It’s no longer news that the next edition of the FIFA World Cup will take place in the Asian nation of Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022. It would be edition 22 as far as the FIFA World Cup tournament is concerned and the tournament has been shifted from the normal summer time to the winter time due to the hot climate normally encountered in Qatar.

There would be eight match venues at the tournament in Qatar with 32 nations across the world expected to battle for the right to succeed defending champions France. The eight World Cup Stadiums are as follows:


Qatar completes fourth stadium ahead of World Cup 2022


Qatar has been moving ahead at a rapid pace for the World Cup 2022 and the nation is all set to inaugurate yet another new stadium, which will be completed well ahead of schedule. The Al Rayyan stadium will be unveiled on December 18 and it is the fourth stadium which has been constructed for the purpose of hosting the World Cup. The unveiling date marks the National Day for Qatar. Incidentally, it is also the date when the final will be held in 2022. The Al Rayyan stadium will be joining the likes ofEducation City stadium, Al Janoub stadium, andKhalifa International stadium as the locations for this showpiece event.

In terms of significance at the event, the Al Rayyan stadium will largely be involved in the group stages when it will host seven matches. It has a capacity of 40,000 and it is located very close to the Al Riffa Metro Station, which happens to be on the Green line of Doha Metro. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) has been tasked with delivering the stadiums and other infrastructure which form the basis of the World Cup. The general secretary of the committee has said that it is a proud moment for Qatar to unveiled as new stadium well ahead of plans. This is quite a feat considering that the pandemic brought a halt to most jobs across the globe.



Gianni Infantino, the FIFA President, has been left impressed and satisfied by Qatar’s preparations for the World Cup in 2022.

Infantino met with the organizers of the tournament in a whistle-stop tour of the country. The FIFA President visited the Al Bayt stadium, a 60,000-capacity place built to look like a traditional Arab tent, and also partake in a seven-a-side game there. The amazing venue will be inaugurated in the upcoming months and will play the opening match of the World Cup in November 2022.



World Cup Stadiums are an important part of the FIFA World Cup tournament. As a matter of fact, the tournament won’t be a reality without the Stadiums.

It is customary for world’s football governing body, FIFA, to inspect the Stadiums and other facilities of bidding nations before they arrive at the hosting country for the tournament. The state of the Stadiums presented by bidding countries is always a major deciding factor to further highlight the importance of World Cup Stadiums at the FIFA World Cup tournament.

Pochettino blames Spurs exit on new stadium

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says that he was unable to take Spurs to the next level since he moved to the new stadium came at the wrong time for the club. After taking over at Spurs in 2014, Pochettino was able to wonders the London outfit. Spurs had been a contender for the top six places for a long time, but ultimately it ended in tears.

However, Pochettino was able to reduce the age of the squad and still help the club qualify for the Champions League on a regular basis. The team did come close to winning the title during this period but Pochettino looks back and says that the move to the new stadium hindered the possibility of winning the title. (more…)

Al Bayt Among the 8 World Cup 2022 Stadiums is Best

 The FIFA World Cup is the biggest event of football in the world. The tournament is organized at an interval of 4 years and any one of the football playing nations gets the responsibility to arrange the matches of the tournament. The format of the tournament has changed several times and the highest authority supervises the progress of the arrangements of the tournament along with the committee of the respective country. This is why FIFA announces the venue of the tournaments at least 8 years before the tournament to happen in that country. The World Cup 2022 is going to take place at Quatar. Recently FIFA president Gianni Infantino has commented that he got speechless after visiting the Al Byat stadium.

Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, many of the sporting events were stopped but the progress of the work of Al Byat is astonishing. The president of the highest authority of football has commented that the stadium has a nice touch of local culture as well as a good feeling of football atmosphere also. The shape of the stadium is like a tent and the unique shape of the Arabian pattern roof are very eye-catching.

World Cup 2026 stadium selection hit by coronavirus pandemic


FIFA has confirmed that a significant delay has happened in terms of selecting stadiums for the World Cup 2026, which will be hosted jointly by Mexico, Canada, and the United States. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted global activity and football has not been spared either.

It was expected that the venues would be finalised by spring 2021. This would provide enough opportunity for the host nation is to prepare the infrastructure necessary for the games. Now, however, there is a significant delay due to global activity being paused.

Berhalter says USA could profit from playing in empty stadiums


US coach Gregg Berhalteris of the opinion that the national team will benefit from playing in front of empty stadiums for the World Cup qualification. The World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign recently faced a hiccup due to the coronavirus pandemic forcing football to be stopped in all parts of the globe. North America and Central America regions of the World Cup qualification were no exception, as they were suspended along with Caribbean football. Now, football is slowly returning to the field and this would mean resumption of the fight to reach the World Cup 2022.

The US are in a very strong position after having qualified for the World Cup in seventh consecutive finals. However, there is a lot of pressure on Berhalter due to the strength possessed by the likes of Costa Rica and Mexico. There is a possibility of the format being changed so that games can be accommodated within a short period of time. Furthermore, there is a heavy chance of games being placed in empty stadiums. Berhalter thinks that this is a good news for the USA considering that the teams can expect hostile environment when playing away against some of the Central American teams.

Rio Ferdinand backs Jordan Pickford to keep his England spot


Former England star Rio Ferdinand believes Jordan Pickford will remain the Three Lions’ first-choice goalkeeper despite the glowing form of Nick Pope and Dean Henderson this term. Pope recently came up with a superb display for Burnley against Liverpool, who dropped points at Anfield for the first time since January 2019.

On the other hand, Henderson guided Sheffield United to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Chelsea at home and the Manchester United loanee has impressed with 13 clean sheets over the course of the league campaign. Both players have been touted to make the push for the Three Lions goalkeeping spot, but Ferdinand believes Pickford should keep his place due to his ability to play from the back with either feet.

Hazard Can Pick up Ballon D’Or Award, Claims Martinez


Eden Hazard has the potential to win the Ballon d’Or award according to his national team coach Roberto Martinez. The Belgian international made the switch to Real Madrid in the summer and playing for the Los Blancos gives him the opportunity to pick up the coveted honour, as a significant portion of the Ballon d’Or award winners have come from the two Spanish Giants – Madrid and Barcelona. Even though Hazard has had a difficult start to his time at the club with some poor performances, the 29-year-old will eventually bounce back, according to Martinez.

After making the £130 million switch to Real Madrid, Hazard admitted that he was overweight and he was playing catch-up throughout the campaign. The multiple injury problems that he suffered in his first season with Madrid certainly did not help matters, but Martinez expects these problems to go away from the second season. Since goals are a little easier to come by in the Spanish league, Hazard can find the net more often and become the next best in the world. Throughout his time in the game, Hazard has been spoken of as the next Ronaldo or Messi. Even though there have been some remarkable campaigns for the Belgian, he has always been a team player and that has prevented him from achieving major success in the individual honours.

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