program, schedules, TV channels and predictions for this Sunday
Find all the important information for this first day of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The game of the day
Let’s go! The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will officially begin this Sunday, November 20 with only one match on the program, that between the host country and Ecuador at the end of the afternoon (5 pm). An important match for both teams in view of qualifying for the round of 16; with the Netherlands behind, the favorites to finish first, the race for second place in group A promises to be open. Before this first confrontation of the competition, you can also get in the mood by watching the opening ceremony that starts in the middle of the afternoon (3:30 pm).
Schedules and broadcast channels
Qatar-Ecuador (Group A): 5 pm (TF1 & beIN SPORTS 1)
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The predictions of Gaël Danic and Régis Brouard
Former attacking midfielder (Troyes, Valenciennes, Bastia, Lyon, Rennes…) and ex-French U20 international, Gaël Danic has 340 matches in Ligue 1.
“I see Qatar winning against Ecuador. Because it’s the host country pushed by its public, and because Ecuador has struggled to score in the last matches (Zero goals in the last 3, 2 goals in the last 5).
Former professional player, passed on among others by Montpellier, Caen, Nîmes and Cannes, Régis Brouard converted to coaching (Quevilly, Niort, Red Star…) and currently manages SC Bastia.
“Qatar has a chance to win their first World Cup game. That would be exceptional for him. Therefore, players must be highly motivated. Besides, there is always a psychological advantage to playing at home. So I see a narrow victory for the host country.
This Sunday, in the middle of the afternoon (3:30 pm French time), Ibrahima Konaté and Eduardo Camavinga of the France team will be in a press conference at the Jassim-bin-Hamad stadium in Doha. Subsequently, the Blues, affected by the package of Karim Benzema, will participate in the late afternoon (5 pm) in the collective training that will be open to the press in its entirety. The opportunity – perhaps – to get indications on the options of Didier Deschamps for the first match, against Denmark, Tuesday night (8 pm). During the day, we can also find out if a player will come to replace Karim Benzema, package for the competition.
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statement of the day
“Now I feel Qatari, now I feel Arab, now I feel African, now I feel gay, now I feel disabled, now I feel migrant worker“, said FIFA President Gianni Infantino this Saturday morning, in response to the violent criticism of human rights and discrimination, especially LGBTQ +, directed against the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Words that made people speak.
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Player to watch: Almoez Ali (Qatar)
Unknown to the public, Almoez Ali is one of the players to watch this Sunday afternoon. At the age of 26, the center forward of Al-Duhail SC is none other than the leading scorer in the history of the Qatar national team, with thirty-nine goals in eighty-two selections. Against Ecuador, he could become even more legendary by scoring the first goal of “Bordeaux” in the World Cup.
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Expression of the day: “Have square feet”
Anyone who has played a bit of football in their life has heard this expression at least once on a pitch. This causes a physical difference – in this case at the level of the feet – that prevents it from being technically fair in the leather to assign or room a player who is too clumsy in front of the goal.
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