Italy is a country with a rich and extensive football tradition. Although Italy will not take part in the next edition of the world’s biggest competition, there is an unparalleled football atmosphere due to the fact that it is a World Cup year.
Complex logistics are being put together to organize the entire road to Qatar 2022. Specifically, the four-time international champion is adding great players in its local league who are expected to participate in Qatar 2022.
The big teams such as Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Napoli are expected to add several international players.
Various teams generate great expectations such as Argentina, England, Belgium, and Brazil. Below, we discuss all the preparations that are taking place and which players Serie A could take to the World Cup.
Serie A and other leagues preparing for Qatar 2022
There is an official request to stop all leagues in the world temporarily. According to FIFA press releases, all leagues around the world are being asked to schedule their fixtures until the first dates of November. Accordingly, several South American leagues have scheduled their fixtures in early November so proper preparations for the competition can be made.
Other leagues such as the Premier League, La Liga, or the Bundesliga will temporarily cease their activities between November 12 and 13.
In Serie A, the last matches of the year will be played on round 15, November 12, and will resume on round 16 on January 3, 2023.
This is a very unusual phenomenon as World Cups typically take place between June and July. However, due to the nature of this competition and the location in which it will be played, such changes were necessary.
Teams that will add more players for Qatar 2022
According to FIFA’s new regulations, the list of players from each country has increased to 26, allowing more players to join the respective squads.
Although the definitive lists of players who will go to the World Cup are not yet available, there are several renowned names who are aiming for Qatar.
In the case of Europe, the following names are expected to join: Romelu Lukaku for Belgium; Wojciech Szczęsny and Piotr Zieliński for Poland; Rui Patricio and Rafael Leão for Portugal; Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, and Chris Smalling for England; Nemanja Matic, Luka Jovic, and Nikola Milenkovic for Serbia; Theo Hernandez for Switzerland and Oliver Giroud, for France.
Other expected players from Latin America include Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martínez for Argentina; Danilo and Alex Sandro for Brazil and Hirving Lozano for Mexico.
Serie A during the World Cup
As Italy will not participate in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Serie A has planned a small friendly tournament in the United States. It is believed that the tournament will be held in Orlando, one week after the World Cup starts.
It is also expected that, after the World Cup, there will be a short Christmas break for the players and the winter transfer market will open. However, in the end, despite the fact that Italy is not going to the World Cup, they have their own internal planning to maintain the player’s physical level and motivation.