Most FIFA World Cup Wins of All-Time

The best football nations on the planet will begin their journey in Qatar soon, so we’re looking at the countries with the most FIFA World Cup wins.

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The 2022 edition of the World Cup kicks off this week from Qatar, who will be competing in and hosting their first tournament. Traditional powerhouses like Argentina, Brazil, France and Germany will be in the running when the competition begins. However, Italy won’t be in attendance for the second consecutive World Cup. They managed to win Euro 2020, but fell short during World Cup qualifying.

The biggest stars will be hoping to earn World Cup glory, including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr.

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Meanwhile, the U.S. Men’s National Team returns to the World Cup for the first time in eight years as the young group aims to break through.

Only European and South American nations have managed to win the World Cup in its 92-plus year history. Overall, eight countries have captured FIFA World Cup wins, so ONE37pm takes a closer look at those with the most success.

Which Nations Have the most FIFA World Cup wins?
1. Brazil – 5 Wins (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
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The South American nation leads the way with five World Cup titles, but it’s been nearly 20 years since Brazil’s last triumph.

Neymar and Co. will be the favorites heading into this year’s World Cup with a loaded attacking front. The group includes Antony, Raphinha, Vinicius Jr. and Gabriel Jesus.

Over the years, Brazil has had a long list of world-class talents, including Pele, Ronaldo Nazario, Ronaldinho, Garrincha and more.

(Tie) 2. Germany – 4 Wins (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
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The Germans have played in more World Cup finals than any other country. They’ve split those appearances, winning four and losing four.

Their most recent victory came in 2014 after a fierce extra time battle against Argentina.

(Tie) 2. Italy – 4 Wins (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)
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The Azzurri have one of the most decorated World Cup pasts in the history of the sport, but they’ve missed two straight tournaments.

Alessandro del Piero, Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon are just some of the incredible players Italy has managed to field over the years.

(Tie) 4. Argentina – 2 Wins (1978, 1986)
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Argentina’s World Cup drought has gone 30-plus years and Lionel Messi is looking to win this tournament for the first time.

Diego Maradona and his infamous ‘Hand of God’ sequence helped guide Argentina to their last World Cup title back in 1986.

(Tie) 4. France – 2 (1998, 2018)
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Les Bleus have a rich football history with many top stars like Just Fontaine, Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane.

Their current group is led by 2018 World Cup winners Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema. France can become the third nation to ever win back-to-back World Cups if they can secure a win in Qatar.

(Tie) 4. Uruguay – 2 (1930, 1950)
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It’s been a long time since Uruguay found World Cup glory, but they’re one of only six nations with multiple wins on the world’s top stage. The South American side won two of the first four World Cups and they’ll be looking to remind everyone of their history in Qatar.

The Uruguayans feature a strong group led by veterans like Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.

(Tie) 7. England – 1 (1966)
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England is considered one of the birthplaces of football, however, they don’t hold the most FIFA World Cup wins. The Three Lions have been getting closer to winning under Gareth Southgate after finishing fourth at the 2018 World Cup.

The English also finished runners’ up at Euro 2020 after falling to Italy.

(Tie) 7. Spain – 1 (2010)
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Spain boasted one of the greatest World Cup squads in the history of the tournament in 2010. The group was led by Fernando Torres, David Villa, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, who beat the Netherlands in the final.

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The World Cup has had many elite players grace the pitch over the years and these are the players with the most goals.

Miroslav Klose – Germany (16)

Klose holds the record for World Cup goals after appearing in four separate competitions for Germany. The striker capped off his legacy with a 2014 World Cup title but his best performance came on home soil in 2006. He also led that World Cup with five goals despite Germany not taking home the trophy.

Ronaldo – Brazil (15)

Ronaldo Nazario is recognized as one of the top strikers in football history and his World Cup track record backs that up. He helped guide his nation to glory at the 2002 World Cup after scoring eight goals.

Gerd Muller – West Germany (14)

Muller completed a decorated career with West Germany scoring 14 goals in 13 World Cup matches. He won the competition in 1974 after losing just one match in the competition to then-East Germany.

