World Cup Qatar 2022 Blog

Day 9

Today’s matches:

  • Cameroon v Serbia
  • S. Korea v Ghana
  • Brazil v Switzerland
  • Portugal v Uruguay

Yesterday’s matches

Japan 0 Costa Rica 1 (commentary: ‘its got a kind of Sunday morning feel to it. You could take the dog for a walk across the pitch and not cause too much pandemonium’ – let’s hope it livens up a bit in the second half!)

Belgium 0 Morocco 2 – WHAT A SHOCKER! So great for African football. But Belgium, ranked second in the world?! (and having only failed to score once in last 52 games). For Morocco – what a difference a new coach makes! Great post match scenes.

Croatia 2 Canada 0

Spain 1 Germany 1

Day 8

First, comments on yesterday’s matches:

Tunisia 0 Australia 1 – wonderful scenes of Australia winning – first world cup match won since 2010. This meant a lot to them.

Poland 2 Saudi Arabia 0. Really felt for the losing team – nobody could accuse them of not giving it their all.

France 2 Denmark 1. Mbappe has to be a strong contender for that Golden Boot. Brilliant goals.

Argentina 2 Mexico 0. Messi to the rescue when it started to look like it would be a goalless draw. Great goal followed by another by youngster, Enzo Fernandez. Was it a match worth giving up Saturday night’s viewing of Strictly? Juries out!

Today’s Matches:

  • Japan v Costa Rica (commentary: ‘its got a kind of Sunday morning feel to it. You could take the dog for a walk across the pitch and not cause too much pandemonium’ – let’s hope it livens up a bit in the second half!)
  • Belgium v Morocco
  • Croatia v Canada
  • Spain v Germany – this should be a cracker

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The following is in Chronological Order:

It’s here again! Seems like a long time since the last one.

Let’s start with some World Cup Facts (taken from my World Cup Quiz)

  1. What number World Cup is this? (2022 is the 22nd World Cup)
  2. How many venues will be played in Qatar? (8 stadiums, 5 cities)
  3. What is the name of the official Qatar mascot for 2022? (La’eeb)
  4. What does this word mean? (Skilled Player)
  5. What kind of animal is this mascot? (A character that can be anything you want it to be, from a parallel mascot universe)
  6. What is 2022 World Cup Slogan? (Expect Amazing)
  7. What is the theme song of the 2022 World Cup? (Hayya Hayya (Better Together) sung by Trinidad Cardona, Davido and AISHA)
  8. Who are the defending champions? (France)
  9. Who did they beat in the 2018 final? (Croatia)

And finally,

  1. Who is going to win?!!

In answer to that final question, can’t find it in me not to say England … but with Brazil as a strong contender!

A lot of attention will be on key players – more so perhaps this time as this will probably be the last time we see Messi and Ronaldo on the world stage.

But the beauty of this contest is the sheer unpredictability of events – the magic of those crazy moments which make this such a memorable experience. (See Quirky Facts on quiz, one of which I will add each day during the next 28 of the competition) I know that the World Cup isn’t everyone’s ‘bag’ – and for some households (mine included) it will be a matter of some ‘banter’ (hopefully light-hearted!) over the next 4 weeks. But a bit like Strictly, it certainly gives us something to talk about – apart from the weather!

So, here we go! 4 weeks of World Cup drama – let’s hope it provides us all with, if nothing else, a much-needed form of escapism at this time.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony will take place later today, Sunday, 20 November 2022 at the Al Bayt Stadium, capacity 60,000, in Al Khor, prior to the opening match of the tournament between hosts Qatar and Ecuador. It will include performances by South Korean singer and BTS member Jungkook and the American group Black Eyed Peas. Plus Robbie Williams – though with recent stars withdrawing over human rights issues, who knows.

Then the first match between the host nation, Qatar and Ecuador – can’t wait!

Day 7

Tunisia v Australia

Poland v Saudi Arabia

France v Denmark

Argentina v Mexico

I will start with one comment on England’s performance or lack of, last night. Shameful.

What I would say to Gareth Southgate? The World Cup is about excitement, passion, love of the game and, of course, pride in representing your country. Did we see any of that last night? No. To say England’s performance was lacklustre would be understating the case. There was absolutely no desire for goals – all that kicking around in their own half, seriously? The first comment I texted to friends last night was ‘watching paint dry’. It was worse. This was no representation of great football which should be a given at the world cup – it was a really poor example to young folk – a message of ‘put in an appearance’ with a view to not losing the match – no worries re: winning, an irrelevance. If I had been in that crowd at the match last night, I, too, would have booed at the end. If they come out with this attitude again, they should not/will not progress any further in the competition. I’d rather watch teams like Saudi Arabia and Japan and Wales – who want to win, make an impression, entertain everyone. Yes, to entertain the crowds there and around the world – last night’s England performance scored zero. What would Southgate have been saying this morning if America had scored a last minute goal?

