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Category: World Cup 2022

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World Cup likely to stay in Qatar despite new bribery accusations in US

US prosecutors say three Fifa officials took bribes during votingQatar supreme committee denies any allegations of wrongdoingThe 2022 World Cup is highly unlikely to be moved from Qatar despite the latest criminal indictment by the US Department of Jus…

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World Cup likely to stay in Qatar despite new bribery accusations in US

US prosecutors say three Fifa officials took bribes during votingQatar supreme committee denies any allegations of wrongdoingThe 2022 World Cup is highly unlikely to be moved from Qatar despite the latest criminal indictment by the US Department of Jus…

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Fifa exco members took bribes for Qatar World Cup votes, US prosecutors allege

Former Conmebol president among executives namedJack Warner allegedly received $5m to back Russia 2018Prosecutors in New York have revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to Fifa executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the…

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Former Fox executives indicted in Fifa bribery scheme

Multimillion dollar scheme involved kickbacks to Fifa officials for broadcast rights to the 2018 and 2022 World CupTwo former senior executives at Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox corporation have been indicted over their alleged role in a multimillio…

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Socceroos’ World Cup qualifiers postponed due to coronavirus

Kuwait, Nepal, Taiwan and Jordan games affectedFFA hope to keep Kuwait fixture in PerthThe Socceroos’ bid to reach the World Cup has been put on hold after Fifa and the AFC agreed to postpone Asian qualifying matches in March and June due to the corona…

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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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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…