Just Fontaine – France (13)

Fontaine had the single-best World Cup by an individual player when he scored 13 goals back in 1958. The Frenchman only played in one World Cup but he left a lasting legacy with his nation.

Pele – Brazil (12)

The Brazilian star is the only player to ever win the World Cup on three separate occasions. Pele was a teenager when he won his first tournament and managed to play in four World Cups overall. He’s regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and is Brazil’s leading goal scorer with 77 goals in 92 matches.

Every FIFA World Cup Winner

1930 – Uruguay 4-2 Argentina

1934 – Italy 4-2 Czechoslovakia

1938 – Italy 2-1 Hungary

1942 – Cancelled due to World War II

1946 – Cancelled due to World War II

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1950 – Uruguay 2-1 Brazil

1954 – West Germany 3-2 Hungary

1958 – Brazil 5-2 Sweden

1962 – Brazil 3-1 Czechoslovakia

1966 – England 4-2 ET West Germany

1970 – Brazil 4-1 Italy

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1974 – West Germany 2-1 Netherlands

1978 – Argentina 3-1 ET Netherlands

1982 – Italy 3-1 West Germany

1986 – Argentina 3-2 West Germany

1990 – West Germany 1-0 Argentina

1994 – Brazil 0-0 (3-2 on PKs) Italy

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1998 – France 3-0 Brazil

2002 – Brazil 2-0 Germany

2006 – Italy 1-1 (5-3 on PKs) France

2010 – Spain 1-0 ET Netherlands

2014 – Germany 1-0 ET Argentina

2018 – France 4-2 Croatia


Everything to Know About Group E at the World Cup

Multiple Group E sides will be looking to become World Cup champions in 2022 as the tournament kicks off in a few weeks.

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Spain and Germany headline Group E, which also features Costa Rica and Japan.

The four countries will battle for places in the last 16, which is something all of them have reached in recent competitions.

Today, we’re taking a closer look at the group ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Which Teams Will Play in Group E?

Costa Rica qualified for the World Cup after an epic battle against New Zealand back in June.

Japan has become accustomed to qualifying for the world’s biggest competition, and they’re always a tough out.

Germany are four-time World Cup champions and will look to bring a mixed group of youth and experience to Qatar.

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Spain won its lone World Cup title in 2010, but with a young group of La Liga stars, perhaps the Spanish can win their second.

Who’s the Favorite?

Germany and Spain are pretty even on paper, but with the injuries the Germans are battling right now, the edge goes to the latter.

The Spanish are led by a strong core in the midfield with Pedri, Gavi, Sergio Busquets, and others.

Meanwhile, Dani Olmo, Ferran Torres, and Ansu Fati are exciting attacking options to go along with players like Gerard Moreno.

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Spain won the World Cup over a decade ago in South Africa with one of the most talented squads of all time.

They boast a deep squad that can present challenges for any top nation, but their first priority will be handling a tough Group E.

Players to Watch on Every Team

Costa Rica – Jewison Bennette

Costa Rica mainly boasts an aging squad, but Bennette is one of their more promising young talents.

The Ticos star moved to Sunderland this season and has already scored a goal in just three appearances.

He’ll have the opportunity to mix into the Costa Rica attack with Joel Campbell and Johan Venegas.

GermanyJamal Musiala

Musiala is one of the best young midfielders in Europe and will have a significant role with Germany.

He’s been lighting it up with Bayern Munich this season and already has chemistry with players like Thomas Muller and Leroy Sane.

Japan – Takefusa Kubo

The Real Sociedad winger has become a huge name for Japan at the age of 21.

He’ll likely be one of the team’s go-to attackers in Qatar and aim to carry his La Liga form over to a team that’s had lots of World Cup success in the past.

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Spain – Pedri

The Barcelona product continues to make a name for himself on the club and international scene.

The midfield will be based around the young Spaniard, and with strong performances at the Euros and during Nations League, he wants to make a big impact at his first World Cup.