No winners last night – and really nothing in the English camp to be proud of. The comments at the end from the English camp – we’re still in the competition, pretty much summed it up.

Moving on! 

Day 2 21.11.22

Rather strange start to this competition – with no BBC coverage of the opening ceremony. I have to admit I’m finding this all rather frustrating. Without getting into the politics – yes, there are issues to be raised and awareness is of course a key element to our lives but I feel it should either all have been said before and maybe different decisions made then; or we wait til afterwards ..

The match yesterday – Ecuador won a deserved victory, 2 : 0 against the host nation Qatar – I think the first time a host nation has lost an opening match. Bizarre offside decision disallowing first goal but this proved unimportant to the end result.

So, today – and as I write I hope we can just enjoy today’s football which is:

Day 2

1pm England v Iran

4pm Senegal v Netherlands

7pm USA v Wales

Not sure how much I’ll be able to watch – but hopefully all of match tonight which should be amazing.

Day 3

Great day’s football yesterday:

England v Iran – 6:2! Fab goals – so good to see England coming out in fighting form.

Senegal v Netherland – 0:2 – Surprisingly indifferent game – won by Dutch in the end

USA v Wales – 1:1 – disappointing Welsh performance in first half when USA goal scored (brill goal – Tim Weah) but made up for it in second half, great penalty taken by Gareth Bale. Great to see Welsh back in action after 64 years – fans obviously loving it!

Matches today:

Argentina 1 Saudi Arabia 2 WOW WHAT A SHOCK! One of the biggest in world cup history – Argentinian giants beaten by a team ranked 51 in the world! But that’s w hat’s great about the World Cup – its drama and stories.

Denmark 0Tunisia 0 And what bigger story than a guy who nearly died on the pitch – coming back to play football again, representing his team Denmark in the World Cup against Tunisia. I’m talking about Eriksen of course who collapsed with a cardiac arrest during the opening match of the Euros – told he’d never play football again, and now playing his 3rd World Cup, just 6 months later. Amazing.

Mexico v Poland 0: 0

Two goal less matches made up for by evening show from France and Australia -France 4 Australia 1. Australia scored opening goal and it looked briefly like it could be another shock result – but not with the likes of Mbappe on the pitch – the world’s most expensive teenager in history – what a title! And great 2 goals from Giroud – equalling Henri’s record of 51 goals for France.

Day 4

10 am Morocco v Croatia – 0:0 match with frustratingly no goals

1pm Germany v Japan – another shock result! Germany losing to Japan

4pm Spain 7 Costa Rica 0 Too easy.

7pm Belgium 1 Canada 0 Match of missed chances – bitter disappointment for Canadians who just couldn’t convert.

Bring on the Brazilians tomorrow!

Day 5

10 am Switzerland v Cameroon 1:0

1pm Uruguay v South Korea 0:0

4pm Portugal v Ghana 3 – 2 What a match! Nearly another upset – crazy last minute when Portuguese goalie unaware of Ghana player behind him when taking goal kick – such a shame latter tripped – the look on Ronaldo’s face was priceless!

7pm Brazil v Serbia. 2:0 Great second half – lots of attacking play and goal opportunities – a style Brazil always brings to the table, rarely disappoint. A lot of Arsenal/Tottenham Hotspur banter going on during this game!

Day 6

10am Wales v Iran

1pm Qatar v Senegal

4pm Netherlands v Ecuador

7pm England v USA

Results from yesterday:

Wales 0 Iran 2 – heart-wrenching match for the Welsh. To lose in such circumstances – goalie red-carded and then 2 inevitable goals that followed.

Qatar 1 Senegal 3 Senegal showing real guts

Netherlands 1 Ecuador 1 Another gutsy match full of drama

And then there was the English match …

England 0 USA 0 I seriously feel sorry for folk who had this as ‘the match to watch’ – it wasn’t! I know I’ve had my rant above but I still feel it needs saying – if you do your best then nobody can criticise you .. and apart from substitutions at the end, there was nothing to watch – the first half was just dire – keeping the ball in play, almost a clock watching exercise. This is NOT what we want at a world cup or any other kind of match for that matter. This was a lesson in how not to represent your country – I would almost have preferred they lost than play in this desultory manner. Yes, they’ll probably go on – this was their main line of defence when interviewed at the end; but seriously, is that what this game is all about? A definite NO from me. I want to see passion and players pushing themselves to fulfil their potential – a showcase of football – GOALS – WINNING – not just ‘playing it out’.

Sorry, end of second rant!

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