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2022 World Cup Predictions

We’re still over seven months away from the 2022 World Cup, but it’s never too early to start analyzing the most prestigious football tournament in the world.

32 nations will meet in Qatar this November with the aim of being named world champions after France took home those honors at the tournament’s previous edition in 2018.

For nations like the United States, 2022 marks a return to the World Cup for the first time since 2014, while traditional powers like Brazil and Germany aim to engrave their names in history once again with a title.

Below, ONE37pm hands out its 2022 World Cup predictions ahead of November’s competition in Qatar.

Group Stage

Group A

Hosts Qatar weren’t presented with the most desirable group, and it definitely won’t be an easy task getting past pool play with three quality sides.

African champions Senegal will be led by a core of quality Premier League players, including Sadio Mane, Edouard Mendy, as well as Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly.

Meanwhile, Netherlands breezed through qualifying with Memphis Depay’s goal scoring run and defensively they have a very talented group with Virgil van Dijk and Mathijs de Ligt manning the back line.

Ecuador will be a threat, but slowed down towards the end of CONMEBOL qualifying. Qatar can put up a fight after competing in various North and South American competitions over recent years, but it’s likely one-and-done for the host nation.

Who Advances? Netherlands + Senegal

Group B

The USMNT won’t be upset with their group, but England obviously presents a significant challenge for the Americans.

The Three Lions have been on the brink of a major title after finishing fourth at the previous World Cup and runners up to Italy at Euro 2020.

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The U.S. should be able to get past Iran and whichever team ends up qualifying from Europe, but it’s certainl

Who Advances? England + USA

Group C

El Tri will feel fortunate to have their group despite being pitted up against Lionel Messi and Argentina. Mexico finished second in CONCACAF qualifying, but they have a very strong chance of reaching the knockout phase.

Argentina will definitely be the favorites to advance after finishing unbeaten in qualifying and riding a 31-match unbeaten streak to this point.

Saudi Arabia likely won’t have much luck on their side, while Poland can be heavily reliant on one of the top strikers in football; Robert Lewandowski.

Who Advances? Argentina + Mexico

Group D

Defending champions France should have a comfortable road to the knockout phase with one of the deepest squads at the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Euro 2020 darlings Denmark have star Christian Eriksen back and they’ll be looking to build off of last year’s success on the biggest European stage.

If Peru gets through qualifying they can certainly present a threat, but their path to the Round of 16, along with Tunisia, will be quite challenging.

Who Advances? France + Denmark

Group E

Many will have their attention on Group E with two powerhouses battling it out in Spain and Germany.

Both sides have largely young cores and will be hoping to take that next major leap on the international stage with players like Pedri and Kai Havertz leading the way.

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Japan is always a consistent threat in group play, but this isn’t the same team we’ve seen in previous cycles. Meanwhile, Costa Rica will aim to get past New Zealand in order to solidify their spot and the Ticos are an aging team that does have one of the best goalkeepers in the competition with Keylor Navas.

Who Advances? Spain + Germany

Group F

This could be the last time we see the ‘Golden Age’ of Belgium with Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, but this side is still good enough to reach the knockout phase and potentially go further.

Meanwhile, Canada could be one of the most exciting newcomers at this year’s World Cup with Alphonso Davies, Tajon Buchanan and Jonathan David aiming to take the North American side to the Round of 16.

They’ll have a serious challenge from Croatia – who finished second in 2018 – and Morocco, who battled valiantly at AFCON 2021.

Who Advances? Belgium + Canada

Group G

Brazil will certainly be favorites to advance after an unbeaten qualifying run and only two major losses in all competitions since 2019.

However, Neymar and Co. will have a battle in terms of which nation finishes second in Group G.

Serbia boasts one of the top young strikers in football with Dušan Vlahovič while Cameroon has a sneaky good squad that is going to look to speed the game up.

Switzerland has been to many knockout rounds with a veteran core led by Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, so don’t be surprised if they ruin someone’s party.

Who Advances? Brazil + Serbia

Group H

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. had their troubles getting to Qatar, but now that Portugal has qualified Portugal are certainly one of the favorites to win the World Cup.

The European nation boasts an incredible amount of attacking talent, while Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias man the defense.