Match Schedule for Group E

Nov. 23: Germany vs. Japan (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 8 a.m. ET)

Nov. 23: Spain vs. Costa Rica (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 11 a.m. ET)

Nov. 27: Japan vs. Costa Rica (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 5 a.m. ET)

Nov. 27: Spain vs. Germany (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 2 p.m. ET)

Dec. 1: Costa Rica vs. Germany (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 11 a.m. ET)

Dec. 1: Japan vs. Spain (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 2 p.m. ET)

For the entire World Cup match list, check out our article breaking down the full event schedule.


Meet Group D at the World Cup

Group D features the reigning World Cup champions so all eyes will be on Kylian Mbappe and France when the tournament starts.

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Today, our World Cup preparation rolls on with Group D, where France is joined by three other talented nations.

Which Teams Will Play in Group D?

Australia qualified for their fifth straight World Cup after a dramatic win over Peru on penalties during qualifying.

Denmark shocked many with a deep run at Euro 2020 but they are on a lot of people’s radars now with a strong squad.

France still holds the title from the 2018 edition and will now hope they can pull off another World Cup triumph in Qatar.

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Tunisia is heading to the World Cup for the sixth time in their history after also qualifying in the previous cycle.

Who’s the Favorite?

Kylian Mbappe and France won the 2018 World Cup with a strong midfield and tough-to-break-down backline.

That, of course, being in addition to the PSG attacker’s pace and finishing presence up front.

France should be the team that gets through Group D unscathed and moves towards another title run after that.

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No team has won back-to-back World Cups since Brazil did so in 1958 and 1962, so Les Bleus certainly have their work cut out.

Kylian Mbappe has shown he can show up in the biggest of matches, and France will continue to lean heavily on him.

That being said, the European giants are arguably the deepest squad in the tournament and will be able to match up with just about anyone.

Players to Watch on Every Team

Australia – Riley McGree

The AFC side has a relatively young midfield compared to the rest of their squad and it all starts with McGree.

He’s a bright talent currently at Middlesbrough that was poached quickly from Charlotte FC before the club even began playing in Major League Soccer.

He’s a forceful and creative attacking midfielder that will be tasked with pacing Australia this winter and beyond.

Denmark – Andreas Skov Olsen

The Danes have a lot of talent, but not necessarily a huge superstar.

That’s perfectly fine though because there’s an emerging finisher with Olsen.

He’s already surpassed his goals total at Club Brugge from last season and has the Belgian side into the next round of UEFA Champions League.

FranceChristopher Nkunku

Nkunku won Bundesliga Player of the Year last season and has backed up his play with links to big Premier League clubs like Chelsea.

He’ll likely get a chance in Qatar off the bench, and if that’s the case, he can be a true game changer for Les Bleus if they need a spark.

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Tunisia – Hannibal Mejbri

The Manchester United product is currently on loan at Birmingham City and boasts a ton of promise for Tunisia’s midfield.

Only 19, Mejbri could really propel his stock if he can perform against top sides like Denmark and France.

Match Schedule for Group D

Nov. 22: Denmark vs. Tunisia (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 8 a.m. ET)

Nov. 22: France vs. Australia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 2 p.m. ET)

Nov. 26: Tunisia vs. Australia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 5 a.m. ET)

Nov. 26: France vs. Denmark (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 11 a.m. ET)

Nov. 30: Australia vs Denmark (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 3 pm)

Nov. 30: Tunisia vs France (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3 pm)


For the entire World Cup match list, check out our article breaking down the full event schedule.


What You Should Know Group C at the World Cup

Lionel Messi is always one of the biggest draws in football, and the World Cup won’t be any different when Group C kicks off.

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Today, we’re continuing our World Cup preparation with Group C, where Argentina headlines the foursome.

Which Teams Will Play in Group A?

Argentina enters the World Cup as one of the favorites after going unbeaten during South American qualifying.

Mexico didn’t look its best throughout qualifying, but the Concacaf side always turns it up at the World Cup.

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Poland will be able to compete as long as they have Robert Lewandowski, who continues to shine in Europe.

Saudi Arabia has reached the knockout phase once in its World Cup history, and they’ll aim to shock many people in Qatar.

Who’s the Favorite?

As long as Argentina has Lionel Messi, they’ll be a major player in any international competition.

The South American side won its first Copa America title during Messi’s storied career in 2021, and now they aim to translate that success to the World Cup stage.

