Former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has given his prediction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Russian superstar, who is an avid follower of football, noted that England, Brazil and Netherlands have the highest chances of winning the world cup. He also addressed teams like Spain, Argentina and France but decided to stick with three picks.
“I think England gonna do very well England I think, Brazil Brazil is very good. And I think Netherlands I think Netherlands, it's very good team. There are many other good teams like Argentina, France, Spain… like a lot of good teams there is like Croatia, Belgium but I just choose three teams and let’s see what is going to happen,” Khabib said in his recent appearance.
Khabib was earlier seen with footballing superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar among others and he has been vocal about his love for football as well.
FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the 22nd FIFA World Cup and will be played by the men's national teams of FIFA's member associations. The event runs from November 20 to December 18, 2022, in Qatar.
With 48 teams expected to compete in the 2026 tournament, this one will be the last to include 32 teams. The tournament's matches will take place in eight locations spread across five cities. This World Cup is being staged in November and December due to the extreme summer heat and humidity in Qatar. It is being performed over a shorter 29-day period. At Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, the opening match was between Qatar and Ecuador.
The decision to have Qatar host the World Cup has drawn criticism, particularly in the West. There were accusations of sportswashing as a result of criticism centred on Qatar's human rights record, especially their treatment of migrant workers and women.
Others have claimed that Qatar's harsh environment and weak football culture are indicators of FIFA corruption on a larger scale and of bribes for hosting rights. Several nations, clubs, and players announced their boycotts of the game, while former FIFA president Sepp Blatter twice said that awarding Qatar the hosting rights was a "mistake."
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