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Meanwhile, a rematch of a 2010 knockout round game ensues with Ghana and Uruguay meeting. Luis Suarez was the famous figure sent off after handling the ball on the goal line, but Uruguay still advanced on penalty kicks.

Expect the South Americans to advance again with a veteran squad looking to make a lasting run to the knockout stage.

Who Advances? Portugal + Uruguay

Round of 16

This is where the competition begins to get serious and the fun truly begins for teams that expect to go all the way at the World Cup.

Although the hosts may not make it to the knockout phase, there’s a ton of star power left in the tournament, including favorites Brazil, France and England.

Who Advances? Netherlands + Argentina + Spain + Brazil + England + France + Germany + Portugal

Quarterfinals

It’s not rare to see group winners in these latter stages of the World Cup and with so many top teams boasting immense talent this year, there are a lot of European powers at the top.

By this point, we could have all teams ranked inside the top 12 in FIFA’s World Rankings, which would make for some incredible drama in the quarterfinals.

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Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and Mbappe would all still be in the competition as well, which would be great for casual fans of the sport.

Who Advances? Argentina + Brazil + France + Germany

Semifinals

We could get a dream semifinals with Lionel Messi and Neymar facing off once again in a rematch of many South American battles previously seen.

Meanwhile, France and Germany have had many great encounters in Europe previously. Les Bleus continue to boast a strong squad with N’Golo Kante and Kylian Mbappe leading the way.

Who Advances? Brazil + France

Third-place Match

Messi and Co. fall short of an elusive World Cup, but a third-place finish in Qatar would still be quite good for the legacy of the Barcelona & PSG superstar.

Meanwhile, Germany has been building properly under Hansi Flick and could very well be in the running to win the 2026 World Cup.

Who wins? Argentina

Final

In a battle of Europe and South America, we get a similar result to what we’ve seen in previous World Cups over recent years. Europe continues to reign supreme on the global stage and France does something quite impressive by repeating as champions.

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Brazil have all the quality to go deep in this competition and they’ll give France a very good game, especially with a midfield led by Casemiro and Fabinho.

Who wins? France

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Who Will Make the USMNT’s 23-Man Roster?

The U.S. Men’s National Team has returned to the World Cup for the first time since 2014 and the expectations will be significant for the Americans.

For many, it will be their first World Cup given the youth the Americans boast heading into Qatar.

Meanwhile, manager Gregg Berhalter will be coaching at his first World Cup despite previously playing on the world’s biggest stage as a player for the USMNT.

With Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams and a core of players eager to put their stamp on the World Cup, the USMNT certainly has a chance to make some noise in Group B, where they’ll be paired with England, Iran and a European nation still to be determined.

ONE37pm takes a look at which players will likely make the 23-man roster for the USMNT ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Goalkeepers

Zack Steffen, Matt Turner, Ethan Horvath

This will probably be the most straightforward of any of the position groups for Berhalter.

Steffen and Turner both have legitimate cases for being the starter in net once the U.S. touches down in Qatar, while Horvath has been really good in Europe for several years now.

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Sean Johnson could be a veteran that gets a shout, but this goalkeeper room is probably the least of anyone’s concerns for the Americans.

Defenders

George Bello, Sergiño Dest, Miles Robinson, Walker Zimmerman, Jedi Robinson, Chris Richards, Aaron Long, DeAndre Yedlin

The U.S. has benefitted greatly from finding a strong center back partnership over the past six-plus months with Miles Robinson and Walker Zimmermann, so that makes the job a little easier for Berhalter.

Left back has been locked down by Jedi Robinson, while the right back spot will likely go to Sergiño Dest, who has excelled at Barcelona.

Veterans like Aaron Long and DeAndre Yedlin will certainly provide cover for the Americans if they need reassurances late in matches or due to injuries.

Midfielders

Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Yunus Musah, Gianluca Busio, Luca de la Torre, Kellyn Acosta

The Americans have so much midfield talent, and the group of three that will likely start on opening day of the World Cup has been set in stone for some time.

Adams, McKennie and Musah have been three players essentially locked into the XI for the U.S., but this squad boasts great depth in the center of the park.

