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The reigning world champions take on the first-time semi-finalists in a clash that will determine who will take on Argentina in the final of Qatar 2022! France are looking to defend their title while the Moroccans carry the hopes of their entire continent on their shoulders by virtue of being the first African nation to qualify for the quarterfinals of a World Cup.

France

France have just beaten one of the best sides of the tournament in England and are looking very likely to go on and win the tournament to become only the second nation to retain the trophy. Olivier Giroud and Griezzman have linked up superbly this tournament, with the former coming in clutch every time his nation needs a goal and the latter creating chance after chance for the side. Griezzman has played a vital role in pressing the midfield and defense of the opposition, converting possession in the opposition half, and making the French attack very dangerous. He has averaged 0.8 interceptions and 1.8 tackles per game, numbers that are tough to come by for a player in his position. Kylian Mbappe will be ever so threatening, and his battle against clubmate Hakimi will be one for the ages. The French have shown some worrying signs, with Rabiot and Upamecano falling ill a day prior to the game. The midfield battle will be the most important, as the Moroccan midfielders are the ones who have kept every single attacker they’ve faced out of the game. The French midfield has always been a cause for concern, but Tchouameni and Rabiot have made it seem like it’s the least of their worries. This game might finally be the one where the French midfield could be put into question.

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Morocco

Morocco have been a bundle of surprises in this tournament, not only for having reached this stage but for how they have reached this stage of the tournament. The team has conceded only an own goal in the entirety of the tournament and has beaten the likes of Spain, Portugal, and Belgium to reach this stage. Ounahi, Boufal, Amrabat, Ziyech, Hakimi, Bono, Saiss, El-Nesyri, Aguerd, and Mazaraoui are all names we just hear about during the regular seasons but have become stars on a global stage at Qatar 2022. The team has knocked out two neighboring teams from the tournament and will look to knock out Spain’s neighbors on the eastern front in the semi-finals. The team is incredibly hard to break down and create chances against, leaving teams no space or time to get close to their box. Even if the ball gets close to the goal, Bono is there to save it. The team will be careful against France, as they aren’t like any other team that they have faced before, and with their captain and central defender Roman Saiss injured, the team will have to find a way to support their backline.

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Key Battles to look out for

Tchouameni vs Amarabat- Both players will look to keep the other out of the game and ensure midfield dominance over the other. The one who wins this battle will dictate the tempo in this France vs Morocco game.

Ziyech vs Hernandez: Ziycech is key to creating chances with his inch-perfect crosses, and his tussle with Hernandez will decide how many key chances Morocco creates. Morocco will look to exploit the left-hand side after Hernandez’s showing against England.

Hakimi vs Mbappe: The best battle of them all as the PSG teammates take each other on in a battle of pace, skill, and agility. Both extremely talented players will go head-to-head as Hakimi will look to keep Ziyech quiet throughout the France vs Morocco game.

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Conclusion

In this France vs Morocco . Morocco has had a great run this world cup but has picked up loads of injuries, along with fatigue that is seen on the faces of the players. This game might be a little too much for the North African side, as the French frontline is vicious and fierce. France should be able to see the game through, but Morocco will not go down without a fight. The balance of two continents lies on the shoulders of these two nations, with the victor creating history by reaching a World Cup final.

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In this post, you’ll Read about
Luis Enrique
Hansi Flick
TITE
Gareth Southgate
Didier Deschamps
Fernando Santos

Luis Enrique

He has been a coach for the past 14 years, coaching some big teams like Barcelona and Roma. He has won multiple tournaments as a manager, such as two La Ligas, the 2015 Champions League, and the Club World Cup. Luis Enrique is famed for using his 4-3-3 formation, dating back to his early coaching days. He took over as Spain manager in 2019 and coached a very young squad to the semi-finals of Euro 2020. He is known for providing opportunities to youngsters and will be one of the most experienced managers at the World Cup. Let’s see what Mr. La Masia is going to show us.