Argentina hasn’t won a World Cup since 1986, when Diego Maradona led them to victory.

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Messi and Co. currently boast +600 odds to win the World Cup, only trailing fellow South American side Brazil.

Lionel Scaloni’s side is currently on a 35-match unbeaten run, and they could break the international record if they get out of the group stage.

Players to Watch on Every Team

Argentina – Enzo Fernandez

The Benfica midfielder has taken Europe but storm since joining the club from River Plate this past summer.

Fernandez is dynamic on the ball and thrives in possession by picking out brilliant passes for his teammates.

Mexico – Edson Alvarez

The Mexico midfielder has drawn lots of attention during his time at Ajax and nearly made a move before the summer transfer deadline closed.

Alvarez anchors the Mexico midfield and will be a huge part of whether or not El Tri can thrive in Qatar.

Poland – Nicola Zalewski

Roma’s young left-back was actually born in Italy but has always represented Poland at its youth levels before the national team.

Zalewski has become an important part of Jose Mourinho’s Roma side and could be one of the young players that can now influence Poland alongside the nation’s biggest stars.

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Saudi Arabia – Saleh Al-Shehri

The Saudi striker came up huge for his country during World Cup qualifying by leading the Asian nation in goals.

He’s played at some of Saudi Arabia’s top sides over the years, including currently residing at Al-Hilal.

Match Schedule for Group C

Nov. 22: Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 5 a.m. ET)

Nov. 22: Mexico vs. Poland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 11 a.m. ET)

Group C: Poland vs. Saudi Arabia (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 8 a.m. ET)

Nov. 26: France vs. Denmark (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 11 a.m. ET)

Nov. 26: Argentina vs. Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 2 p.m. ET)

Nov. 30: Poland vs. Argentina (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 7 pm)

Nov. 30: Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)


For the entire World Cup match list, check out our article breaking down the full event schedule.


Maurice Edu Says Youth Can Help USMNT

The U.S. Men’s National Team will look to make noise at the 2022 World Cup and Maurice Edu knows exactly what that experience is like.

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The former professional footballer turned FOX Sports broadcaster competed in the 2010 World Cup with the Americans.

He was part of the squad that famously defeated Algeria on the final day of the group stage to advance to the Round of 16.

Edu had a successful club career both in the United States and abroad with sides like Rangers and Stoke City.

More recently though, Edu has transitioned into a network role at FOX covering MLS games alongside Rob Stone, Alexi Lalas, Stu Holden and various other personalities.

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At the World Cup, he’ll have the chance to dissect matches daily on ‘FIFA World Cup Tonight’ with Kate Abdo and former NFL star wide receiver Chad Johnson.

ONE37pm had the opportunity to sit down with Edu ahead of this month’s World Cup, which kicks off from Qatar on November 20.

ONE37pm: How different will your World Cup experience be this time now that you’re not on the pitch trying to win the tournament?

Maurice Edu: I had the opportunity to attend of these as a player and now on the media side of things, so it’s going to be great to experience everything without the stress of playing. As a player, obviously my biggest focus was the games so I’m sure I missed out on some of the beauty of being at a World Cup from the fan experience to sight seeing in different cities and everything else that comes with it.

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ONE37pm: How difficult was it knowing your ruled-out goal against Slovenia in 2010 should’ve been allowed?

Edu: Obviously it was a different time without VAR so this year in Qatar it probably would’ve been a different story. It definitely made Landon’s [Donovan] goal against Algeria all the more special though. It’s funny because my mom and brother were in stands so I was getting ready to run towards them, but I’m not sure what my celebration would’ve been.

ONE37pm: Which USMNT player have you been most impressed by heading into this World Cup?

Edu: One is Yunus Musah. I think the kid oozes talent. He oozes class and maturity for someone so young in a position I played. He’s extremely composed on the ball and even with how good he already is there’s a ton of room for growth.

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The other one that’s making his strides in terms of popularity and what he’s doing in the Premier League is Brenden Aaronson. I’ve known him since he was a kid because I was in Philly and just being able to see him back then in the academy you knew there was so much potential. You could see the desire and work rate he has so it doesn’t surprise me at all that he’s playing at Leeds.

