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Football: Here’s what we can look forward to in 2022

  • There’s a lot to follow in the year that begins with focus on Africa and ends with all eyes on Asia.
Football: Here’s what we can look forward to in 2022(GETTY IMAGES)
Football: Here’s what we can look forward to in 2022(GETTY IMAGES)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 08:33 PM IST
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Anything can happen if we reach knockouts: Dennerby on India's FIFA WC chance

Five teams from the Asian Cup, to be played in Mumbai and Pune from January 20 to February 4, will qualify directly for the 2023 World Cup.
India women's football team. (File Photo)(Twitter/IndianFootball)
India women's football team. (File Photo)(Twitter/IndianFootball)
Published on Jan 03, 2022 07:18 PM IST
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PTI | , New Delhi

New Zealand coach slams FIFA over World Cup qualifying tournament

The nine-team tournament will be staged in Qatar from March 14-30 to decide which team advances to a playoff against the fourth-placed side from CONCACAF, which features nations from North and Central America, and the Caribbean.
New Zealand coach slams FIFA over World Cup qualifying tournament(REUTERS/File Photo)
New Zealand coach slams FIFA over World Cup qualifying tournament(REUTERS/File Photo)
Published on Nov 30, 2021 10:08 AM IST
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Italy and Portugal on collision course in 2022 World Cup playoffs

The winning team from each path qualifies for the World Cup in Qatar, meaning Italy and Portugal cannot both reach the tournament.
Cristiano Ronaldo(Pool via REUTERS)
Cristiano Ronaldo(Pool via REUTERS)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 10:53 PM IST
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World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

It's part of a trend of former U.S. intelligence officers going to work for foreign governments with questionable human rights records that is worrying officials in Washington and prompting calls from some members of Congress for greater scrutiny of an opaque and lucrative market.
World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA(REUTERS)
World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 24, 2021 10:39 AM IST
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A year to go, Qatar World Cup still feels heat of scrutiny

Expect another 12 months of pressure from rights groups — fueled by player protests — and indignation from some World Cup organizers.
Soccer Football - General view inside of the Lusail Stadium, the venue for the 2022 Qatar World Cup final, Lusail, Qatar, November 18, 2021. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - General view inside of the Lusail Stadium, the venue for the 2022 Qatar World Cup final, Lusail, Qatar, November 18, 2021. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 22, 2021 10:22 AM IST
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AP | , Doha

FIFA changes playoff format for last 2 places at World Cup

A host was not announced for the two games, which will be played on June 13 and 14.
A general view shows the Al Janoub Stadium built for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup(REUTERS/File Photo)
A general view shows the Al Janoub Stadium built for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup(REUTERS/File Photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 02:00 PM IST
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AP | , Zurich

Denmark to wear kits highlighting human rights issues in Qatar

  • Denmark had already sealed automatic qualification last month after topping their group with nine wins and played their last qualifier on Monday. 
Denmark players pose for a team group photo before the match.(REUTERS)
Denmark players pose for a team group photo before the match.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 18, 2021 03:09 PM IST
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Brazil vs Argentina match officials suspended for 'serious errors'

An incident in the goalless draw where Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi appeared to elbow Raphinha -- which left the Brazilian winger with a bloody mouth -- went unpunished and CONMEBOL said the use of his arm amounted to "violent conduct".
Brazil's Raphinha mouth bleeds after a knock during a qualifying soccer match against Argentina for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (AP)
Brazil's Raphinha mouth bleeds after a knock during a qualifying soccer match against Argentina for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (AP)
Published on Nov 18, 2021 02:51 PM IST
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FIFA politics a new challenge for Ellis over biennial World Cups

The centerpiece of that project is the idea to double the frequency of World Cups — to play the finals of each event every two years. It was a vision first floated during the 2019 tournament in France as Ellis was winning her second title, with little immediate dissent.
FIFA politics a new challenge for Ellis over biennial World Cups(REUTERS)
FIFA politics a new challenge for Ellis over biennial World Cups(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 17, 2021 06:15 PM IST
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AP | , London

Messi's Argentina qualify for World Cup after goalless stalemate against Brazil

  • Second-place Argentina qualified after Chile lost 2-0 at home to third-place Ecuador. 
Argentina's Lionel Messi in action with Brazil's Matheus Cunha (REUTERS)
Argentina's Lionel Messi in action with Brazil's Matheus Cunha (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 17, 2021 09:36 AM IST
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AP | , Sao Paulo

