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Xavi becomes Qatar 2022 ‘ambassador’

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Doha (AFP) Former Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez has become an "ambassador" for a key initiative run by Qatar 2022 World Cup organisers, officials in Doha said on Wednesday.

Xavi, 36, who now plays for Al Sadd in the Qatar Stars League, will become the public face of the "Generation Amazing" programme and will visit a refugee camp in Jordan later this week to hold training sessions with youngsters there.

Xavi becomes Qatar 2022 ‘ambassador’

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Doha (AFP) Former Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez has become an "ambassador" for a key initiative run by Qatar 2022 World Cup organisers, officials in Doha said on Wednesday.

Xavi, 36, who now plays for Al Sadd in the Qatar Stars League, will become the public face of the "Generation Amazing" programme and will visit a refugee camp in Jordan later this week to hold training sessions with youngsters there.

Qatar to house 2,000 fans in Bedouin-style tents

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Doha (AFP) Qatar unveiled plans on Tuesday for a "fan village" to house up to 2,000 football supporters in Bedouin-style tents during the 2022 World Cup.

Organisers said the village would be built in the south of the country and could eventually be one of five sites across Qatar offering tented accommodation.

Qatar to stage Italian SuperCup

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Milan (AFP) The Italian SuperCup final between league champions Juventus and beaten Cup finalists AC Milan will be held in Qatar for the second time this December, Serie A officials announced on Friday.

Napoli beat Juventus on penalties at Doha's Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in 2014 and an agreement has been signed between both parties that will see the SuperCup played on foreign soil for the ninth time.

Scandinavian players slam Qatar 2022 labour conditions

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Copenhagen (AFP) Danish and Norwegian players on Tuesday criticised the "cruel" working conditions of labourers at Qatar's 2022 World Cup stadiums in a video published by world football players' union, FIFPro.

"Working conditions in Qatar are, unfortunately, cruel," Norway's Tom Hogli, who currently plays for Danish side FC Copenhagen, said in a video clip, where he slammed Qatar's treatment of labourers on World Cup sites as "modern day slavery".

Scandinavian players slam Qatar 2022 labour conditions

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Copenhagen (AFP) Danish and Norwegian players on Tuesday criticised the "cruel" working conditions of labourers at Qatar's 2022 World Cup stadiums in a video published by world football players' union, FIFPro.

"Working conditions in Qatar are, unfortunately, cruel," Norway's Tom Hogli, who currently plays for Danish side FC Copenhagen, said in a video clip, where he slammed Qatar's treatment of labourers on World Cup sites as "modern day slavery".

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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FIFA bans Qatari official from Asian vote

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Panaji (India) (AFP) World football body FIFA has banned a senior Qatari official from running in elections for a seat on its new-look council over an investigation.

Scandal-plagued FIFA's ethics committee last month recommended a two-and-a-half-year ban from the game for Saoud Al-Mohannadi, vice-president of the Qatar Football Association, for refusing to cooperate with an inquiry.

FIFA bans Qatari official from Asian vote

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Panaji (India) (AFP) World football body FIFA has banned a senior Qatari official from running in elections for a seat on its new-look council over an investigation.

Scandal-plagued FIFA's ethics committee last month recommended a two-and-a-half-year ban from the game for Saoud Al-Mohannadi, vice-president of the Qatar Football Association, for refusing to cooperate with an inquiry.

Qatar appoint Fossati in bid to revive World Cup hopes

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Doha (AFP) Qatar confirmed on Saturday that Jorge Fossati is the new national team coach, tasked with trying to revive the country's fading hopes of makingitsfirst ever World Cup finals in Russia in 2018.

The appointment was confirmed in a message posted on Twitter by the Qatar Football Association, which read simply: "Mr Jorge Fossati is back officially to be the head coach of our national team.

Court backs ex-FIFA official over calling Qatar ‘a cancer’ on world soccer

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Ex-FIFA official Theo Zwanziger, who described Qatar last year as "a cancer" on world football, was told in court on Tuesday that his comments were covered by freedom of speech.

The 70-year-old trained lawyer appeared in Duesseldorf's regional court after the Qatar Football Association (QFA) filed a civil lawsuit for damages over his comments concerning the Arab state's hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

Court backs ex-FIFA official over calling Qatar ‘a cancer’ on world soccer

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Ex-FIFA official Theo Zwanziger, who described Qatar last year as "a cancer" on world football, was told in court on Tuesday that his comments were covered by freedom of speech.

