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The 2022 FIFA World Cup features 32 countries competing in the biggest football event in Qatar, the first World Cup ever held in the Middle East. This year marks the final edition of the 32-country tournament, a number set to rise to 48 in time for the 2026 World Cup in the US, Mexico and Canada.

This year’s Copa Mundial looks different for several reasons, including the dates (due to the intense summer heat in Qatar, the schedule has been moved to November-December instead of the traditional DST). But as always, the event features the world’s top football nations competing for global glory, as well as individual awards for top players, including the coveted prize for attacking players: the Golden Boot.

In the latest iteration of the World Cup, England Harry Kane, also star of Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, took home the award thanks to his six goals that likely helped soften the blow of three lions who lost 2-0 to Belgium in the third-place match. One of the main storylines of this year’s World Cup is the swan song of two of the game’s greatest stars: the Argentina national team. Lionel Messi and Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo. None of the players have ever won the Golden Boot and none of their teams have won a World Cup during their tenure. The reigning French champions are likely to field some contenders for the award, including Kylian Mbappe as well as Olivier Giroud. For more on the latest Golden Boot standings, odds and predictions throughout the tournament, follow ProSoccerTalk and NBC Sports Edge.

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What is the Golden Boot?

The Golden Boot is an award given to the top scorer of each World Cup. If, at the end of the tournament, two or more players are tied at the top of the list with the same number of goals, the award will go to the player who scored the most goals without a penalty, and if they are still tied, then go to the player with the most assists. While the tournament has always had a top scorer, the specific award has been presented since 1982. It was known as “The Golden Show” until it was renamed in 2010.

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Who is the top scorer in the 2022 World Cup?

1. Kylian Mbappe (France) – 5
2. Enner Valencia (Ecuador) – 3
3. Cody Gakpo (Netherlands) – 3
4. Marcus Rashford (England) – 3
5. Alvaro Morata (Spain) – 3
6. Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 3
7. Olivier Giroud (France) – 3
8. Bukayo Saka (England) – 3
9. Richarlison (Brazil) – 2
10. Ferran Torres (Spain) – 2
11. Andrei Kramaric (Croatia) – 2
12. Mahdi Taremi (Iran) – 2
13. Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) – 2
14. Mohammed Kudus (Ghana) – 2
15. Cho Gue-Sun (South Korea) – 2
16. Brel Embolo (Switzerland) – 2
17. Salem Al-Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) – 2
18. Alexander Mitrovic (Serbia) – 2
19. Kai Havertz (Germany) – 2
20. Vincent Abubakar (Cameroon) – 2
21. Niklas Fullkrug (Germany) – 2
22. Ritsu Doan (Japan) – 2
23. Georgian de Arrascaeta (Uruguay) – 2
24. Julian Alvarez (Argentina) – 2
25. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – 2

All past Golden Boot winners (1982-2018)

1982: Paolo Rossi (Italy) – 6

1986: Gary Lineker (Great Britain) – 6

1990: Salvatore Schillaci – 6

1994: Oleg Salenko (Russia) / Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria) – 6

1998: Davor Suker (Croatia) – 6

2002: Ronaldo (BRA) – 8

2006 – Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 5

2010 – Thomas Müller (Germany) – 5

2014 – James Rodriguez (COL) – 6

2018 – Harry Kane (Great Britain) – 6

When is World Cup 2022?

The World Championship starts on Sunday, November 20th. In the first leg, host nation Qatar will face Ecuador. The group stage will last until December 3, after which the playoffs will begin. The final will take place on Sunday, December 18th.

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World Cup 2022: schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage start time: 5:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo, Universe, peacock
  • Streaming in spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)

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On Tuesday, Portugal and Switzerland will meet for a place in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup in Lusail.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has won a EURO during his time with the team, but has never won a World Cup. That could of course change this month as Bruno Fernandes is now at the center of the attack.


Switzerland, meanwhile, will feel like they have as good a chance as anyone to make a breakthrough in the tournament by beating Cameroon and Serbia, staying within Brazil’s goal of world No. 1 in a close defeat in the group stage.

Portugal opened the tournament with an easy and thrilling 3-2 win over Ghana, then beating Uruguay 2-0 before further dooming the Uruguayan team with a 2-1 loss to South Korea in Al Rayyan.

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How to watch Portugal vs Switzerland live, streaming link and start time

Kick off: 14:00 ET, Tuesday, December 6th.
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo
Broadcast in Spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)

Key storylines, players to keep an eye on

The full Portugal squad is something to look out for as Rubén Dias, Rubén Neves and Bruno Fernandes give the team a strong backbone that can just as much surpass Cristiano Ronaldo when the great player is at his best, challenging the 37-year-old age.

The Swiss saw Bril Embolo as a threat at the top, but defenders and midfield have so many tough nuts to crack that Granit Xhaka has Manuel Akanji and Fabian Shar operating.

Quick facts about Portugal

Current FIFA World Ranking: 9
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 8
How they got out: they left UEFA through the playoffs.
Coach: Fernando Santos
Key players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancelo.

Fast facts about Switzerland

Current FIFA World Ranking: 15
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 12
How they qualified: Automatically qualified from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Murat Sur
Key Players: Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Jan Summer, Remo Freuler.

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Morocco and Spain will face off in a mouth-watering round of 16 matchup as the exciting Moroccan side imagine their chances of causing disappointment.

Remember: there are only 8 miles between Spain and Morocco, and there is a lot of history and rivalry between the two countries.


After winning Group F and going undefeated, Morocco was a pleasant surprise in this tournament. They have a talented core and their relatively new head coach Walid Regragui did a great job of pulling them together as a unit and they were so hard to break.

As for Spain, they started the World Cup with a terrific start, beating Costa Rica 7-0, but their draw against Germany and defeat against Japan left a lot to be desired. Finishing second in Group E, Luis Enrique will be wary of disappointment here as his side will have plenty of ball but need to regain their clinical advantage.

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