that’s not a surprise, then it is because Nigeria didn’t qualify for this edition of the World Cup. Instead, Poland, Mexico and Saudi Arabia lie in wait for Lionel Messi and Co in a World Cup they’re condemned to win.
The hosts are in a very tricky group and they’d have to fight through against the Netherlands, African champions Senegal and Ecuador. It is Qatar’s first World Cup and it is the first time the tournament is to be held in the winter, not many are looking forward to this but change is the only permanent thing.
Cristiano Ronaldo is in his fifth straight World Cup since his first ever in 2006 at Germany and Portugal will have to negotiate Ghana, the team that eliminated Nigeria, South Korea and Uruguay.
Speaking of Uruguay, the memories of 2010 will linger on the minds of the Black Stars as they meet Luis Suarez again after the Atletico Madrid man handled in the area to deny a point blank goal. A penalty was awarded and Suarez was sent off but Asamoah Gyan lost and Uruguay went on to win the game on penalties.