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The trophy of the FIFA World Cup 2022 on display on the grid before the 2021 Formula One Grand Prix of Qatar at the Losail International Circuit in Lusail, Qatar, 21 November 2021. EPA/NOUSHAD THEKKAYIL

Soccer fans in Kenya and across the world can look up to some tasty pairings in the 2022 World Cup following the recent group draw of the international showpiece.

The first match of the 2022 World Cup will see host Qatar take on Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium, a retractable roof football stadium in Al Khor city, about 50 kilometers north of Doha.

SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv will be counting down the days to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, with the tournament set to run from 21 November to 18 December.

“We are proud to be the continent’s Pay TV destination for the greatest football event on the globe. This is just another step in our mission to deliver value to our customers through providing incomparable entertainment and making it accessible to more viewers” says Nancy Matimu, Managing Director of MultiChoice Kenya.

DStv and GOtv have exclusive Pay TV rights to the 2022 FIFA World Cup on the African continent and will be providing coverage of unrivaled depth, quality, and quantity.

SuperSport will give its viewers an unbeatable experience, with crystal clear High Definition visuals, top analysts and commentators, a range of language options, and the ability to watch games on the go via the DStv App.

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Here are some of the interesting pairings that sports lovers can expect: –

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, and the Netherlands. Here, English Premier League club, Liverpool, teammates Sadio Mane will go up against Virgil Van Dijk of the Netherland. Mane led Senegal to lift the Africa Cup of Nations recently.

Group B: England, Iran, USA, European Playoff Winner (either Wales, Ukraine, or Scotland) – What a pairing? Iran and the US have had no formal diplomatic ties since April 7, 1980. Later this year, however, USA and Iran soccer internationals will face off as England also gets a chance to settle scores with the Americans.

Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland. In the history of football, Argentina and Polland have only met twice in the World Cup before and their last duel in 1978 saw Argentina proceed to lift its maiden cup. Can Messi, who led his teammates in winning Copa America, go for glory once more?

Group D: France, Inter-Continental Playoff 1 winner, Denmark, Tunisia. 2018 World Cup Champion, France, appears drawn into a relatively easy group that guarantees them progress into the next level.

Group E: Spain, Inter-Continental Playoff 2 winner (Costa Rica or New Zealand), Germany, Japan. Interestingly, this group has five World Cup titles between them, Spain and Germany.

Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia. North American team Canada remains a dark horse in this group as it looks to shake off the jinx and go past the group stage to better its history in the tournament.

Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon. In 2021, Brazil lost the battle for Copa America to neighbors Argentina and will look to win an international trophy sooner than later with star striker Neymar leading their attack line.

Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea. You can bet your life that some old rivalries will be repeated here! As fate would have it, Uruguay, which eliminated Portugal in 2018 World Cup in Russia and Ghana earlier in South Africa 2010, will face both early on in the tournament’s group matches.

Overall, there are 32 teams at the World Cup drawn into eight groups of four.

“The FIFA World Cup Draw is one of the great events of the football calendar, and marks the start of the countdown to the in 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar,” said FIFA president Gianni Infantino. “Join us and a bevy of stars from the football world to conduct this procedure and celebrate all the best that the beautiful game has to offer.”

If you are a nerd for the history of the game, a statistics boffin or are just hunting for all the best behind-the-scenes news of the teams, players, and coaches which will feature at the tournament, we have you covered!

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