The first of the eight World Cup stadiums opened last month with FIFA President Gianni Infantino attending a domestic cup final at the 40,000-seat Al Janoub venue. — Photo aljazeera.com PARIS — The hosts of the next World Cup Qatar will stage the Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020, FIFA announced on Tuesday. The Middle-Eastern state will use the two tournaments as logistical tests for stadiums and infrastructure ahead of the 2022 edition of the international competition which takes place every four years. 2020 will be the final time only seven sides will participate in the annual club event before it is expanded to 24 teams a year later. After winning the right to host a 32-team World Cup in 2010, in a bidding process mired in bribery allegations, the Qataris are coming under sustained pressure to switch to 48. The country won its first ever Asian Cup title in February acting as a riposte to critics who long ridiculed the 2022 World Cup host for its lack of footballing … [Read more...] about World Cup hosts Qatar to stage back-to-back World Club Cups
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By: aasavri Rai 27 April 2019 5:04 PM GMT Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) has added another feather to its cap by winning the Fair Play award at 4th Asia Lawyers 2019, the Asian Football Cup for Lawyers, a tournament dedicated to teams exclusively composed of lawyers from Asian countries. The tournament takes place every two years. It was derived from the Mundiavocat, World Football Cup for Lawyers, created in 1983, which has been organizing football tournaments in Europe, Asia, America and France from 2005.The tournament was held from 18th to 21st April in Bangkok, Thailand. IDIA Well Wishers XI played with Seoul Korea Classic (South Korea), Jointide Football Team (China), Dentons China All Stars (China), Nepal Bar Association (Nepal) and Mongolia Bar Association (Mongolia). IDIA Well Wishers XI was the only Indian team to participate in the tournament.The team secured a win against Nepal, but came to a standstill with Mongolia, leading to a … [Read more...] about IDIA Represents India At 4th Asia Lawyers Football Tournament In Thailand
The Vietnam national football team currently holds the longest unbeaten streak in world football with 14 consecutive games unbeaten. (Photo: NDO) According to FOX Sports Asia, the aforementioned impressive victory has helped the Vietnam national squad remain unbeaten in 14 matches in all competitions. Surprisingly, coach Park Hang-seo’s side currently holds the longest active unbeaten streak in world football, only one game behind equalling the run by World Champions France. Before Vietnam, the longest unbeaten streak in world football belonged to the reigning World Cup champions. Didier Deschamps's side went 15 matches unbeaten, but the impressive run came to a stop after Les Bleus lost to the Netherlands 2-0 in the penultimate round of League A, in the UEFA Nations League in mid-November. Thus, only Vietnam are maintaining a long unbeaten streak. Their last defeat came more than two years ago. At that time, the "Golden Dragons" lost 2-1 to Indonesia in the first semi-final … [Read more...] about Vietnam hold longest active unbeaten streak in world football: FOX…
By Mark GleesonDOHA (Reuters) - Wednesday marks exactly four years to the kickoff of the next World Cup in Qatar, which could yet be an instrument to help end regional tensions and the first 48-team tournament if FIFA president Gianni Infantino gets his way.gi The head of world football's governing body has been pressing in recent weeks for the 2022 finals to expand from the 32 teams in Russia this year to 48, even though it was previously planned that the expansion of the World Cup would happen when Canada, Mexico and the United States jointly host the 2026 finals.“We are looking at it. If it is possible, why not?” Infantino said last month. “We are discussing with our Qatari friends, we are discussing with our many other friends in the region and we hope that this can happen.”Qatar have not yet responded to the idea but previously have sounded cautious about the country’s capacity to go beyond a 32-team tournament.Organisers are building only eight … [Read more...] about Four years to next World Cup but will it be 32 or 48 teams?
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Germany's Alex Zverev says he will not take part in a revamped Davis Cup finals showpiece event in Spain next November. Changes to the 118-year-old team event will see the competition turned into a week-long competition taking place in November, with 18 nations battling for the title. The first two editions will take place in Madrid's La Caja Magica, the current venue for the Madrid Open. Men's Tour the ATP have also announced the start of a rival World Team Cup to begin in Australia in January 2020 with the likes of world number one Novak Djokovic and 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer likely to prioritise it. The 21-year-old Zverev, regarded as one of the players to lead men's tennis into a new era, said he would still be available for the Davis Cup qualifying round in February but said he would not play in the November finals week. Germany host Hungary in February in Frankfurt and must win to qualify for the Madrid finals. "Next year is no … [Read more...] about Zverev says will not play in revamped Davis Cup finals