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
As the 2022 FIFA World Cup draws nearer and keeps dawning on us, some people still ask questions about Qatar hosting the tournament. It is the first time the event will be hosted by a Middle East country, and a lot of people have weighed in on the matter since the announcement.
There are several fears regarding the security and safety of no just spectators or fans, but also of the players, coaching staff, and the general public that will be present there. Officials responsible for organizing the event for the host country have come out to several debunk and quench any rumors about the country not being capacitated enough to be made hosts. Read More
As the January transfer window winds down with only a couple of hours left on the clock for any team to actually do or seal any reasonable deal, Chelsea have turn their sites towards Dries Mertens the Napoli striker who will be out of contract by the need of the current season.
At the age of 32, chances of
Mertens making it to the World Cup 2022 holding in Qatar is as slim as they
come but that doesn’t mean he won’t try after all despite peaking late, he is
currently the second highest goal scorer in Napoli’s history with only three
goals behind the first position held by Marek Hamsik.
Anthony Martial did not go to last year’s World Cup because according to reports, France coach Didier Deschamps had deemed his involvement with Manchester United that season insufficient.
He didn’t feature enough and predictably Jose Mourinho go dragged into it for not once again, giving youth “a chance”.
With the World Cup 2022 around the corner plus the Euro 2020, Martial’s performance so far this season has made him and many comfortable that never again will he miss a top tournament.
The 2022 World Cup is less than three years away and qualifiers for the tournament are expected to begin this year. The Confederations of African Football begins their qualifiers in September and teams have begun to announce their squads.
Liberia is one of them and the West African nation has called up 13 foreign based players for their opening match with Sierra Leone. Manager Peter Butler released a list with the high profile inclusion that of IK Brage midfielder Seth KantehHellberg.
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.