World Cup 2022: dates, matches, controversies… All about the competition

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The 22nd FIFA World Cup will take place from November 20 to December 18, 2022 in Qatar. An event which will therefore take place for the first time in autumn. There are therefore 32 teams that will compete at this World Cup in Qatar. 64 matches in all for this competition which will take place in 8 stadiums and 4 cities.

A very controversial competition because of the problems and which has prompted numerous calls for a boycott from personalities in the world of football and politicians. Investigations for corruption, human rights, attacks on the environment, a ban on giant screen broadcasting in many towns… This FIFA World Cup in Qatar is a subject that has given rise to numerous debates.

As reported by the newspaper L’Équipe, the opening match of this first fall World Cup in Qatar will pit Senegal against the Netherlands and will take place on Monday, November 21 at 11 a.m. The competition will end with the final which will take place on Sunday, December 18 at 4 p.m.

Sunday, November 20:

Qatar – Ecuador (Group A, D1): 5 p.m.

Monday November 21:

Tuesday, November 22:

Wednesday, November 23:

Thursday, November 24:

Friday, November 25:

Saturday November 26:

Sunday November 27:

Monday, November 28:

Tuesday, November 29:

Wednesday, November 30:

Thursday, December 1:

Friday, December 2:

Are you going to have to get up in the middle of the night to watch Les Bleus matches? Despite the distance and the great difference in climate and temperature between France and Qatar, you should know that in reality, there is only one hour time difference between France and Qatar. Thus, the matches will take place:

“Without us”, headlined the front page of the newspaper Le Quotidien de La Réunion on September 13th. The newspaper was the first French media to officially declare that it was going to boycott the 2022 World Cup, organized in Qatar from November 20 to December 18. The argument of ecological disaster has been raised many times with seven of the eight stadiums which will host the matches which will be air-conditioned in the open air. As a reminder, Qatar is one of the main gas exporters in the world and holds the world record for CO2 emissions per capita.

Several mayors of large cities, all political colors combined, wished to no longer organize the broadcasting of matches on large screens after the declaration this Saturday, October 1 of the socialist mayor of Lille Martine Aubry, who had described the event as “nonsense with regard to human rights, the environment and sport”. In Marseille, the socialist mayor Benoît Payan notably judged that this competition had “gradually transformed into a human and environmental disaster, incompatible with the values ​​that we want to see carried through sport and in particular football”.