Football Player: Teammates who will be rivals in the upcoming FIFA World Cup

Among the 32 National Teams that will dispute Qatar 2022, many players are regularly teammates on their respective clubs but will turn into rivals from November 21 to December 18. Get to know which duels are confronting allies in the upcoming FIFA World Cup. By Manuel Portillo García April 07, 2022 01:38PM EDT

Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty ImagesEdinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo will face each other in Qatar 2022

A World Cup brings together the elite of world soccer. Many of the best players from the best teams in the world compete in it with the sole intention of bringing glory to their countries. It is natural then that those who defend the same jersey daily can become, momentarily but with incomparable intensity, rivals. Which teammates will have to face each other in Qatar 2022?

With the Qatar 2022 Final Draw already underway, and with the first great moment of drama and excitement that the upcoming FIFA World Cup provides, the lucky ones whose National Teams have qualified are already well aware of who they will face from November 21 to December 18: whether they are just professional colleagues playing for any other team or the same players with whom they fight for the same common goal week in and week out. The eight groups of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will feature some memorable clashes, all of which are already known, at least in the Group stage. Many of these exquisite matches awaiting soccer fans will feature players who share the same dressing room, such as Portugal vs. Uruguay with Cristiano Ronaldo clashing with Edinson Cavani, both Manchester United stars.

Teammates and rivals: teammate clashes at the group stage of Qatar 2022 Of all the 8 groups already formed for Qatar 2022, it is group B that could cause the most teammates to face each other now wearing the jerseys of their National Teams. The reason is very simple: the aforementioned group could include three countries related by the same language and history and two of them with a close geographical relationship such as England, the United States, and Wales or Scotland.

On the other hand, group A, which includes Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, and the Netherlands, is the group where the least cordiality is expected because there are few clashes between clubmates. This is one of the two Qatar 2022 groups made up of countries from different continents, together with Group H, the last one, which contains Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, and South Korea.

Laporte and Gundogan during a Manchester City match in the Premier League. (Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Group A (Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands) Quite possibly one of the most accessible groups of the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. In this section there is one representative from Asia (the host country), one from South America, one from Africa and one from Europe. Interestingly, it is the one in which the fewest teammates will meet.

Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands); Abou Diallo, Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) - Paris Saint Germain

Virgil Van Dijk (Netherlands); Sadio Mane (Senegal) - Liverpool

Arnaut Danjuma (Netherlands); Pervis Estupiñan (Ecuador), Boulaye Dia (Senegal) - Villarreal CF

Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk, partners in Liverpool. (Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Group B (England, Iran, USMNT, Wales / Scotland / Ukraine) If circumstances fall into place, England could meet either Wales or Scotland in Group B at Qatar 2022. However, it could also be Ukraine that clashes with the English, the USMNT and Iran. In terms of clashes between teammates, the Chelsea boys Mount, James, Chilwell and Pulisic stand out.

Nick Pope (England); Wayne Hennessey, Connor Roberts (Wales) - Burnley

Fraser Foster, James Ward-Prowse, Kyle Walker-Peters (England); Stuart Armstrong, Ché Adams -(Scotland) - Southampton

Jordan Pickford (England); Nathan Patterson (Scotland) - Everton

Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka (England); Kieran Tierney (Scotland) - Arsenal

Tyrone Mings, Ollie Watkins (England); John McGinn (Scotland) - Aston Villa

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho (England); Scott

McTominay (Scotland) - Manchester United

Declan Rice (England); Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine) - West Ham United

Jude Bellingham (England); Giovanni Reyna (USMNT) - Borussia Dortmund

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson (England); Andrew Robertson (Scotland) - Liverpool

Mason Mount, Reece James, Ben Chilwell (England); Christian Pulisic (USMNT) - Chelsea

Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, John Stones, Kyle Walker (England); Zack Steffen

(USMNT); Oleksandr Zinchenko (Ukraine) - Manchester City

Harry Kane (England); Joe Rodon, Ben Davies (Wales) - Tottenham Hotspur

James Sands (USMNT); Ryan Jack (Scotland); Aaron Ramsey (Wales) - Rangers

Ethan Horvath (USMNT); Scott McKenna (Scotland); Brennan Johnson (Wales) - Nottingham


Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream (USMNT); Neco Williams, Harry Wilson (Wales) - Fulham

Josh Sargent (USMNT); Grant Hanley, Billy Gilmour, Kenny McLean (Scotland), Norwich City

Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount, teammates in Chelsea. (Tess Derry/PA Images via Getty Images) Group C (Argentina, Saudia Arabia, Mexico, Poland) A serious contender for the Qatar 2022 title, two very competitive teams, and one more that looks like a very possible victim make up Group C. However, this is enough for some teammates like Napoli's Hirving Lozano and Piotr Zielinski to clash for one of the two tickets to the Round of 16.

