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Inside Qatar’s $3 Billion Lusail Stadium Set To Host The 2022 World Cup Final
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Inside Qatar’s $3 Billion Lusail Stadium Set To Host The 2022 World Cup Final

Pictured: Qatar's $3 billion Lusail Stadium after construction. The 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium will host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 final on December 18, 2022, which is also Qatar National Day. [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera] Lusail, Qatar - With a capacity of 80,000, Lusail Stadium will be the biggest tournament venue for the 2022 World Cup that takes place in Qatar from November next year. According to tournament organisers, the stadium’s concrete works, steel superstructure installation and the roof big lift have been completed. [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera] The stadium which cost $3 billion, will be one of eight venues for the tournament and will host a total of 10 matches, including the final and matches during every stage of the event. The stadium entrances, interior ...
Qatar To Invest $5 Billion In Nigeria’s Economy
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Qatar To Invest $5 Billion In Nigeria’s Economy

The FG has disclosed that the Middle-East nation of Qatar is set to invest in the Nigerian economy the sum of $5 billion. The Federal Government has said that the oil-rich state of Qatar plans to invest $5 billion in the Nigerian economy. According to a statement by the Deputy Director of Information, State House, Mr Abiodun Oladunjoye, this disclosure was made by the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, while speaking at a farewell dinner in honour of Nigeria’s Ambassador-designate to the state of Qatar, Ambassador Yakubu Ahmed, who is also the outgoing Director of Protocol at State House. Onyeama said that there had been discussions with Qatar on partnership with Nigeria’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, for significant investments in the region of $5 billion in the ...
No FIFA sanctions for Germany team despite ‘Human Rights’ protest
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No FIFA sanctions for Germany team despite ‘Human Rights’ protest

World football’s governing body FIFA on Friday said it will not sanction the German national team for its T-shirt protest in support of human rights before a World Cup qualifier. Germany head coach Joachim Loew said he supported the players after they wore black T-shirts with white lettering to spell out “Human Rights”, aimed at 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar, before Thursday’s 3-0 win over Iceland. “It was a sign that we stand up for all human rights in the world, no matter where,” said Loew after the qualifier in Duisburg. FIFA prohibits political statements during its matches, but the governing body told AFP subsidiary SID they will not sanction the Germans. “FIFA believes in freedom of expression and in the power of football to drive positive change,” it said in a sta...
Norway Players Protest Against Human Rights Abuse In Qatar
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Norway Players Protest Against Human Rights Abuse In Qatar

The Norway national team players staged a protest against human rights violations in Qatar. This happened before their 2022 World Cup qualifier match against Gibraltar. According to The Guardian, 37 of 6,500 foreign workers building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup since 2010. Norway decided to respond to the human rights abuse by wearing t-shirts with the words "HUMAN RIGHTS." Norway Coach Ståle Solbakken and Captain Martin Ødegaard announced that they would make a statement to FIFA before the match. Speaking at his pre-match press-conference, Ståle Solbakken said: "We have plans for something concrete. "We have to put pressure on FIFA to be more direct, and tough with the authorities in Qatar, to impose requirements." Norway haven't played in a major international...
Barcelona Legend Xavi Hernandez Wins Qatar Stars League
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Barcelona Legend Xavi Hernandez Wins Qatar Stars League

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez wins Qatar Stars League. Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has won the main class title of his training vocation in Qatar. His side Al Sadd got the Qatar Stars League prize in the wake of beating Umm Salal in a 3-0 triumph. That implies Al Sadd went 13 focuses clear with only four matches remaining. The previous Spain midfielder had effectively won the title with Al Sadd as a major part in the 2018-19 season. Xavi has effectively driven the group to different cup prizes, mos as of late the Amir Cup in December of 2020, however he was overjoyed about the association win, which was Al Sadd’s fifteenth class title ever. Xavi had been continually connected to a move back Barcelona, particularly with one of the official competitors Victor Font thinking of...
Junior Ajayi Celebrates Al Ahly’s Club World Cup Feat
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Junior Ajayi Celebrates Al Ahly’s Club World Cup Feat

Nigeria forward Junior Ajayi is in buoyant mood after Al Ahly claimed third position at the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar. The African champions beat Palmeiras 3-2 on penalties in the third-place match on Thursday night. Ajayi, who came in as a second half substitute for Walter Bwalya in the game had a goal ruled out for offside in the 67th minute. The 25–year-old later scored Pitso Mosimane’s side fifth penalty in the shoot-out. “Congrats to the team on a deserved victory at the FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP. Up #AlAhly �� ,” he wrote on his Twitter handle. Ahly made history as the first African and second non-European/South American team to win two medals in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Joshua, Fury To Earn $100 Million Each In Heavyweight Showdown
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Joshua, Fury To Earn $100 Million Each In Heavyweight Showdown

