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China out of World Cup despite victory

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Doha (AFP) – China’s faint hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia finally ended on Tuesday, despite securing the victory they needed in Qatar.

Syria’s draw in Iran and Uzbekistan’s draw with South Korea meant that two late goals to secure a 2-1 win in Doha were ultimately futile in China’s desperate bid to snatch a play-off place for next year’s tournament.

China out of World Cup despite victory

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Doha (AFP) – China’s faint hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia finally ended on Tuesday, despite securing the victory they needed in Qatar.

Syria’s draw in Iran and Uzbekistan’s draw with South Korea meant that two late goals to secure a 2-1 win in Doha were ultimately futile in China’s desperate bid to snatch a play-off place for next year’s tournament.

Barcelona’s football star Alba steps into Gulf crisis

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Doha (AFP) – Barcelona star Jordi Alba has become the latest Spanish footballer to enter the Gulf diplomatic crisis after he was shown signing a T-shirt of Qatar’s leader on Wednesday.

A video of Alba autographing the image of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, which has become the symbol of Qatari resistance during the month-long row between Doha and neighbouring countries, was posted on Twitter.

Qatar keep FIFA World Cup hopes alive after defeating South Korea

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Doha (AFP) – World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar improbably kept alive their slim hopes of qualifying for next year’s tournament in Russia with a thrilling victory over South Korea on Tuesday.

On a politically charged night in Doha, a Hasan Al-Haydos goal, his second of the match, secured a 3-2 win after Qatar had squandered a two-goal lead and looked to be heading out of the competition.

Qatar keep FIFA World Cup hopes alive after defeating South Korea

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Doha (AFP) – World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar improbably kept alive their slim hopes of qualifying for next year’s tournament in Russia with a thrilling victory over South Korea on Tuesday.

On a politically charged night in Doha, a Hasan Al-Haydos goal, his second of the match, secured a 3-2 win after Qatar had squandered a two-goal lead and looked to be heading out of the competition.

Qatar keep World Cup hopes alive

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Doha (AFP) – World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar improbably kept alive their slim hopes of qualifying for next year’s tournament in Russia with a thrilling victory over South Korea on Tuesday.

On a politically charged night in Doha, a Hasan Al-Haydos goal, his second of the match, secured a 3-2 win after Qatar had squandered a two goal lead and looked to be heading out of the competition.

Qatar risks FIFA action in Emir T-shirt protest

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar’s national team could face disciplinary action from FIFA after players warmed up for a World Cup qualifier against South Korea Tuesday in T-shirts showing support for the country’s emir.

The players prepared for the crucial game in Doha wearing white shirts emblazoned with a profile portrait of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Qatar risks FIFA action in Emir T-shirt protest

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar’s national team could face disciplinary action from FIFA after players warmed up for a World Cup qualifier against South Korea Tuesday in T-shirts showing support for the country’s emir.

The players prepared for the crucial game in Doha wearing white shirts emblazoned with a profile portrait of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Korea’s Stielike wary of Qatar threat

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Doha (AFP) – South Korea’s coach Uli Stielike admitted on Monday that he was concerned by the threat posed by Qatar ahead of a crucial World Cup qualifier in Doha.

If South Korea manage to win on Tuesday, they will take a huge step to joining Iran in next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Korea’s Stielike wary of Qatar threat

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Doha (AFP) – South Korea’s coach Uli Stielike admitted on Monday that he was concerned by the threat posed by Qatar ahead of a crucial World Cup qualifier in Doha.

If South Korea manage to win on Tuesday, they will take a huge step to joining Iran in next year’s World Cup in Russia.

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”.

Qatar’s Al Rayyan crash out after Doha thriller

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar’s Al Rayyan crashed out of the Asian Champions League after being handed a heartbreaking 4-3 defeat by Saudi giants Al Hilal on Monday.

