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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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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.
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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…)