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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 …

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USA 94 – 25 years on: football’s evolution captivates the world

Italy’s heartbreak and Brazil’s mastery are memorable moments of an event that proved a catalyst for the game’s global expansionA quarter of a century ago on Saturday millions of people all over the planet stopped what they might normally be doing to w…

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How does Rose Lavelle’s goal compare to other World Cup final classics?

The USA midfielder sealed her team’s fourth title with a wonderful strike. Here are a few other classics from down the yearsRose Lavelle, the diminutive USA midfielder, watched the last Women’s World Cup final in a pizza shop. On Sunday she scored one …

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Australia considers joint bid with Indonesia to host 2034 World Cup

FFA confirms it has held talks with Asian nationAustralia is bidding to host 2023 Women’s World CupAustralia and Indonesia are exploring the possibility of a joint bid to host the 2034 World Cup after officials from FFA and their Indonesian counterpart…

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Michel Platini was ‘hurt’ by detention and Qatar World Cup questioning

‘It hurts for everything I can think of, everything I’ve done’Platini released and lawyer says his client is innocent The former Uefa president, Michel Platini, was released in the early hours of Wednesday after having been questioned over the awarding…

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A Sarkozy lunch, PSG and beIN sports: questions for Platini over Qatar 2022

Why was Michel Platini detained by French investigators? What are they looking for? And could Qatar lose the 2022 World Cup?France’s Parquet National Financier, which investigates serious financial crime, has since 2017 been looking into possible Frenc…

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Michel Platini detained over award of 2022 World Cup to Qatar

Former Uefa president detained in ParisPlatini taken into custody as part of investigationThe banned former Uefa president and France football legend Michel Platini has been detained in connection with a criminal investigation into alleged corruption r…

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Gianni Infantino trumpets ‘new’ Fifa’s vast wealth at unopposed re-election | David Conn

Congress hears recitations of body’s eye-watering revenue and how ‘we have turned things round’ since corruption scandalsThe last time football’s world governing body held a one-candidate election for president was eight years ago when the winner, Sepp…

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The Englishman looking to make football bigger than cricket in Bangladesh | Ben Fisher

Jamie Day, a former Arsenal trainee, goes into World Cup qualifiers aiming high as manager of BangladeshSouth Korea, Indonesia, Cambodia and then Thailand, for a training camp. The past 12 months read like a backpacker’s paradise but, for Jamie Day, th…

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The Englishman looking to make football bigger than cricket in Bangladesh | Ben Fisher

Jamie Day, a former Arsenal trainee, goes into World Cup qualifiers aiming high as manager of BangladeshSouth Korea, Indonesia, Cambodia and then Thailand, for a training camp. The past 12 months read like a backpacker’s paradise but, for Jamie Day, th…

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2022 World Cup in Qatar to remain as a 32-team tournament, Fifa announce

• World governing body considered expanding it to 48 teams• Feasibility study shows increasing size of event is not practicalEfforts by the president of Fifa, Gianni Infantino, to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, which he said could help heal hos…

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Ivor Broadis obituary

Footballer who was the first Englishman to score twice in a match in the World Cup finalsThe footballer Ivor Broadis, who has died aged 96, played in all three of England’s games in the World Cup finals of 1954 as they reached the last eight in Switzer…

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Brent Sancho: ‘I told Peter Crouch, in Trinidad they absolutely hate you’

Before Trinidad and Tobago face Wales their former defender recalls a ‘bodily assault’ by Crouch at the 2006 World CupA globetrotting playing career took Brent Sancho from Portland to Priestfield, Ross County to Rochester Rhinos but, speaking to the fo…

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MPs call for investigation into Qatar World Cup bid claims

• Qatar reported to have offered Fifa $400m before 2022 success• Al Jazeera alleged to have signed TV contract making the offerAn investigation should be launched into claims that Qatar offered Fifa $400m (£307m) only three weeks before world football’…