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Hansi Flick

Flick started his coaching career in 1996 and has worked as an assistant coach at Salzburg, Germany, and Bayern Munich until finally becoming the Bayern manager and leading them to win the sextuple in 2020, only achieved once before by any club in Europe. He was also the assistant coach of Germany when they won the 2014 World Cup and will surely add the winning mentality to this Germany squad. He has been the German coach since 2021 and will look to turn the team around after their abysmal exit in 2018.

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TITE

Tite has been managing clubs since 1991 and is one of the most experienced managers at the World Cup. He has mainly managed teams in South America and the Middle East and has been the Brazilian manager since 2016. He has won multiple domestic titles and won the Copa America with Brazil in 2019. It will be interesting to see how TITE manages this star-studded Brazilian line-up, managing the game time and opportunities of multiple big names. His long stint with Brazil should mean that we will see a definite pattern and style of play from this squad. He also won the Club World Cup in 2012, which is like finding a needle in a haystack for a South American team.

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Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate has been England manager since 2016 and has successfully managed to take England to the Euro final and a World Cup semi-final. He prefers to use the 3-at-the back system, alternating between a 3-4-3 and a 3-4-2-1 formation. Lately, he has experimented with the 4-3-3 tactic but hasn’t seen much success with it. Southgate has been in the middle of multiple debates where half the fans want him out due to poor performances and underutilization of players in the recent past, and the other half want him to stay as he has done more than any other England manager has done in decades. Southgate has looked to solve the biggest problem with the English side, which was the club vs. country debate that occurred amongst players. There seems to be unison in the squad, which looks like it enjoys playing as a unit.

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Didier Deschamps

The French manager is a World Cup winner as a manager and a player. He won the 2018 World Cup with France as their manager and preferred to use a four-at-back system. He has been trying his hand at the 3-at-the back system, but it looked to have failed in the recent nation’s league. Deschamps has announced that he will opt to go with four at the back this World Cup. Although he will go into the World Cup with loads of confidence, he has his fair share of problems to deal with in terms of injuries to multiple starters like Kante, Pogba, Kimpembe, Benzema, and Nkunku. He will have to manage the squad well and ensure the team stays fit for the tournament.

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Fernando Santos

Santos is one of the most underrated managers at the tournament. He won the Primeira Liga with Porto in 1998–99 and has won multiple individual awards as a manager for clubs and countries. He is one of the longest-serving managers at the World Cup, having been with Portugal since 2014. With the national side, he won the Euros in 2014 and the nation’s league in 2018–19. This shows that his achievements were not short-lived or based on form or momentum; rather, he has been building a side over the past 8 years. Santos Portugal has always played free-flowing football, mostly employing a three-at-the back system. He likes to build his team around talisman Ronaldo, and that has worked very well for the national side.

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As we go into the World Cup, let’s have a look at the Asian teams that will be a part of it. These are the teams that have historically caused upsets but have never really won the World Cup. Do these teams want to always be known as the underdogs who cause upsets, or do they see the World Cup as a real threat? Let’s have a look!

In this post, you’ll Read about
Qatar
Iran
Saudi Arabia
Japan
South Korea

Qatar

Let’s kick things off with the host nation, Qatar. This will be the first time Qatar plays at the world cup as a result of being the host nation. Having never qualified for the WC before, the team will be a total mystery bag to everyone they face. The team played the world cup qualifiers as a form of warm up matches and did not lose a single game.On the contrary they lost an international friendly to Canada and the Croatia under 23 team in 2022. The team will be led by Al-Haydos who is their most capped player as well. They are the reigning Afc asian cup champions, showing promise coming into this massive tournament. They are ranked 50th in the world rankings, the third lowest for any team at the WC. Qatar are in Group A with the likes of Ecuador, Senegal and Netherlands. They kick start their campaign against the easiest side in their group as the first game of the tournament, which will decide which way their momentum will swing. In all likeness the team will finish at the bottom of their group due to their lack of footballing prominence at such a big stage. 

