True to tradition, team B also sailed all groups for this championship.
As the World Cup kicks off on Sunday, November 20, you can read which teams will be fighting for the biggest trophy that can be won in football.
Further down in the case, you can read about Group F squads, player selected by TV 2 and Team B’s opinions on the squads.
Every day before the WC, a new group will be published on TV 2 channels. You also get everything about the championship in the WC center of TV 2!
Watch Team B discuss Group F in the video window at the top!
Coach: Roberto Martinez.
Selected TV 2: Jérémy Doku.
Best position at Worlds: Third place in 2018.
Previous World Ranking: Won the bronze final in 2018.
Guardians: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Bruges) and Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg).
Defense: Jan Vertonghen (Anderlecht), Toby Alderweireld (Antwerp), Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund), Timothy Castagne (Leicester City), Arthur Theate (Rennes), Zeno Debast (Anderlecht) and Wout Faes (Leicester City).
Environment : Axel Witsel (Atletico Madrid), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Yannick Carrasco (Atlético Madrid), Youri Tielemans (Leicester City), Leander Dendoncker (Aston Villa), Hans Vanaken (Club Bruges), Charles De Ketelaere (Milan) and Amadou Onana (Everton).
Offensive: Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Dries Mertens (Galatasaray), Romelu Lukaku (Inter), Michy Bayshuayi (Fenerbache), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund), Leandro Trossard (Brighton), Jérémy Doku (Rennes) and Loïs Openda (Lens).
Belgium’s golden generation reached the quarter-finals in 2014 and won the bronze medal in 2018.
Today, TV 2 football expert Jesper Mathisen believes the 2022 World Cup is the last chance for the golden generation to win the World Cup.
Pillars Eden Hazard (31), Jan Vertonghen (35), Toby Alderweireld (33) and Dries Mertens (35) are likely to sing their last verse at the World Cup.
But even if the key players have aged, there is still a lot of class in the stable.
Kevin de Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois, as well as sometimes Romelu Lukaku, are at their peak. At the same time, there are very promising talents who have been selected for the championship.
Jérémy Doku (20), Amadou Onana (21), Zeno Debast (19) and Arthur Theate (22) are the future of Belgium.
– They are number two in the FIFA rankings, and “The Golden Generation” is still there.
– We’ve seen them league after league, but can they go all the way? They are not favorites, but always right behind. This is the last WC opportunity for them now.
Coach: Zlatko Dalic.
Selection of TV 2: Josko Gvardiol.
Best World Position: Silver in 2018.
Previous World Ranking: Lost the final in 2018.
Guardians: Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivo Grbic (Atletico Madrid) and Ivica Ivusic (Osijek).
Defense: Josip Stanisic (Bayern Munich), Borna Barisic (Rangers), Martin Erlic (Sassuolo), Dejan Lovren (Zenit), Borna Sosa (VfB Stuttgart), Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig), Domagoj Vida (AEK Athens), Josip Juranovic (Celtic ) and Josip Sutalo (Dinamo Zagreb).
Environment : Lovro Majer (Rennes), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Nikola Vlasic (Torino), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta), Luka Sucic (Red Bull Salzburg) and Kristijan Jakic (Eintracht Frankfurt ).
Offensive: Ivan Perisic (Tottenham), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Bruno Petkovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Marko Livaja (Hajduk Split), Ante Budimir (Osasuna) and Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb.
Sensationally reached the final in 2018. France were too strong there, but the Croats charmed the whole world.
The key players in this championship are four years older and it is doubtful whether it will be so easy to make it to the final this year as well.
– They have always had tricky people, while at the same time they have had gangsters. You don’t mess with Brozovic, Kovacic and Perisic. They are good, but it is a mature team. The question is whether he’s too old, says Marius Skjelbæk in the B-team podcast.
National team captain Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or after his World Cup performance four years ago. He is now 37, but the magician is still excelling for Real Madrid.
Marius Skjelbæk thinks Modric will do it in Qatar as well.
– Luka Modric was the WC’s best player four years ago, and this will be his last dance. But he’s alert and quick, and no worse than he was. Ronaldo has been impressing for a long time, and so has Messi, but Modric never gets worse.
