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After over a decade of controversy since it was awarded the tournament, the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar is now well underway.The tournament is the first to be held in the Arab world and only the second to take place in Asia, after Japan and South Korea joint-hosted the event in 2002.

This edition will be the last to feature just 32 teams, with the tournament being expanded from 2026 inwards in order to feature 48 nations.Reigning champions France are among the favourites, though no team has successfully defended the World Cup since Brazil in 1962, alongside fellow European sides England, Spain, and Belgium.

Brazil and Argentina will also likely feature in the knockout stages, while Senegal could represent Africa’s biggest hopes of winning for the first time.Ticket sales are now underway for the tournament, and everything you need to know is below.When is the World Cup in Qatar?Because of excessive summer temperatures in the Gulf state, the Qatar World Cup is the first to be staged in winter rather than summer.The first match of the tournament took place on 21 November, and the final is scheduled for 18 December.

Host nation Qatar will play in the opening fixture.What is the World Cup draw?32 teams are competing in Qatar with the final three teams confirmed via play-offs after the World Cup draw had taken place - a trio of sides that included Wales, who are heading to the global showpiece for the first time since 1958.Here’s the group stage draw:Group A : Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, NetherlandsGroup B: England, Iran, USA, WalesGroup C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, PolandGroup D: France, Australia, Denmark, TunisiaGroup E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, JapanGroup F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, CroatiaGroup G: Brazil, Serbia,

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