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Iran

Iran have qualified for the WC for the 6th time and this will be their 3rd world cup in a row, making them tournament regulars at this point. Iran has been one of the dominant teams in Asia, especially in the middle eastern region. The team also has representation of players in the big European leagues such as Ansafarid, Ghoddos, Jahanbaksh and Mohammadi who bolster the squad’s strength. Historically the team has won 3 AFC Asian cups and finished in the semi final places in their last outing. Iran did well in the third round of the WC qualifying only losing to South Korea. The team missed out on qualifying for the knockouts lasttime round by a mere 1 point, even going on to draw to Portugal. Will this year finally be the year they break out of the group stage? As they go on to face England, USA and Wales, this group could be open for their taking. As England was predicted to finish top of the group, Iran could pose a huge threat to USA and Wales and might just make it to the round of 16.

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Saudi Arabia

 WIth the Saudi takeover of Newcastle and footballing greats playing in the Saudi Arabian league, the nation has come far in the footballing world. This world cup could truly change the shape of football in their nation, with the country predicted to have excellent home support due to their close proximity to Qatar. This will be the nation’s 6th World cup with their best finish being the round of 16 in 1994. The country crashed and burned at the previous world cup with a 5-0 smashing in the opening game against Russia. The team fared decently well in their qualifiers losing only to Asian giants Japan. Al-Dawsri and Al-Sehri are  their biggest attacking assets, netting 7 goals each in 13 games. Saudi Arabia may yet face another tough challenge in the group stage, having to face Argentina, Poland and Mexico. This could mean that Saudi finish the group at the bottom and any positive result will hinder any of the other team’s progress from their group.

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Japan

The players from the land of the rising sun will look to bring pride on the rest of their continent after they were knocked out cruelly in the round of 16, the last time around in the dying minutes of extra time. The team are 4 time asian cup champions and current runners up, going into the world cup in great form, not losing any of their qualifying games. This will be the nation’s 7th world cup in a row, marking the team’s dominance in the Asian circuit. Japan carry experience with players like Maya Yoshida, Nagatomo and Kawashima who have been with the squad for over a decade. The team will also see breakout players from European league’s such as Tomiyasu, Mitoma, Minamino and Haraguchi will really be the ones who can blow it up at the World Cup. Asako and Ito are one’s to watch as well, each netting 10 goals in the qualifiers. To Japan’s bad luck, the team is in the group of death, but not as underdogs but as one of the teams that make it to the group of death. Every team is going to find the group challenging with each team being extremely  difficult to face. Japan could finish anywhere from 1-4th in the group, being excellent challengers in their own right. 

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South Korea

2 time Asian Cup winners South Korea, are the Asian team to have qualified for most world cups, with this being their record 11th time. The team has been a part of every world cup since 1986 with their best finish being in the semi finals of the 2002 world cup. The team has also qualified for the knockouts twice outside of their great run in 2002 and even went on to knock out champions Germany in the 2018 World Cup. The team is led by their Talisman Son, who is one of the best wingers in the Premier League. His attacking partner Chin-Wook poses a great threat too. Hwang Hee-Chan is the other Korean in the premier league but has been struggling to see game time with Wolves whereas Min-Jae has done well in defence  with league leaders Napoli. Korea lost only one game in the qualifiers to UAE which was a dead rubber. The team looks really strong and will be one of the teams to beat in group H. With the team beating Germany the last time round, they might possibly beat Portugal and Uruguay as well. A lot of the nation’s hopes are dependent on their captain Son but his goal drought for his club this season are worrying signs for the side. He will also be going into the world cup with a face fracture, throwing his participation at the tournament into question. 

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It is no open secret that this World Cup has had it’s fair share of controversies, but as we get closer to its opening day, the more the nation and FIFA are exposed for an array of reasons. Let’s dive into this cesspool of corruption, fixture congestion and poor working conditions.