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Acosta and De La Torre played meaningful minutes throughout qualifying, while Busio has been quite strong at moments for Venezia throughout his debut Serie A campaign.

Forwards (6)

Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna, Ricardo Pepi, Brenden Aaronson, Tim Weah, Jordan Pefok

The group up front will be largely straight forward when you have players like Aaronson, Pulisic, Reyna and Weah.

However, none of those players are primarily center forwards, which leaves the biggest questions at the No. 9 position.

Ricardo Pepi has done well at times for the USMNT, but since joining Augsburg he’s struggled to find goals regularly, opening the door for other players to make their way into the mix.

Meanwhile, Pefok should definitely be one of those players earning consideration after the season he’s had at Young Boys.

He’s arguably been the most consistent goal scorer in the American pool, and when it comes to a competition like the World Cup a team can never have enough players that can score goals in bunches.

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2022 FIFA World Cup Groups Revealed

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will kick off in Qatar in nearly seven months and now we can start fully preparing for the craziness that will ensue.

On Friday, FIFA revealed the eight groups that will take part in this year’s competition, including the Group of Death; XXX.

This World Cup marks a return for the U.S. Men’s National Team, led by Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie.

The Americans are joined by fellow Concacaf sides Canada and Mexico, while Costa Rica still has the opportunity to qualify if they can beat New Zealand in an intercontinental playoff.

Here’s a look at all eight groups ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Group A

Qatar

The hosts reached their first World Cup in 2022 by virtue of hosting the competition and now Qatar will be looking to make some noise on home soil.

Ecuador

The South American nation is revitalized heading into 2022 after having a strong World Cup qualifying campaign. Piero Hincapie and a rejuvenated young core gives Ecuador an edge.

Senegal

The African champions have an opportunity do serious damage in Qatar with Sadio Mane, Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly among the stars in the squad.

Netherlands

The Dutch boast a strong back line led by Virgil Van Dijk and if they can find consistent scoring up front they c0uld shock some people in Qatar.

Group B

England

The Three Lions have been knocking on the door for some time and England fully deserve to be in the title conversation with many stars throughout their squad.

Ukraine/Scotland/Wales

USMNT

The U.S. has one of the top youth pools in world football at the moment and now that they’re back at the World Cup the Americans need to back up their qualifying campaign with a strong showing in Qatar.

Iran

The Middle Eastern side always boasts a top defensive unit and they make life very hard for attacking teams.

Group C

Argentina

Lionel Messi and Argentina have been one of the most successful teams in the world over the past two years and ride a 31-game unbeaten streak heading into Qatar.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia will appear in its sixth World Cup after qualifying from Asia and they’re one of the few countries that consists of all domestic-based players.

Mexico

El Tri qualified after finishing second in CONCACAF and despite not looking their best at times, Mexico is always a dangerous side when they get to the world’s biggest stage.

Poland

Poland has something that no other country boasts; Robert Lewandowski. The European nation has reached the knockout phase on four occasions and with the Bayern Munich star at the helm perhaps they can make another run.

Group D

France

The defending World Cup champions are loaded with talent and it starts with Kylian Mbappe, who continues to evolve into one of the world’s best players.

Denmark

The Danes captured the world’s hearts at Euro 2020 and now they’ll be viewed as legitimate dark-horse candidates after the return of Christian Eriksen.

Peru/Australia/UAE

Tunisia

The African nation reaches its sixth World Cup and young Man United midfielder Hannibal Mejbri will be one player to potentially watch for Tunisia.

Group E

Spain

A promising youth core led by Pedri, Gavi and others gives Spain plenty of reason to think they can compete for a title in 2022.

Japan

The Japanese almost always put on a show at the World Cup and 2022 will surely continue that trend with Takumi Minamino and Takefusa Kubo leading the way.

Costa Rica/New Zealand

Germany

Hansi Flick’s side cruised through World Cup qualifying and with a group of talented young players led by Kai Havertz and Jamal Musiala the European nation has plenty of promise.

Group F

Belgium

The Red Devils are going to need Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku to step up in big ways if Belgium wants to finally climb the mountain and win its first World Cup.

Canada

The Canadians could be one of the biggest underdogs in the competition with young stars like Jonathan David and Alphonso Davies leading the way. The North American side finished atop CONCACAF qualifying and heads to only its second World Cup.