Coach: Walid Regragui.
Selection of TV 2: Azzedine Ounahi.
Best position at the World Cup: Smoked out in the round of 16 in 1986.
Previous World Ranking: Smoked in the group stage in 2018.
Guardians: Yassine Bounou (Sevilla), Munir Mohamedi (Al Wehda) and Ahmed Tagnaouti (Wydad AC).
Defense: Achraf Hakimi (PSG), Noussair Mazraoui (Bayern Munich), Nayef Aguerd (West Ham), Romain Saïss (Besiktas), Jawad El Yamiq (Valladolid), Achraf Dari (Brest), Badr Benoun (Qatar SC) and Yahia Attiyat Allah ( Wydad AC).
Environment : Sofyan Amrabat (Fiorentina), Azzedine Ounahi (Angers), Abdelhamid Sabiri (Sampdoria), Ilias Chair (QPR), Selim Amallah (Standard Liège), Bilal El Khannous (Genk) and Yahya Jabrane (Wydad AC).
Offensive: Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea), Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al-Ittihad), Amine Harit (Marseille), Zakaria Aboukhlal (Toulouse), Abde Ezzalzouli (Osasuna), Sofiane Boufal (Angers), Youssef En-Nesyri (Seville) and Walid Cheddira (Bari ).
Back in February, it was almost completely unlikely that Hakim Ziyech would play the World Cup for Morocco.
The Chelsea player has announced that he is ending his national team career. This when he is only 28 years old.
The reason was a dispute with then national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic. The national team manager claimed that Ziyech had bad attitudes and pretended to be injured.
This made Ziyech see red. He retired and Morocco seemed to be without their star during the World Cup. But when Halilhodzic was sacked later in 2022, it was quick to come back.
Two months before the World Cup, Ziyech was back in Morocco’s red jersey.
– They have a good football team, including players from PSG (Achraf Hakimi), Bayern (Noussair Mazraoui), Chelsea (Hakim Ziyech) and Sevilla (Yassine Bounou and Youssef En-Nesyri).
– Only Senegal is better ranked in the FIFA ranking of African countries in the World Cup. In a tough group, or “a small group of hipsters” as Jesper called it, Morocco will be exciting to follow.
Coach: John Herdman.
TV 2’s choice: Jonathan David.
Highest position in Worlds: only participated once. Smoked in the group stage in 1986.
Previous position at the World Cup: Smoked out in the group stage in 1986.
Guardians: Dayne St. Clair (Minnesota United), James Pantemis (CF Montreal) and Milan Borjan (Crvena zvezda).
Defense: Alistair Johnston (CF Montreal), Sam Adekugbe (Hatayspor), Kamal Miller (CF Montreal), Steven Vitória (Chaves), Richie Laryea (Toronto FC), Derek Cornelius (Panetolikos) and Joel Waterman (CF Montreal).
Environment : Samuel Piette (CF Montreal), Stephen Eustáquio (Porto), Liam Fraser (Deinze), Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas), Mark-Anthony Kaye (Toronto FC), Ismaël Koné (CF Montreal), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC) and David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone).
Offensive: Junior Hoilett (Reading), Jonathan David (Lille), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Lucas Cavallini (Vancouver Whitecaps), Tajon Buchanan (Club Bruges), Iké Ugbo (Troyes), Cyle Larin (Club Bruges) and Liam Millar (Basel ).
For the first time since 1986, Canada will participate in the Men’s World Cup. To Qatar comes the hockey mad nation with its most talented generation of footballers ever.
Striker Jonathan David is scoring goals at Lille, midfielder Stephen Eustáquio is a Porto regular and Alphonso Davies – the biggest star of them all – is storming the wing at Bayern Munich.
– We did a lot of analysis on him for Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and I joke that he looks like the fastest player in the world. He’s as fast as he needs to be, both offensively and defensively, says Mathisen.
For Canada, the speedy 22-year-old has a much more attacking role than at Bayern. The team is described as technical with a lot of speed, where some players bring enormous experience.
Captain Atiba Hutchinson, 39, is the oldest player at the World Cup.
– I don’t think they will continue, but I certainly think they will charm us. We’ll see what the team has to offer when we start, Mathisen said.
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