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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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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CLUB WORLD CUP IS MEANINGLESS BUT LIVERPOOL NEEDS IT

Participation trophies Boomers always complain about, abound at the highest level of professional soccer yet nobody is talking about it.


Apart from the respective national championships and the continent-wide Champions League, teams are constantly plugged into avenues that make organizers a lot of money while offering the clubs rubber cups.

Even to their detriment.
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Qatar Set to Unveil Third World Cup Stadium at Club World Cup

Qatar is all set to open its doors to a third World Cup 2022 stadium when the Education City Stadium is unveiled later this year. This new stadium will be opening its doors for the first time when the club World Cup 2019 semi-final is hosted on this ground. This match is set to feature Liverpool, who are the current holders of the UEFA Champions League. The stadium, which has been named as the Diamond in the Desert, will be able to hold 40,000 spectators. The semi-final game is scheduled on December 18, which also happens to be Qatar National Day.


Liverpool could come up against one of the home representatives in the form of Al Sadd. The club has a lot of European connections since former Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez is in charge of the team. However, Al Sadd need to get past two outfits –Hienghène Sport andCF Monterrey – in order to reach this stage.Hienghène Sport as the representatives from Oceanic Champions League whereas Monterrey are from the CONCACAF region. Only a few days later, Education City Stadium will be given the rights to host the final of the Club World Cup. Since the stadium is located in the centre of Education City, it also happens to be a great hub for the World Cup and it will be hosting games up until the quarter-finals.
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The Best Places to Watch the Bundesliga This Season

The Bundesliga is just hotting up and with plenty of action left to play for it makes for a great opportunity to catch a live Bundesliga match in the heart of the action.

Not only is the Bundesliga the most well supported league in the world in terms of fan attendance but it’s affordable too. Season tickets go for around the €200-300 mark and single ticket can be snapped up for as little as €15. (more…)

Qatar Reveals Al Bayt Stadium with Bed-to-Stadium Access

Extremely rich fans who are visiting Qatar for the World Cup 2022 will be delighted with the extravagant luxury available. One of the most interesting features is seen at the Al Bayt Stadium, which is one of the venues for the World Cup 2022. This 60,000 seater stadium houses its own hotel rooms that provide a one of a kind experience for visitors, who are able to shell a huge amount of money. It is remarkable that these fans will be able to step out of bed and go straight into watching the action on the pitch – all in the comfort of their bathrobe.

Qatar has released footage of the stadium that has provided a glimpse of these rooms. Al Bayt is located in the Al Kohr city’s northernmost part. It is one of the eight stadium’s that have been constructed specifically for the World Cup. Design wise, it is inspired by the nomads in the deserts of Qatar. Aside from the hotel room built within the stadium, other features also include a lake, park, and a retractable roof. Crucially, the roof can be opened or closed in just 20 minutes. (more…)

Jose Antonio Camacho says Lionel Messi can’t be the best without the World Cup

Former Real Madrid and Spain boss Jose Antonio Camacho has said that Lionel Messi cannot be regarded as the greatest player in the world, considering he has not been able to lift the World Cup. The Barcelona star has won everything within reach at the club level but the same has not been the case at the international level, where he has yet to win any trophy.

Messi has come close on three separate occasions including the final of the 2014 World Cup, but on each of those instances, he was left with nothing more than disappointed. This has already led to criticism from a section of the Argentine fans and Camacho has joined in the debate to state that the 32-year-old can only be regarded as a very good player.
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QATAR RELEASES UPDATE ON LUSAIL STADIUM

The 2022 World Cup is about three years away. Host nation Qatar have sped up construction work on key projects, as per reports. One of the biggest projects still under construction is the Lusail Stadium which is expected to be one of the key venues for the tournament.

The Stadium is thought to be right on schedule according to reports from the Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy. The body which is in charge of ensuring that the stadiums are constructed on time, released an update about the venue. (more…)