Morocco

Achraf Hakimi will be the big name that many recognize for Morocco, but this team doesn’t concede many goals and that will present challenges for anyone that faces them.

Croatia

After reaching the 2018 World Cup final, Croatia still has a strong midfield that can compete with any top nation. Luka Modric has been immense at Real Madrid and he’ll look to carry that form over.

Group G

Brazil

The South American side is competing in its record 22nd World Cup and Neymar and Co. will look to back up their perfect record during CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.

Switzerland

The Swiss always seem to find ways to exceed expectations and perhaps they can follow up their strong Euro 2020 with another good showing in November.

Serbia

The European nation could be one of the most underrated squads at the World Cup with Dusan Vlahovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic among the side’s elite attacking talents.

Cameroon

The African side is led by Vincent Aboubakar and Cameroon is a very dangerous side because of how quickly and efficiently they can attack.

Group H

Portugal

It’s not certain if this will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s final World Cup, but Portugal needs to make a deep run with the strong side they possess.

Ghana

The Black Stars have become synonymous with World Cup success over recent tournaments and they’ll be back on the biggest stage in Qatar.

Uruguay

This could be the last go around for Uruguayan stars like Luis Suarez and Diego Godin, but make no mistake, the South Americans have plenty of younger talent to put them on the path for a deep run.

South Korea

Son Heung-Min is one of the most recognizable players for South Korea and they’ll be extremely fun to watch in the attacking third.

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Qatar Opens Largest Sports Museum in the World

Qatar will play host to the biggest sports event in the world later this year when it houses the FIFA World Cup, but the Arabic nation is also the home of one of the largest sports museums in the world. 

On Wednesday, Qatar opened the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum during a ceremony at the Khalifa International Stadium, one of the hosting sites for the World Cup.

The 3-2-1 Museum is one of the latest to open as a member of the Olympic Museums Network and it was designed by Spaniard Joan Sibina.

Qatar Museums

What makes the facility so unique is that it is joined by the Khalifa International Stadium and the museum itself spans over 19,000 square meters, making it among the largest dedicated to sport in the world.

“This is the very first museum in the Middle East dedicated to achievement in sports, to exploring the profound role of sports in society and in our personal lives, and is the only Arab institution to join the international Olympic Museums Network,” said Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa.

“In doing so, we demonstrate Qatar’s commitment to the ideals of the modern Olympic Movement, which recognizes the potential for athletic competition to lift the spirit, foster cooperation among people, and encourage a healthy and productive way of life.

By hosting the World Cup this November, Qatar will be participating in the tournament for the first time in the nation’s history, making a huge achievement.

Qatar Museums

Many distinguished guests were in attendance for the unveiling, including H.H. Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani, H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani, President of Qatar Olympic Committee H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, FIFA president Gianni Infantino, FIFA legends and ambassadors of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

The museum features several other intriguing options, including Naua – a restaurant that promotes healthy eating as well as fine dining.

To learn more about the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, please visit their official website.

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Best and Worst USMNT World Cup Draw Scenarios

The first major goal for the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2022 was to successfully qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

After a hard-fought 14-match cycle in Concacaf, the Americans were able to complete that job on Wednesday despite losing to Costa Rica.

It’s never an easy task or a given considering the hostile environments and physical teams the USMNT faces during World Cup qualifying, but now the Americans can turn towards their ultimate goal; the World Cup.

The Yanks won’t travel to Qatar until November for the kick off of the world’s greatest sporting spectacle, but there is a short turnaround with Friday’s World Cup draw.

That’s when the U.S. and 31 other nations will be drawn against one another in eight groups of four.

This is the last time for the foreseeable future that a World Cup will only feature 32 countries, with the 2026 edition of the tournament expanding to 48 nations.

There will be plenty of expectations for this American side led by Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna and Weston McKennie, so ONE37pm decided to take a look at some of the best and worst-case scenarios for the USMNT ahead of Friday’s draw.

How Does the Draw Work?

Just a quick reminder, there will be 32 teams up for selection on Friday being drawn into eight groups.

There are four pots of eight teams to select from, with teams like Brazil, England and Portugal in Pot 1 (top-ranked group).

