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FIFA World Cup 2014: Bastian Schweinsteiger in Injuries, Worry German Squad

German midfield general Bastian Schweinsteiger left Bayern’s final Bundesliga match of the season with a knee injury. The injury gave the German fans another anxiety ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2014.

The need of Schweinsteiger:

German’s are desperate in need of Schweinsteiger to be fit in their campaign for world cup. It has been a season of many absences for the German and none is giving a guarantee that he will be fit to start the Brazil campaign.

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Schweinsteiger, the 29-year-old will celebrate a decade in the German Squad just before their opening Group G game against Portugal on June 16 having won his 101st cap in the 1-0 win over Chile in last March.

A defensive midfield shoo-in for country as well as club, Schweinsteiger’s presence for Bayern Munich this season has been restricted by a trio of injuries.

Injury became part of his life:

In the preseason period back to back ankle surgeries hampered him badly. Then in January he suffered an inflamed knee ligament at a training camp in Qatar.

Bastian Schweinsteiger returned with a vengeance on his full 90 minutes appearance in mid-March when he curled home a free-kick for the winner as Bayer Leverkusen lost 2-1 in Munich.

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While playing against Arsenal at home, he scored in 1-1 draw as Bayern reached the Champions League Quarter-finals 3-1 on aggregate, then netted in their 2-0 league win at Mainz.

Bastian Schweinsteiger gained valuable match fitness in 2014 as he played only 16 of Bayern Munich’s first 27 league matches. In the Champions League semifinals Bayern Munich was defeated by Real Madrid. The match put a great deal of psychological blow and the knock to the knee last weekend didn’t help.

German coach Joachim Loew said,

“with his class and experience, he has a big influence on our game.”

By measuring his value he added,

“When he is able to play 90 minutes, with his confidence on the ball and tactical awareness, Other players respond when they see Bastian is playing well.”

He is the part of German Strategy:

Schweinsteiger claimed his 7th German league title when Bayern Munich finally confirmed Bundesliga champions with a record seven games to spare.

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm switched from right-back to accompany him in the defensive midfield and Joachim Loew could repeat the action in Brazil too.

Loew lacks defensive mid-field options to partner Schweinsteiger with Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira struggling with a knee injury.

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The options like Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan has not played since August with a back injury while Dortmund’s Sven Bender is out with a pelvis injury. They all face a race against time to be fit for Brazil.

Bayern Munich’s Toni Kross has proved himself a better option as he has had a stellar season in the attacking midfield role for the European Champions and he may be dropped back into the number six position or Philipp Lahm could be moved across from right back.

No replacement for Schweinsteiger:

When Germany finished third at the 2006 World Cup on home soil, Schweinsteiger played a key role for the team. At Euro 2004, Schweinsteiger at the age of 19, had his debut.

He was awarded man-of-the –match with two long range strikes in the 3-1 play-off win against Portugal and he nearly finished with a hat-trick.

Just before the last World Cup when Michael Ballack was injured, Schweinsteiger filled his midfield role and when fit, he is Loew’s first choice in midfield.

In claiming a fourth World Cup title in Brazil, he will be the heart of Germany’s bid.

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Mario Gotze: The World Cup Hero

In the World Cup final Mario Gotze took down Andre Schurrle’s pass on his chest and there was nonchalance in the manner with which he controlled and swept past the excellent Sergio Romero, from an unpromising angle. There was no sense of the potentially pivotal nature of the moment which could win Germany the World Cup.

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The 22-year-old’s sweet strike the first by a substitute not only to decide a World cup final but it remained the point when he finally silenced any dissent as regards to just how special he is. Unlike Lionel Messi, Mario Gotze is truly a player apart from most in the match.

In late 2009 as a 17-year-old boy, he made his first team debut for Borussia Dortmund. Sunday night’s contribution in Rio de Janeiro would be a career defining moment for him and he he already created a clutch of them while he was still a teenager at the club who nurtured him from boyhood.

Mario Gotze is remembered for his role in the February 2011 win at the Allianz Arena. It was Dortmund’s first away at Bayern Munich in 20 years. In BVB’s 3-1 win over Bayern, Gotze created two of them.

In Dortmund’s re-ascent to the summit of the German game, Mario Gotze is the name that glitters. Mario Gotze was growing his individual importance when some five weeks later his astonishing solo goal got Dortmund back on track in a home game against Hannover.

It was a notable aspect of his playing from very tender age that he has had the confidence in himself to take responsibility in the most testing and stressful situations. His inner belief allowed him to take the plunge and make the decision to join Bayern Munich in April 2013. In his first season in Bayern, he scored 10 goals and setting up eight more in 20 Bundesliga starts.

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When the Coach Joachim Low brought in Miroslav Klose for the quarter-final against France, some claimed that Mario Gotze was the victim of this choice. Gotze’s reaction to his World Cup exclusion, showed his calm and sense of perspective. So did Mario Gotze’s actions after the final whistle at the Maracana.

Even in the moment of celebrating victory, he spared a thought for his good friend and former Dortmund teammate Marco Reus by parading a team shirt emblazoned with Reus’ name. Marco Reus missed out the german World Cup squad after suffering a serious ankle injury in a pre-tournament final against Armenia.

