A catchphrase can be heard that FIFA which is the governing body of the world soccer runs out of discussion often regarding holding tournaments outside of South America and Europe that are known as the traditional strongholds of the sport by giving it a heading as developing the game. But Hassan Al Thawadi does not agree to this phrase at all. He is leading the organizing body of Qatar for the 2022 edition of the football World Cup that is going to take place in this Gulf state.
According to him, the concept of developing the game is totally different. The phrase actually understates the penetration of the sport. It is everywhere and in every corner around the globe. Football is for all the people living in this world and Qatar is no exception. People living there also are enthusiastic about football and they want to see more games played there.
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Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has said that the Super Eagles will fare better, should they qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The West African nation have never reached the quarter-final stage of the global tournament but Ndidi is optimistic that the current crop of players are capable of achieving the feat.
Speaking in a press conference, Ndidi said that manager Gernot Rohr has focused on the development of young players and the team will try their utmost to progress beyond the round of 16 stage of the World Cup in Qatar, he told: “With the right mindset and belief in our qualities, and playing together as a team and not just individuals, we can make every game count and get the wins to go as far as possible. We have closed the gap and we are still growing. As we grow, experience comes. We are young, mobile, and we can play good football. Everything comes with time, we are trying our best and we are getting there.”
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World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar are set to unveil their latest completed world cup venue during the 2019 Club World Cup. According to reports Qatar have scheduled the semifinal involving Liverpool to be held in the Education City Stadium.
The 40,000 capacity stadium is nicknamed Diamond in the Desert and will host the Club World Cup tournament as part of the test running process.
The date which coincides with the Qatar National Day could become exciting if Al Sadd the local team manage to get through the double challenge of Hienghene Sport and CF Monterrey to face Liverpool. Continue reading QATAR TO LAUNCH NEW STADIUM IN DECEMBER
India coach Igor Stimac watched his team’s hopes of starting the World Cup 2022 qualification campaign with positivity ended in a disappointment against Oman. The 2-1 defeat for India is a blow and the manager reckoned that the excessive dependence on Sunil Chhetri for the goals is one of the factors. Even though India were in full control for the majority of the game, they were unable to break the lines and build on the opening goal scored byChhetri.Chhetri’s goal was able to provide India with a lead after 24 minutes.
Just when it seemed that the team was going to get three points and begin the campaign in positive fashion,Rabia Alawi Al Mandhar came up with a brace inside the last 10 minutes to turn the game around. The result puts massive pressure on India going into the next game against Qatar. Since the team only has one game in October, Stimac would like to see his team claim at least a point against Qatar, who have begun the campaign in strong fashion after a whopping 6-0 victory over Afghanistan. This confidence is claiming victory is a major problem for India, who are not great when it comes to playing away from home. The away wins for the team since 2018 have come up against Thailand.
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England international Danny Rose has admitted that he could have parted ways with Tottenham Hotspur shortly after his participation at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. The left-sided defender had a tough 2017/18 season where he was plagued with multiple injuries and that dropped him down the pecking order with Ben Davies getting the nod for Spurs.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Rose acknowledged that he was considering his future with the north London side last summer and even made contact with one of his suitors before the move failed to materialise, he said: “I am enjoying my football now. After the World Cup there was talk of me moving on. I was speaking to another club which obviously Tottenham know about but it didn’t happen. I called the manager after the World Cup and he just said to me that I was welcome to stay but said I would have to get my head down. At the minute the manager is bringing me on at left midfield and central midfield. I still feel like a really valuable member of the team.”
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