A location has finally been confirmed for the all-British showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury later this year, according to the Gypsy King’s legendary promoter Bob Arum. There has been much clamour for information on the bout, which is being billed as the biggest fight in the history of British boxing – and the destination for the fight is being kept a closely-guarded secret for now. With Saudi Arabia leading the way, and Singapore, Dubai, Qatar and China all staking their claims, Arum has revealed that a location has been decided, with both fighters set to earn a mammoth $100million (£73m) each, regardless of the result in the ring. “We have a location, that’s true,’ Arum told Barbershop Conversations. “We have a location and, as far as the date is confirmed, we ...
Insecurity: ‘$1bn Underway For Army, Police, Others From Qatar’
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Insecurity: ‘$1bn Underway For Army, Police, Others From Qatar’

The Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force Police, and other security agencies will soon receive not less than 1 billion USD from the Qatari government with a view to procuring modern scientific equipment, Africa-Global Empowerment and Development Network (AGED-Network) has disclosed. President of AGED-Network, Dr Bala Kontagora, disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja during a one-day National Conference on the roles of Nigeria’s Security Agencies in the COVID-19 Pandemic Environment, organised in collaboration with National Defence College. Kontagora said seeking funds from the Qatari government through Sheikh (Dr.) Badr Al-Hajri, and other international countries to equip the police and other agencies with modern equipment became imperative due to growing security challenges across the cou...
Tariqe Fosu: Ghana new boy hails ‘top-quality’ Partey and Ayews
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Tariqe Fosu: Ghana new boy hails ‘top-quality’ Partey and Ayews

The attacker reflects on his time with the Blacks Stars for October’s friendlies against Mali and the 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar England-born winger Tariqe Fosu has hailed the quality of new Arsenal signing Thomas Partey, Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew after linking up with the trio for the first time on Ghana duty. Born to Ghanaian parents in the UK, the attacker joined up with the Black Stars for October’s international friendlies against Mali and Qatar. He was previously capped by England at youth level.
Rema Thanks His Qatar Fans After Dumebi Peaked At Number 1 On Qatar iTunes Top Songs
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Rema Thanks His Qatar Fans After Dumebi Peaked At Number 1 On Qatar iTunes Top Songs

Singer, Rema has breaking boundaries since his emergence of the Afrobeat scene in Nigeria. The young artist has been attracting so many international recognitions from different world personalities. Recently, Rihanna was seen jamming to his song and Drake said on his Live that they both have a song together. But the young man has now done a new one as his song “Dumebi” has found it way to the top of Qatar’s iTunes Top song. The artist has now taken to his social media page to thank his fans in the middle east, telling them he loves them for all.  
Barcelona great Xavi donates €1M to Barcelona hospital
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Barcelona great Xavi donates €1M to Barcelona hospital

Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez and his wife Nuria Cunillera have made a donation of €1 million to the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona in order to help fight the coronavirus. The hospital had launched a fundraising campaign in order to combat the virus so that money could be raised to buy material and fund research and investigation. "Thanks to the contributions they're receiving, they can get equipment for health personnel and patients," Xavi himself said, urging others to follow suit and donate where they could. Xavi is currently coach of Al Sadd in Qatar.
LaLiga: Xavi ‘ready’ to manage Barcelona, gives conditions
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LaLiga: Xavi ‘ready’ to manage Barcelona, gives conditions

Xavi says he is ready to manage Barcelona, but warned that “there can’t be anyone toxic around the dressing room”, if he is appointed in the near future. The former Spain midfielder, 40, spent the first 18 years of his playing career at Camp Nou, making over 700 appearances for the club. Xavi won 25 trophies during his time at Barca, including eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns. He was currently managers Al Saad in Qatar and was heavily linked with a return to the Camp Nou as manager, before Quique Setien was hired to replace Ernesto Valverde in January. “I am clear that I want to return to Barcelona, I am very excited,” Xavi told Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. “Now that I have seen myself coaching I think I can bring things to the players. “I would l...
Ajax’s American Player, Sergino Dest Leaves Club’s Training Camp In Qatar Amid Iran Tensions
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Ajax’s American Player, Sergino Dest Leaves Club’s Training Camp In Qatar Amid Iran Tensions

