With the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ kicking off on Sunday, all 32 squad lists are now official.
All 32 nations competing at the World Cup have named their final squads
For the first time ever, teams have been able to call upon 26 players
Months ago, coaches heading to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ compiled their provisional squads of 55 players before reducing the number to 26 in the last few days. All 32 teams have published their squads and these have now been officially confirmed. This year, 831 players are living their dream of playing in the FIFA World Cup. For some, this is almost routine; for others it is a whole new experience.
If Lionel Messi (currently on 19 games) reaches the final with Argentina and plays all seven matches along the way, he would replace Lothar Matthaus (25) as the player with the most World Cup appearances.
Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, is the player at the World Cup with the most international appearances (191) and the most goals (117).
Germany forward Youssoufa Moukoko, who turns 18 on the day the tournament starts on 20 November, will be the youngest player at the World Cup in Qatar and if he gets on the pitch he will become the youngest player to play at the tournament in 20 years and the ninth youngest overall.
Mexico goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera, 40, will be the oldest player in Qatar and could become the eighth oldest player to feature at the tournament.