We're down to the business end of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The United States came up short against the Netherlands in the round of 16 as we start to separate the pretenders from the contenders. You can find the . There's no better time to make your picks as we gear up to see who will take home one of the most coveted trophies in sports. We're down to 16 teams vying for the prize. We have our here to see where everyone stacks up -- and while you're at it, sign up for our new newsletter covering the beautiful game in all its glory, including daily updates about the World Cup, here.
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As far as the storylines go, Lionel Messi has already announced thatfor Argentina, who are among the favorites to win the tournament despite losing the opener to Saudi Arabia. After getting his first international trophy by winning the 2021 Copa America with Argentina, there would be no better way for a Messi sendoff than with a World Cup title. Ronaldo hasn't announced that this will be his last World Cup, but the Portuguese forward would be 41 by the time the next World Cup rolls around. Safe to say Father Time is undefeated.
France --, , and -- will look to rise above their injuries and off the pitch drama to make a run to defend their title from 2018, but with talented England and Brazil teams, the French will have stiff competition for the trophy. The United States will also be happy to advance from the group stage after a disappointing run of friendlies leading into the World Cup.
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The following teams from each group are still alive:
- Group A: Netherlands.
- Group B: England.
- Group C: Argentina.
- Group D: France.
- Group E: Japan and Spain.
- Group F: Morocco and Croatia.
- Group G: Brazil and Switzerland.
- Group H: Portugal and South Korea.
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And here's the full bracket: