World Cup 2022: “Germany is leaving world football as a fallen giant”

World Cup 2022: “Germany is leaving world football as a fallen giant”

“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and in the end the Germans always win.” It seems an age since former England striker Gary Lineker uttered that memorable sentence – but it reflects a reality that feels even more distant after the last World Cup in Qatar. Germany, once regarded as a foregone certainty to go deep into major …

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

World Cup 2022 score predictions: Chris Sutton predicts opening round of group matches 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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World Cup 2022: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar among stars preparing for one last shot at glory

World Cup 2022: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar among stars preparing for one last shot at glory

Sky Sports picks eight themes that could define the World Cup, from the stars likely to grace their final tournament to a replay of one of the most infamous games in the competition’s history. Who could be playing their final World Cup? Ronaldo and Messi are not the only famous faces ready to say goodbye to the World Cup. At the age of 39, Brazilian …

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What’s new at the 2022 World Cup?

What's new at the 2022 World Cup?

Doha, Qatar – The 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup is fast approaching. The kick-off of the opening match takes place on November 20, almost 12 years to the day Qatar received the hosting rights to the tournament. The event will feature 32 teams and attract more than 1.2 million visitors to Qatar, which will become the first country in the Middle East to host the …

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What’s new at the 2022 World Cup?

What's new at the 2022 World Cup?

Doha, Qatar – The 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup is fast approaching. The kick-off of the opening match takes place on November 20, almost 12 years to the day Qatar received the hosting rights to the tournament. The event will feature 32 teams and attract more than 1.2 million visitors to Qatar, which will become the first country in the Middle East to host the …

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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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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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