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As hosts of the World Cup, Qatar has also been placed in Pot 1 and they’ll be automatically dropped into Group A.

From that point, teams will be drawn so that one Pot 1 team will be in Groups B-H and then they’ll move onto Pots 2-4.

The USMNT is in Pot 2 after being ranked 15 in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

Worst-Case Scenarios

Let’s preface this by saying everything here is hypothetical and the draw won’t take place until tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean we can’t play out some doomsday scenarios real quick.

Potential Draw 1

Brazil, USMNT, Serbia, Cameroon

The U.S. will obviously be hoping they can draw a side like Qatar from Pot 1, but if that doesn’t happen then there’s a guarantee of taking on a top 10 FIFA-ranked nation.

In this case, it would be Brazil, who’s only lost two matches over the past two years. The South American giants have one of the strongest teams in the World Cup led by Neymar, Casemiro and Thiago Silva.

Being grouped against Serbia and Cameroon won’t make life for the U.S. any easier.

Serbia boasts one of the best young strikers in football with Dušan Vlahović, while Cameroon has an extremely quick attack that can cause great difficulties for any opponent.

Potential Draw 2

France, USMNT, Senegal, Ecuador

Having to face the World Cup champions and arguably the deepest team in the tournament wouldn’t be ideal by any stretch, but to make matters worse the U.S. would also get the African champions and one of the most improved teams in South America.

Senegal has a core of amazing Premier League and European talent, including Sadio Mane, Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly, while Ecuador looked significantly better during qualifying.

Best-Case Scenarios

Potential Draw 3

Qatar, USMNT, Tunisia, AFC/CONMEBOL

Drawing Qatar would be the dream scenario for the Americans not only because they’re the weakest Pot 1 nation but also due to the fact the USMNT has some familiarity with them.

The U.S. faced Qatar in last year’s Concacaf Gold Cup, beating the Middle Eastern side in the semifinals.

Out of all the African teams in Pot 3, Tunisia would definitely be the best option for the U.S. given their ranking and who they had to face in African playoffs.

Meanwhile, drawing a team like Peru wouldn’t be a cake walk, but there’s a lot of familiarity with the South American side boasting many MLS players.

Potential Draw 4

Belgium, USMNT, Poland, Saudi Arabia

Outside of drawing hosts Qatar from Pot 1, every other seeded team is going to present a challenge in this tournament.

Belgium is still a top side, but they’re definitely not the powerhouse the U.S. faced at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

And if the true goal is to simply make it out of the group stage, this would be one of the easier paths for the Americans even if they can’t pick up a point or three against Belgium.

Facing a team like Poland with one of the best strikers in the world isn’t ideal, but the Americans have shown throughout qualifying that they’ve improved significantly defensively.

In fact, the USMNT didn’t concede more than two goals in any match during World Cup qualifying.

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Meet Nuno Mendes, Portugal’s Next Defensive Star

When Paris Saint-Germain began to go after countless stars in the summer transfer market last year, nobody expected Nuno Mendes to be the club’s biggest gem from their spending spree.

Mendes, 19, arrived in Ligue 1 on loan from Sporting CP in Portugal’s top flight and ever since joining the Parc des Princes side he hasn’t given up his starting left back position.

At a time where many teams across Europe utilize their outside backs as a source of attack in addition to their defensive efforts, Mendes is already checking many of the boxes as a significant talent.

ONE37pm takes a closer look at Nuno Mendes and how the on-loan defender’s future could progress in the coming seasons.

Mendes’ Background

Mendes came up through the Sporting academy for over a decade before breaking into the first team back in 2020.

He immediately moved onto a lot of clubs’ radars because of his agility and strong technical abilities.

That’s when PSG came calling for a loan move this past summer and now the club looks very likely to purchase the player to build out its backline for many years to come.

Mendes is a perfect complement to a player like Achraf Hakimi, who plays opposite him at PSG, with both guys very good at handling a mix of attacking and defensive duties.

Mendes’ Future

With Mendes already getting national team call ups at the age of 19 it’s safe to say the Portuguese have a very bright future defensively.

Mendes joins elite talents like Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo, which could Portugal in a very good spot to build out its squad in the future once veterans like Pepe are gone.

