World Cup 2022 team guides: everything you need to know

After 12 years of buildup, controversy and debate, the 2022 World Cup is now just days away.

Can Brazil end 20 years of pain? Will Lionel Messi finally lead Argentina to world glory in his last dance? Does England have what it takes to go all out after reaching the semi-finals and then the finals of the two most recent major tournaments? And can host country Qatar Spring bring a few surprises? We are about to find out…

To help give you the inside track, The athletic has produced team guides by local experts on the 32 teams competing in Qatar, profiling each manager involved in this World Cup, outlining each team’s strengths and weaknesses, naming each country’s potential breakthrough player and explaining exactly how much pressure each team will have under from the media and fans at home.

Perhaps more importantly than that, they’ll tell you which manager always wears a spotless white button-down shirt for good luck, which team has a fan who will walk across the desert to Doha, which country’s panicked president tweeted well wishes to the stricken national teams star, which group of fans inexplicably revived an 80s pop song on their way to the final, and which goalkeeper is in the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s longest throw…

Find the answers to all these questions and more in the 32 team guides below.


group A
Qatar
Ecuador
Senegal
The Netherlands

England 2022 World Cup squad guide: Southgate sticks to tried and trusted - for good or bad

Group B
England
Iran
United States
Wales

Group C
Argentina
Saudi Arabia
Mexico
Poland

France World Cup 2022 squad guide: Les Bleus are destined to go big or go home early

Group D
France
Australia
Denmark
Tunisia

Spain World Cup 2022 selection guide: Pass masters are still missing that finishing touch

Group E
Spain
Costa Rica
Germany
Japan

Selection guide World Cup 2022 Belgium: a last chance for the generation that underperformed

Group F
Belgium
Canada
Morocco
Croatia

Selection guide Brazil World Cup 2022: more than enough quality to deliver the 'Hex'

Group G
Brazil
Serbia
Switzerland
Cameroon

Portugal World Cup 2022 squad guide: young stars, aging stars and a well-known debate about Ronaldo

Group H
Portugal
Ghana
Uruguay
South Korea


For an in-depth group-by-group analysis of each team’s tactics and how they line up…

Group A guide: De Jong keeps the Netherlands running and watch out for the set pieces of Ecuador
Group B guide: England’s control and the Iranian goalkeeper’s spear-style throws
Group C guide: Argentina’s fast start, aging Mexico and possession-shy Poland
Group D guide: France’s high press, Denmark’s inverted wingers and an Australian giant
Group E guide: Spain’s young midfield stars and watch out for Germany’s triangles
Group F guide: Belgium scores free, cross-heavy Croatia and Canada’s cuts
Group G guide: Tadic’s corners, Swiss pressing and a more complete Neymar
Group H guide: Bernardo Silva the orchestrator and Uruguay’s last dance

(In-copy artwork: Photos: Getty Images/Design: Sam Richardson. Top image: Getty Images)

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