Dutch head back to World Cup after eight years; playoffs for Turkey, Ukraine

  • The Dutch did just enough Tuesday with late goals in a 2-0 win in Rotterdam that eliminated the Norwegians who were missing Haaland, their injured 21-year-old forward.
Netherlands' Steven Bergwijn is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the World Cup 2022 group G qualifying soccer match(AP)
Netherlands' Steven Bergwijn is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the World Cup 2022 group G qualifying soccer match(AP)
Updated on Nov 17, 2021 07:53 AM IST
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Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal can overcome letdown after World Cup qualifying loss

  • Playing at home and needing only a draw to clinch a berth in the tournament in Qatar, Portugal conceded in the 90th minute in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Serbia and was relegated to a playoff that will be held next year with 11 other nations. 
Lisbon: Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo during the World Cup 2022 group A qualifying soccer match between Portugal and Serbia at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Sunday, Nov 14, 2021. (AP)
Lisbon: Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo during the World Cup 2022 group A qualifying soccer match between Portugal and Serbia at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Sunday, Nov 14, 2021. (AP)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 08:17 PM IST
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Argentina, Brazil meet in qualifying with eyes on Qatar

  • Copa America champion Argentina is determined to upstage Brazil and show Lionel Messi he has a decent shot next year of winning the only trophy missing in his career. 
Argentina's Lionel Messi smiles as he sits on the bench during a qualifying soccer match against Uruguay' for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022(AP)
Argentina's Lionel Messi smiles as he sits on the bench during a qualifying soccer match against Uruguay' for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022(AP)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 08:05 PM IST
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AP | , Sao Paulo

Serbia shocks Portugal to join Spain, Croatia at World Cup

  • Spain, Serbia and Croatia are heading to next year's World Cup. Sweden, Portugal and Russia aren't — not yet, anyway.
Cristiano Ronaldo is comforted by a Serbian player after Portugal's loss. (Getty)
Cristiano Ronaldo is comforted by a Serbian player after Portugal's loss. (Getty)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 08:53 AM IST
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Mbappe nets four as France hammer Kazakhstan 8-0, Belgium reach World Cup 

Kylian Mbappe’s four goals in an 8-0 rout of Kazakhstan ensured defending champion France reached next year’s World Cup along with victorious Belgium. 
France's Kylian Mbappe gestures scoring four goals with the match ball as France qualify for the World Cup(REUTERS)
France's Kylian Mbappe gestures scoring four goals with the match ball as France qualify for the World Cup(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 14, 2021 10:17 AM IST
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AP | , Paris

Kane powers England toward World Cup; Jorginho miss costs Italy

  • Four months after Italy beat England in the European Championship final, it was a night of contrasting fortunes in the penultimate round of World Cup qualifying in Europe for the teams on Friday.
Kane powers England toward World Cup; Jorginho miss costs Italy(REUTERS)
Kane powers England toward World Cup; Jorginho miss costs Italy(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 08:42 AM IST
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AP | , London

Early Di Maria strike hands Argentina 1-0 win vs Uruguay, Messi plays 15 minutes

Uruguay surrendered meekly to Argentina in a 3-0 defeat last month but this time they took the game to their opponents and will feel aggrieved at emerging pointless after having more of the chances in front of their home fans.
Argentina's Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring their first goal(REUTERS)
Argentina's Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring their first goal(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 08:01 AM IST
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Reuters | , Montevideo

Brazil becomes first South American team to qualify for 2022 World Cup

The game also marked Brazil's 10th consecutive home qualifier without conceding a goal, another record.
Pitch invader is seen holding Brazil's Neymar after the match (REUTERS)
Pitch invader is seen holding Brazil's Neymar after the match (REUTERS)
Published on Nov 12, 2021 11:48 AM IST
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Reuters | , Sao Paulo

European football leagues oppose FIFA biennial World Cup plan

  • FIFA president Gianni Infantino promised Wednesday to seek a global consensus during a longer period of consultation about the World Cup's future. That was seen as him acknowledging the strength of European opposition to doubling the frequency of the World Cup.
European football leagues oppose FIFA biennial World Cup plan(REUTERS)
European football leagues oppose FIFA biennial World Cup plan(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 22, 2021 10:05 PM IST
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AP | , Geneva (ap)