At the club level, Mendes seems destined to stay at PSG for the coming seasons before making a leap to one of the giants in Europe.

He seems to have a lot of the tools that would make him desirable to Premier League and La Liga clubs and Mendes is truly on the brink of significant success.

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How USMNT Can Solidify Dominance Against Mexico

When it comes to international matches on this side of the planet, it doesn’t get much bigger than when the U.S. Men’s National Team squares off with Mexico.

Gregg Berhalter and the USMNT enter Thursday with a huge amount of confidence after three straight wins over Mexico in 2021, but it’s never an easy task for the Americans when they head down to the Estadio Azteca.

In fact, the Americans have never come away with a victory in Mexico City during World Cup qualifying, and Christian Pulisic and Co. will be looking to be a part of the team that ends that winless streak.

ONE37pm takes a look at three keys for the USMNT tonight as they aim to beat Mexico and potentially qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.

1. Control the Midfield

Although the U.S. lost Weston McKennie to injury, the Americans still boast an extremely talent midfield led by Tyler Adams. This midfield battle often decides the game when these two nations meet and Thursday shouldn’t be any different.

Mexico has a strong one on its side with Efrain Alvarez and Hector Herrera, but the U.S. has done a great job of containing both players in some of their recent meetings.

Yunus Musah will be an important players for the Americans after excelling at Valencia this season and growing into more of a two-way player.

2. Don’t Be Afraid To Play Jordan Pefok

Ricardo Pepi has made all sorts of headlines for his huge move to Germany in the winter, but since that point things haven’t gone according to plan for the former FC Dallas striker.

Pepi hasn’t scored a goal to date in the Bundesliga and he’s struggled to acclimate himself at Augsburg.

Meanwhile, the U.S. has another forward at its disposal who is thriving in Europe this season.

Jordan Pefok leads Young Boys in goals this campaign and even scored against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League.

It’s highly likely that Pepi starts against Mexico, but Berhalter can’t be afraid to bring in Pefok if the match isn’t leaning towards the Americans.

3. Pulisic Shows Why He’s the Face of USMNT

Pulisic has shown up in big games for the U.S. and in the Premier League with Chelsea, but USA-Mexico has different levels of importance.

He drew the penalty that led to his game-winning goal against El Tri last year in the Concacaf Cup and a similar performance on the road would go a long way towards solidifying Pulisic’s place as the go-to player for the Yanks.

‘Captain America’ has 18 goals in 45 appearances for the United States, and it’s very likely that if he adds to that goal total at the Azteca the Americans will be a step closer towards qualifying for Qatar this November.

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Best USMNT-Mexico Goals Since 2000

The latest installment of one of the biggest rivalries on this side of the planet will take place Thursday when the U.S. Men’s National Team travels to Mexico.

With the USMNT riding in hot after three straight victories over El Tri, a win for either team would go a long way towards securing a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Although the Americans have never won at the Estadio Azteca in a World Cup qualifier, Gregg Berhalter’s side will be looking for big performances from stars like Christian Pulisic, Tim Weah and Tyler Adams.

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For Mexico, Chucky Lozano and Raul Jimenez will play significant roles for the host nation and they’ll need to succeed if El Tri wants to topple their biggest rival.

ONE37pm takes a look at five of the best USMNT-Mexico goals since 2000.

5. Benny Feilhaber (USMNT)
2007 Concacaf Gold Cup Final

Feilhaber struck this ball about as clean as possible and was a huge reason why the USMNT went on to win the Gold Cup in 2007.

4. Paul Aguilar (Mexico)
2015 Concacaf Cup

Aguilar had some amazing moments for Mexico throughout his career, and this goal against the Americans highlighted his brilliance in attack.

This was truly splendid technique on a tough volley and Aguilar buried the chance at the back post.

3. Israel Castro (Mexico)
2009 Concacaf World Cup Qualifying

Castro wasn’t known for scoring goals in his career for El Tri. In fact, he only scored one in a national team kit, but this goal was very worthy of being one of the best against the United States.

2. Michael Bradley (USMNT)
2018 Concacaf World Cup Qualifying

Results are hard to come by for the U.S. at the Estadio Azteca, but this goal from Bradley was certainly the best the Americans have ever had in the heart of Mexico City.

