World Cup Qatar 2022 will be the ‘greatest tournament ever witnessed’ – Belgium coach Roberto Martinez

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Belgium manager Roberto Martinez believes that this year’s World Cup Qatar 2022 could be one of the most memorable tournaments in the history of the tournament.

World Cup Qatar 2022 will be the 'greatest tournament ever witnessed' - Belgium coach Roberto Martinez

The tournament is generally conducted in the summer, but this year it will be held from November 21 to December 18, when the weather will be slightly colder.

As a result, it will fall in the middle of most leagues’ seasons.

Martinez told BBC Radio 5 Live, “There has always been a gripe at international level that we always get the guys when they are tired.”

“I believe this could be the best World Cup or international event we’ve ever seen, simply because the players’ physical abilities will be at their peak.

“Within a few weeks of the season starting, everyone will be within 1,000 playing minutes – this is the ideal time for players to go play for their national team.”

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World Cup Qatar 2022 will be the 'greatest tournament ever witnessed' - Belgium coach Roberto Martinez

Martinez’s team is one of the favorites to win this year’s World Cup, which will most likely be the final opportunity for Belgium’s ‘golden generation‘ to win a major title.

Because of worries about Qatar’s human rights record, the choice to organize the event in the country has been heavily criticized.

Belgium ranks 1st as World Cup Qatar 2022 beckons

For the past three years, Belgium has remained at the top of the FIFA world rankings. After winning their last three international matches against Estonia, the Czech Republic, and Belarus, Belgium now leads Brazil, England, France, Italy, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, and Denmark.

Roberto Martinez, for his part, has led Belgium to 50 victories in 64 games, surpassing Guy Thys’ 49 victories in two stints as coach (1976-1989 and 1990-1901).

During their three-year reign atop the rankings, Belgium has only competed in one major tournament, the European Championship last summer, where they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Italy.

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World Cup Qatar 2022 will be the 'greatest tournament ever witnessed' - Belgium coach Roberto Martinez

The Red Devils have been in first place since September 20, 2018, after winning for a few months in 2015.

To be sure, Belgium finished 2021 with the slightest of advantages, a little 2.1 points ahead of their nearest competitors, Brazil. Nonetheless, it extends their contract for the first time to three years and three months.

A lot of European countries had previously claimed the top spot in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Ranking before Belgium. In 1993 and 2014, Germany dominated the rankings, France topped the rankings in 2001, and Spain topped the rankings between 2008 and 2013.

Finding an official match in which the Red Devils did not score at least one goal would take years. The last time they were held scoreless was in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia semi-final against France, which they lost 1-0. Roberto Martinez’s men have scored in 42 consecutive games since that setback in St Petersburg on July 10th.

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FIFA World Ranking

  1. Belgium – 1828
  2. Brazil – 1823
  3. France – 1786
  4. Argentina – 1766
  5. England – 1756
  6. Italy – 1741
  7. Spain – 1705
  8. Portugal – 1660
  9. Denmark – 1655
  10. Netherlands – 1654

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