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Category: World Cup

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Gary Neville asks right questions of Qatar but gets no nearer answers we need | Barney Ronay

The pundit’s documentary is well made but pulls its punches on problems surrounding the next World Cup“I will be able to get away with anything. The most slippery, unthinkable, Machiavellian things” – Ricardo Teixeira, Fifa executive, World Cup 2022 bi…

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Mohamud Ali: from Manchester’s roads to football history with Somalia

Non-league defender and driving instructor starred in the team that recently secured Somalia’s first World Cup qualifying winA hot night in Djibouti City, 5 September, and Mohamud Ali is in disbelief at having just written himself into Somalian history…

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Football quiz: Norwegian footballers in England and Scotland in 1998

In 1998, Norway could have picked a whole World Cup squad from players based in the UK. What do you remember about them?Which Tottenham goalkeeper captained Norway’s 1998 World Cup side? Espen BaardsenErik ThorstvedtThomas MyhreFrode GrodåsWhich former…

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Making political capital from sport comes naturally to boastful Boris Johnson | Richard Williams

Pledge to bring football World Cup ‘home’ in 2030 may be a bit more than wishful thinking this time – even if it lacks accuracyIt’s time, Boris Johnson assured us in the days leading up to the general election, for football to come home. The prime mini…

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Martin Peters was elegant, stealthy guide to England’s day of days | Richard Williams

A graceful footballer of guile and grit ghosted into a pivotal role in Alf Ramsey’s 1966 World Cup triumphIn the hours after the announcement of Martin Peters’s death someone on the radio described the wearer of the No 16 shirt in the 1966 World Cup fi…

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Martin Peters obituary

West Ham and England footballer who scored in the 4-2 win over West Germany in the 1966 World Cup finalMartin Peters, who has died aged 76, was a key figure in England’s 1966 World Cup side, and a footballer of such intelligence and sophistication that…

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How the 2022 World Cup is emerging from the desert of Qatar

The Club World Cup has been a dry run for the tournament in three years’ timeFirst impressions count and the sight of security staff trying to stop a few drunken Flamengo fans singing football songs at 2am in the hotel lobby was not a great one on arri…

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The Guardian view on Özil, Arsenal and Liverpool: football with a conscience | Editorial

The clubs have taken very different stances on human rights issues this week. Commercial interests do not absolve them of social responsibilitiesTwo of England’s most prestigious Premier League football clubs, both owned by US investors, have been conf…

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Qatar stadium deaths: the dark side of the glittering venue hosting Liverpool

Premier League leaders urged to join fight for better working conditions as they prepare for Fifa Club World Cup matchAs Liverpool fans stream into Qatar to watch the Fifa Club World Cup next week, it will be easy to forget the thousands of workers fro…

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Liverpool’s Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar to be moved with venue not ready

• Education City Stadium opening postponed until early 2020• Semi-finals and final will now be held at nearby Khalifa StadiumFifa has announced that Qatar’s Education City Stadium, the planned venue for Liverpool’s Club World Cup semi-final, will not h…

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Buy a classic sport photograph: Cruyff’s special jersey

The ninth of a Guardian Print Shop series featuring classic sports images from the likes of Gerry Cranham, Mark Leech and Tom Jenkins – yours to own for just £55 including free deliveryNow here’s a photograph that’s both nostalgic and rich in football …

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British and Irish chances of 2030 World Cup bid made more ‘credible’

• Football Association of Ireland: ‘This bid is on front foot’• Uefa’s president lent his backing in 2018The chances of a British and Irish bid to host the 2030 World Cup appear to have improved, according to the general manager of the Football Associa…

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Making waves: Qatar World Cup will use cruise ships as floating hotels

Organisers charter two ships with combined 4,000 cabinsBoats will be berthed throughout the tournamentOnce it was a three-star bed and breakfast or a capacious pitch on a camp site. Now fans travelling to the World Cup in Qatar are to be offered a very…

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Making waves: Qatar World Cup will use cruise ships as floating hotels

Organisers charter two ships with combined 4,000 cabinsBoats will be berthed throughout the tournamentOnce it was a three-star bed and breakfast or a capacious pitch on a camp site. Now fans travelling to the World Cup in Qatar are to be offered a very…

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Euro 2020 qualifiers and international football: 10 things to look out for

Aaron Ramsey returns to Wales after a year out, Naby Keïta must step up for Guinea and Iceland will face a frosty reception The build-up to Wales’s remaining qualifiers has been dominated by the dismay that Gareth Bale’s call-up has caused at Real Madr…

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Euro 2020 qualifiers and international football: 10 things to look out for

Aaron Ramsey returns to Wales after a year out, Naby Keïta must step up for Guinea and Iceland will face a frosty reception The build-up to Wales’s remaining qualifiers has been dominated by the dismay that Gareth Bale’s call-up has caused at Real Madr…

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Nessun Dorma podcast: from Ardiles to Baggio, Bracewell and Van Basten

The Nessun Dorma podcast is back and this time they’re discussing USA 94, Alex Ferguson, Spurs and Euro 88When a nation calls, that call must be answered. If a nation doesn’t call, we resurface anyway. The Nessun Dorma podcast is back for a third seaso…

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Emails about Russia’s 2018 World Cup bid appear to be for sale online

Anonymous Telegram account indicates emails for sale after reports emerge of dossier on how to bribe Fifa officialsAn anonymously run Telegram account has indicated that it wants to sell a tranche of emails relating to Russia’s 2018 World Cup bid, afte…

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‘It was like war’: North Korea v South Korea ends in goalless draw – video report

It was the first time that the teams had met in North Korea for 30 years, although the game was played out with no fans, no media and sadly no goals. The game in Pyongyang ended in a 0-0 draw. Speaking after returning to South Korea, captain and Totten…

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North Korea played like it was ‘waging war’ in Pyongyang match, says South

South considering complaint over match, played in empty stadium amid media blackoutNorth Korea’s football team played like it was “waging a war” during a World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang against South Korea, the South’s manager has said.The two nationa…