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China joint-venture to build Qatar World Cup stadium

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Doha (AFP) A Chinese state-owned construction company will build the Qatar 2022 World Cup final stadium in a joint venture, Qatar's World Cup organisers said Monday.

The China Railway Construction Corporation Limited and Qatari contractor HBK Contracting Co. W.L.L. have won the bidding process to build the stadium designed by award-winning British architect Norman Foster's firm, Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said.

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.

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Lippi down to business as China host Qatar

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Beijing (AFP) Marcello Lippi said China need to shed their "underdog" mentality as he faces a tough first game in charge a World Cup qualifier against Qatar which neither team dare lose.

While Lippi, who coached Italy to win the 2006 World Cup, admits rock-bottom China need a "miracle" if they are to reach Russia 2018, he said top priority was restoring their swagger.

Lippi down to business as China host Qatar

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Beijing (AFP) Marcello Lippi said China need to shed their "underdog" mentality as he faces a tough first game in charge a World Cup qualifier against Qatar which neither team dare lose.

While Lippi, who coached Italy to win the 2006 World Cup, admits rock-bottom China need a "miracle" if they are to reach Russia 2018, he said top priority was restoring their swagger.

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.

Qatar World Cup stadium worker dies

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Doha (AFP) Qatar's World Cup organisers have announced that a worker employed in the construction of one of the stadiums for the 2022 tournament has died in a "work-related" incident.

It is the first time World Cup organisers in Qatar have announced a work-related death in regard to the tournament.

Qatar World Cup stadium worker dies

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Doha (AFP) Qatar's World Cup organisers have announced that a worker employed in the construction of one of the stadiums for the 2022 tournament has died in a "work-related" incident.

It is the first time World Cup organisers in Qatar have announced a work-related death in regard to the tournament.

Qatar edge Syria to keep World Cup dream alive

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Doha (AFP) Qatar salvaged some hope of reaching the 2018 World Cup finals with a narrow and desperately needed victory against Syria in a crucial Group A Asian qualifier on Tuesday.

The 1-0 victory, secured by a first half Hasan Al-Haydos penalty, brought to an end a run of three consecutive group defeats.

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.

Japan, Korea survive World Cup scares as China crash

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Suwon (South Korea) (AFP) South Korean star Son Heung-Min kept Qatar's World Cup ambitions on hold and Japan also survived a scare as China suffered a potentially calamitous defeat to Syria on Thursday.

Iran, meanwhile stayed on course for a Russia 2018 spot after shifting Uzbekistan from the top of Asian qualifying Group A on goal difference with a 1-0 victory in Tashkent.

Japan, Korea survive World Cup scares as China crash

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Suwon (South Korea) (AFP) South Korean star Son Heung-Min kept Qatar's World Cup ambitions on hold and Japan also survived a scare as China suffered a potentially calamitous defeat to Syria on Thursday.

Iran, meanwhile stayed on course for a Russia 2018 spot after shifting Uzbekistan from the top of Asian qualifying Group A on goal difference with a 1-0 victory in Tashkent.

Japan, Korea survive scares as China crash in World Cup qualifiers

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Suwon (South Korea) (AFP) South Korean sharpshooter Son Heung-Min kept Qatar's World Cup ambitions on hold and Japan also survived a scare as China suffered a potentially calamitous defeat to Syria on Thursday.

Tottenham Hotspur's Son extended his electric club form with the winner in South Korea's 3-2 triumph over 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar, whose hopes of reaching Russia 2018 now look distant.

Japan, Korea survive scares as China crash in World Cup qualifiers

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Suwon (South Korea) (AFP) South Korean sharpshooter Son Heung-Min kept Qatar's World Cup ambitions on hold and Japan also survived a scare as China suffered a potentially calamitous defeat to Syria on Thursday.

Tottenham Hotspur's Son extended his electric club form with the winner in South Korea's 3-2 triumph over 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar, whose hopes of reaching Russia 2018 now look distant.

Super Son fires South Korea past Qatar in World Cup qualifyer

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Suwon (South Korea) (AFP) In-form Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-Min grabbed the winner as South Korea came from behind to beat Qatar 3-2 and take a step towards the 2018 Russia World Cup on Thursday.

After South Korea trailed 2-1 at half-time, the hosts levelled throughJi Dong-Won before Son extended his electric scoring run with the decisive strike on 58 minutes.

Super Son fires South Korea past Qatar in World Cup qualifyer

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Suwon (South Korea) (AFP) In-form Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-Min grabbed the winner as South Korea came from behind to beat Qatar 3-2 and take a step towards the 2018 Russia World Cup on Thursday.

After South Korea trailed 2-1 at half-time, the hosts levelled throughJi Dong-Won before Son extended his electric scoring run with the decisive strike on 58 minutes.

China, Qatar seek 2018 World Cup boost

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Beijing (AFP) Ambitious China and 2022 hosts Qatar will come out fighting as they seek to salvage their bids to reach the 2018 Russia World Cup on Thursday.

China, with one point from their two games so far, entertain war-torn Syria in Xian, while rock-bottom Qatar have it all to do against Son Heung-Min's South Korea.

Qatar chase football 2018 World Cup lifeline in South Korea

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Doha (AFP) Just 12 days into the job Jorge Fossati faces his first test as Qatar coach when his side play away at South Korea in a crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier on Thursday.

The highly ambitious 2022 World Cup hosts are sixth and bottom of Group A after losing their first two games away to Iran and, surprisingly, home to Uzbekistan in the third round of AFC qualifying for Russia.

Qatar chase football 2018 World Cup lifeline in South Korea

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Doha (AFP) Just 12 days into the job Jorge Fossati faces his first test as Qatar coach when his side play away at South Korea in a crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier on Thursday.

The highly ambitious 2022 World Cup hosts are sixth and bottom of Group A after losing their first two games away to Iran and, surprisingly, home to Uzbekistan in the third round of AFC qualifying for Russia.

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 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 »

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.

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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.