2022 FIFA World Cup: A Catalogue of the Games I Watched (Quarterfinals and On)
Hello everyone! It is I, Mawuenam Dossa, your 2022 World Cup guide! This has been a very anticipated World Cup. There are many stories of national teams like Russia being banned from participation; Italy, the European Champions, failing to qualify; Oceanic countries not qualifying for the third World Cup in a row and the United States playing some old rivals. This is going to be a great tournament!
But first a pause: While soccer is an amazing sport to watch, a review of this World Cup would not be complete without mentioning the horrid conditions that many workers endured to make this World Cup possible. Nearly 500 people died building the infrastructure, stadiums and other facilities needed to host Qatar’s World Cup, with other unconfirmed counts putting that number in the thousands. Many fans are against the World Cup this year because of this tragedy, and justifiably so.
The World Cup is structured in several stages. The first stage is the group stage. The group stage matches involved the 32 group stage-qualifying teams who played in groups of four to advance on to the World Cup. For example, Group A contained Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands. They all played each other in three matches and the top two in that group, in this case Netherlands and Senegal, continued to the round of 16. The rest of the World Cup is just like an elimination tournament, starting from a round of 16 to the finals and the third-place game.