Morale-boosting win for Tunisia in football friendly against Iran

Saturday, 24 March 2018

A fortunate own goal handed Tunisia a 1-0 victory over Iran in their friendly clash on a waterlogged pitch in Tunis on Friday, in what was a morale boosting result for the World Cup-bound north Africans. Wahbi Khazri proved the talisman for the home side and it was his dribbling run that led to the 71st minute winner. Khazri’s shot was parried by Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand into the path of defender Milad Mohammadi, who could only turn the ball into his own net. Tunisia, who share ...

Saudi Arabia to play opening World Cup game with ball returning from space

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The ball being used in the opening match of the World Cup, between Saudi Arabia and host Russia, is taking a trip to space on an international mission. "We are taking the ball that will be used in the first game," Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev has been quoted as saying. Artemyev and two US astronauts begin a mission to the International Space Station ISS about 400 kilometers above the earth tomorrow. In May, his Russian colleague Anton Shkaplerov will return the ball to earth before ...

Why is Morocco struggling to stay in the 2026 World Cup contest?

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

FIFA is struggling to move on from the most tainted chapter in its history, even as it attempts to award another World Cup.With less than three months to go until the host of the 2026 World Cup is decided, FIFA is still assessing allegations of skullduggery around the voting more than seven years ago for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.Can the expedited contest between North America and Morocco really be bulletproof, free of scandal, as soccer’s governing body promises?There’s intrigue ...

Ivanovic replaced by Kolarov as Serbia captain ahead of World Cup

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Serbia have stripped long-serving Branislav Ivanovic of the captaincy and handed it to fellow defender Aleksandar Kolarov as they start the build-up to the World Cup in Russia with two friendlies, coach Mladen Krstajic said on Monday.“Kolarov, the new captain, and (Nemanja) Matic, his deputy, have the power to follow in Ivanovic’s footsteps,” Krstajic told a news conference ahead of warm-up games with Morocco on Friday and Nigeria on March 27.“We have made a decision ...

Is Turkey preparing to replace US military base in Qatar?

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Few days ago, Qatar signed an agreement with Turkey to establish a naval base which will include a training center for maritime patrols and monitoring. In addition, 60,000 Turkish soldiers will be deployed across four military bases abroad in accordance with a new 2022 military plan set by the Turkish ministry of defense. Two of these bases are in Qatar. What is the purpose of these bases and why Turkey is interested in Qatar at this time? Moving the base Though there are some unequivocal ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Pakistan’s international ban lifted by FIFA

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Pakistan’s ban from international soccer has been lifted by FIFA following the end of “undue third-party interference” in the country's football federation (PFF), the world governing body said on Wednesday. The ban, in force since October, had barred Pakistan’s teams, including the senior national side, from playing in international competition while the PFF was denied access to FIFA development and training programs. FIFA said it lifted the ban after an administrator ...

World Cup host Qatar to introduce labor complaint reform

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Qatar on Saturday said it will introduce a labor panel to assess grievances by migrant workers later this month. A government spokesman confirmed to AFP reports in local Arabic language media saying that the reform would be introduced in 8 days. The spokesman said the panel would begin its work on March 18. Labor disputes have, until now, been dealt with inside the court system, but the panel will be overseen by the labor ministry. Qatar has come under intense global pressure since winning the ...

Audit: Serious concerns about world cup laborers for Qatar 2022

Friday, 9 March 2018

Migrant workers on Qatar’s 2022 World Cup building sites are going up to five months without a break, according to an audit that revives concerns about labor conditions. Impactt, the World Cup organizers’ external compliance monitor, found working hours exceeded 72 hours per week at eight construction companies - a “critical” non-compliance of expected practices. The report is a snapshot of the conditions for workers on the vast construction project being overseen by a ...

Football’s laws body approves VAR for World Cup

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Football’s lawmakers on Saturday approved video assistant referee technology (VAR) for this summer’s World Cup, in one of the biggest changes to the sport in years. The International Football Association Board (IFAB), meeting in Zurich, rubber-stamped a move already backed by FIFA’s top brass, including president Gianni Infantino.“We came to the conclusion that VAR is good for football”, Infantino told reporters shortly after IFAB announced the decision. He added ...

Infantino still committed to video assistant referees at World Cup

Monday, 26 February 2018

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has not had any second thoughts about using video assistant referees (VAR) at this year’s World Cup, he told Reuters on Monday, despite recent controversies involving the new technology. His UEFA counterpart Aleksander Ceferin said, however, that the system would not be used in next season’s Champions League. VAR, which allows match referee to review decisions on a pitchside monitor or by consulting an assistant who monitors the game on a video, has ...

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