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The 2022 World Cup in Qatar begins on November 20th when 32 teams aim to reach the final and become world champions on December 18th.

The tournament will be the first in the Arab world and only the second in Asia after Japan and South Korea co-hosted the event in 2002. This edition will be the last to feature only 32 teams. The tournament will be expanded to 48 nations from 2026.

Reigning champions France will be among the favourites, although no team has successfully defended the World Cup since Brazil 1962, alongside fellow European sides England, Spain and Belgium. Brazil and Argentina are also likely to feature in the knockout stages, while Senegal could be Africa’s best hopes of victory for the first time.

England meet play-off winners Wales with USA and Iran in Group B. Spain and Germany were drawn in a hard-fought Group E with Japan and Costa Rica, while Portugal meet Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea in a balanced Group H.

Hosts Qatar begin their tournament against Ecuador before taking on Senegal and the Netherlands – the latter duo were set to be the first game of the 2022 World Cup before organizers moved Qatar’s game to a day earlier. Because the summer temperatures in the Gulf state are too high, the World Cup in Qatar will not be held in summer for the first time, but in winter.

Check out the full matches and World Cup schedule below.

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands.

Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales.

Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland.

Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia.

Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan.

Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia.

Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon.

Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea.

group stage: November 20th to December 2nd

Round of 16: 3rd-6th December

Quarter finals: 9th-10th December

Semifinals: 13-14 December

Final: December 18th

Wales vs Iran 10am GMT BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Qatar vs Senegal 13h GMT BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Netherlands vs Ecuador 4pm GMT ITV1 and ITV X

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