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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: World Cup group stage pairings

Update : 02 Apr 2022, 11:19

The World Cup groups are set, now the real wait begins. England have been drawn in an historically fiery group for this year's World Cup in Qatar. The draw took place on Friday 1st April with a total of eight groups and 32 teams announced. 

Group A or the first group of the FIFA World Cup 2022 will see the hosts, Qatar pairing with Ecuador along with Senegal and the Netherlands. The first game of the competition will see Qatar take on Ecuador.

Senegal will play their opening game against the Netherlands.

England will play the United States, and both must face Iran and potentially Ukraine which resumes in the playoffs in June. Ukraine was unable to field a team last week during the invasion by Russia.

Joining them in Group B are the Netherlands and Africa Cup of Nations champions Senegal. Adding further spice to Group B is the presence of the United States. The fourth team in that group will only be revealed when the last European playoff path reaches its conclusion in June. Scotland, Ukraine or Wales will join England and co.

For the fourth time at World Cup finals, France will meet Denmark.

In Group D will be Tunisia and one of Peru, UAE or Australia.

While the group stages appear benign for England and France, should they win their respective groups and last-16 games they'll meet in the quarter-finals.

The standout pairing of the Group stage is in Group E, with Germany and Spain playing in the second round of fixtures on November 27. They have Japan and either New Zealand or Costa Rica for company.

Five-time winners Brazil have been drawn in Group G along with Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.

There's a chance for Ghana to avenge their controversial exit from the 2010 World Cup, as they've been drawn with Uruguay for the first time since that fateful night in Johannesburg. Portugal and South Korea are the other teams in Group H.

Canada will begin against the might of Belgium in Group F. They'll also play Morocco and Croatia.

And Group C could prove tricky for Argentina, as they've been drawn alongside Poland, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

Only 29 of the 32 teams are currently known but the final three playoff matchups are all known. Along with the final European qualifier in Group B, one intercontinental playoff, Peru will face the winner of the United Arab Emirates vs. Australia AFC playoff; in the other, Costa Rica will face New Zealand. Those games will take place in June.

The 2022 World Cup begins Nov. 21 and ends with the final in Lusail on Dec. 18. 

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