Nicolás Tagliafico (Argentina); Edson Alvarez (Mexico) - Ajax

Gonzalo Montiel, Lucas Ocampos, Marcos Acuña, Alejandro Gomez (Argentina); Jesus Manuel Corona (Mexico) - Sevilla

German Pezzella, Guido Rodriguez (Argentina); Andrés Guardado, Diego Lainez (Mexico) - Real Betis

Rodrigo de Paul, Angel Correa (Argentina); Hector Herrera (Mexico) - Atlético Madrid

Alexis Mac Allister (Argentina); Jakub Moder (Poland) - Brighton & Hove Albion

Manuel Lanzini (Argentina); Łukasz Fabiański (Poland) - West Ham United

Emiliano Martínez (Argentina); Matty Cash (Poland) - Aston Villa

Paulo Dybala (Argentina); Wojciech Szczęsny (Poland) - Juventus

Hirving Lozano (Mexico); Piotr Zielinski (Poland) - Napoli

Hirving Lozano and Piotr Zielinski, teammates in Napoli. (Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Group D (France, Denmark, Tunisia, Peru / Australia / United Arab Emirates) Fate may bring back together several of those who met in Group C at Russia 2018 four years ago. France and Denmark and are settled in Qatar 2022, and Peru or Australia will fight to join them to settle the accounts that were left pending. For starters, the clash between Tottenham teammates Lloris and Hojberg is already assured but more could follow.

Hugo Lloris (France); Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Denmark) - Tottenham Hotspur

Mike Maignan, Theo Hernandez, Olivier Giroud (France); Simon Kjaer (Denmark) - AC Milan

Raphaël Varane, Paul Pogba (France); Hannibal Mejbri (Tunisia) - Manchester United

Jules Koundé, Anthony Martial (France); Thomas Delaney (Denmark) - Sevilla

Christopher Nkunku (France); Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark) - RB Leipzig

N'Golo Kanté (France); Andreas Christensen (Denmark) - Chelsea

Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar (France); Daniel Wass (Denmark) - Atletico Madrid

Clement Lenglet, Ousmane Dembele (France); Martin Braithwaite (Denmark) - FC Barcelona

Montassar Talbi (Tunisia); Anders Dreyer (Denmark) - Rubin Kazan

Mortadha Ben Ouanes (Tunisia); Awer Mabil (Australia) - Kasimpasa

Anis Ben Slimane (Tunisia); Andreas Maxso (Denmark) - Brondy

Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia); Ryan McGowan (Australia) - Kuwait SC

Issam Jebali (Tunisia); Joel King (Denmark) - OB

Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia); Miguel Trauco (Perú) - Saint-Etienne

Philip Billing (Denmark); Ajdin Hrustic (Australia) - Eintracht Frankfurt

Hugo Lloris, Pierre Emile Hojbjerg, Tottenham Hotspur. (Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images) Group E (Spain, Germany, Japan, New Zealand / Costa Rica) Having two National Teams that already know what it's like to win the FIFA World Cup is a guarantee that there will be players who belong to elite clubs. Thus, it will be possible to witness clashes such as Pedri and Gavi against Ter Stegen, all FC Barcelona players, or Cesar Azpilicueta vs Kai Havertz, both from Chelsea.

César Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Kepa Arrizabalaga (Spain); Antonio Rudiger, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner (Germany) - Chelsea

Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba, Gavi, Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Ferran Torres, Adama Traoré (Spain);

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Germany) - FC Barcelona

Aymeric Laporte, Rodri (Spain); İlkay Gündoğan (Germany) - Manchester City

Dani Olmo (Spain); Benjamin Henrichs, Lukas Klostermann (Germany) - RB Leipzig

Thiago Alcantara (Spain); Takumi Minamino (Japan) - Liverpool

Rodrigo (Spain); Robin Koch (Germany) - Leeds United

Kevin Trapp (Germany); Daichi Kamada (Japan) - Eintracht Frankfurt

Cesar Azpilicueta, Kai Havertz, Chelsea. (Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Group F (Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia) Despite the fact that there is no world champion in this group, high caliber duels are expected because at least 3 of the four teams in this group showed great form during the World Cup Qualifiers. One of the most anticipated dishes is to see Luka Modric challenge his Real Madrid teammates: Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard. Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard (Belgium); Luka Modric (Croatia) - Real Madrid

Jan Vertonghen (Belgium); Adel Taarabt (Morocco) - Benfica

Alexis Saelemaekers (Belgium); Ante Rebić (Croatia) - Milan

Thorgan Hazard, Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel (Belgium); Marin Pongračić (Croatia) - Borussia Dortmund

Yannick Carrasco (Belgium); Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia) - Atletico Madrid

Leander Dendoncker (Belgium); Romain Saïss (Morocco) - Wolverhampton Wanderers

Dennis Praet (Belgium); Josip Brekalo (Croatia) - Torino

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium); Hakim Ziyech (Morocco); Mateo Kovaci (Croatia) - Chelsea

