The organizers of the Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 have continued to work at a faster pace as they try to ensure that everything is out in place and set ahead of the tournament kicking off next year. The latest development is that the matches that will be played at the World Cup will be played in full Stadiums even as the world continues to contain the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.
The organizers of the Olympics tournament to be held in Tokyo have also insisted that they will go ahead with the tournament even though the virus is yet to be conquered. And with experts intervening and raising questions about the safety and security surrounding the event holding, new reports are now circulating that the tournament may end up not holding anymore.
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The forthcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar football tournament that will be starting next year is not even underway yet but has attracted a whole lot of preparations. Starting from the organizers in the hosting country Qatar, down to the players of the countries that will be participating, and of course, the fans as well, there have been loads of preparations ongoing and there is still more to come.
The latest development that has surfaced is the news that there will be female commentators who will oversee the commentary at the World Cup next year. This is the first time in the history of football that it will be announced that commentaries will be handled by females at a major World Cup tournament since the inception of the competition.
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World football’s governing body, FIFA will test the new concussion substitute rule at the 2021 FIFA World Club Cup tournament in Qatar next month. Qatar are the World Cup 2022 hosts and the nation would also be playing host to the 2021 FIFA World Club Cup tournament which is scheduled to take place from February 1 to 10, 2021. FIFA announced that the new concussion substitute rule would be trialed at the upcoming World Club Cup tournament last week Friday.
The concussion substitute rule was made to protect the players and it is to prevent the second blow to the head of a player who has already been concussed. The use of concussion substitutes was approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) saddled with the responsibility of making the rules as far as football is concerned. The said rule was approved in December 2020.
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German national team boss Joachim Low is sitting on the knife edge as far as his job is concerned after a disappointing campaign in the UEFA Nations League this year. Joachim Low and his German players were beaten very well in their last game in the competition and that result has led to calls for Low to lose his job with many German football enthusiasts believing that his time as the German national football team manager has run its full course. Low and his players were beaten 6-0 by hosts Spain in their last UEFA Nations League match as the Spaniards piped them to qualification for the UEFA Nations League finals.
A draw away to Spain would have seen Germany qualify for the UEFA Nations League finals. Instead, the Germans went on to lose scandalously to their opponents as the country suffered their worst defeat since they started playing professional football. Continue reading “QATAR 2022: LOW CAN’T AFFORD MISTAKE”
With the 2022 World Cup tournament dawning on us thick and fast, teams have been pitted against one another and allocated into different groups so they know who they face in their bid to go as far as they can in the tournament.
There are ten groups in total and the participating teams have been shared into those groups. Five or six teams are allocated to each of the ten groups with the ten group winners securing straight qualification for the showpiece event in 2022.
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The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers from the Asian section have been given new dates. The new dates for the Qatar 2022 qualifiers were confirmed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) earlier in the week.
There are four matchdays to be completed in the second round of the qualifiers in the Asian section and these games have now been postponed until next year as confirmed by the AFC on Wednesday. The matchdays were initially planned for March and April this year before Covid-19 happened. The Pandemic led to the postponement of the matches to October and November 2020.The games have been pushed back again.
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Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has said that the west African nation could have a difficult 2022 following the postponement of the 2021 African Cup of Nations. The continental tournament was expected to held between January and February next year but it has been postponed by 12 months amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to Girondins4ever, Rohr acknowledged that his team are set for a difficult schedule ahead, considering they will have many games to play, suppose they are able to qualify for both AFCON and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he told: “The Africa Cup of Nations is postponed. It’s the same for everyone so it’s not a drawback.
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Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has described Lionel Messi as an ‘animal’ and believes the Argentine will play at the 2022 World Cup. The 33-year-old has won numerous accolades at the club level, but he has yet to win any major trophy on the international stage. Messi suffered World Cup heartbreak in 2014 when Germany beat Argentina in the final and he has since been the runner-up in the Copa America on two occasions.
Speaking to Marca, Xavi said that he has no doubts regarding the fitness of the Barcelona star and the Argentine should represent his country in the next World Cup in Qatar, he told: “I see Leo playing until he wants to. On a physical level, he is fast, strong, he is a competitive beast, physically an animal. I have no doubt that he will play in Qatar 2022.”
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Former England star David James has said that he understands the constant pressure on Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The 26-year-old has been the Three Lions’ regular choice in goal for the past three years, but they have been calls for him to be replaced amid his inconsistent displays at the club level.
The likes of Nick Pope and Dean Henderson are waiting in the wings to take any opportunity which arises, and James has acknowledged that it is very difficult to remain the country’s number one over a long period of time. Still he spoke in the support of Pickford saying: “I look at Pickford and there’s tremendous qualities he’s got. I think being the number one is very, very difficult. For one, people want to shoot you down, of course, because that’s the nature of the game. And secondly, to actually be at your best is difficult and to maintain that standard in any sporting context your performances are going to ebb and flow. To be the best or the number one for a long period of time is very difficult and let’s be right, Jordan’s not playing for one of the best sides in the country.”
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Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has praised the work done by Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) after the Education City Stadium, the third host venue of World Cup 2022 to be completed, was opened on schedule despite the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Spanish retireesays the completion of the venue is a sign of the better times to come. He felt the feat showcased the progress that Qatar have made in spite of being impacted by Covid-19. The midfielder also expressed his gratitude to the health workers who are spearheading the fight against the dangerous virus.
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