QATAR WORLD CUP: NEW ROAD TRIP RULES REVEALED

Qatar has laid out the road to the World Cup for football fans aiming to drive to the global event. The country’s Ministry of Interior has confirmed entry procedures for 24-hour and five-day stays during the sporting event through the Abu Samra land border crossing with Saudi Arabia. The procedures will be in place from November 1 until December 23, covering the entirety of the tournament, which will be held from November 20 to December 18.


Although shuttle flights remain the most popular form of travel — with about 5,000 extra flights by flydubai and Qatar Airways scheduled between the UAE and Doha — many people are planning to spend hours making the 700-kilometre desert drive from Dubai and the 600km trek from Abu Dhabi. Continue reading ”                          QATAR WORLD CUP: NEW ROAD TRIP RULES REVEALED”

MBAPPE SCORES SECOND NATIONS LEAGUE GOAL

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacking talent Kylian Mbappe scored his second goal of the UEFA Nations League this season after he opened the scoring for France on the way to a 2-0 victory at home to Austria. France and Austria met at Stade de France, Saint-Denis on Thursday in one of the fifth set of games in Group A1. Apart from Austria and France, Croatia and Denmark are the other teams in Group A1.

Mbappe scored his first goal of this season’s Nations League campaign when he came off the bench to score the equaliser for the French team during their 1-1 draw at the home of Austria. The PSG attacker is expected to spearhead France’s quest to retain their title at the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil. Mbappe and his France teammates are the defending champions ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament after they won the 2018 edition in Russia. France are one of the top three favourites for the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar alongside five-time world champions Brazil and two-time world champions Argentina. The French team emerged as champions on the World Cup stage four years thus making it a second title for the European country. Continue reading “MBAPPE SCORES SECOND NATIONS LEAGUE GOAL”

LONDON COULD BID FOR FAN FESTIVAL AS FIFA UPGRADE QATAR WORLD CUP PLANS

Fifa have upgraded their Fan Fests for the 2022 Qatar World Cup with events outside of a host nation for the first time, and London could bid to host their own event later this year. That is according to the Daily Mail, who report London could be one of the venues used for a Fan Festival for the 22nd World Cup. But as the tournament will run from November into December, any event held in the English capital would place it against Winter Wonderland.

Fifa are keen to make the tournament accessible in some format to fans around the world, so are giving unique commercial licensing agreements. These would give new and existing stakeholders permission to stage satellite Fan Fest events in major cities around the world. Qatar 2022 will also see Fifa upgrade the event in the host nation with the introduction of a Fan Festival. The reimagined event will offer fans in the country new ways to take in the World Cup – such as entertainment, food, games, local culture, lifestyle trends and music. Continue reading “LONDON COULD BID FOR FAN FESTIVAL AS FIFA UPGRADE QATAR WORLD CUP PLANS”

SALIBA SCORES FIRST ARSENAL GOAL

Frenchman William Saliba has been impressive for Arsenal since he returned to the club this summer on the back of his loan spell at Marseille in the French top flight. The centre back is expected to be part of the France squad to the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil without any doubt if he continues to perform well for the Gunners. France are the defending champions ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar. Also, they are one of the favourites to win the tournament. The top four favourites to win the World Cup 2022 tournament are Brazil, France, England and Argentina.

Saliba has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season. He scored his first goal for Arsenal during the big win over newly promoted team Bournemouth in the Premier League last week. The French international was one of the goalscorers as Arsenal secured top spot on the league table by beating hosts Bournemouth 3-0. Continue reading “SALIBA SCORES FIRST ARSENAL GOAL”

       CHILE APPEAL CLOSING OF CASTILLO CASE, DEMAND ECUADOR’S DISQUALIFICATION

Despite having had their complaint rejected, Chile are not giving up in their determination to have Ecuador thrown out of this year’s World Cup and have appealed the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decision to close the eligibility case of Byron David Castillo Segura who represented Ecuador eight times during Conmebol qualifying.


