The planning is nearly over for the organisers of the Qatar World Cup, and it will not be long before 32 squads from around the world make their way to Qatar.
This article was originally published on 22 September 2022
France will start the tournament as defending champions, but this year's event looks wide open with the sweltering conditions set to play their part.
Qatar will host the first-ever World Cup in the Arab world and a total of eight stadiums will stage the matches this winter.
|When||20th November - 18th December 2022|
|How to watch||All matches will be shown on either the BBC or ITV|
|Odds||Brazil 9/2, England 11/2, France 6/1, Argentina 7/1, Spain 8/1|
Al Thumama Stadium is named after its district in Qatar.
Al Thumama is a district in Doha and it is one of the five sites for the government-sponsored project to develop reservoirs in the country. It is primarily a residential district and the stadium will have good access to Hamad International Airport.
The Al Thumama Stadium is one of eight purpose-built stadiums for this year's tournament and workers broke ground in 2017.
After five years of construction, the stadium was officially opened on October 22nd 2021, in time to host the final of the 2021 Emir Cup.
|Stadium name:||Al Thumama Stadium|
|Where:||Al Thumama, Doha|
|Opening date:||October 22nd 2021|
The Al Thumama Stadium has a capacity of 40,000 ahead of this year's World Cup, meaning it is one of the smallest arenas.
Three of the eight venues will have a capacity of 40,000, including the Al Janoub Stadium and Stadium 974.
The field dimensions at the Al Thumama Stadium have been listed as 101 x 68 metres. The field of play will be slightly smaller than the pitches at Stadium 974 and the Al Janoub Stadium, which measure at 105 x 68 metres.
No team have officially claimed the rights to play at Al Thumama Stadium, with the event built specifically for the World Cup.
|Date||Match number||Group||Team 1||Team 2||KO time||Venue|
Al Thumama Stadium
|23rd November||11||E||Spain||v||Costa Rica||19:00||Al Thumama Stadium|
|25th November||18||A||Qatar||v||Senegal||16:00||Al Thumama Stadium|
|27th November||26||F||Belgium||v||Morocco||16:00||Al Thumama Stadium|
|29th November||36||B||Iran||v||United States||22:00||Al Thumama Stadium|
|1st December||42||F||Canada||v||Morocco||18:00||Al Thumama Stadium|
|4th December||51||Round of 16||Winners Group D||v||Runners-up Group C||18:00||Al Thumama Stadium|
|10th December||59||Quarter-finals||Winners match 55||v||Winners match 56||18:00||Al Thumama Stadium|
The venue hosted the final of the Emir Cup in 2021, while six matches of the FIFA Arab Cup also took place at the stadium.
Once the World Cup is over, the capacity of the stadium will be reduced to 20,000 as workers plan to remove the top tier. A sports clinic and a hotel are then to be built on the site.
While it is at full capacity, it promises to be one of the most iconic venues of the 2022 World Cup due to its circular design, which has been inspired by the gahfiya, the traditional woven cap that is worn by men across the Middle East.