United States right-back Sergino Dest has left Ajax's training camp in Qatar because he did "not feel comfortable", the Dutch club have said. It comes amid rising political tensions between the US and Qatar's neighbour Iran. Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani was killed at Baghdad airport in an air strike ordered by US president Donald Trump. Iran retaliated by firing missiles at air bases housing US forces in Iraq. On Saturday, US Soccer postponed a men's training camp in Qatar - which will host the 2022 World Cup - because of "developing tensions" in the region. Dest, 19, was born in the Dutch city of Almere but has an American father and chose to represent the US in October. He has won three caps. "Sergino Dest has asked if he could leave Ajax's training camp ...
US National Team Cancel Winter Training Camp in Qatar after killing of Commander of Iran’s Quds Force
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US National Team Cancel Winter Training Camp in Qatar after killing of Commander of Iran’s Quds Force

  The men's US national team has called off plans to go to Qatar for a winter training camp due to the tension in the Middle East after the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Unit, Qasem Soleimani, was killed in a United States airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump. 'Due to the developing situation in the region, US Soccer has decided to postpone traveling to Qatar for the Men's National Team's scheduled January training camp,' US Soccer said in a short statement. 'We are working with the Qatar Football Association to find an opportunity in the near future for our team to experience Qatar's world-class facilities and hospitality,' US Soccer added. The men's US national team were to play closed-door games at Doha's Aspire Academy ...
Fifa Ranking: Nigeria Ends 2019 In 31st Place
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Fifa Ranking: Nigeria Ends 2019 In 31st Place

Three-time African champions remain unmoved in the latest Fifa ranking released by the world football governing body Nigeria’s senior national team has ended 2019 as the 31st best football playing country in the world. The Super Eagles remain unmoved in December’s ranking released by Fifa on Thursday morning. Gernot Rohr’s men garnered a total of 1493 points to stay as the third-best team in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia. In the year under review, they finished third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations staged in Egypt following their victory over Tunisia. Senegal are ranked first in the continent and 20th in the world with 1555 points, while the Carthage Eagles are 27th in the world and second in Africa after amassing 1506 points. Belgium claimed the team of the yea...
Club World Cup: Liverpool 20 Man Travelling Squad Confirmed
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Club World Cup: Liverpool 20 Man Travelling Squad Confirmed

Liverpool have confirmed a 20-man travelling squad for the FIFA Club World Cup. The Reds fly to Qatar today before entering the tournament at the semi-final stage on Wednesday, with Monterrey their opponents in Doha. Dejan Lovren is not included after sustaining a muscle injury against Salzburg earlier this week, but Georginio Wijnaldum does travel following his withdrawal in the second half of the win over Watford. Club World Cup squad: Alisson, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Gomez, Adrian, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Lonergan, Shaqiri, Robertson, Origi, Jones, Alexander-Arnold, Williams.
Liverpool To Play 2 Matches In 2 Different Countries Within 24 Hours
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Liverpool To Play 2 Matches In 2 Different Countries Within 24 Hours

Liverpool will field different teams in two separate competitions within 24 hours after the EFL announced the date of their Carabao Cup quarter-final with Aston Villa will not be changed. The Reds will play at Villa Park on 17 December at 19:45 GMT and will compete in the Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar the following day at 17:30 GMT. Manager Jurgen Klopp had initially ruled out the prospect of playing both fixtures. But the EFL said keeping the date followed a "request from the club". A Liverpool statement said: "We would like to thank the EFL for their efforts to accommodate us and we can confirm alternative dates were discussed, but ultimately none were considered suitable without compromising the scheduling of the competition itself or placing an undue strain on our pla...
Saudi Arabia & Qatar Sponsoring Boko Haram & Fulani Herdsmen In Nigeria – FFK
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Saudi Arabia & Qatar Sponsoring Boko Haram & Fulani Herdsmen In Nigeria – FFK

The unexplainable challenges Nigerians are encountering today largely hove around insecurity as lives and properties are no longer guaranteed their usual protection and safety in Nigeria. All these menaces arose from different terrorists attacks from Boko-Haram to Fulani Herdsmen and then to Banditry. Femi-Fani Kayode has come to acknowledge this fact that Nigeria is no longer a peaceful dwelling abode. The former Minister of Aviation to Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s administration has made his findings to assert that, there are mainly two countries sponsoring Boko-Haram and Fulani herdsmen/militia activities in Nigeria. He said, the first among these two countries is ‘Saudi Arabia’, and then the second is ‘Qatar’ according to him. FFk made this statement via his twitter handle @realFFK....
World Athletics Championship: Ese Brume Wins Nigeria’s First Medal
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World Athletics Championship: Ese Brume Wins Nigeria’s First Medal

