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Category: World Cup 2022

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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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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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Qatar World Cup chief insists progress being made on migrant rights

Gulf state says it plans to end kafala system in response to criticism of migrant workers’ treatmentThe Qatari official in charge of organising the most controversial edition of the football World Cup since the tournament’s inception in 1930 has claime…

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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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Wada acts on Russian doping but has it gone far enough?

Caveats and compromises in the small print mean there is a good chance Russian athletes and footballers will appear at the 2020 Olympics and the 2022 World CupIt makes for an alluring headline: Russia finally banned from international sport for four ye…

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Wada acts on Russian doping but has it gone far enough?

Caveats and compromises in the small print mean there is a good chance Russian athletes and footballers will appear at the 2020 Olympics and the 2022 World CupIt makes for an alluring headline: Russia finally banned from international sport for four ye…

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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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Malaysia fans perform collective chants before game with Indonesia – video

Malaysia football fans put on an impressive display before their 2022 World Cup qualifier with Indonesia. Around 80,000 fans were packed into the national stadium in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia. The hosts were 2-0 victors, with the opening goal a stunning lo…

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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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Socceroos sit pretty in World Cup qualifying but tougher tests lie ahead | Richard Parkin

An excellent first half showing in Jordan gave way to a poorer second but Graham Arnold’s side still came away with all three pointsFor bleary-eyed Socceroos fans braving an inhospitable midmorning kick-off it was perhaps a tale of smug self-satisfacti…

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Australia hold on for narrow World Cup qualifying win in Jordan

Adam Taggart strikes only goal of the game Socceroos withstand late charge from hostsAustralia held on for a narrow 1-0 win over Jordan in their 2022 World Cup qualifier in Amman. Adam Taggart’s 13th-minute chipped finish was the difference between the…

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Australia hold on for narrow World Cup qualifying win in Jordan

Adam Taggart strikes only goal of the game Socceroos withstand late charge from hostsAustralia held on for a narrow 1-0 win over Jordan in their 2022 World Cup qualifier in Amman. Adam Taggart’s 13th-minute chipped finish was the difference between the…

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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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Socceroos offered chance to lay down marker against old foes Jordan | John Duerden

Graham Arnold’s side can succeed where their more celebrated predecessors failed against a team this time led by a great admirer of Australian footballWhen Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006 there was the enticing prospect of est…

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Socceroos offered chance to lay down marker against old foes Jordan | John Duerden

Graham Arnold’s side can succeed where their more celebrated predecessors failed against a team this time led by a great admirer of Australian footballWhen Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006 there was the enticing prospect of est…

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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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Qatar to abolish ‘kafala’ labour next January before 2022 World Cup

• ILO announces reforms including minimum wage• Qatar has faced pressure over unsafe working conditionsThe most deeply resented employment condition for migrant workers in Qatar, the “kafala” system, is to be abolished in January, the International Lab…