La semaine dernière, Zahir Belounis était autorisé de revenir en France, le chapitre ultime d'une saga incroyable. Belounis, footballeur franco-algérien, est déménagé au Qatar en 2010 pour jouer pour l'équipe el Jaish. Quand el Jaish l'a loué une autre équipe, le premier club a cessé ses paiements de salaire.
Sometimes, the mainstream media is wrong. For example, a columnist at ESPN recently went on a posh vacation to Qatar. Surprise surprise, upon his return, he wrote a pretty bland, half-assed defense of Qatar. He had written quite movingly about the death of an Espanyol player years ago, but, like, the death of dozens of immigrant workers was brushed off as blogger chatter.
It's fair to say that France's national team has been one of the most entertaining sides when it comes to their off-field antics in the past few years, but after their 3-0 home victory there seems to be a possibility of some on-field entertainment as well. After hearing the statistics of Ukraine's sturdy defence, and knowing that never before had a team overcome a 2-0 deficit to qualify for the World Cup, the uncertainty around France's chances were genuine.
"I have not seen a single slave in Qatar. I don't know where those reports come from. I have been to Qatar many times and therefore have a different view, which, I believe, is more realistic." - Franz Beckenbaurer
Study the image below intently for a few minutes and then tell us just what the prospective new 2022 World Cup stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar as seen here in this still from the official CGI conceptual design promotional video reminds you, the discerning Pies enthusiast, of.
Throughout the year, post after post on this blog has detailed the trials and tribulations of the 2022 World Cup, which is currently slated to be held in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar. From internal disputes among FIFA board members to the sweltering summer heat and the unprecedented proposed move of the World Cup to the winter—in the middle of the club soccer season—it is safe to say that the 2022 World Cup has been nothing short of a disaster thus far.
One of my follow colleagues brought up the "disaster" that Qatar's World Cup is turning out to be. I felt that I just wanted to elaborate on why I think FIFA should truly reconsider hosting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Is this even an option at this point? According to recent reports, Sepp Blatter ruled out stripping Qatar of the tournament completely, but has delayed any final decisions regarding a possible "Winter World Cup.
A week ago, The Independent published an update about Zahir Belounis, a French Algerian footballer who is being held in Quatar in "virtual captivity" due to the same kafala system of visa sponsorship blamed for the mistreatment of Nepali immigrant workers. Belounis played for the El Jaish club in Quatar and will not be allowed to leave the country until he drops his case against the club over what he claims to be two years' worth of unpaid wages.
Fifa have announced they are to begin a process of consultation to examine new dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
At the third meeting of the Executive Committee in Zurich, a working group led by AFC President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa was formed. The taskforce will gather opinions from broadcasters, sponsors, medical experts and leagues amongst others.
As far as FIFA are concerned, the 2022 World Cup is staying in Qatar.
With news reports of abuse towards migrant workers in the Middle Eastern country and FIFA President Sepp Blatter admitting himself recently that the World Cup couldn't take place in the summer in Qatar, it had been thought that there was a possibility for a re-vote.
Qatar are definitely getting their priorities right as the country prepares to host the 2022 World Cup. They may have inhospitable climates, no stadiums, insufficient infrastructure, allegations of Nepalese slave labour to deal with and absolutely zippo in the way of footballing pedigree, but what they do have now, thanks to a significant investment by the country's Museums Authority, is a five-metre-tall statue of Zinedine Zidane's headbutt to Marco Materazzi's sternum yeah, the one from outside the Pompidou Centre that everybody in Paris hated.
In case you missed it, the Guardian broke a terrifying story: numerous workers from Nepali have died due to atrocious working conditions in Qatar. Guess what they were building? Soccer stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup. Few are surprised. This is the same Qatar where a) Chucho Benitez died from heart problems after a less than a month playing for a local club, b) LGBT individuals cannot publicly display affection, and c) Bribes marred the voting process.
After a meeting of the member nations of UEFA in Croatia this week, the European footballing body has officially agreed to back a move to a winter World Cup in 2022.
"There were certain reservations regarding the World Cup in Qatar but everyone agreed that it would be impossible to play in the severe heat of Qatar in the summer," FIFA Vice-President Jim Boyce of Northern Ireland said to Sky Sports News.
The walking public relations nightmare that is Sepp Blatter has opened his mouth again.
Barely a week after claiming that the bidding nations should have known that the FIFA World Cup isn't set in stone to take place in June and July, Blatter has now admitted in an interview with German publication Die Zeit that political influences from the governments of certain nations played a role in voting for the 2022 World Cup, which was awarded to Qatar.
Among the first to qualify for the next World Cup and, on current form, likely to be among the first knocked out in Brazil, doing something before others is becoming something of a theme for Australia, if you can play along with the opening and ignore all the things in which Australia isn't first.
Australia's soccer federation chairman wants his country to be compensated by FIFA if the World Cup 2022 in Qatar is moved from summer to winter.
This follows on yesterday's story that FOX Sports in the United States is also opposed to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar being moved. Plus, we already know that the Premier League is vehemently opposed to the tournament date being changed.
