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After missing out on the final Euros squad, Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard will most likely also not have a hand in England’s World Cup campaign next year. The United star was not able to make the final cut despite his brilliant form last season for West Ham United in the Premier League after joining the Hammers on loan from Old Trafford. Lingard was called up by England head coach Gareth Southgate to link up with the rest of the squad for their preliminary games before the official commencement of the 20w0 Euros competition but could not make the list of the final 26 players.

And after not being able to make Gareth Southgate’s final 26-man squad, it is believed that he could also not be selected as part of the squad that will be heading to Qatar in 2022 for next year’s World Cup tournament. Lingard is keen to play more games and has stated clearly that he wishes to be involved in more action on the pitch regardless of the club that he will be playing for next season.

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Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has delivered a huge update about his fitness and the chances of featuring for the Netherlands at their upcoming tournaments and competitions. The towering defender has been a huge miss for his club this season after picking up a severe injury that ruined his season earlier in the year. After colluding with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the first Merseyside derby of the season, he was taken off the pitch and could not continue.

Since then, the Reds defender has not retired to the pitch and has been working on his rehabilitation process to continue working his way back to full fitness. The former Southampton defender has been working with his physio on making a comeback from his injury and even though he has continued to make progress, he has made an announced that fans would be very concerned about.
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France are the defending champions after they won a second World Cup title at the last edition in Russia some three years ago by beating surprise package Croatia 4-2 in the final. The French team would be targeting anothertitle at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar after winning the 1998 edition on home soil and the 2018 edition as mentioned above.

Didier Deschamps captained France to the first win on home soil in 1998 before masterminding the second win in Russia from the touchline. He would be in charge of the team for the defence of that World Cup title won in Russia at Qatar 2022 barring any dramatic development.
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In what seems to be a new development, the qualifying fixtures for South American countries aiming to be at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar have been postponed from the initial date to a new one, it has been confirmed. The games were originally supposed to be played this March, but they have now been hit with postponement following concerns over the coronavirus quarantine regulations and restrictions.

The decision was made and announced by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and may now have a direct effect on the tournament which is slated to hold next year at the earliest. The Confederation released a statement to the effect of this latest development where it announced that the health status of the South American players that will be participating in the fixtures were put under intense consideration, asides from other deliberations they had.

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The Republic of Ireland has been dealt a big blow ahead of their World Cup 2022 qualifier against Serbia next month following the injury to defender John Egan. The Sheffield United had to be stretched off in the second half of the Premier League clash with hosts West Ham United on Monday night. John Egan suffered a serious leg injury during a challenge with West Ham United forward Jesse Lingard during the second half of the Premier League clash with the Hammers and the said leg injury is on course to make him sit out the aforementioned World Cup 2022 qualifier with the Serbians.

Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kelly and his players start their World Cup 2022 qualifiers with a trip to Serbia on March 24 and they are likely to be without the injured John Egan for the Group A clash. Apart from the Republic of Ireland and Serbia, European champions Portugal, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan are also in Group A. John Egan is a key player for both Sheffield United and the Republic of Ireland under the managerial regime of Stephen Kelly.Read More



World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar have unveiled Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, which is one of the eight match venues scheduled to play host to games during the tournament. The 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar will take place over November and December 2022. The tournament will last for a period of 27 days between November 21, 2022 and December 18, 2022. The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium was unveiled earlier in the week thus making it the fourth match venue to be unveiled for the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar. Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium has a capacity of 40,000 and it is located in the city of Al Rayyan.

The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium will host seven games during the World Cup 2022 tournament, and it is the match venue that tells the story of hosts Qatar. It was officially launched in December 2022 as pointed out earlier.
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All the plans for the forthcoming 2022 World Cup tournament are already taking shape as preparations have been intensified. Part of the preparations includes the imminent unveiling of one of the stadiums to be used for the main event in the coming two years.

Seven new stadiums were placed under construction in Qatar following the announcement of the country as the host nation for the 2022 edition of football’s most prestigious tournament.Read More

COVID-19 Pandemic Shrinks Football Season in Philippines


The corona virus chaos has affected the sports world, especially football very hard. Since it is a Body contact game, it poses a high chance that one player infected with COVID-19 will spread the infection to other players. Thus many of the nations have postponed their football leagues.

The international football tournaments have also been postponed or are running without any spectators in the gallery. In these circumstances, the Philippine football authorities have taken a nice measure to continue their league. They have shrunk the football league fixture and have brought it down to only 2 weeks. After a long pause in the league since March, they have now decided to resume the matches. But as there are some global instructions on the organization of tournaments, the matches will be played behind closed doors. The footballers also will have to stay inside the bio bubble so that they don’t get infected by any means.
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Highlights of Upcoming World Cup 2022


The qualification rounds for World Cup 2022 are about to commence from September 2020 as the pandemic restrictions start to abate across the world. The 2022 World Cup would be the 22nd edition. It is a quadrennial championship of the men’s international football association that would be contested by national teams that are members of FIFA. 

The scheduled venues are in Qatar which is the first Muslim country and of the Arab world to host this world tournament. It is also the second World Cup to be held in Asia after the 2002 tournament that was held in Japan and South Korea. This edition would include 32 teams, though a proposition had been put in for expanding the same top 48 teams. France is the reigning world champions who would be defending the cup. 

This World Cup also deviates from the usual norm of being held in the summer months. The tournament is scheduled for the winter months, to start in late November and to go on till mid of December. The time frame has been reduced as well to 28 days with the final to be held on Qatar National Day, that of 18th December 2022.

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Roberto Martinez extends contract with Belgian team


Roberto Martinez contract with Belgium has been extended and he will be staying at the team till the World Cup 2022. His contract with Belgium was to expire after Euro 2020 but with the suspension of football, activity has led the campaign to be postponed to 2021.

Before being the manager of Belgium National Football team he has coached clubs like Everton, Wigan and Swansea. He signed the contract with the team on 2016 and has led them in World Cup 2018where they were placed in the third position by defeating England on the playoff. With the extension,of the contract, he will be leading one of the best teams whichconsist of golden players of the present into two major tournaments of the football world.

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