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There may be a strange and some controversial thought that Gotze might never have had the chance to make the impact if Reus hadn’t been injured. Even though they could work together in a devastating manner as they did at the Signal Iduna Park, it’s not hard to imagine that in Low’s decision there was hardly any room for only one of the pair in his squad.

Mario Gotze has indeed the instinct and talent to take centre stage when the time is right. So no wonder, Mario Gotze, the golden boy will reign German football until next World cup…

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FIFA World Cup 2014 final: Germany vs Argentina; as it happened

Perhaps the football world has found the unchanged favorites. And the nation has just ripped Brazil’s dreams to shreds in the semifinals and also won its fourth World Cup after a tense 1-0 victory over Argentina in the FIFA World Cup 2014 final.

Mario Gotze’s strike ensured Germany’s 24-year thirst for the glory, at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium.

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For the Brazilians, FIFA World Cup 2014 final could have been calamitous. There was only one thing worse than their national team’s losing. And that thing is, their neighbor country Argentina to win the trophy. Surely that hung heavy over the fans at Maracana on Sunday.

There was actually no coronation for Lionel Messi and no party for Brazil’s greatest ever rivals, Argentina. Instead it was Germany, which celebrated its fourth World Cup title.

Many have said, no European side would or could ever win the World Cup on South America. But now we have to believe that there is always one team to refuse such proclamations.

Even words like ‘organized’, ‘machine’, ‘ruthless’, ‘efficient’ etc. would not be enough appropriate to describe this German side. The world have to admit the wonderful talent which passes through the veins of each and every player of this 2014 World Cup German squad. Germany has long threatened to rule the world football.

It came close in a tournament held in its own country. But they had to undergo the painful defeat by Italy at the semifinal stage in FIFA World Cup 2006.

In 2008, Germany was beaten in the final of the European Championships by Spain before the same opposition ended its World Cup dream in South Africa 2010.

The Germans have made it to the knockout stage in 16 consecutive World Cups. Still it’s their first trophy since 1990. And for the first time, they are the only European team to prevail in a World Cup in the Americas.

The German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said,

“We’re going to celebrate for at least five weeks now”

We can easily understand, how much did Brazilian fans want to see Argentina lose? After Götze scored in the 113th minute, plenty of fans in Brazil’s yellow jerseys in the stadium, erupted. Though this very team just eliminated Brazil from the tournament in the semifinals. But any team other than Argentina winning the trophy would please the home fans.

Obviously the winning team has been the team of the FIFA World Cup 2014.

Their opening game against Portugal, just indicated their urge for victory this time. And their mesmerizing 7-1 victory against Brazil in the semifinals probably ensured their final glory. they fit most for the FIFA World Cup 2014 final.

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They have secured this win through guts and fights. Also a moment of magic was needed from one of its brightest new stars to overcome the most difficult hurdle for Germany. The Bayern Munich star Gotze provided the game’s defining moment. He took Schurrle’s pass on his chest and displayed the exquisite technique to volley the ball past Sergio Romero.

Finally, Argentina couldn’t find an equalizer for the 1990 World Cup 1-0 loose against West Germany.

Meanwhile, the Argentine fans and players have hung their heads. Lionel Messi is often praised as the best player in the world. And often being compared with Diego Maradona. But Messi has failed to gain universal acclaim in Argentina, where Diego Maradona at least delivered a World Cup title in 1986.

The golden ball has been given to him, but this honor of the most valuable player in the tournament is little comfort for the magical Messi. He just missed the opportunity to cement his legacy. Whatever he has already earned or will earn in future, but this could be his biggest achievement for lifetime!

Messi said,

“All I wanted was to raise the Cup. Right now, nothing else is important”

Probably, it was left to another wonderful talent and his left foot to steal the headlines from Messi with the decisive goal. And yes, off course Brazil can smile once again. Surely there is not enough beer in the entire country to distract from the prospect of an Argentine party on the Copacabana.

FIFA World Cup 2014 final: as it happened

Having scored seven in its previous game against Brazil, Germany began to wake from its slumber and only a fine save from Romero prevented Kroos’ fierce drive. It was surely supposed to nest at the corner.

Kroos’ corner dissected the Argentine defense. Benedikt Howedes also had flown through the air before sending a thunderous header against the post.

Just before a minute of the first half remaining, dramatic circumstances forced Romero to thank the woodwork as it seemed like Argentina is getting out of jail.

Germany constantly tried to regroup the South American side. They were eager to use the flanks to exploit a lack of pace in their opponent defense line.

Finally Argentina created the move, which was was thought to be the crucial breakthrough. From the right flank Ezequiel Lavezzi found some space and delivered the perfect cross for Higuain to fire from close range.

Everything was ok and perfect along with the celebration. But it did go again against the Argentines. As the flag of the assistant referee was held aloft after the forward was correctly adjudged to be offside.

Javier Mascherano grabbed his head in disbelief after seeing Higuaín’s first miss. And said,

“The pain will be for life because this was our opportunity”

Tired limbs and minds began to show down the pace of the contest. Both sets of players continuously failed to create any kind of chance for their own good.

Meanwhile Javier Mascherano was quite fortunate to escape a second yellow card. And Schweinsteiger was left with a blood pouring from his face after a clash with Sergio Aguero.

Even the extra time was slower. So, Penalties seemed inevitable.

