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Qatar to use foreign police officers at 2022 World Cup

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Doha (AFP) – Police officers from different countries will be on Qatar’s streets during the 2022 World Cup in an effort to prevent hooliganism, a senior security officer for the tournament has said.

Major Ali Mohammed Al-Ali, deputy executive director for security with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the body overseeing the tournament, also predicted that Qatar would deliver “the safest World Cup in the world”.

World Cup failure puts Qatar back in spotlight

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Doha (AFP) – At the very same time as Syria’s football “miracle” unfolded this week, two rather sorrier World Cup tales were played out.

In a virtually empty, expensively-refurbished 2022 World Cup venue, Khalifa International, two of football’s most ambitious nations, Qatar and China, confirmed their exits from the 2018 tournament to almost global indifference.

Qatar says Garcia report ‘vindicates’ 2022 World Cup bid

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar World Cup organisers said on Wednesday that the surprise publication of FIFA’s Garcia report “vindicated the integrity” of its successful bid to host the 2022 tournament.

In a statement, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy also questioned the timing of the publication, which comes as Qatar faces political isolation from many neighbouring countries.

Qatar says Garcia report ‘vindicates’ 2022 World Cup bid

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar World Cup organisers said on Wednesday that the surprise publication of FIFA’s Garcia report “vindicated the integrity” of its successful bid to host the 2022 tournament.

In a statement, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy also questioned the timing of the publication, which comes as Qatar faces political isolation from many neighbouring countries.

Infantino ‘confident’ in 2022 despite Qatar crisis

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Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA is confident the diplomatic crisis sweeping Qatar will normalise and not threaten the 2022 World Cup, the organisation’s president, Gianni Infantino, said in an interview published Sunday.

“We are facing a diplomatic crisis,” Infantino told Switzerland’s Le Matin Dimanche newspaper.

Infantino ‘confident’ in 2022 despite Qatar crisis

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Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA is confident the diplomatic crisis sweeping Qatar will normalise and not threaten the 2022 World Cup, the organisation’s president, Gianni Infantino, said in an interview published Sunday.

“We are facing a diplomatic crisis,” Infantino told Switzerland’s Le Matin Dimanche newspaper.

USSF Should Forsake Participation in Qatar World Cup Qualifiers

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It's a queasy feeling to think about the 2022 World Cup host government supporting ISIS. However, this is a reality. There are multiple Arab countries claiming Qatar is plotting terrorism, funding it, and harboring terrorists. Arab Gulf countries are now claiming foe status.

This World Cup should never have been scheduled for Qatar in the first place.

Football: Gulf crisis could hit Qatar 2022

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Doha (AFP) – The diplomatic crisis sweeping the Gulf could invigorate a campaign by critics of Qatar to strip Doha of the 2022 World Cup, experts said Monday.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen were among those to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on the grounds that Doha supported extremist groups “that aim to destabilise the region”.

Football: Gulf crisis could hit Qatar 2022

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Doha (AFP) – The diplomatic crisis sweeping the Gulf could invigorate a campaign by critics of Qatar to strip Doha of the 2022 World Cup, experts said Monday.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen were among those to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on the grounds that Doha supported extremist groups “that aim to destabilise the region”.

Football World Cup will attract 1.3 mn fans – Qatar

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Doha (AFP) – Up to 1.3 million fans will visit Qatar during the 2022 World Cup, an official said Thursday, equivalent to half the Gulf country’s population.

Nasser Al-Khater, a senior figure with the body organising Qatar’s World Cup, also said that for the first time in tournament history many of the fans would come from outside Europe and South America.

Iran close in on World Cup as Qatar look doomed

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Doha (AFP) – Iran took a major step towards making the 2018 World Cup finals winning 1-0 in Doha on Thursday, a result which virtually ends Qatar’s hopes of reaching Russia.

A cool Mehdi Taremi finish in the 51st minute after breaking clear of the Qatar defence was the difference between the two sides and leaves Iran four points clear at the top of Group A with just four games to play.

Iran close in on World Cup as Qatar look doomed

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Doha (AFP) – Iran took a major step towards making the 2018 World Cup finals winning 1-0 in Doha on Thursday, a result which virtually ends Qatar’s hopes of reaching Russia.

A cool Mehdi Taremi finish in the 51st minute after breaking clear of the Qatar defence was the difference between the two sides and leaves Iran four points clear at the top of Group A with just four games to play.

Qatar 2022 attacks ‘malicious’: organiser

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Doha (AFP) Qatar's much-criticised 2022 World Cup has been the victim of "malicious and unwarranted attacks", a senior tournament official in the Gulf said on Monday.

Nasser Al-Khater, assistant secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body overseeing the organisation of the tournament in Qatar, also claimed that many of the country's critics had not "set foot in the country".