Last month FIFA rejected Chile’s protests that Segura was an ineligible player. It had been widely anticipated that FIFA would discipline Ecuador but instead they closed the case after Chile disputed Castillo’s nationality. Continue reading ”       CHILE APPEAL CLOSING OF CASTILLO CASE, DEMAND ECUADOR’S DISQUALIFICATION”

      EURO 2022 SUCCESS WILL IMPACT WOMEN’S FOOTBALL AS 2027 WC BIDDING NEARS

Euro 2022 is yet to reach the semifinal stage, but even before the tournament reaches the last four next week, it can already be considered an unqualified success. An 85,000 sellout crowd at Wembley for the final on July 31 will only underscore how women’s football has now become a major player in world sport.


Almost 70,000 watched England’s opening game against Austria at Old Trafford earlier this month, an audience of 7.6 million watched the live television broadcast of their quarterfinal win against Spain, while 16,025 turned out at Brentford on Thursday to see Germany join the hosts in the semis with a 2-0 victory against Austria. Continue reading ”      EURO 2022 SUCCESS WILL IMPACT WOMEN’S FOOTBALL AS 2027 WC BIDDING NEARS”

NO PIRLO REUNION FOR RAMSEY

Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey won’t be reuniting with Andrea Pirlo at FatihKaragumruk in the Turkish top flight after a move was ruled out for the Juventus star. It had earlier been reported that FatihKaragumruk were one of the teams interested in signing Ramsey this summer as he tries to get a new club to enable him to stay in top form for Wales ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar.


Ramsey, 30, is expected to be an important player for Wales on their return to the World Cup after several decades. They were one of the last teams to book their spot at the World Cup 2022 tournament. As a matter of fact, Wales were the third to the last team to confirm a place at the World Cup 2022 tournament. Hosts Wales qualified by beating Ukraine 1-0 in their playoff clash. Continue reading “NO PIRLO REUNION FOR RAMSEY”

                    ITALY VS GERMANY PREVIEW: PROBABLE LINEUPS AND KEY STATS

It has been a contrasting period in Italian football, with the Azzurri first revelling in their success after winning the UEFA Euro 2020 then disappointing their fans by not qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Consistency is not necessarily an issue as Italy have been one of the most consistent national sides in Europe since Roberto Mancini took over. However, a few bad results and dropped points were only good enough to take them into the World Cup qualifying play-offs. At this stage, they shocked their fans by losing to North Macedonia and missing out on the plane to Qatar for the World Cup.

Mancini has a big task at hand, as he has stayed on despite many seeking his resignation. The supposed new era already began with a 3-0 loss to Argentina in the Finalissima, and the next one, coming shortly against Germany, is not the ideal start for the Azzurri this summer. Add the forthcoming England and Hungary games into the mix, and Italy are in for a big test of character. Continue reading ”                    ITALY VS GERMANY PREVIEW: PROBABLE LINEUPS AND KEY STATS”

          FRANCE’S SQUAD DEPTH AHEAD OF 2022 WORLD CUP IS FRIGHTENINGLY GOOD

France manager Didier Deschamps has picked his latest squad for next month’s Nations League fixtures – and it’s a timely reminder of their strength in depth coming into the World Cup in Qatar. The defending champions will be one of the favourites following last year’s Nations League victory against Spain in October.


And with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema in the form of their life, Les Bleus certainly have a good chance of lifting the trophy once again. So how will they line-up? Earlier this week, Deschamps made some controversial decisions when he unveiled his squad for their upcoming Nations League fixtures against Denmark, Croatia and Austria. Continue reading ”          FRANCE’S SQUAD DEPTH AHEAD OF 2022 WORLD CUP IS FRIGHTENINGLY GOOD”

RONALDO SCORING STREAK CONTINUES AGAINST CHELSEA

Manchester United attacker Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored in four successive Premier League games after he levelled proceedings for his team during the 1-1 draw with Chelsea in a rescheduled encounter. The game had to be moved forward by a few weeks due toFA Cup final commitment on the part of Chelsea.

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Ronaldo, 37, is one of the most in-form players in the Premier League after scoring eight goals in his last four games including his colleges strike against Chelsea. He’s expected to spearhead Portugal’s quest to win the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar when hostilities start in November. Ronaldo and Portugal had to go through the playoffs to seal their place at the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil after finishing second in Group A of the qualifiers in the European section. The Portuguese team finished second in their group behind Serbia who were able to secure am automatic spot to Qatar as a result. Portugal booked their place at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar by beating Turkey and North Macedonia in the playoffs.
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