Group B 2022 FIFA World Cup Schedule Fixtures

Group B 2022 FIFA World Cup

Group B in the 2022 FIFA World Cup is set after Wales defeated Ukraine in a European playoff in June to join the threesome of teams — England, USA and Iran — previously drawn into the group at the April 1 World Cup Draw. England was the seeded team from Pot 1, and was the first team drawn into Group B 2022 FIFA World Cup. Behind the 1966 champions, was the United States from Pot 2. Iran from Pot 3 was initially drawn into Group A, but because of the presence of a fellow Asian confederation member, was moved to Group B. (Except for a maximum of two European teams per group, nations from the same region could not be drawn into the same group.)

Group B 2022 FIFA World Cup

Finally, from Pot 4, the undecided European playoff spot at the time was assigned to Group B. Wales emerged as that playoff winner after beating Austria (in March) and then Ukraine (in June). The European playoff final had been postponed until June due to the war in Ukraine prompted by Russia’s invasion. Group B 2022 FIFA World Cup Schedule Fixtures The United States have played both England and Iran in previous World Cups. The U.S. stunned England twice in the past, both in 1950 — with a famous win that knocked England out — and in 2010 with a draw that saw U.S. top the group.

The four teams selected into the group will play a round-robin format with each nation facing the other three. Group standings are based on points from those three group-stage matches — three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a loss. The top two teams from each group based on total points advance to the single-game knockouts. If teams are tied on points, goal difference is the first tiebreaker followed by goals scored. If teams are also tied in those categories another set of tiebreakers is applied.

World Cup Group B

England

Having reached the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup and then the final of Euro 2021 — only to lose painfully on penalties to Italy — England will be determined to go one better in Qatar and finally win their first major trophy since 1966.

Gareth Southgate has some very exciting young players at his disposal — not least the likes of Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka — combined with a handful of experienced stars, who now possess significant tournament experience. It’s now a question of whether they can get over the line.

Southgate will hope that Manchester United defender Harry Maguire can recapture his best form ahead of the tournament, while there will inevitably again be much scrutiny on Harry Kane, who will likely have the chance to become his country’s leading all-time goalscorer.

Current FIFA world ranking: No. 5 (March 2022)
Regional ranking: 3rd (UEFA)
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances (last): 15 (Russia 2018)
How qualified: UEFA Group I winners 8W-0L-2D

Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
2022: 2W-2L-2D (Goals: 6 scored / 7 conceded)
2021: 15W-0L-4D (Goals: 52 scored / 5 conceded)
Coach: Gareth Southgate (England) since Sept. 2016
Star players: Harry Kane (Tottenham / England), Declan Rice (West Ham / England), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City / England)

USA

The U.S. will be joining the party at World Cup 2022, barely making it through regional qualifying on goal difference past Costa Rica. This will be the 11th time that the U.S. men’s national team (USMNT) has featured on the global stage, with the best result coming via a semifinal run at the inaugural tournament in 1930.

Without question, Gregg Berhalter’s side has enough young talent to have a chance at getting out of the group, and should excite supporters on the way, as they plot a potential deep World Cup run. Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic will be expected to play the main role, while Borussia Dortmund’s Gio Reyna will provide a creative spark in the attack. The U.S. will be a real threat going forward for teams to worry about, given their 21 goals scored in qualification.

Current FIFA world ranking: No. 15 (March 2022)
Regional ranking: 2nd (CONCACAF)
World Cup titles: —
World Cup appearances (last): 10 (Brazil 2014)
How qualified: CONCACAF qualifying third place (7W-3L-4D)
Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):

2022: 5W-2L-3D (Goals: 18 scored / 6 conceded)
2021: 17W-2L-3D (Goals: 45 scored / 12 conceded)
Coach: Gregg Berhalter (USA) since Dec. 2018
Star players: Christian Pulisic (Chelsea / England), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund / Germany), Weston McKennie (Juventus / Italy)

Iran

Iran will appear at a third straight World Cup finals as the No. 1-ranked national team from the Asian region capable of making a mark at the tournament. Dragan Skocic’s side qualified for the 2022 showpiece in emphatic style, going 8W-1L-1D in their final qualification round fixtures. That was enough for Iran to finish top of their group, as they edged out South Korea, who also qualified as runners-up.

Porto forward Mehdi Taremi, Feyenoord creator Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Bayer Leverkusen threat Sardar Azmoun make Iran a strong attacking unit, with Skocic’s team netting 15 times in 10 final-round qualifying matches, having already scored 10 times in a single match against Cambodia in an earlier qualifying phase.

Current FIFA world ranking: No. 21 (March 2022)
Regional ranking: 1st (AFC)
World Cup titles: —
World Cup appearances (last): 6 (Russia 2018)
How qualified: Asia Group A winners (8W-1L-1D)
Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):

2022: 3W-2L-0D (Goals: 5 scored / 4 conceded)
2021: 10W-0L-1D (Goals: 31 scored / 3 conceded)
Coach: Dragan Skocic (Croatia) since Feb. 2020
Star players: Sardar Azmoun (Bayer Leverkusen / Germany), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Feyenoord / Netherlands), Mehdi Taremi (Porto / Portugal)

Wales

Events away from the pitch meant that the outcome of the final European playoff spot was left for June. Wales defeated Ukraine on June 5 to secure the final World Cup playoff berth in Europe and its first appearance since 1958.

Wales reached the quarterfinals in that 1958 appearance, their only World Cup finals in history. Being a relatively small nation, they have punched well above their weight in recent years, even managing to get to the semifinals of Euro 2016 before losing to eventual champions Portugal. Gareth Bale and Daniel James will be crucial to any World Cup hopes.

Current FIFA world ranking: No. 18 (March 2022)
Regional ranking: 12th (UEFA)
World Cup appearances (last): 1 (Sweden 1958)
Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):

2022: 2W-3L-2D (Goals: 9 scored / 10 conceded)
2021: 6W-4L-6D (Goals: 18 scored / 18 conceded)
Coach: Robert Page (Wales) since April 2021
Star players: Gareth Bale (unattached), Daniel James (Leeds United / England), Kieffer Moore (Bournemouth / England)

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