Qatar 2022 attacks ‘malicious’: organiser

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Doha (AFP) Qatar's much-criticised 2022 World Cup has been the victim of "malicious and unwarranted attacks", a senior tournament official in the Gulf said on Monday.

Nasser Al-Khater, assistant secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body overseeing the organisation of the tournament in Qatar, also claimed that many of the country's critics had not "set foot in the country".

Dutch union plans to sue FIFA over Qatar worker rights

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The Hague (AFP) The Netherlands' largest trade union and one of its members are threatening to sue FIFA for failing to halt alleged abuses of workers' rights in 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar, the union said on Monday.

The FNV Bondgenoten "together with (a) Bangladeshi worker wants to take FIFA to court to demand an end to modern slavery", the union said in a statement.

The turf battle for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup

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Watching grass grow is not usually considered exciting but there's currently a buzz of anticipation among Qatar's World Cup organizers about 12 different types of turf gently sprouting on former Doha farmland.

If all goes well, one of these dozen grasses will eventually take centre stage and become the most watched strips of green on the globe, at least for a 28-day period, during the 2022 World Cup.

The turf battle for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup

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Watching grass grow is not usually considered exciting but there's currently a buzz of anticipation among Qatar's World Cup organizers about 12 different types of turf gently sprouting on former Doha farmland.

If all goes well, one of these dozen grasses will eventually take centre stage and become the most watched strips of green on the globe, at least for a 28-day period, during the 2022 World Cup.

Are we numb to FIFA scandals? A review of ‘The Ugly Game’ book

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Rarely in the book world does a tomecome around that fundamentally alters the way we look at the subject for the better or worse. One such book is The Ugly Game by Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert, two members of The Sunday Times Insight Team.

In the most important soccer book since the last exposé published by Declan Hill, this book is a deep dive into the data and information the Insight Team wrote about prior to the 2014 World Cup and the corruption around the 2022 World Cup bidding; However the book covers more details, more stories, and more scandals.

Are we numb to FIFA scandals? A review of ‘The Ugly Game’ book

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Rarely in the book world does a tomecome around that fundamentally alters the way we look at the subject for the better or worse. One such book is The Ugly Game by Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert, two members of The Sunday Times Insight Team.

In the most important soccer book since the last exposé published by Declan Hill, this book is a deep dive into the data and information the Insight Team wrote about prior to the 2014 World Cup and the corruption around the 2022 World Cup bidding; However the book covers more details, more stories, and more scandals.

2022 World Cup Set For November and December

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A FIFA task force has recommended that the 2022 World Cup be set for the winter months of November and December. The 2022 World Cup is to take place in Qatar, which is known to have extraordinarily hot summers.

FIFA officials met in Doha to discuss a number of alternatives to hosting the World Cup in the summer, as the weather in Qatar may endanger the players' and fans' health.

FA Accuse Qatar Of Setting Up Fake Football Blog In Order To Praise Themselves And Deride Their Critics

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By Chris Wright

The head of the FA, Greg Dyke, has condemned Qatar after an investigation conducted by Channel 4 News found that they may have used extremely suspect PR chicanery in their attempts to quell the tidal wave of criticism that has been directed at the country since they were handed the 2022 World Cup hosting duties by FIFA.

SBI Monday Rewind: FIFA exec claims Qatar won’t host World Cup; D.C. United re-signs Olsen; and more

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It may be one person's opinion, but it's from someone sitting on FIFA's executive committee. Former German FA presidentTheo Zwanziger said Monday he thinks Qatar will ultimately be deemed unable to host the 2022 World Cup because of the climate. Those comments,of course, are contrary to FIFA's stance that Qatar was not in jeopardy of losing the rights to host the tournament.

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FIFA discloses damaging Qatar World Cup bid report

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Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA on Tuesday released a long-witheld report on the decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup after more leaks deepened the controversy surrounding the vote.

World football’s governing body had previously declined to publish in full the report into the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar drawn up by US independent investigator Michael Garcia.

FIFA publishes Garcia Report on 2018, 2022 World Cup bidding inquiries

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With German publication BILD attaining a copy of the "Garcia Report," it seems FIFA has given in to outside pressure.

The world soccer governing body has published the Garcia Report and made it available via download. The report was written to investigate the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, make note of any issues, and make recommendations on reformations necessary to the bidding process.

Major Link Soccer: 2022 World Cup in USA if Champagne has his way

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FIFA Presidential candidate Jerome Champagne believes the United States should directly be made the 2022 World Cup host if Qatar is stripped of the tournament.

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It could be a ploy to get the American vote in the FIFA presidential election, but candidate Jerome Champagne went on the record Tuesday and stated that "The United States should directly get to host the 2022 World Cup if Qatar is stripped of the tournament ".

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.3.15) Raphael Gellar discusses Qatar 2022

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Raphael Gellar.

Raphael is an Israel-based soccer writer who is also a correspondent for BBC World Service and VICE Sports, and has appeared on numerous soccer shows including Sirius XM FC.