In this post, you’ll Read about the problem with Qatar 2022
Corruption
Winter world cup and Climate
Injuries to players
Migrant workers and stadiums
Social concerns
Environmental concerns
Paid Fans

Corruption

Countries have been throwing allegations at Qatar for buying votes to gain support for their bid to host the World Cup. All of this was just speculation until the ex-president of FIFA, who awarded Qatar the World Cup, openly admitted that it was a mistake to select Qatar 2022 as hosts for the World Cup. Blatter himself lost his post as president for corruption scandals, and when you look back at it all, corruption and the Qatar 2022 world cup can be presumed to be linked.

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Winter world cup and Climate

This is the first time in history that a world cup is being played during the winter months due to the extreme weather conditions in Qatar during the summer, making it impossible for players to play in the scorching heat. Due to this, the World Cup is being played in between football seasons around the world, where there is only a week’s break before and after the World Cup. This has caused minimal rest days for players and no time to prepare for the tournament. This has also made the World Cup a very short tournament in terms of days, with teams like Portugal getting only 7 rest days between their first game and the final.

Injuries to players

The winter World Cup has forced domestic leagues to have extremely congested fixtures, leading to players playing games every few days. Starting the season early has reduced the rest time for players between seasons as well. A lot of players whom the world wants to see will miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in the tournament of their dreams. Loads of teams are affected by these absentee players, which will change the outcome of the World Cup for them. Some notable players who will miss the World Cup are Mane, Jota, Reus, Reece, Chilwell, Kante, Pogba, Werner, Nkunku, and Kimpembe.

Migrant workers and stadiums

Qatar 2022, being traditionally a non-football-playing nation, lacked the infrastructure to host a world cup. This led them to hire migrant workers, who served as cheap labor to construct the stadiums. Most of these workers were from South Asian and Southeast Asian countries. The conditions of stay and work have been very questionable, with many workers dying during the construction of the stadiums, with the deaths being underreported. Some reports say as many as 6,500 workers have died during the construction of the stadiums. The workers reported that they were giving very poor accommodations and were underpaid or not paid in full. The workers submitted their passports before starting their work and are alleged to have been exploited until they completed their work to receive their passports. Further allegations were made that the workers had to sign false statements to say that they had been paid in full to retrieve their passports. This led to outcries around the world, calling it slavery and asking for a call to action to boycott the World Cup. On November 5, 2022, Gianni Infantino and Fatma Samoura sent out a letter to all participating nations, telling them to cease and avoid any further or current discussion of Qatar’s poor human rights records, to “respect all opinions and beliefs without handing out moral lessons to the rest of the world” and to “focus on the football” so as to “not allow football to be dragged into every ideological or political battle that exists”. 

On September 28, 2022, Danish sportswear company Hummel unveiled Denmark’s “toned down” kits for the tournament in protest of Qatar’s human rights record. One of these kits includes a black alternate kit that represents “the colour of mourning”, which references the dispute between Hummel and World Cup organisers in Qatar in which Hummel claimed that thousands of migrant workers died during the construction of the venues

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Social concerns

Qatar has very stringent policies on lgbtq, drinking, and clothing. Anyone engaging in sexual activity in the LGBTQ community could be detained and jailed. Captains have been advised not to wear rainbow armbands. Anyone wearing ‘indecent clothing’ or seen taking off their shirts could be detained and sent back to their countries.Drinking will be restricted to only drinking zones, with alcohol being expensive in these zones. Any form of public drinking will be deemed illegal. This has again led to fans asking to cancel the World Cup.

Environmental concerns

There are growing concerns about high carbon emissions due to all the stadiums being air-conditioned. Even though they are all fitted with solar panels, energy waste and carbon emissions will be through the roof.By some estimates, the World Cup is going to cost Qatar in 2022 approximately £138 billion (US$220 billion). This is about 60 times the $3.5 billion that South Africa spent on the 2010 World Cup.

Qatar 2022 has been accused of having paid fans to pretend to be supporters from different countries. This has been looked at as a PR stunt to make it seem like the World Cup is in full flow.

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