Guadalajara, Mexico

Used mostly for soccer, the Estadio Akronopened in 2010 and hosted the Copa Libertadores finals that year and the opening ceremony of the Pan American Games in 2011. Mexican soccer club Chivas plays its home matches at the venue, which has a capacity of about 48,000 and a grass surface. The city hosted matches at both the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, but at a different stadium.


NRG Stadium hosts football, soccer and even some rodeo. The stadium, which opened in 2002, is the home of the Houston Texans and has staged World Cup qualifying matches for the United States. But it also serves as a home venue for some Mexican national team friendlies. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo also is held annually at the stadium, which has a seating capacity of about 72,000 and an artificial surface. Its retractable roof and air conditioning will be important given the area’s summer heat and humidity.
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Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane has boosted his bid to become the first African player to win the Ballon d’Or award in almost three decades after scoring one of the goals as his team came from behind to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 at home in their last league game this season. Mane scored the equaliserfor Liverpool on 24 minutes after Portuguese player Pedro Neto had given Wolves a shock lead in the third minute. Egyptian international Mohamed Salah came off the bench to score the second Liverpool goal six minutes from time before the result was sealed by left-back Andy Robertson with a minute left on the clock.

Mane has been a consistent source of goals for Liverpool this season. The Senegalese international is an important player for the Liverpool team that has won two major trophies already this season. The Reds have theCarabao Cup and FA Cup titles in the bag, while the Champions League title is also a possibility. Liverpool were in the hunt for the quadruple before it was ended after losing the league title to Manchester City on Sunday despite beating Wolves partly due to the equaliser from Mane.
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Judging by the latest comments made by La Liga chief Javier Tebas, German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund and French Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain would be losing their respective star players (ErlingHaaland and Kylian Mbappe) to Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid as early as this summer. The Los Blancos have always been keen to sign Mbappe and it’s no longer a secret in the football world. The France international forward is also said to be keen to move to the Santiago Bernabeu as it would be a dream for him to follow in the path of his idol Cristiano Ronaldo who donned the Real Madrid shirt for a couple of years and became the most important player in their history in the process.

Mbappe has always shown how fond he is of Ronaldo and sharing in his legacy would mean a lot to him, a major advantage to Real Madrid in their chase of the former AS Monaco man. Borussia Dortmund striker ErlingHaaland is also a hot cake in the transfer window right now and the Norway international star has been linked with a number of clubs in recent times. He was said to be close to joining Barcelona last summer but the Camp Nou outfit were unable to make such a huge statement signing Sue to their financial problems.
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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.

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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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


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.

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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