ONE37pm: What can we expect from the USMNT in Qatar with such a young group of players?

Edu: I’ve been bullish on this group since their emergence into the full national team. There’s a beauty in their youth because there’s going to be certain moments that they’re not worried about. There will be areas where they’re probably a little naive and that could prove to be beneficial. I draw a lot of comparisons with this group now to 2010 with my team in South Africa. The English media were celebrating the group they had and that’s similar to now.

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ONE37pm: Will the Americans get out of their group?

Edu: Yes, I’m confident they’ll advance along with England. It won’t be easy, of course, because it’s a World Cup. What’s their ceiling? It depends on how everything else plays out, but this group has a lot of confidence. I don’t think the quarterfinals is too far-fetched at all.

I remember Pulisic being interviewed and he said, ‘We’re going there to win the tournament.’ Whether or not that happens, they’re going there with the mindset to do something that the USMNT has never done before.


England, USMNT Want World Cup Glory in Group B

The World Cup kicks off next month in Qatar, and some of the biggest talking points from the tournament will come out of Group B.

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The USMNT won’t have the best kits at this World Cup, but thankfully there are plenty of options to go off of from past years.

We’re looking at Group B today, which features some fun rivalries as the four sides battle it out to reach the Round of 16.

Which Teams Will Play in Group A?

England enters the World Cup with high hopes after making deep runs at the most recent Euros and 2018 World Cup.

Iran appears in another major tournament with its squad built on defensive toughness and being a challenging side to break down.

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USMNT ended its eight-year wait to return to the World Cup after finishing top 3 in CONCACAF with Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica joining them.

Wales qualified for its second World Cup in their history and will now hope superstar Gareth Bale can lead them on an unforgettable run.

Who’s the Favorite?

England currently has +700 odds to win the World Cup and will be expected to not only advance from the group but make a deep run.

After reaching the semifinals in 2018, the Three Lions face significant pressure with Gareth Southgate still in charge as manager.

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England hasn’t won a World Cup since 1966, but their recent successes, including reaching the Euro 2020 final, should give them an added spark.

They have deep Premier League talent throughout the squad, with Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, and Phil Foden as key contributors.

Players to Watch on Every Team

England – Jude Bellingham

Bellingham has been touted as one of the next big midfielders in football and continues to draw big La Liga and Premier League interest.

The Dortmund youngster possesses great awareness on the ball and the vision to help his teammates in the attacking third.

Iran – Mehdi Taremi

Taremi has been a consistent contributor for Porto over recent seasons and will be Iran’s biggest goal-scoring threat up front.

He’s already top 10 all-time in Iran goals with 28 and could move further up the list at the World Cup.

USMNT – Gio Reyna

The Americans boast many young talents with rising values, but Reyna could be a major X-factor in their attack.

The Borussia Dortmund attacker is dynamic on the ball and could be influential either as a starter or off the bench for the USMNT.

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Wales – Neco Williams

Williams joined Nottingham Forest this summer, and the 21-year-old could get his chance to influence the Wales backline in Qatar.

He’s a dynamic full-back that showed some signs of promise at Liverpool previously.

Match Schedule for Group B

Nov. 21: England vs. Iran (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 8 a.m. ET)

Nov. 21: USA vs. Wales (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 2 p.m. ET)

Nov. 25 Wales vs. Iran (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 5 a.m. ET)

Nov. 25: England vs. USA (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 2 p.m. ET)

Nov. 29: Wales vs England (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)

Nov. 29: Iran vs USA (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)


For the entire match list, check out our article breaking down the full event schedule.


Meet Group A at the World Cup

The World Cup is about a month away from kicking off in Qatar, and we’ll be looking at all eight groups competing at the competition.

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Today, we’re starting with Group A, which has a lot of promise for all four sides battling for a place in the Round of 16.

Which Teams Will Play in Group A?

Ecuador enters the World Cup ranked 44th in the world after finishing as one of four teams to qualify from CONMEBOL.

Netherlands went unbeaten during UEFA World Cup qualifying and boast a talented squad led by Memphis Depay and Virgil van Dijk.