Hans Vanaken, Simon Mignolet (Belgium); Tajon Buchanan (Canada) - Club Brugge

Michy Batshuayi (Belgium); Atiba Hutchinson, Cyle Larin (Canada); Domagoj Vida (Croatia) - Besiktas

Sam Adekugbe (Canada); Munir El Kajoui, Ayoub El Kaabi (Morocco) - Hatayspor

Jonathan David (Canada); Ivo Grbić, Domagoj Bradarić (Croatia) - Lille

Alphonso Davies (Canada); Josip Stanisic (Croatia) - Bayern Munich

Aymen Barkok (Morocco); Kristijan Jakic (Croatia) - Eintracht Frankfurt

Luka Modrid, Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid. (David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Group G (Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon) This group has only one world champion and is, along with E, the one that boasts the most World Cups won with 5. All this is thanks to Brazil, which will have to deal with three tough opponents that promise to complicate their existence, as Serbian Luka Jovic will try to beat his Real Madrid teammates, Militao, Casemiro, Vinicius and Rodrygo who will defend the Canarinha.

Vanja Milinkovic-Savic, Sasa Lukic (Serbia); Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland) - Torino

Danilo, Arthur, Alex Sandro (Brazil); Dusan Vlahovic (Serbia); Denis Zakaria (Switzerland) - Juventus

Éder Militao, Casemiro, Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior (Brazil); Luka Jovic (Serbia) - Real Madrid

Lucas Paqueta (Brazil); Karl Toko Ekambi (Cameroon) - Lyon

Bruno Guimaraes (Brazil); Fabian Schar (Switzerland) - Newcastle United

Antony (Brazil); Dusan Tadic (Serbia); André Onana (Cameroon) - Ajax

Gabriel Martinelli (Brazil); Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) - Arsenal

Everton, Lucas Veríssimo (Brazil); Nemanja Radonjic (Serbia); Haris Seferovic (Switzerland) - Benfica Strahinja Pavlovic (Serbia); Fabian Frei (Switzerland) - Basel

Mihailo Ristic (Serbia); Jonas Omlin (Switzerland); Ambroise Oyongo (Cameroon) - Montpellier

Filip Kostic (Serbia); Djibril Sow (Switzerland) - Eintracht Frankfurt

Uros Racic (Serbia); Eray Comert (Switzerland) - Valencia

Darko Lazovic, Ivan Ilic (Serbia); Martin Hongla (Cameroon) - Hellas Verona

Noah Okafor (Switzerland); Jérome Onguéné (Cameroon) - Red Bull Salzburg

Edimilson Fernandes, Christian Fassnacht, Ulisses Garcia (Switzerland); Moumi Ngamaleu (Cameroon) - Young Boys

Dusan Vlahovic, Arthur, Juventus. (Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Group H (Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea) One of the most anticipated duels of this Qatar 2022 group is undoubtedly the one between Portugal and Uruguay since in Russia 2018 the South Americans eliminated the Europeans in the Round of 16. Cristiano Ronaldo will have to forget that Edinson Cavani is his ally at Manchester United to get revenge.

Rui Patrício, Sérgio Oliveira (Portugal); Felix Afena-Gyan (Ghana); Matías Viña (Uruguay) - Roma

José Sá, João Moutinho, Nélson Semedo, Rúben Neves, Francisco Trincão (Portugal); Hwang

Hee-chan (South Korea) - Wolverhampton Wanderers

Cédric Soares (Portugal); Thomas Partey (Ghana) - Arsenal

Diogo Dalot, Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal); Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) - Manchester United

Matheus Nunes, João Palhinha, Pedro Gonçalves (Portugal); Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Ghana);

Manuel Ugarte, Sebastian Coates (Uruguay) - Sporting CP

Gonçalo Guedes (Portugal); Maxi Gómez (Uruguay) - Valencia

Joao Felix (Portugal); José Giménez, Luis Suárez (Uruguay) - Atletico Madrid

Ricardo Pereira (Portugal); Daniel Amartey (Ghana) - Leicester City

Joao Mário, Rafa Silva (Portugal); Darwin Núñez (Uruguay) - Benfica

Alfred Duncan (Ghana); Lucas Torreira (Uruguay) - Fiorentina

André Ayew (Ghana); Jung Woo-young (South Korea) - Al-Sadd

Gideon Mensah (Ghana); Hwang Ui-jo (South Korea) - Bordeaux

Iddrisu Baba (Ghana); Giovanni González (Uruguay) - Mallorca

Diego Rossi (Uruguay); Kim Min-jae (South Korea) - Fenerbahce

Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay); Son Heung-min (South Korea) - Tottenham Hotspur

Luis Suarez, Joao Felix, Atletico Madrid. (David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)


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Date: 31/5/2022

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