Then, Germany finally seized its moment seven minutes before the end of the game. André Schürrle powered down the left side of the field and floated a tantalizing ball toward the six-yard box. Substitute, Götze showed good speed to arrive under the ball and chest it down. Lashed the ball past Romero and into the net. His teammates on the field and also on the side bench poured onto the field in delight.

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Surely it was like dream becoming true.

Götze said,

“It is absolutely sensational, a dream became reality”

Also Argentina had a few last-ditch rushes up field. But they were unable to penetrate Neuer’s penalty area. The team was left with a final opportunity when Messi lined up a free kick from about 20 yards.

But there was no magic as Messi’s shot flew over the net. And so it was over. FIFA World Cup 2014 final found its result. Messi kicked the dirt up in the stands. The German fans as well as the Brazilians shouted out with glee. And Frustration was the only thing left for the Argentines.

Like they said, even with the miraculous Messi, Argentina was unable to take the game to penalties.

Such a thrilling finish could fit with a tournament that ended up being more about the games than pessimists had predicted earlier. But the organizers worry completely proved wrong. It didn’t happen like the last year’s Confederations Cup, which was marred by violent protests. Even after Brazil’s national team was embarrassed in the semifinal, also lost the third place game, forecasts of widespread tumult were never realized.

The Argentine president couldn’t be in Brazil. She had to decline an invitation from President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil for illness and a desire to celebrate her grandson’s first birthday. Chancellor Angela Markel of Germany and Russian president Vladimir Putin did make the trans-Atlantic trip. As Russia will host the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2018. So. We have to wait another four years for another mesmerizing party, a total football party.

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Qatar World Cup 2022 report submitted

Lawyer Michael Garcia has already submitted the Russia 2018 and Qatar World Cup 2022 bidding process to FIFA.

Garcia interviewed more than 75 witnesses. There has been recommendation for further action against individuals. It is believed that further bidding process will be necessary.

The 2018 tournament was awarded by FIFA to Russia in 2010. FIFA World Cup 2022 was also handed at the same time to Qatar.

German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert leads the adjudicatory chamber, which will decide about wrongdoings (if committed). But the report is not expected to be made public.

Eckert has the power to impose sanctions. Though he is not provided with the authority to take the Russia 2018 or the Qatar 2022 World Cup away.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted only his ruling executive committee. They will sit for third-quarter meeting on 26 September in Zurich and decide either to move or stay with the previous hosts.

“The report sets forth detailed factual findings and identifies issues to be referred to other Fifa committees, future bidding processes is highly recommended” – FIFA.

Garcia is currently investigating all of those involved in the bidding process for both the Russia 2018 and Qatar World Cup 2022 events.

The 2018 World Cup was awarded to Russia ahead of Spain-Portugal and Belgium-Netherlands joint bids. England was also in the list.

And Qatar had to overcome the competition from United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia for 2022 host arrangement.

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The Qatar 2022 bid committee is facing claims of corruption. Sunday Times alleged in June that Mohamed bin Hammam (former FIFA vice-president), paid £3m to football officials around the world in return for support for Qatar 2022 bid.

Earlier this year, The Qatari bid committee denied all allegations of wrongdoing. But they probably have decided not to comment on the most recent statement from FIFA.

FIFA World Cup 2022 awarded as Qatar World Cup

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On December 2nd, 2010 in Zurich, FIFA executive committee voted in a secret ballot. Finally it was decided that Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Five candidates presented their bids to stage the World Cup 2022.

The other candidates were USA, Korea, Australia and Japan, who submitted their bids for the most expected hosting rights. USA had previously staged the FIFA World Cup finals (in 1994). While Japan and Korea were the tournament’s first joint hosts back in 2002.

“The World Cup is going to new lands and I am a happy President as we speak of the development of football”

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said.

“I would like to thank all the candidates and congratulate Qatar” he added.

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani (Chairman of the Qatar bid) was found almost crying after the very announcement.

“Thank you for believing in change and believing in expanding the game. After all thank you for giving Qatar a chance”

he said.

“We will make you proud. We will not let you down”

After the FIFA World Cup in Brazil 2014, the next edition is Russia 2018. And Qatar will for the first time stage the World Cup finals in 2022.

Qatar World Cup 2022: Reactions

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Emir of Qatar:

HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani –

This is one of the great achievements of Arab countries. I hope, we will successfully stage this tournament. The infrastructure will be in place. Hopefully all the Arabs will support us. It was always difficult for us. The team headed by Sheikh Mohammad had a big hill to climb. But it would be even more difficult if we had lost. But in that case we just have to double our efforts and never give up. People may think that we are small as a country, but we really need to prove that we can accomplish great things.

Qatar bid chairman:

Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad Al-Thani –

I want to thank you for having a bold vision. On behalf of all these people, I want to let you know that we will not let you down. I believe, deciding for the Middle East they have showed right judgment. Now, we are about to locate the big date for the FIFA World Cup 2022. I would also like to thank our competitors. They kept us busy all the time. We can honestly thank FIFA for this bold decision. I believe, all the single member of our bid committee, worked harder to make this dream true. Congratulations to his royal highness, the Emir. Thanks for believing and bringing the game to our region is the right thing to do. Most importantly, I would very much like to thank all the members of the bid committee, who actually believed in us.

