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.
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.