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Category: World Cup 2022

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Dress codes, empty seats and Xavi: football in Qatar – in pictures

With four years to go until the 2022 World Cup, our photographer Tom Jenkins has been to check out the preparations and take in a Qatar Stars League gameWorld Cup 2022: special report | The workers’ story | Xavi on Qatar Continue reading…

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‘It’s an honour to be here’: Xavi on a mission to give Qatar a team to be proud of

The Spain legend is seen as central to emirate’s efforts to improve the national side in time for the 2022 World CupThe gulf between Qatar’s rank in the global football hierarchy and its vaulting, nation-building project to host the World Cup in 2022, …

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‘Football makes miracles’: Infantino still hopes Qatar will share 2022 World Cup

Fifa president persists with 48-team plan for 2022Expanded tournament would involve neighbouring countriesThe Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, is pressing ahead with the proposal to expand the 2022 World Cup from 32 teams to 48, which would mean match…

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Qatar 2022: £40 a week to build the World Cup stadiums

Workers from some of the world’s poorest countries are being paid a pittance to deliver the football dream of the world’s wealthiest per capita stateThe men employed on building the 40,000-seat al-Rayyan football stadium were having their lunch, in the…

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‘How can I raise my daughter?’ Widow of Qatar World Cup worker fears for future – video

Renuka Chaudhary has said she is fearful for her young daughter’s future after her husband died while helping to construct a stadium for the World Cup 2022.Tej Narayan Tharu died in August when he fell from a high walkway at the £512m Al Wakrah st…

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Four years to go: Qatar on course for its improbable World Cup

Super-rich state determined to defy doubters as it presses on with preparations for 2022 but being in Doha for a few days prompts scepticismIt began almost a decade ago as the most unfeasible bid ever to host a World Cup: an outlandish proposal for “ai…

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World Cup expansion to 48 teams could happen at Qatar 2022, says Fifa

• Gianni Infantino says expansion could be brought forward• Qatar looking into feasibility of sharing hosting dutiesThe Fifa president Gianni Infantino has said that he hopes the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be expanded to 48 teams, saying such an expa…

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Qatar World Cup workers still exploited, says Amnesty report

Charity says promised government reforms to ‘kafala’ system have not taken place Migrant workers building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup and other big projects in Qatar are still suffering exploitation and severe human rights violations despite …

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Qatar 2022 bid team ‘sabotaged World Cup rivals’

Whistleblower tells Sunday Times that PR agency and former CIA operatives spread fake propagandaThe Qatar 2022 World Cup bid team broke Fifa rules by running a secret campaign to sabotage their rivals for the tournament, it has been claimed. The claims…

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Football and fat fees: questions raised over funding of sporting conference

Was ‘sports integrity’ event that repeatedly questioned 2022 World Cup decision funded by Qatar rivals?After Russia’s wildly successful World Cup, the eyes of the sporting world have turned to the next host, Qatar – and a recent event in London gave an…

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A radical idea: hold an auction to decide the World Cup hosts to stop corruption | Sean Ingle

In six weeks’ time Fifa will decide the 2026 hosts. But the voting process is more transparent this time round, only an auction would truly end the risk of corruption You can bet on anything these days. Crossfit. Portuguese futsal. Even ByuL versus Rog…

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Qatar’s World Cup, Pep Guardiola and the right to wear a yellow ribbon | Letters

Eddie Hapgood’s daugher Lynne Hapgood on the story behind the 1938 Berlin salute. Plus Justin Horton and John Clark on the Manchester City manager’s affiliationsRichard Williams (Ribbons and salutes, Sport, 27 February) is right in asserting that “hist…

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Qatar stadium where UK worker died was ‘downright dangerous’

British coroner says Zac Cox given substandard equipment by managers at World Cup venueThe only western construction worker killed in the building of World Cup stadiums in Qatar was provided with substandard equipment by managers who should have known …

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How does Pep Guardiola feel about his ambassador role for Qatar World Cup? | Richard Williams

Manchester City manager’s yellow-ribbon display of political affiliation sits uncomfortably with a readiness to front for QatarAs they consider the case of Pep Guardiola, who won his first medal in English football at Wembley on Sunday while semi-surre…

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Greg Clarke’s FA charm offensive in Qatar: what could possibly go right? | Barry Glendenning

The FA chairman’s trip to the 2022 World Cup host as part of a global charm offensive has left him on dubious moral groundGiven Greg Clarke’s track record in the field of diplomatic relations, the obvious question to ask upon learning the Football Asso…

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England friendlies with Qatar on cards after FA agrees partnership

• ‘Memorandum of understanding’ to ‘share knowledge’ with Qatar FA • FA chairman Greg Clarke signs deal with 2022 World Cup hostsThe Football Association has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Qatar Football Association ahead of the Gulf Sta…

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2022 World Cup migrant workers ‘systematically’ exploited, Amnesty say

• Research points to Qatar stadium workers ‘trapped’ in vicious cycle of debt, • ‘Nepali migrant workers are being systematically and mercilessly set up’Migrant workers constructing stadiums for the Qatar 2022 World Cup continue to be trapped in a vici…

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Fifa trial: Qataris were in talks for company caught up in alleged bribery scheme

PSG chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi backed out of deal after indictmentsDetails come up during trial of former football officials in New YorkNasser al-Khelaifi, the chairman of a powerful Qatari sports investment company that owns Paris Saint-Germain, was …

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Qatar World Cup bosses offer no explanation for British worker’s death

Zac Cox’s relatives have waited 10 months for official account of why he died in accident at Khalifa stadiumA 10-month effort to find out how a Briton was killed while building Qatar’s Khalifa stadium for the World Cup has been met with a wall of silen…

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Qatar World Cup workers’ rights to improve with end of kafala system, claims union

• System described as modern slavery by trade union body• News greeted cautiously by expert on migrant workers’ issues in the GulfThe International Trade Union Confederation claims to have secured the agreement of the government in Qatar to significant…