QATAR 2022: WHAT ECUADOR MUST DO

Brazil and Argentina are the top two teams on the South American standings for the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar and they have both sealed their respective spots to the tournament leaving just two automatic spots for the other teams. Also, a fifth spot is available for the teams but an inter-confederation playoffs await.

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Ecuador are the closest to joining the duo of Argentina and Brazil as automatic qualifiers for the World Cup 2022 tournament. They are presently in third place with four games left to play. The Ecuadorians have a six-point lead over Colombia in fourth place and a seven-point advantage over Peru in fifth place. For the World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign in the South American section, Ecuador have 23 points from 14 games. Colombia have 17 points on the board, while Peru have 16 points.
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URUGUAY EXTEND UNBEATEN RUN TO FIVE GAMES

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Two-time world champions Uruguay have extended their unbeaten run to five games in the South American region of the World Cup 2022 qualifiers after the slim win over Ecuador in Montevideo on Thursday night. The Uruguayans went into the Ecuador game on the back of a four-match unbeaten run in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers.


Uruguay have not tasted defeat in a World Cup qualifier since the 2-0 loss to Brazil at home in November 2020. Everton attacker Richarlison and Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo were both on target for Brazil during the game. Read More

MARTINEZ CONFIRMS HE WILL REMAIN BELGIUM HEAD COACH

Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has revealed that he will continue his role as the country’s national team boss amid reports that he could be stepping down from his role. Martinez could not lead the Belgian Red Devils to the final of the Euros and saw his side get knocked out of the competition by Italy at the quarter-final stages. Martinez was, until his team got knocked out, doing a great job with his squad of players and was only unlucky that his star-studded team was not able to go past Italy in their fixture.

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He has come under major pressure and criticism since his team got knocked out of the competition but it looks like he is getting the backing of the country’s football federation after he came out to publicly insist that he won’t be quitting his role as head coach. Many believe that Martinez had enough quality in his team to win the cup, with players like Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne, the Hazard Brothers (Thorgan and Eden), and an outstanding goalkeeper in Thibaut Courtois but they claim that he could not use the full strength of his squad and it led to the team eventually seeing their campaign come to an end.
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CONMEBOL QUALIFIERS: BRAZIL EXTEND LEAD

Five-time world champions Brazil have extended their lead at the top of the CONMEBOL standings ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar. The Brazilians defeated Ecuador 2-0 at home on matchdayseven of the South American qualifiers to increase their lead to four points.

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Brazil national team manager Tite and his players started the Ecuador game with a one-point lead over nearest challengers and arch rivals Argentina. The Brazilians knew a win over their guests on Friday will take them four points clear of the Argentines after five games in the CONMEBOL qualifiers ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament.
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LUSAIL STADIUM TO BE COMPLETED THIS YEAR

The Lusail Stadium, one of the stadiums to be used at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, will be completed this year, according to the officials in the country. The stadium is currently under construction and the processes have been hastened so it would be ready in time before the commencement of the prestigious tournament next year.

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It is also set to be the biggest venue of tall the selected venues for the tournament, as it will contain as many as 80,000 people. The stadium will host 10 games, spanning across every single match of the tournament, including the final. According to the organizers, the installation of steel structures and concrete work has been sped up as they are trying to meet up with the deadline.
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FIFAREVEALS BAN FOR PLAYERS

World football’s governing body, FIFA, has revealed plans to ban players who join the European Super League from participating at the World Cup starting from the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar. The body said via a statement released last week that any player competing in the aforementioned European Super League won’t be eligible for World Cup tournaments like the World Cup 2022 edition in Qatar, the Champions League or the European Championships.


The statement released was on behalf of FIFA and the six continental federations. The warning to players is coming on the back of rumours that the biggest clubs in Europe are planning the European Super League and that the initiative is backed by funds. Read More