Ese Brume wins Nigeria's first medal at the ongoing World Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar. The 23-year-old jumped a distance of 6.91m to win bronze medal in the Women's Long Jump events. Brume however becomes the first athlete after Blessing Okagbare to reach the podium in the history of the championship Nigeria's Ese Brume jumped her way into glory at the ongoing 2019 World Athletics Champions in Doha, Qatar, after winning the country's only medal so far at the events. The 23-year-old won bronze medal in the Women’s Long Jump event after covering a distance of 6.91 meters in the finals. She however became the second Nigerian athlete after Blessing Okagbare to win silverware at the World events since 2013. She said before her jump: "I'm believing God because I've worked ...
Ex-president of Benin Republic accuses Saudi Arabia and Qatar of funding Boko Haram
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Ex-president of Benin Republic accuses Saudi Arabia and Qatar of funding Boko Haram

Nicephore Soglo, former president of Benin Republic, has accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of funding Boko Haram. The terrorist group has grown to constitute a threat to the Western African Region as well as the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), which is an affiliation of the Islamic State in the Middle-East, is a potent threat to the security of the region. Soglo, who spoke at the constitutional term limits summit in Naimey, Niger Republic, said Africans must stand united to solve their own problems. He said Africa, and West Africa in particular, must work at solving it is own problems and that it should be able to identify its real friends. “Boko Haram is funded by our friends from Saudi Arabia and our friends from Qatar. Are we friends or not? Let’s tell ourselves the...
Messi Took Photos Of Aguero Sleeping, As He Thinks Revenge
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Messi Took Photos Of Aguero Sleeping, As He Thinks Revenge

Agüero admitted that he is thinking about some reprisal to Messi for the photo Leo took while he was sleeping. The image travelled the world in seconds. And it really did not favour him very much... That's why he admitted that he is plotting revenge. And after the 2-0 victory against Qatar that qualified Argentina to the quarterfinals of the Copa América, the author of the second goal revealed, laughing, that he is planning a revenge. "I have to do something to him, that he nailed me there sleeping. So now I have to find some mania ... I can not tell you. But he finds out now, ha, "he said unleashing the laughter of those present in the mixed zone.
‘It leaves us with a bad taste’ – Qatar boss Sanchez rues late goal in loss to Colombia
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‘It leaves us with a bad taste’ – Qatar boss Sanchez rues late goal in loss to Colombia

His side seemed on pace for a second-straight draw before falling to a late strike, leaving the manager to rue the painful result Qatar head coach Felix Sanchez said his team's late 1-0 Copa America defeat against Colombia left a "bad taste" after the Asian champions threatened to pull off another shock result. After overturning a two-goal deficit to earn a stunning 2-2 draw with Paraguayin their Group B opener, guests Qatar almost secured another point until Duvan Zapata broke the deadlock in the 86th minute. Zapata broke Qatar hearts with four minutes remaining in Sao Paulo, where the Asian Cup holders lost their first competitive match since the Gulf Cup of Nations in December 2017.
Ex-UEFA President, Platini Arrested in France
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Ex-UEFA President, Platini Arrested in France

Former UEFA president, Michel Platini was arrested by the French police on Tuesday morning in Nanterre, a western suburb of Paris. According to Mirror UK, the ex-France international was detained by the police over the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Platini’s arrest was part of the investigation into corruption surrounding how the 2022 World Cup hosting rights were awarded. The 63-year-old was UEFA president from January 2007 to 2016. He was banned from football for six years, which was later reduced to four after appealing the sanction at the Court of Arbitration for Sports. The ban expired in March this year, but investigators leading the fight against corruption within football have arrested him as part of the case and looking into how Qatar won the ri...
Socceroos confirm Copa America participation
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Socceroos confirm Copa America participation

The green and gold will be heading to South America next year Australia have officially accepted their invite to compete in Copa America 2020. The Socceroos will compete in the South American tournament alongside fellow Asian nation Qatar - who are competing at this year's edition alongside Japan. Football Federation Australia chairman Chris Nikou is excited to see the green and gold compete in the Copa America for the first time.
He’s top three in the world’ – Tite upset not to have Neymar for Copa America
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He’s top three in the world’ – Tite upset not to have Neymar for Copa America