1. Giovani dos Santos
2011 Concacaf Gold Cup Final

Take the USA-Mexico battle out of the equation and this would still be one of the truly great goals you’ll ever witness.

Dos Santos not only used quick feet to get away Tim Howard, but then proceeded to complete one of the nicest back-post chips to help seal this match for Mexico.

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When is the World Cup Draw?

With nearly eight months left until kickoff in Qatar, the FIFA World Cup is getting closer and closer to its return.

After a 2018 tournament that saw France win its second World Cup in the nation’s history, Les Bleus will have the target on their back this winter.

The World Cup drama will receive its first big lift next month though when the draw takes place in Dubai.

ONE37pm offers up all the key information ahead of the World Cup draw, including teams involved and when it will take place.

What is the World Cup draw?

The World Cup draw will reveal the 32-nation field that will compete in Qatar this winter.

The 32 countries will be broken up into four pots of eight teams based on their standing in FIFA’s World Rankings, as well as host nation Qatar receiving an automatic bid into Pot 1.

As of now, Qatar will be joined by Belgium, Brazil, France, Argentina, England, Spain and Denmark in Pot 1, while the 24 other countries will be seeded accordingly.

Qatar, as hosts, are automatically placed in Group A and each group that follows will feature one of the previously mentioned nations.

Each group can only feature one country from each confederation, with the exception of UEFA due to how many bids the region receives.

For example, England and Germany can be in the same group, but the Iran and South Korea cannot.

Heading into the draw, several teams will be on standby as to what their World Cup fate will entail.

There are two intercontinental playoffs that need to take place between AFC and CONMEBOL as well as CONCACAF and OFC. Those matches won’t be played until mid June.

Meanwhile, with the conflict ongoing in Ukraine, their match against Scotland won’t take place until June. If Oleksandr Petrakov’s side advances, they’ll face Wales in the Path A final for a place in the World Cup.

When will the draw take place?

The draw will be revealed on April 1, 2022 at 12 p.m. ET in the United States via FIFA’s official website.

It will be televised on Telemundo, although English-language rights for the event have yet to be made public.

Who’s Qualified for the World Cup?
  • Qatar (Hosts)
  • Germany (Group J Winner – UEFA)
  • Denmark (Group F Winner – UEFA)
  • Brazil (Finished Top 4 – CONMEBOL)
  • France (Group D Winner – UEFA)
  • Belgium (Group E Winner – UEFA)
  • Croatia (Group H Winner – UEFA)
  • Spain (Group B Winner – UEFA)
  • Serbia (Group A Winner – UEFA)
  • England (Group I Winner – UEFA)
  • Switzerland (Group C Winner – UEFA)
  • Netherlands (Group G Winner – UEFA)
  • Argentina (Finished Top 4 – CONMEBOL)
  • Iran (Finished Top 2 – AFC)
  • South Korea (Finished Top 2 – AFC)
  • Japan (Finished Top 2 – AFC)
  • Saudi Arabia (Finished Top 2 – AFC)
  • Ecuador (Finished Top 4 – CONMEBOL)
  • Uruguay (Finished Top 4 – CONMEBOL)
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2022 World Cup Power Rankings

The 2022 World Cup will kick off this November in Qatar and as things stand nearly half the tournament field is set.

While confederations like UEFA have already largely decided which nations will be present at the competition, there are still plenty of spots available for the World Cup.

Defending champions France are currently joined by nine other European nations, while three more will earn their places in March when UEFA’s playoffs commence.

Teams like Italy, Portugal and Sweden are all among the top sides vying for a place in Qatar. For Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to avoid missing the World Cup for the first time in his career.

Meanwhile, the Azzurri missed the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the Euro 2020 champions won’t want to miss their second straight tournament.

Top sides from South America, Argentina and Brazil, have secured their World Cup places after going unbeaten up until this point in CONMEBOL qualifying.

ONE37pm will update the power rankings as more teams book their places in the World Cup.

15. Qatar
AFC
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The World Cup hosts are definitely a stronger side than they’ll get credit for, especially after competing against quality nations recently in the Concacaf Gold Cup, as well as 2021 friendlies against Portugal and Serbia.