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No one actually saw that we had a chance and we were written off. But the millions, who stood with us, made us win. Off course it needed hard work to get to this point. We can celebrate now. And most importantly we need to remember that tomorrow the work begins. We have to deliver the tremendous work. We must make ourselves proud put the milestone in the history of Middle East and the history of FIFA. Thank you all again and hope to see you at the Qatar World Cup 2022.

General Secretary of Qatar Olympic committee:

HE Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani –

Qatar is going to introduce football in the Middle East like the World Tournament. The bid team have impressed us all. We thank them for their tremendous effort and bringing the Qatar World Cup.

HH Sheikha Mozah bin Nasser Al Misnad
I was always hoping to win for the whole region. I believe the team as well thought like this. They deserved to win. I saw them last few days and nights working harder. I’m extremely happy for winning this for the Arab World, never for Qatar only. Now everyone in Qatar knows, anything is possible with due works. Hope will provide you comfortable World Cup 2022.

Qatar 2022 bid chief executive:

Hassan al-Thawadi –

First of all, I would like to thank FIFA for believing in us. We really should thank them for their efforts to widen the borders of the game and bring it in Middle East. I promise we will serve a great Qatar World Cup and click to the opportunity.

Qatar World Cup brings delight for Qatari people

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Just from the very moment, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter revealed the name for the host country of the FIFA World Cup 2022, almost all the people of Qatar became inexpressible happy.

Not only native Qataris, residents from all nationalities reacted with emotion. No sooner had the decision been announced by FIFA, a city-wide party atmosphere engulfed the thousands gathered in front of giant screens across the capital.

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Numerous hopeful Qataris had already begun to gather from around three. Two hours after, when it was finally announced that they are going to have the Qatar World Cup 2022 ahead, all the spaces were occupied by the Qatar bid supporters.

It was not just the locals, many of the country’s large foreign contingent came out to show their support for the bid. Everywhere just the logo marked, Qatar 2022 was available.

The unforgettable symbol of South Africa 2010, Vuvuzelas made an impressive comeback in the Qatari capital. The familiar horns provided a noisy, joyful soundtrack to the live broadcast. Both children and adults got to follow on-screen proceedings due to the lack of available seats.

The entire town erupted with jubilation, as soon as the FIFA President confirmed Qatar World Cup. Great many bouts of Qatari folk dancing broke out. Also an enormous convoy of vehicles took to Doha’s 7 km-long coastal road.

This immense procession would go on long night. Travelers with flights booked out of Doha International Airport, had to postpone their departures. As it was quite impossible to move through the gigantic and euphoric throng of people.

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Mahmoud Hassan told,

“Due to the traffic jams, I wasn’t able to reach Doha airport for my flight to Bahrain. It’s really incredible to see all these people celebrating the event together”

Many football fans from other parts of the Persian Gulf had even decided to travel to Qatar to enjoy the atmosphere.

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An Omani citizen said,

“The entire Gulf region was fully behind of the Qatar bid. The incredible progress made by this country leads me to believe that they’ll be up to the task. This country has put a huge amount of work into developing”

Mohamed, from Palestine,

“FIFA World Cup coming to the Middle East for the first time. Qatar is a great country – we were confident that they would win. Hopefully they will be the successful event provider ever from this region. And we all will be following closely”

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Gary Linker says Qatar 2022 decision is ‘LUDICROUS’

He expects for ‘clean’ countries to boycott the tournament. Former England striker brands FIFA president Sepp Blatter a dictator. He says that FIFA is not fit as the ruling body. Lineker was part of England’s failed bid team to host the 2018 World Cup. Greg Dyke expects that England wouldn’t bid to host during Blatter again.

Linker is totally disgusted at alleged corruption within FIFA. He has already labelled the Qatar 2022 decision as ‘ludicrous’.

Lineker was part of England’s bid team for the 2018 World Cup event. He declared that England wouldn’t bid again as to win by bending the rules.

The former England striker said,

“I was with David Beckham. We were out trying to get support. Prince William and David Cameron were out there, too. The whole thing smells as done deal”

“The whole FIFA thing will make you feel sick. The corruption at the top level is nauseating. Sepp Blatter has run it like a dictatorship for so long”

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Talking about the Qatar World Cup, Linker said,

“Ludicrous. I am not against it going to different parts of the world”

“You have to be careful what you say, but the corruption is just . . . yuck”

He suggested all the clean countries to boycott the World Cup. He also had to acknowledge that this will not happen.

Linker don’t find FIFA fit for the sport anymore. He believes that it is such a shame because it is a massive sport and means so much to so many people.

“We should stand up for what is right and if that means never hosting the World Cup again”

FA chairman Greg Dyke has said they would not again go for a bid to host the World Cup as long as Blatter was there.

Lineker also called for some restrictions, especially on advertising by gambling firms and alcohol products.

“I have turned down deals with alcohol firms over the years and I don’t agree”

“Gambling is just too easy to do now and as a parent I worry about it”


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Qatar confident FIFA will exonerate Qatar 2022 bid

One of their senior officials from the Qatari organizers for the 2022 Qatar World Cup said, they are confident that independent investigation into the bidding process for the finals will definitely be on their side.

