QATAR’S EMIR LIKELY TO VISIT BANGLADESH AFTER FIFA WORLD CUP

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim ibn Hamad Al Thani is likely to visit Dhaka after the FIFA World Cup Tournament at an invitation of Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid.  This was revealed today while Qatar Ambassador to Bangladesh Seraya Ali Mahdi Saeed Al Qahtani paid a courtesy call on foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at foreign ministry here today.  During the meeting, the Qatar envoy handed over the official invitation acceptance letter of Qatar Emir to the Foreign Minister for onward transmission to the President, a foreign ministry press release said.

The Ambassador said the Emir of Qatar was very keen on developing the bilateral relations with Bangladesh to new heights.  Dr Momen expressed his satisfaction over the excellent bilateral engagements between Bangladesh and Qatar in various fields including political, economic, defence, manpower and trade. He thanked Qatar for hosting the Second Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) between the two countries in Doha last month. Continue reading QATAR’S EMIR LIKELY TO VISIT BANGLADESH AFTER FIFA WORLD CUP

          SARGENT, PEPI, FERREIRA ON US ROSTER FOR QATAR 2022 WORLD CUP WARMUPS

Josh Sargent is back on the U.S. roster for the first time in a year, picked at forward along with Ricardo Pepi and Jesús Ferreira for the Americans’ final two World Cup warmup matches. Defenders Sergiño Dest, Chris Richards and Sam Vines, and winger Gio Reyna also were among 26 players selected Wednesday by coach Gregg Berhalter after missing the four previous matches in May and June.

The 13th-ranked Americans play No. 23 Japan on Sept. 23 in Düsseldorf, Germany, and 53rd-ranked Saudi Arabia four days later in Murcia, Spain. Berhalter plans to announce his 26-man World Cup roster on Nov. 9, 12 days before the Americans’ opener at the tournament in Qatar. Six players from the late spring games were dropped: defenders George Bello, Erik Palmer-Brown and Antonee Robinson, midfielder Cristian Roldan, winger Tim Weah and forward Haji Wright. Continue reading           SARGENT, PEPI, FERREIRA ON US ROSTER FOR QATAR 2022 WORLD CUP WARMUPS

      FIFA SEE SPONSORSHIP BOOM AHEAD OF 2023 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP NEXT YEAR

FIFA have been inundated with offers of sponsorship for next year’s women’s World Cup in the wake of the Euros after deciding to sell commercial rights to the tournament as a standalone event for the first time. For the previous World Cup in the United States in 2019, FIFA did not offer bespoke packages to sponsors, with all the branding provided by companies who are long-term commercial partners of the men’s World Cup such as Adidas, Coca-Cola and Visa.

FIFA are convinced that the women’s World Cup now has sufficient commercial appeal to stand on its own two feet, with the strong expressions of interest shown so far indicating that they are likely to be vindicated. The protracted Birmingham City takeover is being further delayed amid concerns that the bid from local businessman Paul Richardson and former Barcelona striker Maxi Lopez may be backed by Russian money. Continue reading       FIFA SEE SPONSORSHIP BOOM AHEAD OF 2023 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP NEXT YEAR

                       USWNT ROUT JAMAICA, SEAL QUALIFICATION FOR WORLD CUP

Sophia Smith scored in the fifth and eighth minutes to give her eight goals in 18 international matches. A pair of early goals by Sophia Smith lifted the U.S. women’s national team to a 5-0 victory over Jamaica in the CONCACAF W Championship in Guadalupe, Mexico, on Thursday. The victory, coupled with Mexico’s 3-0 loss to Haiti later Thursday night, seals a berth in the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand for the two-time defending champion U.S. women.

The top two teams in the two four-team W Championship groups automatically qualify. The U.S. leads Group A with six points with a match remaining vs. host Mexico on Monday before the knockout rounds begins. Jamaica and Haiti are tied for second on three points apiece after wins over Mexico, which sits last with no points. Continue reading                        USWNT ROUT JAMAICA, SEAL QUALIFICATION FOR WORLD CUP

UKRAINE SUFFER W/CUP HEARTBREAK IN WALES

Ukraine suffered World Cup heartbreak in Wales after they were beaten in the European playoffs at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Sunday evening. The Ukrainians have gone through a lot of troubles in recent months with the invasion of their cities from Russia and the World Cup 2022 playoffs was a welcomed distraction. However, they won’t be going to the tournament in Qatar after they lost out to Wales.


The Ukrainians finished second behind world champions in their qualifying group for the World Cup 2022 tournament from the European section thus making the playoffs. They were in the same playoff path as Wales, Scotland and Austria after the draw was held. Ukraine ended up in path A of the European playoffs with the aforementioned countries on the back of the draw. Continue reading UKRAINE SUFFER W/CUP HEARTBREAK IN WALES