Qatar 2022 World Cup guide

There are plenty of tantalizing storylines for the upcoming World Cup, including a chance for superstars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to grace soccer's biggest stage one last time.

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August 8, 2022 - 1:34 PM

Paris Saint-Germain's Lionel Messi reacts after missing an opportunity to score a goal during a French L1 football match against FC Lorient at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on April 3, 2022. Photo by (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

A last chance for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Kylian Mbappé back on the biggest stage of all. Brazil bidding for a record-extending sixth title.

One of the most eagerly anticipated World Cups in memory — as much for off-the-field reasons as those on it — is just around the corner in Qatar and excitement is building after the qualification period was wrapped.

Thirty-two teams, 64 matches, 28 days. The first World Cup in the Middle East.

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