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It is a busy time of year for club managers and players alike.

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Aug-26 13:08 first published at 13:08 PM


As the elite teams around Europe compete for their domestic titles as well as continental glory in the UEFA Champions League and Europa Cup, a star-studded competition in Qatar makes it an unusually complicated season for the respective managers. No club is unaffected by the six-week break in proceedings for the Qatar World Cup, but FIFA’s showpiece tournament – one that was controversially handed to the Middle East country back in 2010 with a predictably broken promise not to change the scheduling – but some are certainly harder hit than others. Clearly there are various factors at play here. First you have the simple fact of players heading off with their national teams and out of their familiar club routine, especially given the conditions that they will be facing in Qatar. Second we have to consider how long each of those players is likely to be away: only four teams can reach the semi-finals, which take place around a week before the resumption of the domestic league action. And then there is the question of psychology and how they will return to their day jobs if under/over performing for their country. For those players left behind, in particular the top stars of the teams, mid-November to late December provides a chance for them, along with their manager and coaching staff, to reflect on the first few months of the season, rest as appropriate, and fine tune themselves for the restart. As their travelling teammates rejoin the group following their FIFA exit, so this momentum of preparation can build. Which teams have qualified for the Qatar World Cup 2022 finals? The following 32 national teams will be represented in Qatar, split into eight groups, A to H: Group A Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and Netherlands Group BEngland, IR Iran, USA and Wales Group CArgentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland Group DFrance, Australia, Denmark and Tunisia Group ESpain, Costa Rica, Germany and Japan Group FBelgium, Canada, Morocco and Croatia Group GBrazil, Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon Group HPortugal, Ghana, Uruguay and Korea Republic When will players return to clubs after World Cup 2022? Clearly the pride that a player has pulling on the shirt of his national team will mean he’ll want to progress as deep into the competition as possible. Club managers and fans may feel somewhat less enthusiastically, unless the share the same nationality. Here are some of the important dates to help you know when to expect your stars home… 21 November: World Cup kicks off with group stages 2 December: group stage ends 3 December: round of 16 begins 6 December: round of 16 ends 9/10 December: quarter-finals 13/14 December: semi-finals 17 December: 3rd place 18 December: final Which top club players are going to the World Cup? Let’s take a look at the key players from some of Europe’s biggest clubs who are either going (assume selected) or staying… Premier League – break 13 November to 26 December Manchester City Going: 17 in contention including Kyle Walker, John Stones, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish (England), Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and Rodri (Spain), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo (Portugal), Ilkay Gundogan (Germany), Nathan Ake (The Netherlands), Emerson (Brazil), Julian Alvarez (Argentina), Zack Steffen (USA) Staying: Erling Haaland (Norway), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria),Liverpool Going: 12 in contention including Alisson Becker (Brazil), Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands), Darwin Nunez (Uruguay) and Fabio Carvalho (Portugal) Staying: Mohamed Salah (Egypt), Luis Diaz (Colombia), Joel Matip (Cameroon), Andy Robertson (Scotland), Caoimhin Kelleher (Rep. Ireland), Naby Keïta (Guinea), Konstantinos Tsimikas (Greece) Chelsea Going: 20 in contention including Edouard Mendy (Senegal), Thiago Silva (Brazil), N’Golo Kante (France), Mateo Kovacic (Croatia), Kai Havertz (Germany), Christian Pulisic (United States), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Marc Cucurella (Spain) and Raheem Sterling (England) Staying: Jorginho (Italy), Billy Gilmour (Scotland) Manchester United Going: 15 in contention including Marcus Rashford (England), Jadon Sancho (England), Raphael Varane (France), Anthony Martial (France), David de Gea (Spain) and Casemiro (Brazil) Staying: Scott McTominay (Scotland), Victor Lindelof (Sweden), Anthony Elanga (Sweden) Tottenham Hotspur Going: 17 in contention including Hugo Lloris (France), Cristian Romero (Argentina), Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Denmark), Son Heung-Min (South Korea), Harry Kane (England), Joe Rodon (Wales), Ben Davies (Wales), Steven Bergwijn (Netherlands), Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay), Ivan Perisic (Croatia), Emerson Royal (Brazil) Staying: Dejan Kulusevski (Sweden), Yves Bissouma (Mali)Arsenal Going: 14 in contention including Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Magalhaes (all Brazil), Bukayo Saka, Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale, Emile Smith Rowe (all England), Cedric Soares and Fabio Vieira (Portugal), William Saliba (France), Granit Xhaka (Switzerland), Thomas Partey (Ghana) Staying: Mohamed Elneny (Egypt), Martin Ødegaard (Norway), Kieran Tierney (Scotland), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Ukraine), Full screen France and Brazil unite in Madrid | Benzema and Vinicius Jr. JESUS ALVAREZ ORIHUELADIARIO ASLaLiga – break 13 November to 26 December Real Madrid Going: 22 in contention including Ferland Mendy, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Karim Benzema (all France), Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio (all Spain), Antonio Rudiger, Toni Kroos (Germany), Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard (Belgium), Luka Modric (Croatia), Eder Militao, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo (all Brazil), Federico Valverde (Uruguay) Staying: David Alaba (Austria),Barcelona Going: 22 in contention including Frenkie de Jong, Memphis, Luuk de Jong (The Netherlands), Sergiño Dest (USA), Lenglet, Umtiti, Dembélé (all France), Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Gavi, Ansu Fati, Adama, Ferran Torres, Eric Garcia, Sergi Roberto, Pedri (all Spain), Ter Stegen (Germany), Staying: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Serie A – break 13 November to 26 December Juventus Going: in contention including Wojciech Szczesny (Poland), Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands), Adrien Rabiot (France), Arthur, Danilo and Alex Sandro (Brazil), Denis Zakaria (Switzerland), Paulo Dybala and Matias Soulé (Argentina), Alvaro Morata (Spain) and Dusan Vlahovic (Serbia). Staying: Leonardo Bonucci, Federico Chiesa (Italy), Juan Cuadrado (Colombia),AC Milan Going: 11 in contention including Mike Maignan, Theo Hernandez (France), Simon Kjaer (Denmark), Rafael Leao (Portugal), Alexis Saelemaekers (Belgium) Staying: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden),Inter Milan Going: eight in contention including Stefan De Vrij and Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands), Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia), Robin Gosens (Germany) and Matias Vecino (Uruguay), Lautaro Martinez and Joaquin Correa (Argentina). Staying: Hakan Calhanoglu (Turkey), Edin Dzeko (Italy) Full screen Senegal star | Sadio Mane of Bayern Munich Lars Baron Getty Bundesliga – break 13 November to 26 December Bayern Munich Going: 21 in contention including Manuel Neuer, Niklas Süle, Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Thomas Müller and Jamal Musiala (all Germany), Sadio Mané, Bouna Sarr (Senegal), Dayot Upamecano, Benjamin Pavard, Kingsley Coman, Lucas Hernandez and Corentin Tolisso (all France), Alphonso Davies (Canada) Staying: Staying:Ligue 1 – break 13 November to 26 December PSGGoing: 17 in contention including Kylian Mbappé (France), Leo Messi, Leandro Paredes and Angel Di Maria (all Argentina), Neymar Jr and Marquinhos (Brazil), Idrissa Gueye and Abdou Diallo (Senegal), Julian Draxler and Thilo Kehrer (Germany), Achraf Hakimi (Morocco), Danilo Pereira and Nuno Mendes (Portugal) Staying: Marco Verratti (Italy), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy),

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