32 nations that qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2022 are drawn into eight groups, and here is the group-by-group breakdown.
Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, and South Korea
Looking at this group, Portugal stands out as the strongest favorite for first place. The other three teams have similar chances of reaching the knockout phase of The World Cup. Uruguay has a strong team, but their biggest stars are reaching the veteran years of their careers. Ghana and South Korea are very unpredictable, and as it looks this will be, besides Group G, a very tough group and evenly matched. Two teams that advance to the next round cross path with Group G.
PORTUGAL: This will be Cristiano Ronaldo's last World Cup. He won almost all individual and team trophies, the only thing missing is the World Cup. Despite his age, he is still Portugal's key player. Portugal qualified for the World Cup through playoffs, after they defeated Northern Macedonia. Portugal's long-serving manager is since 2014 Fernando Santos. He has a stellar team at his disposal led by the team's iconic player Cristiano Ronaldo, but there are also a bunch of other great players that make Portugal one of the favorites to win the World Cup. From Manchester City, there are Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Ruben Diaz, Bruno Fernandes from Manchester United, Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid, Diogo Jota from Liverpool and many more.
GHANA: This will be their fifth World Cup appearance, after qualifying for the World Cup 2022 via a play-off win against one of the biggest African teams, Nigeria. Brothers Ayew, Andre and Jordan will be a crucial part of the Ghana team, but their key player will be Arsenal’s midfielder Thomas Partey. Other players who stand out are Felix Afena-Gyan from Roma, Mohammed Kudus from Ajax, and young forward Abdul Fatawu Issahaku from Benfica.
URUGUAY: Uruguay's main concerns are that their biggest stars Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, and Diego Godin are in the latter stages of their careers. They don't have their club situation sorted out for next season, so it is questionable in what form will they be for the Word Cup. They qualified for the World Cup 2022 with a third-place finish in South American qualification behind Brazil and Argentina. Uruguay constantly produces great players, and one of the biggest signings of the summer is Liverpool's signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica. He might be one of the best strikers at this World Cup and one of the favorites to win the Golden Boot. Other great players are Rodrigo Bentancur from Tottenham, Federico Valverde from Real Madrid, and young defender Ronald Araujo from Barcelona.
SOUTH KOREA: South Korea qualified for the World Cup 2022 as second in Group A in Asian qualifications. Their coach is since 2018 Paulo Bento, and the biggest star is Tottenham's attacker Son Heung-min. Last year he emerged as one of the best players in the Premier League. South Korea plays hard-working, physical team football, that's the main reason they will be a tough opponent for anyone in this year's World Cup. Other players worth looking at are Hwang Hee-chan from Wolverhampton, Kim Min-jae from Fenerbahce, and Jung Woo-young from Al-Sadd.