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If the 2022 World Cup started today: Looking at the major nations

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on the team most likely to win the World Cup if it were to take place tomorrow.
Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup.
Watch E:60's eye-opening segment on the migrant worker issues in Qatar.

The next World Cup is four years away, but if the tournament began today, how would the biggest countries line up? Further, what do they need to do between now and kickoff on Nov. 21, 2022?

We asked our writers to look into the future. Click on the flags below to see that nation.


Starting XI if the World Cup began today
Sergio Romero; Renzo Saravia, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Exequiel Palacios; Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala,...

If the World Cup started today: Pulisic, McKennie key for U.S., now and in 2022

Landon Donovan said it is "imperative" the USA men's national team qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, before hosting the 2026 competition along with Canada and Mexico.
After a lackluster 2018 played entirely with an interim head coach, former U.S. international Herculez Gomez says the USMNT is at an all-time low.
Former U.S. international Herculez Gomez calls the USMNT's loss to England "abysmal" and explains why he feels bad for the current players.
Herculez Gomez and Alejandro Moreno discuss Tata Martino's reported hiring as Mexico coach and what it says about the USMNT's coaching search.

If the World Cup began today -- and the U.S. had qualified -- how would they line up? As Jeff Carlisle writes, there are some obvious choices, as well as others who can stake a claim.

Starting XI

How far would this team get in a World Cup?

The key words here are, "If the World Cup started today," which explains why some veterans from the last cycle are in this lineup, as well as why some youngsters aren't. To wit, Zack Steffen may yet supplant Brad Guzan as the starting keeper, but Guzan's experience gives him the nod.

Jorge Villafana is...

Qatar's mystery men may not be the 2022 World Cup flops they're expected to be

Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup.

LUGANO, Switzerland -- Xherdan Shaqiri was shaking his head and shrugging his shoulders in the players' tunnel of Lugano's ageing Stadio Cornaredo, attempting to explain how Switzerland, sitting in eighth position in the FIFA World Ranking, had lost 1-0 to Qatar.

"It is difficult when you play a team of players you don't know," the Liverpool forward told ESPN FC. "In those kind of games, you can only lose.

"We watched them on video, but we didn't know their players at all, so it was difficult. Still,...

Uruguay's potential driving Oscar Washington Tabarez, 71, to another World Cup tilt

The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on Barcelona's biggest weakness, Luis Suarez's future and if Liverpool have any vulnerabilities this season.

Oscar Washington Tabarez hauled himself onto a plane for the marathon journey from South America to South Korea, where his Uruguay side are in action on Friday, before taking on Japan next Tuesday.

It is just over 30 years since Tabarez first took charge of Uruguay, in a spell that ended with second round elimination at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Uruguay then failed to make it to three of the next four World Cups, and fell in the group phase of the one they did reach. It seemed that the great...

FIFA 19's Alex Hunter 'joins' Common Goal, sealing place among top fictional footballers

The Exploding Heads journey through all the rather 'interesting' moves available in FIFA 19, including Cristiano Ronaldo's turbo feature.
West Ham's Michail Antonio, Wycombe Wonderers' Adebayo Akinfenwa and the F2 Football Freestylers share their thoughts on how good they think their FIFA skills are at the FIFA 19 launch.
Players from far and wide are seeing their ratings in FIFA 19, and let's just say there are some discrepancies in their minds.
Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela square off in FIFA 19 and the first order of business was for Alderweireld to sub off Davinson Sanchez.
Manchester City players picked up the newest copy of FIFA 19 and John Stones made sure he'd play a few fans in the process.
New York Red Bulls' Luis Robles and Sean Davis stopped by ESPN to square off in FIFA 19 and see how accurate their player ratings are in the game.

Mats Hummels, Shinji Kagawa and Giorgio Chiellini are but three of the football heavyweights to lend their support to Common Goal -- the initiative co-founded by Juan Mata through which professional footballers donate one percent of their salary to sporting causes around the world.

However, the latest star name to join the movement is a little different in that he doesn't actually exist.

- FIFA 19: Best players, fastest and slowest, strongest and more

Alex Hunter is the star of story mode "The...

Salzburg finally get their glory vs. Leipzig in the 'Red Bull battle'

Salzburg chalked up a famous win in Leipzig over the 'other' RB club that's siphoned so much talent over the years.
Salzburg chalked up a famous win in Leipzig over the 'other' RB club that's siphoned so much talent over the years.

LEIPZIG, Germany -- They were loud and they were present. Three hours before kick-off, they gathered at the Richard-Wagner-Platz in Leipzig's city centre. Some were drinking beer while others waited in anticipation of things to come.

This was their night, this was their match and this was their club: RB Salzburg. But it wasn't their city, and not even their name. In Europe, they go by the name of FC Salzburg as UEFA don't allow sponsor names. (Their opponents, RB Leipzig, maintain plausible deniability...