The 70-year-old trained lawyer appeared in Duesseldorf's regional court after the Qatar Football Association (QFA) filed a civil lawsuit for damages over his comments concerning the Arab state's hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

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Qatar prepares for 2018 and 2022 World Cups

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Doha (AFP) Qatar football officials are concerned right now with qualification for the 2018 World Cup finals, but preparations continue apace for the Gulf state's controversial hosting of the 2022 tournament.

Despite continued human rights and trade unions concerns over labour, a Swiss corruption investigation into the awarding of the tournament to the tiny Gulf emirate, switching the tournament from its traditional June and July to November and December because of the desert country's fierce summer, and a drop in oil prices hitting the country's energy-reliant economy, Qatar remains on schedule to host football's biggest tournament.

Qatar prepares for 2018 and 2022 World Cups

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Doha (AFP) Qatar football officials are concerned right now with qualification for the 2018 World Cup finals, but preparations continue apace for the Gulf state's controversial hosting of the 2022 tournament.

Despite continued human rights and trade unions concerns over labour, a Swiss corruption investigation into the awarding of the tournament to the tiny Gulf emirate, switching the tournament from its traditional June and July to November and December because of the desert country's fierce summer, and a drop in oil prices hitting the country's energy-reliant economy, Qatar remains on schedule to host football's biggest tournament.

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.

FIFA told to get tough with World Cup rights abusers

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FIFA must show that it respects human rights and brandish the threat of withdrawing a World Cup to prove it means business, an independent review of football's world body said Thursday.

The report by former UN special representative on human rights and business John Ruggie is likely to intensify pressure on 2022 hosts Qatar, widely condemned for its treatment of migrant laborers.

FIFA told to get tough with World Cup rights abusers

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FIFA must show that it respects human rights and brandish the threat of withdrawing a World Cup to prove it means business, an independent review of football's world body said Thursday.

The report by former UN special representative on human rights and business John Ruggie is likely to intensify pressure on 2022 hosts Qatar, widely condemned for its treatment of migrant laborers.

Forget 2022, Qatar focus now on 2018 World Cup

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Of the 12 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) teams anxiously awaiting Tuesday's draw for the Russia World Cup 2018 third round qualifiers, arguably Qatar has the most at stake.

Since being controversially chosen to host the 2022 tournament, the Gulf state has been battered by ongoing allegations of corruption, charges it denies, and labour abuse, which it claims to be addressing through reform.

Forget 2022, Qatar focus now on 2018 World Cup

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Of the 12 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) teams anxiously awaiting Tuesday's draw for the Russia World Cup 2018 third round qualifiers, arguably Qatar has the most at stake.

Since being controversially chosen to host the 2022 tournament, the Gulf state has been battered by ongoing allegations of corruption, charges it denies, and labour abuse, which it claims to be addressing through reform.

Amnesty International accuses Qatar of abusing World Cup workers

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Qatar World Cup stadium workers have suffered abuse and been subjected to forced labour, Amnesty International said Thursday, for the first time alleging rights violations at a 2022 tournament venue.

The London-based watchdog said laborers at the Khalifa International Stadium, mostly from Bangladesh, India and Nepal, were lied to over their salaries, went unpaid for months and were housed in squalid accommodation, which it claims amount to forced labour.

Amnesty International accuses Qatar of abusing World Cup workers

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Qatar World Cup stadium workers have suffered abuse and been subjected to forced labour, Amnesty International said Thursday, for the first time alleging rights violations at a 2022 tournament venue.

The London-based watchdog said laborers at the Khalifa International Stadium, mostly from Bangladesh, India and Nepal, were lied to over their salaries, went unpaid for months and were housed in squalid accommodation, which it claims amount to forced labour.

Qatar looks to Airbnb to house fans in 2022

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Qatar World Cup organizers say they are considering using Airbnb to house some of the visiting soccer fans during the World Cup finals in 2022.

Hasan al-Thawadi, general secretary of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body overseeing the organization of the tournament, said market demands could mean the room-sharing service being used in six years' time.

Qatar looks to Airbnb to house fans in 2022

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Qatar World Cup organizers say they are considering using Airbnb to house some of the visiting soccer fans during the World Cup finals in 2022.

Hasan al-Thawadi, general secretary of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body overseeing the organization of the tournament, said market demands could mean the room-sharing service being used in six years' time.

