The FIFA World Cup is viewed as the most coveted prize in world football. Over the years, the prestigious trophy has been lifted by some of the greats of the game including Bobby Moore, Pele, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane and most recently Kylian Mbappe.
This year’s tournament is the first ever winter World Cup in the competition’s 92 year history. There are now just two teams remaining in the competition who are battling it out for football’s showpiece prize - Argentina and France.
Argentina began the tournament in disastrous fashion after a shock defeat to Saudi Arabia in the opener but have grown into the tournament with each game. They are beginning to look like a real force going forward with master Lionel Messi and pupil Julian Alvarez firing in a total of nine goals between them.
France cruised through the group in comprehensive fashion and are aiming to lift a second consecutive World Cup. Les Bleus have been spearheaded by the goalscoring exploits of Kylian Mbappe and all-time leading goalscorer Oliver Giroud.
But when is the World Cup final and which stadium will host football’s showpiece event?
When is the World Cup 2022 final?
The World Cup final for Qatar 2022 will take place on Sunday 18 December. The event will coincide with Qatar National Day which is a national commemoration of Qatar’s unification in 1878.
What time is kick off for the World Cup 2022 final?
The World Cup final will kick off at 3pm (GMT) and 6pm local time on 18 December. The final will be the 64th and final game of the competition.
Which stadium is hosting the World Cup 2022 final?
The World Cup 2022 final will take place at Lusail Iconic Stadium, which is located 15km north of the capital city Doha. The Lusail Iconic Stadium is the largest venue in the World Cup and it can hold a capacity of around 80,000 fans.
How long does the Qatar 2022 World Cup last?
The 2022 World Cup got underway on Sunday 20 November with hosts Qatar suffering a 2-0 defeat to Ecuador in the opening game.
The 32 teams in the tournament were split into eight groups of four and each team followed a round-robin format where they played every nation in their group on one occasion. The group stage games were concluded on Friday 2 December.
The top two ranked teams from each group advanced to the round of 16 before battling it out for a place in the final in the knockout rounds.
Who are the favourites to win the World Cup 2022?
France are the narrow favourites with the bookmakers to lift the World Cup in a game which many experts expect to be a tight affair.The reigning world champions have an exceptionally talented team featuring PSG star Kylian Mbappe, AC Milan striker Oliver Giroud and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. Deschamps’ side also beat Argentina during the World Cup four years ago.
Argentina are the slight underdogs with the bookmakers. The South American side last lifted the world title 36 years ago when they were spearheaded by football icon Diego Maradona.
Lionel Scaloni’s side have proven themselves as a force in world football in recent years. Argentina are the reigning Copa America holders and have shown great character to bounce back from their opening day defeat to Saudi Arabia.
Argentina are blessed with attacking quality and produced their best performance of the tournament in a ruthless 3-0 victory over Croatia in the semi-final. Argentina’s talisman will undoubtedly be seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi who leads both the goal scoring and assist charts in Qatar.