The Michael Laudrup managed side needed a win to secure their first ever last 16 berth but a brace each by Nicolas Milesi and Omar Khribin in a Doha thriller put paid to their hopes as already qualified Al Hilal went on to top Group D with 12 points from six matches.

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’s Lekhwiya hit groove in Doha

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Doha (AFP) – Moroccan international Youssef al-Arabi registered a brace as Qatar giants Lekhwiya downed UAE’s Al Jazira 3-0 on the opening day of the Asian Champions League on Monday.

Lekhwiya, who lately have experienced a slight slump in form in the domestic Qatar Stars League, hit their groove from the very outset to put the top UAE side under pressure and emerged deserving winners on a chilly evening in Doha.

FIFA boss not worried about hooligans at Russia World Cup

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Doha (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Thursday he did not fear hooligan troubles at the World Cup in Russia next year despite reported threats against foreign fans.

“I am not concerned about trouble in 2018, I have full confidence in the Russian authorities,” Infantino told AFP and a small group of reporters on the sidelines of a meeting in Doha.

PSG boss Nasser ready for intense times

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Doha (AFP) – The next few days promise to be intense for Nasser Al-Khelaifi, chairman of Paris Saint-Germain and arguably the most recognisable face behind tiny Qatar’s global sporting rise.

On Tuesday night he will take his seat in the Presidentielle Stand at the Parc des Princes for the first leg of the crucial Champions League last 16 tie against Barcelona.

PSG boss Nasser ready for intense times

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Doha (AFP) – The next few days promise to be intense for Nasser Al-Khelaifi, chairman of Paris Saint-Germain and arguably the most recognisable face behind tiny Qatar’s global sporting rise.

On Tuesday night he will take his seat in the Presidentielle Stand at the Parc des Princes for the first leg of the crucial Champions League last 16 tie against Barcelona.

No plane advantage for Juventus – Allegri

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Doha (AFP) Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri denied on Thursday that his side were at an advantage because their Italian Super Cup final opponents AC Milan touched down in Qatar 24 hours late.

Milan only arrived in Doha late Tuesday a full day after Juve after technical problems with their plane pushed back the team's arrival.

No plane advantage for Juventus – Allegri

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Doha (AFP) Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri denied on Thursday that his side were at an advantage because their Italian Super Cup final opponents AC Milan touched down in Qatar 24 hours late.

Milan only arrived in Doha late Tuesday a full day after Juve after technical problems with their plane pushed back the team's arrival.

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".

Qatar beat Russia in penalty-strewn friendly

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Doha (AFP) Qatar beat fellow future World Cup hosts Russia in Doha on Thursday, in a friendly game which featured four penalties.

A smart 72nd minute header from Karim Boudiaf was enough to secure a morale-boosting 2-1 victory for Qatar ahead of next week's crucial World Cup qualifier in China.

Al Ain seal Asian Champions League final berth

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Doha (AFP) UAE giants Al Ain progressed to the final of the AFC Champions League at the expense of Qatar's El Jaish after a 2-2 draw in their semi-final second leg in Doha ensured a 5-3 aggregate victory on Tuesday.

El Jaish needed to raise their game a few notches to overcome a two-goal deficit following their 3-1 defeat in the first leg, but despite Brazilian Romarinho's double the Emirati giants held their nerve to clinch a last-gasp draw with Mohamed Abdulrahman finding the net in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Qatar to play three European friendlies in 2016

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Doha (AFP) Qatar will play three European friendlies this year, the first against Albania, ahead of crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers, coach Jose Daniel Carreno announced Saturday.

The match against Albania will take place in Austria on May 29.

That is just 13 days before Albania play their first game at the European Championship in France.

Qatar to play three European friendlies in 2016

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Doha (AFP) Qatar will play three European friendlies this year, the first against Albania, ahead of crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers, coach Jose Daniel Carreno announced Saturday.

The match against Albania will take place in Austria on May 29.