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Qatar will compete in their first World Cup after winning the rights to hosting the tournament nearly a decade ago.

Senegal recently won the African Cup of Nations and feature several top players from the Premier League and Bundesliga.

Who’s the Favorite?

The Netherlands are eighth in FIFA’s latest world rankings and have the seventh-best odds to win the World Cup.

The Dutch currently boast +1200 odds to take home their first trophy in the competition in Qatar.

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Holland has reached the World Cup final on various occasions, including in 2010 after losing to Spain.

Louis Van Gaal’s side has a lot of experience, especially defensively with Van Dijk, Nathan Ake and Stefan de Vrij.

Players to Watch on Every Team

Ecuador – Moises Caicedo

The Brighton midfielder will be drawing massive attention over the next eight to 12 months after his hot start to the 2022 season.

Caicedo is comfortable on the ball and really enjoys breaking into the attack to help provide for his teammates.

NetherlandsCody Gakpo

The PSV star has more goal contributions this season than so many European stars, including Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.

Gakpo is a natural left winger that loves attacking defenders and cutting in on his right foot to score goals.

Qatar – Akram Afif

Afif is a seriously promising player for Qatar at 26 years old.

He’s played in Spain but came back to his home country to re-sign with Al Sadd in 2020.

Afif creates a lot of chances in the attacking third and he could be one of the more underrated players to watch up front at the World Cup.

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Senegal – Boulaye Dia

Everyone knows about Sadio Mane and the star power throughout Senegal’s squad, but Dia could be a vital piece for their attack.

Since moving on loan to Salernitana, Dia has scored four goals and seemingly looked comfortable in Serie A.

Match Schedule for Group A

Nov. 20: Qatar vs. Ecuador (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 2 p.m. ET)

Nov. 21: Senegal vs. Netherlands (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 11 a.m. ET)

Nov. 25: Qatar vs. Senegal (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 8 a.m. ET)

Nov. 25: Netherlands vs. Ecuador (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 11 a.m. ET)

Nov. 29: Netherlands vs Qatar (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 3 pm)

Nov. 29: Ecuador vs Senegal (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3 pm)


For the entire World Cup match list, check out our article breaking down the full event schedule.


Meet Enzo Fernandez, Benfica’s Argentine Artist

Benfica was one of the teams I was high on coming into the UEFA Champions League season and Enzo Fernandez is a player that continues to impress in his debut campaign.

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Fernandez arrived at Benfica over the summer in a much-anticipated move from Argentine giants River Plate.

The expectations were significant considering Fernandez’s pedigree in South America at a young age.

Still only 21, Fernandez continues to exemplify why he could be one of the biggest midfield talents in the sport.

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Benfica is a natural spot for Fernandez to progress as a player as well with their extensive pipeline of talent over the years.

Darwin Nunez, Angel di Maria, Ruben Dias and Ederson are just a few of the players to move on from the Portuguese outfit.

He’s extremely composed in possession and constantly seeks out the ball when Benfica has an opportunity to push forward.

Fernandez has already shown that he can play various roles in a midfield because of his great tenacity and distribution.

In a recent match against Rio Ave, Fernandez went the entire 90 minutes without misplacing a single pass.

In fact, he followed that performance up with back-to-back great efforts in the UEFA Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain.

He’s already receiving interest from top Premier League sides and La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Fernandez is an example of what teams can find from top South American sides.

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His former teammate Julian Alvarez joined Manchester City over the summer as well and has already been a major find for the Premier League side.

We’re all aware of the elite players that come out of the big nations like England with Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka and Reece James.

However, Argentina is a hotbed for young players and Fernandez is exhibiting why there should be more in Europe’s top leagues.

With his first opportunity at a World Cup potentially on the horizon, Enzo Fernandez will surely see his career soar even more in future months.


Here’s a Look at the Biggest 2022 World Cup Stars to Keep an Eye On

The 2022 World Cup will kick off next month and there won’t be a shortage of amazing players and incredible matches amongst the world’s top nations.

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While we could potentially see the final World Cup appearances for legendary stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, a new era is beginning with young stars across the sport.

