Qatar police urge moderation during World Cup after FIFA talks

Qatar police urge moderation during World Cup after FIFA talks

According to secret agreements between Fifa and Qatari officials, police during the World Cup must be required to exercise restraint against behavior that is contrary to Qatari cultural norms but is common in Europe. Fans should be allowed to climb tables, hang flags over statues and sing loudly in public without police intervention, according to a summary of the agreements seen by the Guardian. Important …

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England keeping firepower under wraps for World Cup clash with Black Caps

England keeping firepower under wraps for World Cup clash with Black Caps

A day out of the match that could almost end or completely redefine their tournament, against New Zealand at the Gabba on Tuesday, there has been no excitement of excitement around England’s retirement, no sense of nervousness or growing expectation. If anything it leaned the other way: some of the hitters could barely catch the net, many of the bowlers barely played, and all seemed …

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

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

England have been the talk of the town in Auckland, tipped as the team to beat by almost everyone on and off the stage in Saturday’s 2023 Women’s World Cup draw. The only person who seemed to be managing expectations was Sarina Wiegman, who learned that her European champions were given a relatively clean run to the knockout stages. The manager of England then declined …

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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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2022 World Cup guide for each group

2022 World Cup guide for each group

A whistle-stop tour of each team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. GROUP A Qatar | Ecuador | Senegal | Netherlands This will be the first tournament for host country Qatar, whose first game against Ecuador will be their World Cup bow. Although a run to the final stages may be beyond the Asian Cup holders, they are in a group that should offer …

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World Cup 2022: Qatar’s frantic countdown to a football tournament steeped in controversy

World Cup 2022: Qatar's frantic countdown to a football tournament steeped in controversy

When Denmark play in the men’s World Cup in Qatar this winter, their shirts will bear the name and logo of their sponsor, sportswear brand Hummel. One strip is all black, which Hummel describes as “the color of mourning”. The company explained the unusual design as a direct reference to the death of migrant workers in Qatar, as well as the region’s highly questionable human …

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Eight teams that missed out on this year’s FIFA World Cup

Eight teams that missed out on this year's FIFA World Cup

Even before the first kicks at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, fans who haven’t followed the qualifiers will be in for a shock: current European champions and four-time World Cup winners Italy will not be among the participants. While the failure to qualify has left the squad with some embarrassment, it’s not the only big name missing from Qatar’s 2022 roster. Several other major …

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Football corruption and the remarkable path to the Qatar World Cup

Football corruption and the remarkable path to the Qatar World Cup

With all the noise around human rights, worker deaths, image washing and more, it’s easy to forget what Qatar 2022 is really about, the message at the heart of this global football festival. Which of course is corruption. Committee members live high on someone else’s dick. Development money that never developed. A thick and wet handshake ended with a TV rights deal. Six weeks away …

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Qatar 2022 World Cup: dates, matches, venues, tickets – everything you need to know ahead of the tournament

Qatar 2022 World Cup: dates, matches, venues, tickets - everything you need to know ahead of the tournament

The Qatar 2022 World Cup will be the first time the tournament has been held in the Middle East and the first time the World Cup has been played outside the normal summer dates. The European, South American and other domestic football leagues will come to an end for the next six weeks as 32 countries compete to win football’s biggest prize. The tournament kicks …

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