During the episode, Raphael discusses the Israeli-Palestine conflict at FIFA, whether Qatar will still host the 2022 World Cup, his opinions regarding what the leading candidates for the FIFA Presidency to replace Sepp Blatter, and more.

World Soccer Talk Radio (6.3.15) Raphael Gellar discusses Qatar 2022

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Raphael Gellar.

Raphael is an Israel-based soccer writer who is also a correspondent for BBC World Service and VICE Sports, and has appeared on numerous soccer shows including Sirius XM FC.

During the episode, Raphael discusses the Israeli-Palestine conflict at FIFA, whether Qatar will still host the 2022 World Cup, his opinions regarding what the leading candidates for the FIFA Presidency to replace Sepp Blatter, and more.

Another snow, Union-Dallas previews, more

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Union's bad luck continues with snowy game day. Union-Dallas previews. Men and Women's World Cup news. More.

Linc Gold Cup final announcement expected, Union take on Crew, Berry loan report, more

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Linc expected to be announced as host of Gold Cup final. Union face Crew. Reports says Austin Berry headed to South Korea. League news. 2022 WC fallout. More.

FIFA sort of sets a date for the 2022 World Cup

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FIFA now officially has a proposal for moving the 2022 World Cup to late November, but that doesn't mean the leagues are happy. Read More

McCarthy signs, Blake out 4-6 weeks, CBA news, task force recommends shorter Nov/Dec 2022 WC

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Union add a goalkeeper, lose another temporarily. CBA news. FIFA task force recommends shorter Nov./Dec. World Cup for 2022. More news.

Qatar 2022 World Cup Set To Be Played At Christmas As FIFA Prepare To Make Final Call

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It's been nothing but an abject palaver since the decision was made, but now a FIFA task force has specifically recommended that the 2022 World Cup be played in November/December to prevent players shrivelling like sun-dried tomatoes in Qatar's 40°c summer heat.

Reports on Curtin announcement, Mbolhi up for African POY, playoff recaps, Dispersal Draft date set, more

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Reports on Curtin announcement. Mbolhi up for African Player of the Year. Playoff results. Dispersal Draft date set. Ethics committee report expected this week. Local senators back Women's World Cup suit.

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No alcohol in streets, public places at World Cup – Qatar

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Doha (AFP) Alcohol will be banned from streets and public places and if Qatari officials get their way even stadiums during the 2022 World Cup, the head of the country's tournament organising committee said on Tuesday.

The comments by Hassan Al-Thawadi will further alarm football traditionalists already unhappy that the tournament will be moved to the winter because of fierce summer temperatures in Qatar.

Qatar World Cup a ‘done deal’ organiser claims

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Doha (AFP) Holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is a "done deal", a confident head of the Gulf state's tournament organising committee said Monday, shrugging off ongoing corruption and human rights concerns.

Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary-general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, told the local Arabic daily Al-Sharq newspaper that football's biggest tournament will go ahead in the Middle East despite calls elsewhere for Qatar to be stripped of hosting rights.

Qatar World Cup a ‘done deal’ organiser claims

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Doha (AFP) Holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is a "done deal", a confident head of the Gulf state's tournament organising committee said Monday, shrugging off ongoing corruption and human rights concerns.

Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary-general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, told the local Arabic daily Al-Sharq newspaper that football's biggest tournament will go ahead in the Middle East despite calls elsewhere for Qatar to be stripped of hosting rights.

‘I’ve Had A Good Laugh At It’ – New FA Chairman Calls Clock Counting Down To England Winning 2022 World Cup ‘A Joke’

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Newly-appointed FA chairman Greg Clarke has branded the clock at St George's Park that is set to count down to England's miraculous World Cup win in 2022 as "a joke".

The clock was installedin 2013by Clarke's predecessor, Greg Dyke, who put it in place in the coaching suite at England's training headquarters as a visual reminder of the FA's tedious, ingrained hubris long-term targets.

Associated Press: Qatar prefers November for 2022 World Cup

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In an interview with AP, the secretary of the Qatar World Cup committee suggested a preference for a November World Cup. Read More

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Xavi open to being Qatar World Cup 2022 coach

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Doha (AFP) – Xavi Hernandez said he is open to being Qatar’s coach when it hosts the 2022 World Cup and rebuffed critics by claiming he is “very proud” to be in Doha.

The Barcelona great, 37, who currently plays in Qatar for Al Sadd, told AFP he is “90 percent” certain to retire at the end of this season and then launch his coaching career.

Indonesia Withdraw AFC Asian Cup Bid

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The news Indonesia has withdrawn its bid to host the 2023 AFC Asian Cup came as a bit of a surprise. I wasn't aware they had even put in a serious bid for it!
Indonesia of course co hosted the 2007 event (tickets left) with Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam with Bung Karno, Jakabaring and Si Jalak Harapat Stadiums being used.