French sensation Kylian Mbappe is aiming to win a second consecutive World Cup with Les Bleus, while England boast a squad of stars of their own.

Argentina and Brazil have many young names to watch as they look to end Europe’s successful reign at the World Cup.

The World Cup kicks off November 20 in Qatar, which will be the country’s first-ever appearance.

Today, ONE37pm is taking a look at the 32 most valuable World Cup stars ahead of the 22nd installment of the tournament.

All values are based on Transfermarkt valuations.

Kylian Mbappe (France)
Market value: $176 million
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Mbappe is seeking his second World Cup title with France and after his play in 2018 it’s certainly possible.

The PSG superstar will lead a talented Les Bleus attack with Karim Benzema and Ousmane Dembele.

Everyone knows Mbappe will be the one pulling the strings though.

Vinicius Jr. (Brazil)
Market value: $132 million
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Brazil is absolutely loaded up front but the idea of Neymar and Vinicius, in particular, is quite scary.

The Real Madrid winger won the UEFA Champions League last season and now he’s looking to add a World Cup trophy to his collection.

Market value: $99 million
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Pedri seemingly shines in every setting and what bigger opportunity for him than a World Cup?

Spain is going through its next youth genesis and it’s being led by the Barcelona superstar.

Pedri will be crucial for Spain if they want to make a deep run.

Jude Bellingham (England)
Market value: $99 million
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Bellingham won’t be at Borussia Dortmund for much longer and the World Cup could be an even broader audience tape.

The young midfielder has interest from top sides all over Europe and he’s exactly the type of player every team could utilize.

Phil Foden (England)
Market value: $99 million
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Foden is one of the brightest talents in England and he’s been shining alongside Erling Haaland up front.

His ability to play various positions and attack defenders from different angles make him very tough to face.

Harry Kane
Market value: $99 million
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Kane nearly led England to a Euro 2020 title but fell short against Italy.

The Tottenham star will be at the center of England’s attack once again this year and hopes that this can be the time where the Three Lions can say ‘It’s Coming Home.’

Dusan Vlahovic (Serbia)
Market value: $93.5 million
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Vlahovic is often overshadowed by Erling Haaland’s elite play, but the Juventus star is certainly deserving of the attention.

He’s a huge reason why Serbia are considered dark horses at this World Cup.

He’ll form a top partnership up front with Aleksandar Mitrovic and both players could be in the running for Golden Boot if everything goes according to plan.

Bruno Fernandes (Portugal)
Market value: $93.5 million
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Fernandes is part of a really talented Portugal squad, but for the European side to succeed the Man United star is crucial.

When at his best, Fernandes can pick out brilliant passes to spring in his fellow attackers.

He can also score some bangers that would make Cristiano Ronaldo smile.

Kevin de Bruyne (Belgium)
Market value: $93.5 million
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De Bruyne has been a cog for Belgium’s midfield for many years and he’s still playing at an elite level.

He’ll be asked to reinforce Belgium’s attack again this winter and perhaps the Red Devils can make another deep run.

Jamal Musiala (Germany)
Market value: $88 million
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Musiala could be the player that takes Germany back to the level it needs to be at to compete with the world’s best.

He’s playing at an unbelievably high level for Bayern Munich and attracting attention from many other top clubs.

His ability to be a natural creator and scorer will make him an exciting prospect to watch in Qatar.

Aurelien Tchouameni (France)
Market value: $88 million
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Tchouameni made a significant move to Real Madrid over the summer after leaving Monaco and he’s already making a huge impact.

The midfielder is becoming an important player for France as well and he could be in store for a big World Cup with the defending champions.

Federico Valverde (Uruguay)
Market value: $88 million
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Uruguay has a fair amount of promising players and Valverde is probably the most important.

The Madrid midfielder is a long-term option to replace Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

Valverde has a great sense on the ball and continues to grow in La Liga after winning the league and Champions League last season.

Declan Rice (England)
Market value: $88 million
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Rice has been a key figure in England’s midfield at a young age and now he’ll test himself at a World Cup after playing quite well at Euro 2020.

The West Ham player has a big frame and commands his position strongly.

