It was a jocund evening, fanfare & goodbyes all around as the 1st arena to be constructed from scratch for the upcoming FIFA World Cup to be held in 2022, the Al Janoub Stadium, and it was inaugurated in the capital city Doha on last Thursday on the eve of the final of Amir Cup. Al Sadd, who was crowned the champion of Qatar Stars League, took on the Al Duhail in a kick-off which took place in the late evening and that was graced up by some of the apex dignitaries like Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani (the Amir of Qatar), Gianni Infantino (the president of FIFA) and also a host of some of the prominent footballers such as Samuel Eto’o, Cafu, and Roberto Carlos.
On the pitch of game, there was one more genius of football, Xavi Hernandez, who was playing the last match (professional) of his long career, which saw him even lifting the FIFA World Cup once, 2 titles of UEFA Euro Championship, 8 trophies of La Liga and 4 UEFA titles of Champions League. Those players who are currently 39 years old also managed to bag a title in the final year of his career when he led the Al Sadd to the crown of Qatar Stars League in this season.
Dani Alves has revealed that he hopes to make the 2022 World Cup squad as he seeks his last shot at a chance to win the elusive title. The former Barcelona defender is regarded by many as one of the greatest right-backs in the sport.
Alves has amassed 38 titles in his career which has seen him play for Barcelona, Sevilla, Juventus and French giants PSG. Now in his second season with the Paris outfit, Alves continues to confound expectations with his performances.
Gabriel Paulista has said that he will be happy to see West Ham striker Javier Hernandez at the Mestalla as the player has struggled for regular game time in England.
Javier Hernandez has been told he would be a welcome addition to Los Che, with former Arsenal center-back welcoming links to the Mexico international.
Introduced and established by the British sailors several years back, football has won the hearts of most of the Danish population over time.
At an early stage Denmark struggled to make a name in the world of football, but in spite of various hurdles, it has succeeded in being a country that now has a stable team and a proper administrative body to look after the matters of football- the Denmark Football Association. The Danish team now shines amongst the best football teams in the world and holds a pretty good record.
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has compared Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey to Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton. The Wales international would be marking his return to the Cardiff City Stadium after five years this weekend and Warnock has praised the midfielder for his decision-making skills on the playing field.
Speaking ahead of the game, he said: “The gift of top players is they always have time… Charlton was always a step ahead of everyone. He (Ramsey) always finds time. That is something the top players always get. Every time I watch Wales, every time I watch Arsenal, I just think he does everything. He is a complete player.”
Having seen Gareth Southgate guide a young English side to the World Cup semi final recently, the Football Association is convinced that he is a long term managerial prospect and is looking to have him recruited not only for the Euro 2020, but beyond that as well, but with Southgate’s reputation having got enhanced massively of late and with the possibility of some of the Premier League sides trying to lure the English manager, FA might struggle to keep the hold of Southgate for that long a duration.
In comparison to what some of the managers are getting in the Premier League, Southgate is getting nothing from FA and FA knows that as well. The basic salary and the bonuses together mount Southgate’s England wages up to two and a half million pounds which is only about one-sixth of the wages that Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United boss, is receiving at old Trafford.