That is just 13 days before Albania play their first game at the European Championship in France.

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Football fans to get smartphone vote to substitute player

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Doha (AFP) An English Premier League club wants to allow supporters to vote via smartphone for the player they want substituted during a match, a data analyst has told a Doha football conference.

Fans would cast their votes via an app on their phones after being given real-time performance data for every player on the pitch, said Mark Sear, chief technology officer with data and analytics company, EMC.

Football fans to get smartphone vote to substitute player

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Doha (AFP) An English Premier League club wants to allow supporters to vote via smartphone for the player they want substituted during a match, a data analyst has told a Doha football conference.

Fans would cast their votes via an app on their phones after being given real-time performance data for every player on the pitch, said Mark Sear, chief technology officer with data and analytics company, EMC.

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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.

Why the heat is on FIFA to make the 2022 World Cup in Qatar a success

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Mirror: Why the heat is on FIFA to make the 2022 World Cup in Qatar a success

It's Friday evening in the western suburbs of Doha in Qatar and the car park outside the giant Villaggio shopping mall is jammed with 4 x 4s trying to find a space. A kid is showing off by letting a python writhe around on his shoulders outside the mall entrance which is a giant mock-up of the San Siro in Milan, all red-painted steel and criss-cross girders.

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POTD : Raise Your Hands A Little Higher, Chicas!

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Female fans in Doha were seen watching Bayern Munich during their training camp last week. We're sure the loudest screams were reserved for a certain Mario Gomez! / via Bongarts

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Bayern Munich Sings Dreadful Rendition Of ‘Happy Birthday’ To President & First Look At Schweinsteiger Shoulder Scar

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As we told you earlier this week, the München Men have been biding their time at a training camp in Doha. Bastian Schweinsteiger recovered well enough from his shoulder operation (which quite honestly, left a sexy scar!) to play in their win over Al-Sailiya last night.

Beckham Not Joining PSG

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The news out of France on Tuesday morning is that David Beckham will not be signing a lucrative deal with Paris Saint-Germain. PSG are currently in Doha for a training camp, and have yet to confirm reports. The club announced on December 30th that former Chelsea manager Carlos Ancelotti would be replacing Antoine Kombouare as coach.

Noticias : Bayern Munich Arrive In Doha, Arjen Robben & Thomas Mueller Fascinated By iPad Instead

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Bayern Munich have arrived in Doha, Qatar for a training camp, and all Arjen Robben and Thomas Mueller really wanted to do was to play on their iPads. Or rather, just Robben's. It's painfully obvious that they are on Instagram, editing some glamour shots of themselves.

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Der Meister kleidet sich neu

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Der FC Bayern München hat so früh wie noch keine andere Mannschaft die deutsche Meisterschaft errungen und feiert sich aber gar nicht gr0ß. Dafür ist aber auch wirklich keine Zeit, denn es warten noch wichtige Spiele wie z.B. in dieser Woche das Champions Leage Viertelfinalrückspiel gegen Juventus Turin.

Can the Celts host Euro 2020?

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At first glance it did not look serious.


Two last-minute expressions of interest in hosting Euro 2020 were registered before the deadline to add to Turkey's existing one.

One came from Georgia and the other was a joint proposal from Eire, Scotland and Wales.

Egypt thrashes Kenya in first international since Port Said disaster

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Egyptian soccer received some much-needed good news this afternoon as manager Bob Bradley led The Pharaohs to a 5-0 victory against Kenya, Bradley's first victory in charge of Egypt.

Monday's match was the first game against a senior international side since the tragic death of 74 fans in Port Said earlier this month.

What to Watch This Wekend: Moenchengladbach-Munich Today, Super Sunday in England

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After a month's hiatus (due primarily to an extended internet-free trip to India see below), we're back with a TV guide to the weekend.  As usual, we provide US TV listings with ET kickoffs, since that's where we reside. For our non-US readers, we've included a link to livesoccertv.com for each match.