The Paris Saint-Germain star hurt his ankle in a friendly against Qatar and will play no part in the upcoming tournament Tite is upset Neymar will sit out the Copa America through injury as the Brazilhead coach described him as the third-best player in the world behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Hosts Brazil will be without Neymar for the upcoming Copa America, which starts on June 14, after the star forward suffered an ankle injury in Wednesday's 2-0 friendly win over Qatar. Neymar is facing four weeks on the sidelines after being reassessed by Ligue 1champions Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday, with Brazil drafting in Willian as a replacement.
USMNT U-20s faces daunting challenge against France in Under-20 World Cup
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USMNT U-20s faces daunting challenge against France in Under-20 World Cup

Tab Ramos side will be without Alex Mendez and Chris Durkin for its round of 16 showdown with undefeated France The U.S. Under-20 national team has reached the quarterfinals of the past two Under-20 World Cups, but in order to make it three in a row, Tab Ramos' latest squad will have to overcome one of the most dangerous teams in the tournament. The Americans face off against undefeated France on Tuesday in their Round of 16 clash in Bydgoszcz, Poland, and will do so burdened with the daunting task of trying to stop the high-flying French without two key pieces of their midfield. Alex Mendez and Chris Durkin will miss the Round of 16 clash due to suspension after picking up yellow cards in the U.S. team's 1-0 group stage win against Qatar. Mendez had been one of the biggest br...
Liverpool face mid-season Qatar trip as Club World Cup hosts confirmed
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Liverpool face mid-season Qatar trip as Club World Cup hosts confirmed

The Reds face a trip to the Middle East following their Champions League victory before the tournament format is changed for 2021 Liverpool will travel to Qatar in mid-season as FIFA has confirmed the country will host the Club World Cup in both 2019 and 2020 before the competition undergoes a substantial revamp. The Champions League winners will be among the teams competing for this year's title, which is expected to take place in December. The two tournaments will act as warm-up events for the 2022 World Cup, which will also be held in Qatar.
Messi Casts Doubt Over Playing In 2022 World Cup
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Messi Casts Doubt Over Playing In 2022 World Cup

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has admitted that he is unsure if he will be able to play at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Messi will be 34 when the tournament kicks off, with Argentina still in search of their first World Cup title since 1986. The Barcelona forward has won all there is to win at the individual and club level in his career but is still chasing an elusive major senior trophy with his country. Messi has endured a frustrating run of final appearances with Argentina, losing in the Copa America final on three occasions and in the World Cup decider in 2014 against Germany. The 31-year-old will have another chance to finally win a major trophy with his country this summer, when the Copa America takes place in Brazil. And Messi has said that he still hopes to win a ...
Qatar Based Nigerian Celebrates Rochas Okorocha’s Departure With A Cake
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Qatar Based Nigerian Celebrates Rochas Okorocha’s Departure With A Cake

Mr Prince Uwa an imolite base in Doha, Qatar celebrates with his colleagues in the office over the bowing out of Governor Rochas Okorocha as the governor of Imo State with a customized cake If you could still remember he was the same person who congratulated Emeka Ihedioha on his emergence as the governor of Imo state with a customized cake. See more photos below,    
Brazil Drops Neymar and Announces new Captain
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Brazil Drops Neymar and Announces new Captain

Brazil have announced that star player, Neymar Jr, will not captain the team in next month’s Copa America. Neymar, who has been captaining the Seleção over the past couple of months, has now been replaced with fellow Paris Saint-Germain teammate, Dani Alves. According to Sky Sport, the Brazilian Football Confederation, CBF, made the announcement in a statement released on Monday. The statement read: “Daniel Alves will be captain of the Brazilian national team in the friendly matches against Qatar and Honduras and in Copa America Brazil 2019. “The decision was communicated to Neymar by Tite on Saturday.” Brazil host the Copa America between June 14 and July 7, kicking off against Bolivia before facing Venezuela and Peru respectively.
Flying Eagles Open U-20 World Cup Campaign with big Win
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Flying Eagles Open U-20 World Cup Campaign with big Win