Rice is being targeted by top clubs across England ahead of 2023, including Chelsea and Liverpool.

Rodri (Spain)
Market value: $88 million
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Rodri joined Man City a few seasons back and has quickly become one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League.

The Spaniard will have the chance to play alongside Pedri and Gavi with their national team in Qatar.

Christopher Nkunku (France)
Market value: $88 million
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Nkunku was voted the Bundesliga Player of the Year last season and he’s still lighting it up at RB Leipzig.

The Frenchman has been linked to Chelsea and a strong World Cup could go a long way towards solidifying a move to a bigger club in 2023.

He’s dynamic on the ball as a creator and finisher. Nkunku can also play a variety of roles in the midfield and attack.

Bernardo Silva
Market value: $88 million
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Silva has fallen behind some names at Man City with the attention on Erling Haaland and Phil Foden, but he’s still a vital part of their squad.

The Portuguese attacker will be crucial for his country with other young player like Rafael Leao looking to break through.

Joshua Kimmich (Germany)
Market value: $88 million
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Kimmich is a veteran in Germany’s midfield and one of the top defensive midfielders in the sport.

He’s a huge part of what the Germans hope to accomplish with a younger squad heading into Qatar.

With talented youngsters like Kai Havertz, Florian Wirtz and others, perhaps Germany can make a run.

Antony (Brazil)
Market value: $82.5 million
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Antony made his huge-money move to Manchester United this summer and became the latest Ajax starlet to draw attention.

The Brazilian is incredibly fast with the ball and known for displaying skills that many players wouldn’t dare attempt.

Lautaro Martinez (Argentina)
Market value: $82.5 million
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Martinez has become a big reason why Argentina is riding 35-match unbeaten run heading into the World Cup.

Everyone knows Messi and Di Maria for the South American side, but Martinez has been significantly influential with the success of the country of late.

Neymar (Brazil)
Market value: $82.5 million
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Neymar has been one of the biggest figures in football for years and now the expectations have truly risen for Brazil.

The South Americans have built a strong core around Neymar and they’ll be the odds-on favorites to win the World Cup.

With the PSG man leading the Brazil attack, there will surely be many watching Neymar and Co. this winter.


A World Cup Would Solidify Lionel Messi’s Legacy

For almost two decades, Lionel Messi has made the football pitch a canvas and his masterpiece is close to completion.

The 2022 World Cup will be significant for many reasons, but Messi has dropped a huge piece of news that will make the spectacle even greater.

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On Thursday, reliable journalist Sebastian Vignolo revealed through a conversation with Messi that the Argentina legend is retiring from international football after the World Cup.

The 2022 edition of the tournament in Qatar will be Messi’s fifth competition, with his first coming back in 2006.

Argentina reached the 2014 final in Brazil before falling to Germany, and it still remains the one major trophy Messi hasn’t secured.


After losing in several Copa America finals, Messi and Co. were able to conquer the South American trophy in 2021 after beating Brazil.

Messi is a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, the most any player has taken home those honors recognizing the top player in the sport.

His play on the pitch has spoken for itself since he was a long-haired teenager debuting for Barcelona in the mid 2000s.

Messi’s control on the ball and ability to make the impossible a reality have made his the focus of social media and talk shows for nearly 20 years.

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He’s earned the rightful nickname ‘La Pulga’ or ‘The Ant’ for his tenacity and being able to work his way through tight spaces.

Commentator Ray Hudson’s ‘magisterial’ calls have been almost isolated in the direction of Messi covering Barcelona and PSG matches.

Although this era has been full of other elite talents like Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, Messi has always stood out with his quiet assassin mentality.

He rarely gives wide-scale interviews, does commercials or goes out of his way to be in the public eye.

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However, every day he steps onto the pitch fans are locked in on No. 10 because it’s always must-watch television.

When the world has eyes on the biggest tournament in football next month, Messi will become one of the few players to ever compete at a fifth World Cup.

He’ll suit up for an Argentina side that hasn’t lost in over three years and currently rides a 35-match unbeaten streak.

And if Lionel Messi can bring a World Cup title back to Argentina that might just solidify his legacy as the greatest footballer of all time.