World Cup 2022 predictions: Chris Sutton predicts opening round of group games in Qatar

World Cup 2022 predictions: Chris Sutton predicts opening round of group games in Qatar

BBC Sport football expert Chris Sutton predicts the outcome of the 64 matches at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It kicks off with the opening games for each group, in which France face Australia, as well as England against Iran and Wales against the USA. Sutton also picks his two teams from each group to advance to the playoffs. He’s rooting for France to win …

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How the most unlikely World Cup ever came to be

How the most unlikely World Cup ever came to be

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World Cup 2022: Lotte Wubben-Moy ‘will not watch’ the tournament with host Qatar

World Cup 2022: Lotte Wubben-Moy 'will not watch' the tournament with host Qatar

England defender Lotte Wubben-Moy says she will not watch the 2022 men’s World Cup because she is in Qatar. Qatar has been criticized for its stance on same-sex relationships, human rights record and treatment of migrant workers. “It’s difficult. As an England team we all have strong values,” said 23-year-old Wubben-Moy, a member of England’s winning women’s team at Euro 2022. “Many of these values …

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FIFA tells World Cup hosts to ‘focus on football’

FIFA tells World Cup hosts to 'focus on football'

FIFA has written to the 32 teams competing at the World Cup telling them to “focus on football now” following a controversial development. Host Qatar has been criticized for its stance on same-sex relationships, its human rights record and its treatment of migrant workers. The tournament will start on November 20. The letter demands that football should not be “dragged” into “ideological or political battles” …

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FIFA asks World Cup nations to ‘focus on football’

FIFA asks World Cup nations to 'focus on football'

FIFA has written to the 32 teams competing in the World Cup telling them they are “now focused on football” following the controversial upgrade. Host Qatar has been criticized for its stance on same-sex relations, its human rights record and its treatment of migrant workers. The tournament starts on November 20. The letter urged that football should not be “dragged” into ideological or political “battles” …

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Fifa tells World Cup nations to ‘focus on football’

Fifa tells World Cup nations to 'focus on football'

FIFA has written to all 32 teams competing at the World Cup telling them to “now focus on football” after a controversial match. Host Qatar has been criticized for its stance on same-sex relationships, its human rights record and its treatment of migrant workers. The tournament starts on November 20. The letter urges that football should not be “dragged” into ideological or political “battles” and …

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World Cup 1950: When the biggest event in football started after the Second World War

World Cup 1950: When the biggest event in football started after the Second World War

After a gap of 12 years, the soccer World Cup returned for its fourth edition. Published on 24 Oct 202224 Oct 2022 Location: Brazil Background Teams: 13 Format: Group stage, final round Performances: 22 Goals: 88 Winners: Uruguay Winners: Brazil Golden boot: Ademir (Brazil) After a gap of 12 years, the soccer World Cup returned for its fourth edition. The devastation, tragedy and political upheaval …

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Women’s World Cup 2023: England draw Denmark, China and win the playoff

Women's World Cup 2023: England draw Denmark, China and win the playoff

There was talk of England in the city of Auckland, considered the team to beat by almost everyone on and off the stage at Saturday’s 2023 Women’s World Cup draw. The only person who seemed to manage expectations was Sarina Wiegman, who learned that her European champions had had a relatively clean run up to the knockout stage. The England manager then downplayed the hype, …

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