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.

World Cup 2022 will be affordable to everyone, claims Qatar

The COVID 19 pandemic has clearly affected the world economy and all other ways of living for the common man. This has led to doubts on the affordability of World Cup 2022. Qatar promises that the World Cup will be affordable for everyone. There have been speculations regarding thus as the current financial situation is moving downwards.

The head of the World Cup in Qatar has confirmed that from the beginning of the preparations the intent was to let everyone have the option to come for the World Cup. This has been completely successful during the Club World Cup where every team’s fans were able to come and cheer for their team. From the flight tickets to the accommodation has been kept affordable for the people who were coming to watch the tournament.

Qatar facing new allegations of slavery in World Cup stadium construction

A lot of controversy has plagued the World Cup 2022 ever since it was awarded to Qatar. Initially, the nation had to face several allegations about bribes and corruptions in order to secure the rights to host the event. Qatar was awarded the rights in 2010 and it has faced corruption allegations since then. Yet, the work to host the event continued as planned and Qatar were investing huge sums of money in the construction of several stadiums. In order to combat the heat that reveals in this region, the World Cup would be held in December-January. Furthermore, the stadiums would be air-conditioned. This is all possible due to the oil-rich Arab nation being able to spend big.

However, Qatar is now facing allegations of modern slavery, as it has emerged that the workers dealing with the construction of stadiums are being paid at the rate of 82p each other. Many end up making only around £190 per month, which is a meagre amount for a nation that is prepared to spend more than $10 billion on an event that will last around a month. As a result of the poor wages, almost 30,000 people are being subjected to very bad conditions of work. Apart from having to spend 48 hours per week at work, they are also visiting very less.

Club World Cup 2020 in Doubt Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

With the Covid 19 pandemic looming over everyone, uncertainty hovers over the Club World Cup 2020. It was scheduled to be held on December 2020, but contradictions have arisen on the teams participating in the tournament. The football activity around the globe has been shut down causing all the international and regional leagues to a standstill. The spread of coronavirus has induced fear making the countries to focus on stopping the pandemic. The clubs that will be participating in the tournament cannot be decided yet with all the leagues unfinished.

The Club World Cup 2019 was a huge success with Liverpool lifting the trophy at Khalifa international stadium, which is one of the venues for 2022 World Cup. Qatar’s World Cup football club committee has been preparing for 2020 Club World Cup with the inaugural match to be held in Education City at the newly completed stadium.

Daniel James raves about Manchester United’s new signing

Wales international Daniel James has spoken positively about winter signing Bruno Fernandes and believes the midfielder will benefit Manchester United during the backend of the campaign. The Red Devils have endured another mixed season in the Premier League and they are currently six points adrift of the Champions League positions.

Speaking to MUTV, James said that Fernandes has adjusted quickly to the new surroundings and added that he was impressed with the Portuguese’s performance on debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers this month, he told: “He is settling in great. I know quite a few of the boys speak his language and he speaks great English as well. So I think as soon as he came in he put his stamp on the game and he showed what he is about in that last game, on his debut. He was great, with the balls he played in behind and, for me, if we can get that bond, especially playing it in behind, I think that will be great.”

Venues set to host major competitions finals in 2020

Football enthusiasts across the European continent will have the chance to enjoy some spectacular occasions this year. Apart from the regular UEFA Champions League and Europa League knockout-phase affairs, the summer 2020 will see the continent’s best national teams battling it out in several cities for the ultimate prize – the European Championship title.

We will go through everything you should need to know about the venues of the final games of each of the aforementioned events. Let’s see which cities got the opportunity to host the big-occasion clashes this year. Football tips will also follow shortly. (more…)

Southgate accepts he has selection headache for the 2022 World Cup

England manager Gareth Southgate has acknowledged that he has a selection headache on his hands for the World Cup in three years’ time. The Three Lions have gone through a transition since the previous global tournament and there has been a particular focus on the young talents, who have impressed with their respective clubs.

Speaking to The Mail, Southgate said that he is currently planning for Euro 2020 given the Three Lions don’t have many games in the lead up to the tournament next summer. He added that plans are already underway with regards to the squad for the 2022 World Cup and there could be a possible selection headache.

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