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Category: World Cup

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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…

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No fans, no media and no goals as Koreas play out World Cup qualifier in empty stadium

North meets South in Pyongyang amid blackoutBoth national anthems played and flags displayedLong-time foes North and South Korea played a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, their first football match in the North in 30 years, but no fans were allowed in t…

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Socceroos emerge richer from World Cup qualifiers despite all-too-easy wins over poor opponents | Richard Parkin

Progress towards Qatar is a complex mosaic and drubbings of Nepal and Taiwan reveal plentySix points, 12 goals scored, one conceded. As weeks in international football go, it has not been too shabby. Having followed Wednesday’s 5-0 win over Nepal with …

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Socceroos hammer Taiwan to maintain perfect start to World Cup qualifying

Australia beat Taiwan 7-1 in KaohsiungJamie Maclaren scores fourth international goal in a weekAustralia have continued their perfect start to World Cup qualifying with a 7-1 hammering of a spirited Taiwan side in Kaohsiung. Adam Taggart, Jackson Irvin…

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South Korea make historic North Korea visit but without their fans

World Cup qualifier is teams’ first competitive men’s game in the country and pits Tottenham’s Son against ‘North’s Ronaldo’The two Koreas meet on Tuesday in Pyongyang, where officials will hope that this World Cup qualifier ends in a better fashion th…

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Jamie Maclaren hits hat-trick as Socceroos stroll to win over Nepal

Australia trash Nepal 5-0 at Canberra’s GIO StadiumHarry Souttar adds two in comfortable victoryThe Socceroos attack is starting to click under coach Graham Arnold after they thrashed Nepal 5-0, but they still left their World Cup qualifier frustrated …

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Australia v Nepal: World Cup 2022 qualifier – live!

Updates from the Socceroos’ qualifier in CanberraAny thoughts? Email or tweet @rrjparkin 9.28am BST Hi all! G’day and Namask?r to you, from wherever around the world you’re following our coverage today.If its from Canberra, get off your phones for Pete…

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Socceroos seek to cash in on resource-poor Nepal in World Cup qualifying

The visitors have just one usable pitch back in Nepal and anything other than a comfortable home win is unthinkableFootball logic does not always work the way it should, but for Australia’s first home game against Nepal on the road to the 2022 World Cu…

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Dr Cool, the engineer keeping Qatar clear of white elephants

• Saud Abdul Ghani’s technology keeps stadiums cool• Qatar hosting 2022 World Cup and world athleticsIt has been impossible to walk anywhere outdoors in Qatar this week without the body breaking into a fevered sweat in the 100F heat with 80% humidity. …

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Alcohol set to be subsidised and more available at 2022 World Cup in Qatar

• Organisers plan for cheaper prices and more sale points• England fans urged to be on best behaviour if team qualifiesOrganisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are close to a deal that would lead to alcohol being subsidised and more readily available …

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Amnesty says migrant workers still being exploited in Qatar

Amnesty investigated three Qatari companies1,620 workers submitted complaints after wages stoppedThousands of migrant workers in Qatar are still being exploited despite repeated promises to improve workers’ rights in the lead-up to the 2022 World Cup, …

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Socceroos earn comfortable win over Kuwait in opening 2022 World Cup qualifier

Mathew Leckie scores twice in 3-0 win for AustraliaAaron Mooy scores Socceroos’ third from long rangeSocceroos captain Mathew Leckie bagged a brace and Aaron Mooy scored a bolt from outside the box to beat a frantic but disjointed Kuwait 3-0 in Austral…

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Socceroos hit road to Qatar with invitation for next generation to step up | Richard Parkin

Graham Arnold’s side begin World Cup qualification with a potential banana skin to navigate in KuwaitEight years, nine months and eight days since Fifa controversially awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, Australia finally begin their long journey towa…

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Indonesia v Malaysia: a cauldron of passion and an armoured personnel carrier

There’s no love lost between the south-east Asia rivals prompting Malaysia’s request for protection in Jakarta for World Cup qualifierThe biggest and loudest game anywhere this week is in Indonesia. Eighty-thousand fans are expected to pack the Gelora …

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Socceroos to meet familiar foes on path to fifth straight World Cup

Australia drawn with Jordan, Taipei, Kuwait and NepalTop two from Group B advance to final qualifying roundAustralia have drawn Nepal, Jordan, Taiwan and Kuwait in the second stage of Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Socceroos are …

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Socceroos to meet familiar foes on path to fifth straight World Cup

Australia drawn with Jordan, Taipei, Kuwait and NepalTop two from Group B advance to final qualifying roundAustralia have drawn Nepal, Jordan, Taiwan and Kuwait in the second stage of Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Socceroos are …

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Socceroos to meet familiar foes on path to fifth straight World Cup

Australia drawn with Jordan, Taipei, Kuwait and NepalTop two from Group B advance to final qualifying roundAustralia have drawn Nepal, Jordan, Taiwan and Kuwait in the second stage of Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Socceroos are …