2022 marks their first time in a World Cup, which should be an exciting prospect for the nation.

14. South Korea
AFC
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Most fans that follow the Premier League know South Korean star Son Heung-min, but this side has other promising players to build around.

Just like Iran, they’re unbeaten in World Cup qualifying to this point. If Son can continue his amazing form at the World Cup it could help lift South Korea to some surprise results.

13. Iran
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Iran are unbeaten in World Cup qualifying and have conceded just two goals in eight matches.

The Middle Eastern nation historically prides itself on strong defensive play and that’s clearly what they’ll be hoping to show off once again in Qatar.

12. Croatia
UEFA
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Croatia may seem to be a bit low on this list after reaching the 2018 World Cup final, but this isn’t the same team we saw four years ago.

Luka Modric is still one of the top midfielders in football, but Croatia will never someone to step up in attack in they are to pull off any significant upsets.

11. Switzerland
UEFA
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The Swiss pulled off one of the shocks of Euro 2020 when they took down France in the Round of 16, but the European nation has lots of experience so perhaps they can replicate their achievement at the World Cup.

Switzerland regularly reaches the knockout rounds and given their talent in attack they’ll be a team to watch out for.

10. Netherlands
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The Netherlands are known for key figures throughout their squad, but despite winning a difficult World Cup qualifying group this team is still missing something up front.

Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs De Ligt can hold down the back line, but the Dutch are still heavily reliant on Memphis Depay up front.

9. Serbia
UEFA
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Dušan Vlahović could be one of the most promising attackers players in the sport after completing a move to Juventus and now his country is headed for a World Cup.

Serbia have a lot of reasons to be joyful about their squad, between Vlahović and Aleksandar Mitrovic up front. Serbia could be dark horses in the competition.

8. Denmark
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Denmark became fan favorites last summer after battling through an extremely difficult situation involving Christian Eriksen, and they backed up their support by putting on an outstanding showing at the Euros.

The European side is very good defensively, led by Kasper Schmeichel in goal, and with a little more consistency up front Denmark could find themselves making another deep run in a major tournament.

7. Belgium
UEFA
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Belgium was touted for years as one of the next teams that would potentially break through and win a major tournament, but to this point it hasn’t come.

Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku are still major leaders for this team and have the ability to take Belgium far, but this could be the last time we see this current side really compete at a major competition.

6. Germany
UEFA
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When Joachim Low left the German national team it signaled a significant change. That said, Germany has an assortment on next generation of stars like Florian Wirtz and Karim Adeyemi to go along with veteran faces that have dominated the sport for years.

After crashing out in the Euro 2020 Round of 16, Germany will put everything on the line this year to show that they’re still an elite national team.

5. Argentina
CONMEBOL
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Many are expecting this to be Lionel Messi’s last go at winning a World Cup, but after delivering his first Copa America title this past year it’s hard to write off Argentina.

Similar to Brazil, the South American side is very stout defensively, but they’ll still rely heavily on veterans like Messi and Angel di Maria for goal-scoring fluidity up front.

4. Spain
UEFA
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Nobody has more exciting youth talent at the moment than Spain and they’re beginning to recognize what they can bring to the table, similar to Spanish sides of the past.

Led by Pedri, Gavi and a strong core in the midfield, La Furia Roja could be one of the biggest up-and-coming sides in the World Cup after finishing runners up in the UEFA Nations League.

3. England
UEFA
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England have been knocking on the door of a major triumph since the last World Cup cycle and The Three Lions nearly got their trophy at Euro 2020 before Italy stomped on their dreams.

An assortment of youth should create a lot of buzz around this team once again, but can Gareth Southgate get over the hump as England manager?

2. France
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Les Bleus are the defending World Cup champions, but after a disappointing showing at Euro 2020 France will need to display their dominance once again.

A star-studded attack of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema should be plenty to put France into the title conversation.

1. Brazil
CONMEBOL
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Led by Neymar and an all-star cast of attackers, Brazil have the makings of a World Cup contending side. They’ve conceded the fewest goals in South American qualifying through 15 matches and their only losses in the past two years have come to Argentina.

Look for the Brazilians to be among the final teams left in the competition come this winter.