English is the most spoken language in the world as 67 different countries position it as their official language. It’s also the most spoken in many countries where it’s not an official language.
The FIFA World Cup is the only international football competition that places teams from over the planet in one tournament. Qualification stages have concluded, and the Qatar 2022 group stages have been scheduled.
The competition will commence on November 21st and run through to December 18th.In a collaboration of popularity, we’re taking a closer look at the world’s most spoken language and the world’s most popular sporting event.
Who are the countries that use English as an official language arriving in Qatar this winter? Continue reading to find out.
To the surprise of nobody, England is topping our list as the country that took ownership and spread the English language starting in the 5th century.
Formerly known as Old English, dialects retrieved by Anglo-Saxon settlers were brought to England and evolved throughout the years with the assistance of Viking settlers. Despite being the home Continent of the English language, only a handful of countries recognize it as an official language.
However, there are numerous countries where most of the popularity speak English, but it’s not an official language – such as the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway. Notably, these three countries will appear at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
England is also the home of the English Premier League (EPL), the most popular football division in the world. The EPL is also regarded as the most challenging league for professionals to compete in, thus creating some of the planet’s most notable football superstars.
England hasn’t won a World Cup since 1966; interestingly, no country with English registered as an official language has won the World Cup since England’s 66′ triumph.
As the sister country of England, located in the United Kingdom, Wales adopted the English language despite using one of the only remaining Celtic languages still spoken, ‘Welsh.’
With that said, the aggressive culture of the English and American-English speaking world has assisted in fading out the Welsh-speaking language, as 99% of Wales utilize English as their primary language.
Gareth Bale has been the footballing pride of Wales since taking the sport by its horns and evolving into one of the world’s most talented forwards.
Success has escaped the Welsh international team, and their English rivals will lie in wait as both teams were drawn into Group B of the 2022 World Cup.
The Canadian-English language became prevalent following critical historical events, notably the Treaty of Paris (1763) and the American Revolution, allowing English-speaking settlers following the wars.
More than 25 million Canadians (85% of the population) have some knowledge of the English language. Most foreign countries to England have variations in the English language, and the Canadian variation is often described as a mixture of American English, British English, Quebec French, and exclusive Canadianism.
Canada will compete in the World Cup this year for the first time in 36 years and for the second time in their team’s history. They dominated the CONCACAF qualification stage to finish in the first place, above rivals USA and Mexico –initially tipped as the group betting favorites.
Oddsmakers underestimated Canada’s chance of success, but Ontario sports betting has certainly not. A plethora of Canadian sports bettors will be supporting their teams’ efforts.
With the youthful talents of Jonathon David and Alphonso Davies, the Canadian squad shouldn’t be overlooked in their chances of upsetting the opposing teams in their World Cup group.
Most of North America speaks English, and no other is more populous than the United States of America. However, English is not recognized as an official language in the United States.
So, why has the USA made it onto our list? English has always been the predominant language spoken in States, and the country boasts more English-speaking citizens than any other country.
The USA has no official language; it’s been a multilingual territory since its founding. Without an official language declared, the US has protected its linguistic diversity.
The USMNT is another North American country – similar to Canada – that has sorely lacked in football, but the sport’s progression has come leaps and bounds since its domestic league’s beginnings. The US squad will face stiff competition in this year’s World Cup, with a group consisting of European rivals England, Wales, and Iran.
Australia, Ghana, and Cameroon
Twenty-four African countries use the English language, and the 2022 World Cup will welcome two of them, Ghana and Cameroon – where both countries use it as their official language.
Oceania is the most diverse region in the world, using more than 450 Oceanic languages. However, Australia will be the only English-speaking country from this location heading to the 2022 World Cup.
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