When is the 2022 World Cup final? What to know for Argentina vs. France
The 2022 World Cup final is set, with Argentina and France set to square off on Sunday at Lusail Stadium in Qatar for soccer’s ultimate prize.
France is looking to become the first back-to-back winner since Brazil accomplished the feat in 1958 and 1962 and reached the final despite injuries to some of their top players, including Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kanté.
Argentina star Lionel Messi is one of the greatest players in soccer history and has won just about every award and trophy in the world – except for the World Cup. This is Messi’s fifth appearance in the tournament – likely his last – and helped his country reach the final in 2014, losing to Germany in extra time.
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Here’s everything you need to know for Sunday’s game:
When is the World Cup final?
The final of the 2022 tournament in Qatar will be played on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. ET.
Who is in the World Cup final?
Argentina will face France in the final, with the winner becoming the title holder until the 2026 World Cup in North America takes place.
Where is the World Cup final?
The 2022 World Cup final will be played at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar.
The venue hosted six games in the group stage and one in each in the round of 16, quarterfinals and semifinals. Argentina has already played four games at the stadium, including their quarter- and semifinal wins.
Has Argentina or France ever won the World Cup?
Argentina is a two-time champion, winning in 1978 as the host nation and 1986 in Mexico. This is the country’s sixth overall appearance in the final, previously reaching the championship game in 1930, 1978, 1986, 1990 and 2014.
France, the defending champion, also won the World Cup as the host in 1998. This is the fourth appearance in the final for France, which lost to Italy in penalty kicks in 2006.