The best matches of the group stage at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

With the time change, you may need to choose which group stage matches you watch. Set your alarm or block your work calendar to watch these games.

Ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 starts, there are matchups that everyone will circle on their calendars. At the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, 64 games will be played and if each game ends regularly, that will be 5,760 minutes of football – not including injury time. *Inappropriately inserting complaints from non-soccer fans about stoppage time.* But we digress! The point remains, there will be a lot of football happening from November 20th to December 18th. And unless you’re like me (a psycho) or it’s your job, you probably won’t watch every single FIFA World Cup game.

Especially with the time change from Qatar to the United States, you need to decide when to either get up early or block time in your work calendar. We’ve taken on the agonizing task of picking the games you don’t want to miss at Qatar 2022. Watch every FIFA World Cup™ match on FOX, FS1, Telemundo and Universo with DISH.

How to watch on DISH with the FIFA World Cup™ app

The FIFA World Cup™ The app on DISH is your one stop shop for everything Qatar 2022™ World Cup! With English and Spanish broadcasts, you can watch or record matches, check leaderboards, find VOD highlights and replays, and more! Customers can choose between English and Spanish when selecting a current and upcoming game, as well as 4K English broadcasts on 4K-capable receivers (Hopper 3, 4K Joey and Android TV) with an HDR-compatible TV. Recordings of all World Cup matches are also automatically displayed in the app once they are on the DVR.

There are also shortcuts to Fútbol 360 to view multiple games or additional coverage where available and Gamefinder to set reminders for favorite teams so you can get reminders for your games. Connected customers will also see daily updated tables in Spanish and English, as well as a wide range of VOD content from both World Cup programming partners (Fox and Telemundo), including full match replays, highlights, special coverage and even matches from previous World Cup tournaments.

Any USMNT game

We’re going to get that out of the way: Of course, we’re going to list every single US men’s national team! So if you’re not interested in the Yanks then keep scrolling down for the other juicy group stage matchups.

United States v Wales: November 21, 2022

2 p.m. ET on FOX

When the whistle blows at Al-Rayyan Stadium, it will be 3,065 days waiting to see the USMNT at a FIFA World Cup Game will end. The USMNT has the second youngest roster in Qatar with an average age of 25 years 175 days. Many are thinking of Qatar 2022 is all about gaining experience for a new breed of talent now playing abroad, talent that will reach its peak when the 2026 version of the tournament takes place in the US. But others believe this team is skilled enough to make a run this year. However, dropping points in the first game makes it that much harder to advance to the knockout stages, and let’s be honest, stressful. The last time USA were at the World Cup nobody picked them out of a group with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. They won their first match thanks to an 86′ winner from John Brooks (not in the US squad this time). A draw isn’t ideal, but a loss would be detrimental with a talented England side next. All we can say is that you will look forward to a Monday for the first time.

United States v England: November 25, 2022

2 p.m. ET on FOX

Thanksgiving leftovers AND USA take on England at FIFA World Cup!? *chefs kiss*

Regardless of the result of the first game, this game against England is a benchmark for the USA. These two nations last met at a World Cup in 2012 and it ended in a 1-1 draw, thanks to Three Lions goalkeeper Robert Green, who had an absolute howler (howler – defined as “blatant and possibly amusing mistake made by a player or referee during a match” – is one of the football-specific technical terms to learn over the next month). Both sides made it through the group stage that year before both losing in the round of 16. The USA are known to get excited for these types of games so all the pressure will be on England who have high expectations after their deep run in Euros last year. If you can only watch one US game, make it this one.

USA vs. Iran: November 29, 2022

2 p.m. ET on FOX

It is impossible to know what the situation will be like in the USA’s last group game against Iran. Politics aside, this will be a tough game for the US as Iran actually topped Asia qualifiers thanks to their deadly counterattack. The US struggles to crush teams that sit back in their own third. In an ideal world, USA are already advanced or just need a draw. Whatever the situation for Iran, they will take it and try to spoil US dreams of advancing to the knockout rounds.

The best matchups of the group stage

France vs Denmark: November 26, 2022

11 am ET on FS1

Denmark took the euro by storm two summers ago. The small nation saw one of their best players, Christian Eriksen, suffer cardiac arrest in their first game of the tournament. The Danes then progressed through the group stage before losing to England in extra time in the semi-finals. On the other hand, the defending FIFA World CupChampions will try to show they are still the team to beat. Les Bleus will be without the midfield pairing that won them the 2018 tournament, with Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante missing the tournament through injury. France have many talents and can sign Real Madrid’s young duo of Eduardo Camavinga and Aurélien Tchouaméni. This will be a statement game for both nations.

Argentina vs. Mexico: November 26, 2022

2 p.m. ET on FS1

The Mexican fans let out a big sigh as they saw another date with Argentina at their World CupSchedule. The Albiceleste has been a thorn in El Tri’s side for years. Of their last nine meetings in all competitions, Argentina have won eight with a draw, including two games at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. When these two nations come together, it is ALWAYS a tricky duel. It’s not about if there will be drama, but how much.

Spain vs Germany: November 27, 2022

2 p.m. ET on FS1

After a day watching France-Denmark and Argentina-Mexico, you’ll be longing for more Qatar 2022 Action. And let me tell you that itch gets scratched. Spain and Germany will be a classic clash of styles… and history. Although both teams have had to go under the hood and rebuild their once well-oiled machines in recent years, talent is not the issue for these two nations. They are just exiting their golden generations where they had fixed lineups. But father time is undefeated and both football loving nations have had to replace some legendary players in the last 4-5 years. It’s time for new names to enter this grand rivalry and build their own legacy.

Brazil vs Switzerland: November 28, 2022

11 p.m. ET on FOX

The games go on, but if you’re detail-oriented, you’ll find that all of the biggest games actually take place at convenient times for your sleep schedule. Next up is a team from Switzerland who caught the eye of France and the rest of the world at the 2021 European Championships. Brazil are favorites to win the tournament and frankly they have no excuse not to. They are the most talented team in the tournament from start to finish, especially in midfield and in attack. Yes, their defense has some weaknesses, but it’s now or never for team manager Tite to give the Selecao their sixth star. This is another statement game for both nations.

Portugal vs Uruguay: November 28, 2022

2 p.m. ET on FOX

Some would say that there is no clearly defined “group of death” like there has been at the World Cup in previous years. This year Group H with Portugal, Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea is the most suitable candidate. Portugal and Uruguay met at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 in an exciting match. Uruguay won 2-1 thanks to a picturesque finish from Edinson Cavani. Now South Korea and Ghana are joining the celebrations and both sides are equally capable of advancing to the knockout rounds. There’s plenty of star power in this game, and if either of these teams can walk away with three points, they’ll be in the driver’s seat to go through.

Croatia vs. Belgium: December 1, 2022

10 p.m. ET on FOX

Belgium and Croatia met the same fate in 2018; no one could get past a French team that won the whole enchilada. Now that the time is receding for the ‘golden generation’ of both nations, they will meet in Group F in the final game of the group stage. With both Morocco and Canada providing roadblocks, it’s not out of the question that these two teams will still have work to do on the final day of the game to progress. This is the biggest matchup of the third and final day of the group stage – with all teams playing at the same time – and something tells me the stakes are high.

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