Nasser Al Khater (Communications chief) told,

“We’ve always been confident of our position in the way we carried ourselves during the bidding stage”

The New York lawyer Michael Garcia delivered his 350-page report last week to German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert. He is currently the head of the FIFA’s Ethics adjudicatory chamber. Finally he will decide about the consequence in about a month. They will also decide either to publish public or not.

Allegations of corruption have surrounded the voting for 2018 World Cup awarded to Russia. And also the Qatar 2022 World Cup. But Al Khater claims that he has consistently maintained the Qatari bid was clean.

Another major issue surrounding the finals in Qatar 2022 is when they will occur. FIFA’s task force on that subject met on Monday. The problem is, Europe’s top clubs debated it again on Tuesday saying they needed strong decisive reasons.

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They don’t get the point of disrupting the domestic European season as the Qatar World Cup tournament is proposed to shift at the winter months.

AL Khater said,

“Everyone wants to make sure there is the ideal solution for the World Cup with minimal disruption for their leagues. I think the main concern is health. We’ll have cooled training sites, stadia, public areas”

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He also added that they are not running away from the problems. There will be significant challenges. They believe that the Qatar World Cup will be a catalyst for change in society. Definitely it will not happen overnight. But the significant change is the main concern.

“People also recognize now that it is even more important that we put on an excellent show and deliver an exceptional World Cup. This is what we promised and we are excited about delivering the first World Cup in the Middle East”

Earlier this year, the European Clubs’ Association contradicted the view about summer tournament ruled out. They intend to point out that cooling technology for stadiums and pitches had been an integral part of Qatar’s successful bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022.

“It would be very important to have strong arguments to convince the European game to disrupt its season”

The ECA vice-chairman, Umberto Gandini said.

“There must be very good reasons for moving the World Cup from its conventional slot”

2022 Qatar World Cup will be too hot to even sit and watch

There are problems both way. One hand, questions is lingering about the allegedly shady activity of FIFA awarding the Qatar 2022 World Cup. And now the Middle Eastern country has been dogged with criticism about its suitability for the tournament hosting. There are so many thing in these speculations like human rights violation, corruption heat stroke inducing weather etc.

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In a hot Qatar summer, temperatures can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This has already been criticized for how it might affect the players. Now that a time, we have come to know from a International journal of Bio meteorology that the heat will be enough effective for the spectators too.

Recent study concludes like,

Qatar World Cup may not be appropriate for the visitors. Especially if it is placed during the scheduled summer situation. In Doha, this season a large majority of hours of the day cause strong heat stress.

The study committee recommended the FIFA World Cup 2022. They are suggesting the time between November and February. They believe, then much more comfortable conditions are frequently available.

The study backs up what many have already demanded. Either the Qatar 2022 World Cup moved to winter or another comfortable location altogether.

Last year, in August,

Sepp Blatter told the associated press,

“I would be very surprised, more than surprised if the World Cup would not be rescheduled for the winter in Qatar”

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Then short after, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke announced that the Qatar World Cup would move to winter.

“To be honest, I think it will be held between November 15 and January 15 at the latest”

But until the executive committee of FIFA takes no final decision, we cannot assure any particular date even the location for the tournament.

FIFA might shift Qatar World Cup 2022 to winter

FIFA has offered January and November in 2022 as alternative kickoff dates for the World Cup in Qatar.

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FIFA consultation group met to seek ways to avoid the summer heat of June July in Qatar.

Blatter cancelled a planned visit to SoccerEx in Manchester. As football leaders were meeting Monday to discuss the potential disruption of domestic leagues. If the Qatar World Cup is held between the proposed times, then it completely disrupts the schedule.

“We have already said we cannot play in summer in this heat in Qatar, now we are making this consultation”

FIFA’s executive committee should confirm the dates at its meeting in March at least.

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Another problem is, the January-February tournament option probably could not happen if the 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled in the traditional time.

IOC president Thomas Bach has already said that the FIFA president assured him, the two events would not clash.

Blatter has repeatedly said the Qatar World Cup cannot be played in summer. But organizing committee is always standing by its pledge to build air-cooled stadiums if necessary.

FIFA opens talks on Qatar 2022 dates

FIFA will step up the search for new dates to play the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Consultation was promised last year. As FIFA President Sepp Blatter repeatedly insisted the tournament cannot be played in the summer, especially with the desert heat.

A second session is scheduled for November, FIFA planning.

Blatter is expecting that his executive committee will make a decision within next March.

Blatter and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke have always been telling about a November kickoff of the Qatar World Cup will work.

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On December 2010, FIFA’s ruling board awarded Qatar as the 2022 host country. The local organization also stood by a promised bid of June July tournament. They promised to solve the heat problem with air conditioned stadiums.

But still Blatter say,

“It would not be rational to play in summer when temperatures in Qatar rise above 40 degrees C”

Qatar officials have said they can change their hosting plan. But most of all they need to know the international football community reaches a consensus.

Europeans leagues and clubs are the biggest critics of a winter World Cup. Top club competitions face a two-month stoppage. Which will eventually need to knock-on effect of changing calendars over three seasons from 2021 to 2024.

Zidane: Qatar 2022 is a victory for the Arab world

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Zinedine Zidane was an ambassador for Qatar’s bid to stage the FIFA World Cup 2022. The former French midfielder Zizou voiced his delight exclusively to

He tried to explain what it means to him on a personal level and to the Arab world as a whole.

