Everything is ready for one of the most awaited events by all soccer fans to take place. Hours before the draw scheduled for Friday, April 1, FIFA announced who will conduct the draw for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and gave the list of eight soccer stars who will be responsible for drawing the balls to form the eight groups that will make up the new edition of the most prestigious tournament on the planet.
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The ceremony, which will be held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in Doha (Qatar) and will be attended by 2,000 guests, will begin at 12:00 ET on Friday and will be broadcast on the organization's official channels.
Unlike the previous edition, in which the event was hosted by former soccer player Gary Lineker and journalist Maria Komandnaya, this time it will be a trio formed by renowned former American soccer player Carli Lloyd, former British player Jermaine Jenas and Jamaican-British presenter Samantha Johnson.
Carly Lloyd, won two Women's World Cups, Canada 2015 and France 2019 as well as the Ballon d'Or in 2015, and in 2019 she won The Best. In addition, she won two Olympic gold medals (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) and a bronze medal (Tokyo 2020).
Jermaine Jenas, meanwhile, is a 39-year-old former English player who played his entire career in the Premier League, passing through clubs such as Newcastle (2002), Tottenham Spurs (2005), and Queens Park Ranger (2013 until his retirement in 2015). At the same time, he also played in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where his national team reached the quarterfinals.
Samanta Johnson is an international sports presenter with proven experience in this type of event, as just a month ago she participated in the draw for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 in which Chelsea became champions after beating Palmeiras in the final 2-1.
Who will draw the balls in the event?
FIFA invited eight former soccer players to be responsible for drawing the balls that make up each group. Among them will be two renowned former world champions, Brazil's Cafu and Germany's Lothar Matthaus.
These two well-known figures will be joined by former defender Adel Ahmed MalAllah (Qatar), Iran's Ali Daei, former all-time national team goal scorer until the emergence of Cristiano Ronaldo, former Nigerian midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha, former Algerian striker Rabah Madjer, former Australian captain Tim Cahill and Bora Milutinovic, the only coach to play in five World Cups with five different national teams (Mexico 1986, Costa Rica 1990, USA 1994, Nigeria 1998 and China PR 2002).