For the first time in its history, the FIFA World Cup is set to be held in a country in the Middle East; the 2022 tournament will be held in Qatar. The federation's awarding the bid to Qatar was seen by many as bold and forward-thinking as Sepp Blatter, FIFA's president, pointed out, "It was time to go to the Arabic world", as soccer is a game played "not only in Europe, but around the world.
Whilst World Cup qualifiers for Rio dominated the last few days of football on the pitch, off it there was much more attention on Qatar 2022. With Sepp Blatter regarding the bid decision as a ‘mistake' and a growing resignation amongst the top clubs that the tournament will be moved to the winter, we try and make sense of the almighty shambles.
The 2022 World Cup is still scheduled to be hosted by Qatar and that still doesn't make much sense. The summer heat in Qatar remains the headlining reason behind the possibility of moving the World Cup to the winter months, but more important social and ethical matters continue to lurk in the background.
The idea has been talked about for weeks, if not months now by Sepp Blatter and other members of FIFA. But now it is on record by Blatter that he wants to move the 2022 FIFA World Cup that will be held in the Middle East country of Qatar in the winter time.
"The World Cup in Qatar can only take place in the winter," he told Sky Sport Germany after a recent trip to the Middle East.
We have published a number of comments about Qatar of late. This was sent to me, with the aim of correcting certain misunderstandings. - I was originally commenting on your latest FIFA article. I got caught up on the keyboard writing a much longer comment than I had set my mind too, I could write [..
Many football aficionados are mystified about Qatar and how it ¨won¨ the 2022 WC bidding, as well as FIFA's seemingly incestuous relationship with these people. Having lived and worked in the Middle East, I know a little about how the social and economic dicta are applied there:
Stranded French soccer player Zahir Belounis is coming home.
After a long ordeal that culminated with FIFPro visiting Qatar to lobby for his release, Belounis has received his exit visa and is expected to return to Paris with his family on Thursday, according to his brother Mahdi.
Breathe in relief ladies and gentlemen: FIFA President Sepp Blatter, World Football's most powerful man, has a new solution to ease the controversy over 2022 Qatar World Cup games; 2022 Qatar World Cup games, may not be held in 50 degrees heat of Qatar after all. In fact, it could be another shared World Cup.
Qatar just can't get any love now. The whole World Cup 2022 allocation is turning into a fiasco, with even Sepp Blatter backpedaling, something historians will be talking about for years. Michel Platini has claimed there was a degree of politics behind it all, and who knows when in 2022 it might actually take place.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter admitted that it may have been a mistake to award Qatar the World Cup in 2022 as it is nearly impossible to hold matches during the extremely hot summers in Qatar. The average high in Qatar during June is 41 degrees Celsius, meaning players would be unable to participate without risking their lives in the heat.
O primeiro jogo do mundial sub-17, foi realizado no dia 17/10/2013, na cidade de Abu Dhabi-UAE, onde jogaram as seleções do Brasil (11° no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção da Eslováquia (65° no ranking da FIFA).
Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções jogaram: Amistosos
Following the shocking revelations of The Guardian's investigation into Qatar's World Cup preparations, such as the fact at least 44 Nepalese migrant workers died between June 4 and August 8 and dozens more have died since then, calls have been made from the media and fans alike for FIFA to step in and strip Qatar of its hosting rights for 2022.
Ahead of the two upcoming World Cups in the countries of Russia and Qatar in 2018 and 2022, FIFA will be sending a task force to each nation to work on convincing the countries to relax anti-gay legislation. The task force was established last year with the mission of stopping racism within football and it will now be used to help alleviate the issues that face Qatar and Russia.
Mais um jogo das eliminatórias da Copa do Mundo de 2014, foi realizado no dia 04/06/2013, na cidade de Doha-QAT, onde jogaram as seleções do Qatar (101º no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção do Irã (57º no ranking da FIFA).
Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções jogaram: Eliminatórias Copa do Mundo
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Wednesday that he will ask the FIFA executive committee to hold the 2022 World Cup during winter. Fears about extreme heat in Qatar have prompted the request which has drawn support from UEFA president Michael [...]
Malcolm Best is reluctantly joined by Norwich City manager Chris Hughton, as they discuss Mesut Özil's current form, plus the pair ponder the possible outcomes of this weekend's Premier League fixtures. Also, Greg Dyke makes some predictions of his own, Jose Mourinho confronts some home truths about his managing abilities, Ian Holloway is denied free speech at Crystal Palace and we look ahead to Qatar 2022.
Foreign workers shine a bronze sculpture by French Algerian born artist Adel Abdessemed during its installation on the Corniche in Doha after it was bought by the Qatar Museums Authority. The statue, titled ‘Coup de Tete' immortalizes the headbutt given by the French former football champion Zinedine Zidane to Italian player Marco Materazzi during the World Cup final in 2006.
Ecuador international Christian "Chucho" Benitez died on Monday, a day after playing his first match for Qatari club El Jaish. He was 27.
In the confusion that erupted as the shocking news spread, the cause of death was not immediately clear. But, as pointed out by SB Nation's Callum Hamilton, this didn't stop Sports Illustrated and the Associated Press from trying to link Benitez's death to the summer heat in Qatar — a controversial issue as the possible decision to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter in order to avoid dangerous temperatures continues to be fiercely debated.