Zidane believed that it was never easy to support a bid. As it is always a competition. But he is happy as he was trying to convey the message that football belong to the whole world. And now for Russia and Qatar who have never organized such tournament. So football is taking place to new world.

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Obviously this is a fantastic news for the people of both the countries as well as for all the football lovers.

FIFA questioned about his being so much happy. But Zizou just replied as being a partner of the bid. He just supported all the way through. He feels proud of being a contributor to a new country getting the World Cup. The Arab World is having the long desired event that makes him happy.

Zidane believes the Qatar World Cup will resonate beyond Qatar. Actually it’s a victory for the Arab World. The Middle East countries will support the event together. They have actually gotten ten more years to get down to work and stage a very wonderful FIFA World Cup.

Zizou was seemed delighted similarly like the year 1998, when France was awarded the FIFA World Cup. He said,

“I clearly remember saying to myself that if France got the tournament, I’d be in with a chance of playing in it”

“But for me personally it was even more amazing to think that I could take part in it as a member of the national team”

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4 football maestros who will make 2014 FIFA World Cup shining

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Some of the best players in the football are preparing to take the pitch on the biggest stage in Brazil 2014 world cup. As the game is approaching rapidly, starting from 12 June, there will be a gathering of elite footballers throughout the world.

All football fans eye’s will be upon Spain, the last defending champion as well as Andres Iniesta, the playmaker for Spanish national team. As plenty of their top players returning Spanish squad is stronger than yesterday. After winning the world cup 2010 they went on to win Euro Championship in 2012 with a talented football squad. Will they repeat the history as champions once again?

Although the Spanish will have a great chance to repeat the history, the following players will certainly make the difference in 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Spaniards will have their work cut out for them.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo will perhaps be the brightest name in the 2014 FIFA World Cup starting from 12 June. He is such an international football superstar who is going to lead Portugal national team in 2014 FIFA World Cup. Although  Ronaldo had fallen short with his team in the last two world cup appearances, winning  FIFA Ballon d’or will make him special this time. C. Ronaldo has been playing at an elite level for his club Real Madrid. The portugese recently broke Lionel Messi’s record after scoring 15th goal in champions league. His 33 rd minute goal against Bayern Munich in the champions league semi final helped to put him in the history book. Real madrid won the game by 4-0 while 2 goals were from Cristiano. His team will face Atletico Madrid in the final on 30 April.

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This session in La Liga the forward scored stunnishing 30 goals for Real Madrid, putting him three goals ahead of Lionel Messi. Probably, Ronaldo is at his best now and the 29 years is eagerly waiting for the moment to touch the 2014 FIFA World Cup thophy for his national team.


Lionel Messi, Argentina:

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Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo’s biggest rival is leading the Argentina National Team in 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the neigbouring country. Messi is regarded as a goal machine after netting over 350 goals for his club Barcelona and winning Champions League two times. The four  times FIFA Ballon d’or winner, Lionel messi’s performance is not so promising in the national team. For Argentina he scored 37 goals in 83 appearances. But he is still the best player of the current world according to many. His Barcelona teammate Brazilian star Neymar said ,”

“I also agree that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world, and I train every day with Messi. I know the way he plays and for me, he is the best of them all.”

As long as Messi is in form Argentina will be a threat for any team in 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Neymar Jr, Brazil:

Claiming Neymar is better than Messi, the Brazilian legend Pele has come to the focus. Ironically they are quite good competitors.

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Neymar won 2011 South American footballer of the year at the age of 19 and followed it in 2012. Neymar got nomination for FIFA Ballon d’or  and stood 10th. In his appearance in Santos ( 2009-2013) he netted 54 goals in 103 matches and there after he joined Barcelona. In his 25 presences he scored 9. The Guardian ranked him sixth best footballer of the world.

Putting the iconic no 10 jersey for the Brazil team he will be threating to keep 2014 FIFA World Cup in Home.

Luis Suarez, Uruguay:

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Luis Suarez has been virtually unstoppable in the English Premier League this season by scoring 30 goals so far for Liverpool. He seems to improve with his every game. On 22 March,2014 he scored his sixth premier league hat-trick. For the national team he scored four goals in 2011 Copa America and Uruguay won their record fifteenth Copa America. Suarez was named man of the tournament. With 35 national goals Suarez became Uruguay’s all time record goal scorer.

Suarez is attempting to put dominance in the national team along with Diego Forlan in 2014 FIFA World Cup.

There are some other notable players that will likely turn heads in 2014 FIFA World Cup. Players like  are Wayne Rooney (England), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Robin van Persie (Netherlands) and Radamel Falcao (Colombia) will be much influential along with the above four.

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Top 10 English footballers of all time

England is one of the two oldest national teams in football alongside Scotland. England national team won FIFA world Cup in 1966, hosting the finals and defeating the giant West Germany. Since then they didn’t achieve much success in international football, except the Semi final appearance in 1990 world cup. Nevertheless, the English football holds its glory by presenting some legends throughout the history. Sporty ghost today is going to discuss about top 10 English footballers of all time.

