In just 24 hours’ time, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will kick off. A tournament mired in controversy, domestic calendars across the globe grind to a halt for, Netherlands vs Qatar Live, Stream Free. the first mid-season World Cup in history as the game heads into the unknown.
Despite a poor run of form in 2022, England will be expected to follow up their impressive performances in both 2018 and at the delayed Euro 2020, where they reached the semi-finals and then three years later lost on penalties in the final.
The likes of France, Brazil, and Argentina to name just a few of course provide stern competition but this year is particularly interesting.
Certainly, there would not appear to be an early standout favorite, with few of the traditional European powerhouses looking at their best, while the South American giants have been limited in what opposition they can play in build-up games due to the UEFA Nations League.
Such an open feeling, coupled with the fact there has simply never been a World Cup like this one, adds to the excitement, although it is difficult to ignore the wider issues that surround it.
What is obvious, however, is that – rightly or wrongly – this will be a World Cup like no other.
Here’s everything you need to know about it.
FIFA World Cup 2022 venues and capacity
- Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 80,000
- Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 60,000
- Stadium 974, Doha – 40,000
- Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 40,000
- Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 45,000
- Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 44,740
- Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 40,000
- Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 40,000
Road to Qatar
The Netherlands finished top of their World Cup qualifying group with seven wins, two draws and just one defeat. That solitary defeat came against Turkey in the first group game, a match they lost 4-2.
They responded with a 2-0 home win against Latvia and an emphatic 7-0 trouncing of Gibraltar. After a 1-1 draw with Norway, the Oranje took further control of the group thanks to huge wins against Montenegro and Turkey.
Recent World Cup performances
Failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup was a huge blow to Dutch football and brought about the need for a reset at all levels. Even more shocking considering the fact that eight years prior to that, they reached the World Cup final in South Africa, losing 1-0 to Spain after extra-time.
Then Netherlands did, however, perform admirably in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where they won all of their group matches, on the road to a third place finish.
Netherlands final World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord (NED), Remko Pasveer (Ajax), Andries Nopper (Heerenveen (NED)
Defenders: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Nathan Aké (Manchester City), Daley Blind (Ajax), Jurriën Timber (Ajax), Denzel Dumfries (Inter Milan), Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan), Mathijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich), Tyrell Malacia (Manchester United), Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen)
Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Steven Berghuis (Ajax), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Teun Koopmeiners (Atalanta), Cody Gakpo (PSV), Marten de Roon (Atalanta), Kenneth Taylor (Ajax), Xavi Simons (Netherlands)
Forwards: Memphis Depay (Barcelona), Steven Bergwijn (Ajax), Vincent Janssen (Royal Antwerp), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Noa Lang (Club Brugge), Wout Weghorst (Besiktas)
See the list of every country’s World Cup squads here
Netherlands star players
Virgil Van Dijk
The Liverpool defensive anchor is a huge factor the Oranje. His performances are usually tied to the success or failure of this team. His ability to make perfectly timed interceptions and interventions is priceless. He also had a knack for scoring important goals.
Earlier this year Van Gaal revealed that he has had an aggressive form of prostate cancer since 2020. He explained how he had been sneaking away from the Dutch training camps to have radiotherapy. He also said he felt well enough to take the team to the World Cup and that the players give him energy.
Netherlands World Cup group fixtures
Netherlands vs Senegal – 21, November. 5 pm.
Netherlands vs Ecuador – 25, November. 4 pm
Netherlands vs Qatar – 29, November. 3 pm
Netherlands’ odds to win the World Cup
The Netherlands’ odds to win the tournament are set at 13.00 by the bookies giving them the 8th best chance to win.
Eight years after taking the Netherlands to the semifinals in Brazil, Louis van Gaal is back for another shot at bringing home his nation’s first World Cup title.
Van Gaal’s tactical ability and leadership will be essential for a team that failed to reach the quarterfinals at last year’s European Championship under his predecessor, Frank de Boer.
The Netherlands, three times a World Cup runner-up, is in Group A with host Qatar, Ecuador, and Senegal.
Krul saved two penalties in a 4-3 shootout victory that sent the Netherlands to the semifinals. The Dutch team then lost to Argentina on penalties in the next match, with Jasper Cillessen in goal.
Van Gaal has been outspoken in criticizing Qatar as the host of the tournament, calling it a “ridiculous” decision motivated by commercial interests.
Despite his 2014 heroics, Krul isn’t expected to make the cut for Qatar. But the 33-year-old Cillessen, now playing for Dutch club NEC Nijmegen after spells with Ajax, Barcelona and Valencia, will likely be in the squad.
While Van Gaal appears to have the contours of his starting team largely worked out, it remains unclear who his starting goalkeeper will be. Netherlands vs Qatar live.
Other options include 38-year-old Ajax keeper Remko Pasveer, Feyenoord’s Justin Bijlow and Freiburg’s Mark Flekken.
The debate rages among Dutch fans at every major tournament about whether or not the Netherlands will play their preferred form of four defenders, three midfielders, and three forwards.
Abandoning that 4-3-3 setup was part of the reason that De Boer fell out of favor at Euro 2020, but don’t expect Van Gaal to immediately jump back to the system that is drummed into Dutch football players from the youngest youth squads right up to the Ajax team.
Van Gaal has been training this year a system with three defenders, four midfielders, two forwards and a player floating just behind the forwards. He says it means “that an opponent always has to adapt.”
But Van Gaal will keep opposing teams guessing in Qatar and is always prepared to change the way his team sets up — even during matches.
What system he uses on any given day “depends on the qualities of the opponent,” he told Dutch broadcaster NOS. Netherlands vs Qatar live.
Memphis Depay was one of the break-out stars of the World Cup in Brazil.
Van Gaal has in the past said he only selects players who are playing regular club football. He will make an exception for Depay, who is well on his way to becoming the Netherlands’ all-time top scorer.
Robin van Persie is alone on top with 50 goals.
“It’s always important to play … and I’ve done a lot less of that recently,” Depay told NOS in September.
But the ever-confident striker said he is in no doubt he will be ready in time for the Netherlands’ first match against Senegal on Nov. 21.
“I give everything in training to show that I belong here,” Depay said, “and can be important for my country.”
Manager: Louis Van Gaal. Netherlands vs Qatar live.
The 2022 World Cup kicks off in Qatar in November and we bring you the live schedule, tables, and results…
The tournament begins on Sunday, November 20 at the Al Bayt Stadium when Qatar takes on Ecuador in Group A.
England will play on the second day when they take on Iran.
The knock-out stage starts on Saturday, December 3.
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Peacock will also stream some matches.
You can view the full bracket and format breakdown on ESPN here.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: 2022 FIFA World Cup
When: Sunday, November 20, 2022, to Sunday, December 18, 2022
TV (English): FOX, FS1
TV (Spanish): Telemundo, Universo, Peacock