Nigeria thrashed Qatar 4-0 in their opening game at the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland. Maxwell Effiom, Henry Offia, Tom Dele-Bashiru and Aliu Salawudeen all scored as the Flying Eagles won convincingly at the Stadion Miejski w Tychach, Tychy. The win takes Nigeria up to the top of Group D with three points. Paul Aigbogun’s team will now take on the United States of America on Monday, May 27. Victory against the Americans will all but guarantee their place in the next round of the competition.
World Cup: FIFA Drops Plan To Expand Qatar 2022 To 48 Teams
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World Cup: FIFA Drops Plan To Expand Qatar 2022 To 48 Teams

FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body’s president Gianni Infantino. The 2022 tournament in the Gulf state will now be played with 32 nations taking part. FIFA said it had abandoned the expansion plans “following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process” which led to the conclusion that “under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now”. “(The tournament) will, therefore, remain as originally planned with 32 teams and no proposal will be submitted at the next FIFA Congress on 5 June,” FIFA said in a statement.
Barcelona Legend Xavi Announces Retirement from Football
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Barcelona Legend Xavi Announces Retirement from Football

Spain and Barcelona legend, Xavi, has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season after a stunning career. The 39-year-old who currently plays for Al Sadd in Qatar made the announcement today. 'This is my last season as a player, but I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for me as a coach,' he said in a statement. 'My philosophy as a coach reflects the style we developed for many years under the influence of Johan Cruyff and La Masia, and that has its greatest exponent in the way of playing football in Barcelona. 'I love seeing the teams take the initiative on the field, play attacking football and return to the essence of what we all loved since our childhood days: football possession.' Xavi, who is still Barcelona's all-time record app...
IMF Ranks Nigeria Second Worst In The World In Use Of Sovereign Wealth Fund
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IMF Ranks Nigeria Second Worst In The World In Use Of Sovereign Wealth Fund

The International Monetary Fund has ranked Nigeria as the second worst country in the world in the use of sovereign wealth funds. According to the Fiscal Monitor report released on Wednesday, Qatar was the only country worse than Nigeria on the index. The Bretton Wood institution said the index was compiled using the corporate governance and transparency scores of the sovereign wealth funds and the size of assets as a percentage of 2016 GDP of the countries considered.
David Luiz Rejects 3-year Contract Worth £220,000 A Week Salary
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David Luiz Rejects 3-year Contract Worth £220,000 A Week Salary

Chelsea defender, David Luiz has rejected a contract worth £220,000-a-week salary from a club in Qatar. According to Evening Standard, Luiz rejected the deal after he was approached by a team in Qatar, the identity of which is not known, about a three-year deal worth £34million. The report also claimed that the 32-year-old rejected the contract because he wants to remain at Stamford Bridge as he continues to hold talks with the West London club over a new deal. Luiz, whose contract with Chelsea will expires in the summer, currently earns less than £130,000-a-week at Chelsea. The Brazilian has been impressive since manager Maurizio Sarri took over from former Blues boss, Antonio Conte. When asked recently if he will still be at Chelsea next season, Luiz said: “I think ...
FIFA Seeks Co-Host With Qatar To Expand Tournament
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FIFA Seeks Co-Host With Qatar To Expand Tournament

FIFA moved a step closer on Friday to expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams and hopes to confirm the plans in June if a suitable co-host can be found. An internal feasibility study supporting the expansion, which is being strongly pushed by President Gianni Infantino, was given full backing by the FIFA council in Miami. A final decision will now be taken in Paris on June 6 after FIFA and Qatar jointly submit the names of potential co-host nations to the governing body’s Congress. Infantino, who also confirmed a new Club World Cup with 24 teams will begin in 2021 to replace the Confederations Cup, told a press conference: “You have in front of you a happy FIFA president. “I am always happy but especially today because we have taken some important decisions. “We ca...
Neymar Tests His Injured Foot Strength In Qatar Ahead Of Return
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Neymar Tests His Injured Foot Strength In Qatar Ahead Of Return

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar continued his recovery from a damaging metatarsal injury on Saturday as he bids to return to action. The Brazilian superstar has been sidelined with the injury for two months after suffering a recurrence of the injury he suffered a year ago. Neymar was fouled three times in a few seconds by Moataz Zemzemi of Strasbourgduring a 2-0 win for the Parisians in the French Cup in late January. Neymar has been undergoing rehabilitation treatment in Qatar with PSG physios and looks to be moving ever closer to a long-awaited return. The forward had his right-foot strapped while he used a resistance band to test the strength of his ankle and foot.
Qatar Defeat Japan 3-1 To Win 2019 Asian Cup (Photos)
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Qatar Defeat Japan 3-1 To Win 2019 Asian Cup (Photos)