10. David Beckham (1996-2009, 17 goals in 115 caps)

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There are very few more technically gifted player than the English forward David Beckham. He made his international debut in September 1996. Beckham’s international career is full of highs and lows. He made himself enemy of the state in 1998 world cup by getting sent off during the defeat on penalties to Argentina. But in next world cup his stoppage time goal against Greece smoothened the english agony. During that world cup , he laid the Argentina ghost to rest by scoring from a penalty in a 1-0 win. The 39 year old retired from football last year.

9. Gary Lineker (1984-1992, 48 goals in 80 caps)

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Gary Lineker was the closest one to touch Sir Bobby Charlton’s record before his retired in 1992. In 1986 world cup, he was the tournaments leading goal scorer with six goals in his bag and still the only english footballer to have won the honourable Golden boot.

8. Bryan Robson (1980-1991, 26 goals in 90 caps)

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Nicknamed ‘Captain Marvel’, Robson was a prolific and energetic midfielder in the English side. He was famed for his important goals. Many believe that if Robson didn’t suffer injury in 1986 and 1990 world cup, England could have gone even further. This English footballer gave everything to his national team and his club. He is the greatest ever Manchester United player of all time. This player carries much influences for Manchester United as he is acting their ambassador. He remained in our list of best 10 English footballers of all time. Currently Robson took the responsibility as coach of the Thailand National Team.

7. Geoff Hurst (1966-1972, 29 goals in 49 caps)

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Geoff Hurst is remembered for his outstanding performance in 1966 world cup. In the quarter final he scored the only goal to victory over Argentina. During the final Geoff Hurst’s famous blessing hat-trick gave the chance to the English to touch the FIFA world cup Trophy for the first time.

6. Gordon Banks (1963-1972, no goals in 73 caps )

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Gordon Banks is the second best goal keeper of the 20th century in  International Federation of Football History and Statistics rating. Lev Yashin is the only above him. During the final against West Germany in 1966 world cup, Banks kept four clean sheets and made numerous stops. Four years later when playing against Brazil, there was a cross from Brazilian Carlos Alberto which met Pele’s powerful head. Everybody was waiting for the net to bulge, but it didn’t. Banks somehow managed to get his hand on the ball to flick it over the crossbar. It was regarded as one of the best saves ever made.

Gordon Banks elected FIFA‘s Goalkeeper of the Year six times.

5. Tom Finney (1946-1958, 30 goals in 76 caps)

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One club man Tom Finney was England’s leading goalscorer along with Nat Lofthouse, before both were surpassed by Bobby Charlton in 1963. Former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly once said about Finney ,

“Tom Finney would have been great in any team, in any match, and in any age , even if he had been wearing an overcoat.”

4. Stanley Matthews (1934-1957, 11 goals in 54 caps)

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His greatest achievement was wining FIFA Ballon D’or in 1956. His dedication for football was unmatched as he played until the age of 50 with Stoke City, while his last appearance in international match came against Denmark eight years earlier. There were some criticisms when he was chosen for the 1958 world cup at the age of 48 but the selectors refrained.

3. Duncan Edwards (1955-1958, 5 goals in 18 caps)

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It is highly likely that Edwards would have topped the list, unless the tragedy happened in Munich runway February 6, 1958. Edwards at the age of 21 died along with its eight Manchester United teammates while a plane crashed in taking off. Bobby Charlton mentioned him as a great player like a bright light in the sky. His loss is the hardest thing to bear in English football even today.

2. Bobby Moore ( 1962-1973, 2 goals in 108 caps)

Bobby Moore was the counter stone of a well-organized defence in 1966 world cup. In the next competition, 1970 world cup he produced a memorable challenge to Brazilian Jairzinho in full flow. He is the member of world team the 20th century. Bobby Moore Captained West Ham United for more than 10 years.

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Pele said after his death in 1993,

“He was my friend as well as the greatest defender I ever played against. The world has lost one of its greatest football players and an honorable gentleman.”

1. Bobby Charlton (1958-1970, 49 goals in 106 caps)

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Bobby Charlton is the leading goalscorer for England national football team as well as Manchester United. He was an integral part of the English team in 1966 World cup. At semi finals , Bobby scored both goals to win over Portugal. His performance throughout the tournament was firing as he won FIFA Ballon D’or that year. He is in the no 1 in our list of top 10 English footballers of all time..

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Top 10 Italian footballers of all time

The Italian national football team is considered as one of the best teams in the World football. In the history of World Cup it is the second most successful team just behind Brazil, having won 4 titles in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006. The team also appeared in 2 finals (1970, 1994) and gained a third place in 1990, fourth in 1978. In 1968 they won the European Championship. The Italian national football team is controlled by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the governing body of football in Italy.

Nick named ‘The Azzurri’, the Italian team qualified for this year FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil with relative ease will be expected to reach the latter stages, despite having a group that includes Uruguay and England.

Today, to continue our countdown to the World Cup, we will focus at the Top 10 Italian footballers of all time.

10. Fabio Cannavaro (1997-2010, 2 goals in 136 caps)

Fabio Cannavaro has been named the title FIFA’s player of the year in 2006. Along with Franz Beckenbauer and Matthias Sammer, he remains one of the three defenders to have been awarded by this title.

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The 40-year-old guided Italy to the World Cup final, 2006 in Germany. Playing in every minute in every encounter, with his stunning performances, Cannavaro earned the nick name,” The wall of Berlin”.