'Qatar 2022 will, logistically, be the best World Cup ever': Mikael Silvestre

  • The facet of Qatar 2022 that has really caught the eye of former Manchester United and France defender Mikael Silvestre is the compact nature of it.
Mikael Silvestre
Mikael Silvestre
Published on Oct 06, 2021 04:26 PM IST
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Kerala businessman to build museum in memory of Diego Maradona

The museum will blend the aesthetics of art and technology, Boby Chemmanur said.
FIle photo of late Argentine football legend Diego Maradona(FILE)
FIle photo of late Argentine football legend Diego Maradona(FILE)
Updated on Dec 07, 2020 08:08 PM IST
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Kochi | ByPress Trust of India

Qatari organisers hoping more Indian eyeballs during 2022 FIFA World Cup than 2018 edition

Qatar will become the first country in the Middle East to host the mega sporting event, which will kick off from November 21, 2022.
Representational photo.(AFP)
Representational photo.(AFP)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 09:12 PM IST
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Doha | ByPress Trust of India

FIFA World Cup 2022 schedule: 4 games per day in group stage in Qatar

FIFA released the schedule for the first World Cup to be played in November and December on Wednesday, with kickoff times at 1 p.m. (1000 GMT), 4 p.m. (1300 GMT), 7 p.m. (1600 GMT) and 10 p.m. (1900 GMT).
FIFA World Cup 2022.(Reuters)
FIFA World Cup 2022.(Reuters)
Updated on Jul 15, 2020 07:59 PM IST
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London | ByAssociated Press

India confirmed as 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup hosts

The tournament will see 12 teams participating, expanded from the previous slot of eight teams.
The India Women’s football team(AIFF Media)
The India Women’s football team(AIFF Media)
Updated on Jun 04, 2020 08:58 PM IST
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‘Admire his cunning’: Chiellini recalls Suarez biting incident

“Malice is part of football, I wouldn’t call it illegitimate. To get past a rival, you have to be smart,” the Juventus defender wrote in his autobiography as per Sky Sports. “I admire his cunning. If he lost it, he’d become an ordinary forward.”
File image of Chiellni and Suarez.(File)
File image of Chiellni and Suarez.(File)
Updated on May 22, 2020 04:53 PM IST
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London | ByIndo Asian News Service

Coronavirus impact: India’s FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Qatar postponed

All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Kushal Das told PTI that the match against the Asian Champions in Bhubaneswar has been postponed and a new date will be known next week.
Udanta Singh greets India skipper Sunil Chhetri after he scored the first goal against Kenya in the Hero International Cup football finals.(PTI)
Udanta Singh greets India skipper Sunil Chhetri after he scored the first goal against Kenya in the Hero International Cup football finals.(PTI)
Updated on Mar 07, 2020 05:44 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Coronavirus Outbreak: India-Tajikistan friendly likely to be postponed

The number of global coronavirus cases have reached more than 90,0000 with over 3,000 deaths reported across the world so far.
File image of Indian football team in action during a training session.(AIFF)
File image of Indian football team in action during a training session.(AIFF)
Updated on Mar 06, 2020 12:41 PM IST
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Kolkata | ByIndo Asian News Service

India vs Oman, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers highlights: IND lose 0-1 against OMN

Highlights: The Indian football team took on higher-ranked Oman in a do-or-die FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying round match in Muscat. However, it was a dissapointing day for the Blue Tigers as they lost the match 0-1 to Oman. Muhsen Al Ghassani’s first-half goal was the decider of the game as Oman retained top spot in the group. India are second to bottom with just 3 points. India have failed to win a single game out of their five so far and has to record a win in this tie to have any outside chance of qualification. India had already lost to Oman in their home leg in Guwahati. Oman were coming into this match after an emphatic (4-1) win over Bangladesh at their home ground on November 14. India, on the other hand, were held to a 1-1 draws against lower-ranked Bangladesh and Afghanistan.Follow India vs Oman, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier highlights here -

India vs Afghanistan, FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers highlights: Follow highlights and updates from the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier between India and Oman in Muscat.(Twitter)
India vs Afghanistan, FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers highlights: Follow highlights and updates from the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier between India and Oman in Muscat.(Twitter)
Updated on Nov 19, 2019 10:44 PM IST
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Doungel’s first India goal averts Dushanbe disaster

The 1-1 result against Afghanistan meant the 106-ranked India remained winless in their qualifying campaign so far.
India drew 1-1 against Afghanistan.(AIFF)
India drew 1-1 against Afghanistan.(AIFF)
Updated on Nov 14, 2019 11:33 PM IST
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