2022 World Cup Hosts Qatar have won the 2019 Asian Cup after a 3-1 win against Japan on Friday. Forward Almoez Ali broke the record of goals scored by a player at a single Asian Cup when he notched his ninth with a brilliant overhead kick. Abdulaziz Hatem made it 2-0 with a 20-yard curled shot before Japan's Takumi Minamino fired in from inside the box. It was 3-1 when Akram Afif converted from the spot after Southampton's Maya Yoshida had handled in the area. VAR confirmed that the Saints defender had intentionally handled, although TV replays suggested he was unfortunate to see the decision go against him. Afif's penalty meant he scored one goal and provided 10 assists, including two in the final, during Qatar's seven games at the competition in the United Arab Emirate...
UAE Fans Throw Sandals at Players as Qatar Reach Final of Asian Cup
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UAE Fans Throw Sandals at Players as Qatar Reach Final of Asian Cup

Qatar defied sandal-throwing UAE fans to storm into the Asian Cup final for the first time with a 4-0 win over hosts United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, setting up a decider against Japan in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Boualem Khoukhi’s early strike and an eighth goal of the tournament from striker Almoez Ali gave Qatar a 2-0 halftime lead and captain Hassan Al-Haydos and Hamid Ismail completed the rout in the last 10 minutes. The UAE had been hoping to reach the Asian Cup final for the second time, but instead look likely to face sanctions after Ali was pelted with footwear as he celebrated his goal with Haydos and Ismail also the target of missiles. The cloud of the diplomatic and trade boycott of Qatar that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt launched in June 2017 hung heavy ove...
Full 2019 Copa America Draw Revealed
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Full 2019 Copa America Draw Revealed

Argentina and Colombia are set to face off in the 2019 Copa America this summer. The best of South America and beyond will descend on Brazil in the latest installment of the Copa America. Chile are the defending champions following their successes in 2015 and 2016 and will hope Alexis Sanchez can rediscover his form to fire them to a hat-trick of trophies. Argentina are waiting for their talisman Lionel Messi to decide whether he will come out of his self-imposed exile in a bid to end his country's trophy drought. And Brazil will be hoping for success on home soil having last won silverware at the World Cup in Japan and South Korea in 2002. The traditional South American sides are joined by guests Japan and Qatar. Full 2019 Copa America Draw: Group A: Brazil, Peru,...
West Ham Veteran Pablo Zabaleta Open To Italy Move
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West Ham Veteran Pablo Zabaleta Open To Italy Move

West Ham veteran Pablo Zabaleta admits he'd be open to a move to Italy. Zabaleta comes off contract at the end of this season. "If I continue to play in Europe, Italy will be one of the leagues I have not played in yet," Zabaleta tells Arab News, "but I've always been thinking about the Middle East, too. "I was with the national team in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. They're making great strides, with improved football standards and passionate fans. "I played in top leagues and I believe I can give experience, versatility and quality."
Persepolis Edge Al Sadd To Reach AFC Champions League Final
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Persepolis Edge Al Sadd To Reach AFC Champions League Final

Iran’s Persepolis advanced to the final of the AFC Champions League for the first time with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Qatar’s Al Sadd following a 1-1 draw in their semi-final second leg in the Iranian capital on Tuesday. Iran’s forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh prays before the start of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Morocco and Iran at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Persepolis edged the first leg in Doha 1-0 earlier this month, but a Baghdad Bounedjah strike in the 17th minute Tuesday gave Al Sadd the lead and raised hopes of an upset victory in front of a capacity crowd at the Azadi Stadium. However, Siamak Nemati equalised for Persepolis in the 49th minute off a pass from Godwin Mensha and the Qatar gi...
Barcelona Announce 2019 Summer Tour to Asia
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Barcelona Announce 2019 Summer Tour to Asia

Barcelona plan to visit China and Japan as part of a pre-season tour to Asia next summer, the club announced on Tuesday. Barcelona’s French forward Ousmane Dembele (C) celebrates with Barcelona’s Colombian defender Yerry Mina (2ndR), Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (R) and Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match between Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona on May 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO After consecutive years travelling to the United States for the International Champions Cup, Barca will return to Asia for the first time since playing a friendly in Qatar in December 2016. The trip raises the possibility of a reunion with Andres Iniesta, who joined Japan’s Vissel Kobe in May after 2...
Qatar To Produce Electric Vehicles By 2023
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Qatar To Produce Electric Vehicles By 2023

