This year’s FIFA World Cup is the first ever to be held in the Arab world with Qatar hosting the 2022 competition.
Due to the intense summer heat in Qatar, the decision was made to move from the traditional summer months and it will be the first World Cup ever not to be held in May, June, or July. The final is due to be held on Sunday, 18th December which is also Qatar National Day.
Will Gareth Southgate’s side deliver an early present to the nation? Well, he’s got arguably the most talented group of players to call on in English history so hopes are certainly high!
If you can’t be there, the next best thing is enjoying the game with mates in one of Solihull town centre’s many excellent town centre pubs and bars.
Among those showing the action are:
Broomfields Hall (Union Road – 0121 705 0742)
O’Neill’s (Poplar Road – 0121 711 3761)
Tap & Tandoor (Warwick Road – 0121 711 1166)
Taste Collective (Mell Square – 0121 725 8809)
The Flute & Flagon (Station Road – 0121 711 3630)
The Mason’s Arms (High Street – 0121 709 1352)
The White Swan (Station Road – 0121 711 5180)
Yates (Poplar Road – 0121 796 5213)
England’s World Cup Group B Opponents.
IRAN | WORLD RANKING: 20TH
Monday, 21st November – 1pm
This is the sixth time Iran have qualified for a World Cup and they are yet to make it through the group stages. Their only World Cup wins have come against the United States (1998) and Morocco (2018). They are managed by former Real Madrid boss and Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz.
USA | WORLD RANKING 16TH
Friday, 25th November – 7pm
The United States are back at the World Cup after missing out in 2018, which was the first time they hadn’t qualified since 1986. Semi-finalists in the first World Cup in 1930, they have only made it out of the group stages four times since. Alongside neighbours Canada and Mexico, they will be hosting the next World Cup in 2026.
WALES | WORLD RANKING: 19TH
Tuesday, 29th November – 7pm
Wales, despite their success in recent years, are entering the World Cup finals for only the second time. The first time they qualified was in 1958 in which they made it to the quarter-finals before losing to eventual winners Brazil. Led on the pitch by Gareth Bale, the former Real Madrid star now plies his trade with Los Angeles FC
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