Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2023, making it the first Arab country to do so. The tournament is set to take place from November 20th to December 18th and will be held across eight venues in five different cities: Doha, Al Rayyan, Al Wakrah, Khor al-Udaid, and Lusail.
As with any World Cup, there will be a great deal of excitement and anticipation leading up to the event. Qataris and residents of Qatar can expect a festive atmosphere throughout the country in the months and weeks leading up to the tournament. There will also be an increase in visitors from all over the world, as people flock to Qatar to experience the World Cup firsthand.
Of course, with any major sporting event comes increased security. With that in mind, visitors can expect enhanced security measures at all World Cup venues and throughout Qatar in general. There may also be some travel disruptions as a result of increased security measures, so it’s important to plan ahead and allow extra time for travel when necessary.
Overall, the FIFA World Cup is sure to be a memorable event for everyone involved. For Qataris and residents of Qatar, it represents an opportunity to show the world what this small country has to offer. And for visitors from around the globe, it’s a chance to experience a fascinating culture while witnessing one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
Brazil kicks off Qatar 2023 as the overwhelming favorite to clinch the illustrious title of world champions for a record sixth time.
The South Americans are the most successful side at the FIFA World Cup finals, so it may be surprising to many that they last lifted this trophy in 2002.
They enter the lucrative tournament with an impressive build-up, having notched 35 goals and conceded just five times with four stalemates and 11 victories to be priced at just 4/1 to win overall.
Head coach Tite saw some of his players unable to bring their club form to the national stage during the 3-0 success over Ghana, with a further 18 shots unable to find the back of the net. A shake-up for the next encounter saw Tunisia outmaneuvered in all departments during a 5-1 demolition job.
Argentina is the world’s most in-form team and kick off their campaign in Qatar on an unbeaten run of 35 matches to be joint second favorites with France to triumph at 13/2.
They have a terrific chance to surpass Italy’s record of 37 matches without defeat, especially with veteran striker Lionel Messi who bagged a brace against Jamaica and Honduras in their two recent 3-0 triumphs.
Defending champions France are not firing on all cylinders despite their talents. After a dogged 2-0 success over Austria, Les Bleus were stunned 2-0 by Denmark.
Only one victory from their past five games is not the sort of form expected ahead of a major tournament, yet this should delight Australian fans ahead of their group game as the Socceroos return to football’s biggest stage.
For those who fancy the Socceroos to make an impression in Qatar then you should check match-by-match odds out at AussieBet, as the team is not just there to make up the numbers but are serious underdogs at 750/1 to win the tournament.
England, who are a 17/2 shot with bookmakers, is another out-of-sorts team. Gareth Southgate’s side has been producing poor performances and has failed to register a win in five matches.
It was recently the last chance for many players to bag a World Cup squad call-up for the showpiece tournament, which begins on 20 November. The leading nations tried fine-tuning, with some sides excelling ahead of Qatar 2023.
Group A (Ecuador, Netherlands, Qatar, Senegal)
Netherlands (2/5 to top their group) are expected to breeze through their games. Louis van Gaal’s side are solid in all departments after turning over Poland 2-0 and then beating Belgium 1-0.
Group B (England, Iran, USA, Wales)
England (3/10) is below par, although they have the firepower of 2018 Russia Golden Boot winner Harry Kane who is the favorite (8/1) to repeat his feat in Qatar. After a 1-0 reversal to Italy, a confidence-boosting 3-3 draw against Germany could kickstart the sleeping giants.
Group C (Argentina, Mexico, Poland, Saudi Arabia)
Argentina (2/5) have more than mercurial Messi in their artillery, as four wins and a draw from their past five matches have proved. Strong in all departments, this team go about their business with an air of confidence.
Group D (Australia, Denmark, France, Tunisia)
France (4/9) will be aiming to salvage their previous form on the big stages. They tackle Australia in their first game at Qatar 2023, aiming to emulate their recent win over Austria rather than their lackluster defeat to Denmark.
Group E (Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Spain)
Spain (9/10) snatched a consolation goal in their 2-1 reversal to Switzerland, then bounced back to beat rivals Portugal 1-0. Their lack of goals has been a long-standing problem for coach Luis Enrique.
Group F (Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Morocco)
Belgium (13/20) have yet to win a major tournament, yet they are in contention to triumph at Qatar 2023 despite their 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands following a 2-1 win over Wales.
Group G (Brazil, Cameroon, Serbia, Switzerland)
Brazil (1/4) have brushed aside their opponents in their past seven matches. A stuttering 3-0 win over Ghana was followed by trouncing Tunisia 5-1.
Group H (Portugal, Ghana, South Korea, Uruguay)
Portugal (3/5) mauled the Czech Republic 4-0, yet this victory was sandwiched between 1-0 defeats to Switzerland and Spain.
Being the last ever World Cup finals with 32 teams, next time there will be 48 nations competing, then goals could be tricky to score as these are the ultimate representatives from FIFA’s half-a-dozen confederations.
Entertainment, thrills, and spills are no doubt going to be in abundance at Qatar 2023. Whether there will be more goals scored than the 169 at Russia 2018 remains to be seen, but one side will be crowned world champions exactly one week before Christmas.