British MP says Qatar has made ‘progress’ on workers’ conditions

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The head of a British parliamentary delegation on a fact-finding visit to Qatar said Friday the World Cup 2022 hosts had made "progress" on the controversial issue of workers' welfare.

Conservative Phillip Lee, co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group for Qatar, said Doha has listened to its critics over its treatment of migrant workers.

British MP says Qatar has made ‘progress’ on workers’ conditions

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The head of a British parliamentary delegation on a fact-finding visit to Qatar said Friday the World Cup 2022 hosts had made "progress" on the controversial issue of workers' welfare.

Conservative Phillip Lee, co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group for Qatar, said Doha has listened to its critics over its treatment of migrant workers.

Qatar says six more workers hurt building World Cup venues

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Qatar's World Cup organizers said on Wednesday that six laborers building stadiums for the 2022 tournament suffered work-related injuries last year but there were no fatalities.

Qatar has been widely condemned for its treatment of almost two million foreign workers.

Critics have estimated that several thousand workers could die in the run-up to the World Cup because of labour conditions in Qatar on direct or indirect tournament projects.

Qatar says six more workers hurt building World Cup venues

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Qatar's World Cup organizers said on Wednesday that six laborers building stadiums for the 2022 tournament suffered work-related injuries last year but there were no fatalities.

Qatar has been widely condemned for its treatment of almost two million foreign workers.

Critics have estimated that several thousand workers could die in the run-up to the World Cup because of labour conditions in Qatar on direct or indirect tournament projects.

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.

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What Qatar 2022 Means for Female Fans

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The Iranian film Offside focuses on a group of dedicated female Iranian football fans desperately trying to get into a World Cup qualifier match. While the film misses much of the presumably exciting competition between Iran and Bahrain, it succeeds in emphasizing Iranian women's place in their society outside of the immediate football stadium.

Qatar Under-23 show the way forward to 2022 World Cup

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Qatar Under-23 show the way forward to 2022 World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The biggest thing to happen to Qatari football is expected to be the 2022 World Cup. However, the biggest thing happening to Qatari football may just occur six years earlier. Currently underway in Qatar is the AFC Under 23 Championship which is also doubling as part of the qualification process for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and the hosts, in that respect, are doing rather well thank you very much.

Neymar, Hazard and Man Utd star feature in top players to watch out for in Qatar 2022 World Cup

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Neymar, Hazard and Man Utd star feature in top players to watch out for in Qatar 2022 World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Just writing the following list of players makes the mouth salivate at the plethora of exciting young talent who could feature on the world stage at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Finals in Qatar.

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China stun Qatar to move to revive World Cup hopes

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China breathed new life into their World Cup dream when they stunned Qatar 2-0 to move to the brink of the next round of qualifying on Tuesday.

Second-half goals from Huang Bowen and Wu Lei shocked Qatar, who had won all seven of their previous Group C games, on a dramatic night in Xi'an.

China stun Qatar to move to revive World Cup hopes

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China breathed new life into their World Cup dream when they stunned Qatar 2-0 to move to the brink of the next round of qualifying on Tuesday.

Second-half goals from Huang Bowen and Wu Lei shocked Qatar, who had won all seven of their previous Group C games, on a dramatic night in Xi'an.

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Qatar 2022: Controversy Looms Large

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When FIFA awarded Qatar the 2022 FIFA World Cup in December of 2010, the general public responded with a mass outcry for answers as to why the FIFA executive committee decided to choose Qatar as the host nation. Among the many complaints by fans, players, and the media were... Read More »

Updates on Qatar 2022

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Few years ago the world learned of the newest nation to win the World Cup bid: Qatar. Since the news, there's been many calls about their venues, extreme weather, social norms (no public alcohol and ban of homosexuality) and allegations of corruption. Now there's been light on their preparedness, specifically the housing.

Nemeth Continues to Score in Qatar - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Krisztian Nemeth is enjoying some early success upon his move to Qatar. After scoring late in his debut for Al Gharafa, this week Nemeth scored two more goals for the club in a 2-2 draw. Based on the highlights of the goals the defending and goalkeeping leaves a bit to be desired.



Here is the rest of this week's update.

Arab Women’s Sporting Events

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Arab Women's Sporting Events - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

To the uninitiated 'women's sporting events' and 'the Arab world' are phrases that would not normally appear in the same sentence. But, dig a little deeper than uninformed cultural, or gender, bias and there is a whole new world of international competition for Middle Eastern women that is slowly but surely eroding years of suppression.