Qatar on Monday said that the country had plans to produce first Qatari electric cars by 2023, local media reported. The Qatari electric vehicles will be manufactured by the factory which will be established at a cost of nine billion dollars, said “Qatar Tribune” newspaper. The project will be the first-of-its-kind in the Middle East as it is a whole new brand, said Ali al-Misnad, Chairman of the Qatar Quality company, which is responsible for this project. Al-Misnad also said that the new giant project aims to manufacture more than 500,000 cars by 2024 with plans to export the electric vehicles to countries all over the world. As part of the project, the plan will include establishing of six factories and each will be specialised in different production line. (Xinhua/NAN)
Cristiano Ronaldo And Portugal Squad Spotted Leaving Russia After World Cup Elimination
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Cristiano Ronaldo And Portugal Squad Spotted Leaving Russia After World Cup Elimination

One of the world’s most important personalities in football, Cristiano Ronaldo, and his Portugal squad have left Russia after being eliminated from the World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal squad flew home on Sunday as the Real Madrid man refused to rule out international retirement after Portugal’s elimination from the World Cup. CR7’s side was dumped out of the competition by Uruguay, who won their Round of 16 meeting 2-1. An Edinson Cavani double sandwiched a Pepe header to see the South Americans progress and Ronaldo’s hopes of winning the World Cup in Russia disappear. Many speculated that Russia was Ronaldo’s last chance of lifting the famous gold trophy with the Real Madrid striker now 33. By the time of the next World Cup in Qatar, he will be 37. When que...
Only A Man Can Run An Airline – Qatar Airways CEO
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Only A Man Can Run An Airline – Qatar Airways CEO

Akbar Al Baker, the chief executive of Qatar Airways, on Tuesday declared that only a man can do his challenging job. Al Baker made the comments moments after becoming chair of the aviation industry body’s board of governors for a one-year term, Bloomberg News reported. At a press conference in Sydney, where the International Air Transport Association held its annual meeting, he was asked what could be done to tackle the lack of women in Middle East aviation. Al Baker replied this was not the case at Qatar, before adding: “Of course, it has to be led by a man, because it is a very challenging position.”
Nigeria: $12b Trans-Saharan Gas Project to Miss 2018 Deadline
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Nigeria: $12b Trans-Saharan Gas Project to Miss 2018 Deadline

The $12 billion Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline Project (TSGP), expected to help Nigeria achieve zero gas flaring by 2020, remains an illusion, 17 years after it was conceived. The project should have been completed this year. Nigeria signed a treaty with Niger and Algeria in 2009 to build the pipeline, which should begin from Calabar and pass through Kano to the border. The estimated length is about 4,400 km, with over 1,037 km in Nigeria, 853 km in Niger, 2,310 km in Algeria, and 220 km connecting Algeria to Spain. In 2013, the Federal Government approved a budget of $400 million for commencement. But some national and international companies that showed interest, including Total and Gazprom, grew pessimistic on security along the pipeline route. They also worried about increasing costs. ...
Akbar al-Baker: Qatar Airways will Report A ‘Very Large Loss’
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Akbar al-Baker: Qatar Airways will Report A ‘Very Large Loss’

Qatar Airways will report a "very large loss" because of a regional political dispute that has slapped restrictions on the airline, its chief executive said on Wednesday. The Qatari airline lost access to 18 cities in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain when those countries imposed a blockade on the country last June, accusing Doha of supporting "terrorism". Qatar denies the charges. "We will announce a very large loss during the current financial year, which ends this month," Akbar al-Baker said, without giving further details. Qatar coup documentary When asked if it was running short of cash, Baker said in an interview with Reuters TV that Qatar Airways may need to call on its state owners for extra funds should the blockade continue. "Not for the fo...
Chad, Qatar Restore Ties In Wake Of Arab States Rift
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Chad, Qatar Restore Ties In Wake Of Arab States Rift

Chad and Qatar have restored diplomatic relations, their governments said, six months after the West African nation cut ties with Doha in the wake of a rift among Arab states. Chad closed Qatar’s embassy and expelled its diplomats last August, accusing its government of trying to destabilise Chad via its northern neighbor, Libya. The move came after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar in June for allegedly supporting extremist groups, meddling in their internal affairs and backing regional foe Iran’s agenda. Qatar denied all the accusations. In a statement reported by the Qatari state news agency QNA, Qatar’s foreign ministry said the two countries’ foreign ministers signed a memorandum of understanding on Tues...

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