That summer he moved himself to Real Madrid from Juventus and Cannavaro went on to win two La Liga, and the Supercopa de Espana over the course of three seasons in Madrid.

He is in the 10th position in our list of Top 10 Italian footballers of all time.

9. Paolo Rossi (1977-1986, 20 goals in 48 caps)

After being suspended for his alleged role in a betting scandal, Paolo Rossi returned to action just in time for the World Cup in 1982. However, many journalists at that time criticized negatively about his inclusion in the team.

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When he struggled throughout the group phase of the World Cup, the criticizers looked to be correct, but something was burning inside him. Rossi suddenly sprung into life by scoring a hat-trick to dispose of Brazil, the pre-tournament favourites. He added his sixth in the tournament during 3-1 victory in the final over West Germany. Rossi won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards.

Paolo Rossi won two Serie A titles playing for Juventus and The Cup Winners’ Cup in 1984.

8. Giacinto Facchetti (1963-1977, 3 goals in 94 caps)

Facchetti was the pioneer of attacking football, who has no hesitation in bombing forward to join in with attacks. During his time defenders were instructed not to cross the halfway line, but he changed the rules.

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The speedy left-back won Serie A four times with Inter Milan. He also helped to lift the European Cup two times in 1964 and 1965. The Nerazzurri have since retired the shirt holding no 3 in his honour.

In 1968 European Championship , he captained the team to success. They also reached the final of 1970 World Cup under his leadership.

7. Gianluigi Buffon (1997-present, no goals in 139 caps)

Buffon made his debut for Italy in 1997. After that, he has gone on to make more appearances for the Azzurri than any other player. In 2006 World Cup, Buffon kept five clean sheets as Italy were crowned with World Cup glory for the fourth time. For his leadership qualities between the posts, he has become the skipper of both Italy and Juventus.

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Juventus parted with a world record fee of £32.6m for him in 2001. Buffon helped Parma to win the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia two years earlier. He has gone on to win many trophies and is regarded to be a hero among the Old Lady’s faithful.

He remains in the 7th position in the list of Top 10 Italian footballers of all time.

6. Luigi Riva (1965-1974, 35 goals in 42 caps)

None has scored more goals than him at the international level for Italy.

The 69-year-old Luigi Riva was one of the heroes as Italy won the European Championship in 1968, scoring in the final against Yugoslavia.

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He helped Cagliari to win Serie A title in 1970, despite being blighted by several injuries. This one-club-man received a honor when the club recently retired the number 11 shirt that Riva wore with distinction.

5. Fanco Baresi (1982-1994, 2 goals in 82 caps)

Franco Baresi was a kind of player who won everything. Baresi helped AC Milan to lift Serie A title on six separate occasions and European Cup three times. He was voted as the ‘Club’s player of the century’ in 1999 and AC Milan’s number 6 has been retired to his honor.

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He was selected in the squad in 1982 World Cup, although he didn’t feature much in that tournament. But he played as a key figure in 1990 world cup, helping his country to finish third. Four years later the disaster happened while he missed during the final shootout against Brazil.

4. Dino Zoff (1968-1983, no goals in 112 caps)

At Spain in 1982 World Cup, Dino Zoff stood between the posts at the age of 40 and won the world title. Dino remains the oldest player ever to have won a World Cup.

Dino Zoff also holds the record of longest time at the international matches (1,142 minutes) without conceding a goal, the period between 1972 and 1974.

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In his club career he won six Serie A titles for Juventus which was followed by Buffon in the same club. Dino Zoff later coached them to success in Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup.

He is holding the number 4 position in the list of Top 10 Italian footballers of all time.

3. Roberto Baggio (1988-2004, 27 goals in 56 caps)

Roberto Baggio will be remembered forever for his skied penalty during the shootout in 1994 World Cup. The event does his ability and contribution to the game a real disservice.

Baggio is Italy’s fourth-leading goalscorer of all time along with Alessandro Del Piero. He scored total five goals in 1994 tournament in USA. Four years earlier, his goal against Czechoslovakia has been voted by FIFA as the World Cup’s seventh best ever goal.

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In 1990, he was transferred from Fiorentina to Juventus for a record fee. During his five years in Turin, he won FIFA Ballon D’or in 1993, a Serie A and a UEFA Cup title.

2. Paolo Maldini (1988-2002, 7 goals in 126 caps)

Paolo Maldini, the defender spent half of his 16 years as captain for the Azzurri without winning a major international throphy.

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But at the Club level, success was much easier for him. The entire life he played for AC Milan, where he built up an honours list as long as his arm. Maldini won seven Serie A titles, five European Cups, one Coppa Italia, one World Club Cup and five Super Cups. He played in 1990 and 1994 world cup. He also finished runner-up for the 1995 FIFA World player of the year.

1. Giuseppe Meazza (1930-1939, 33 goals in 53 caps)

Meazza showed his talent on his very debut match in 1930, scoring a brace in the match against Switzerland. In 1934 world cup triumph of Italy, the centre-forward scored twice. He then captained the defending Champion Italy to success four years later. His winning goal against Brazil in the semi-final was one of his contributions that was written in golden letters.

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There was a rumour that young Meazza was rejected by AC Milan for being too slight. Their loss was then gained by Inter Milan. Meazza was too prolific for Inter, firing them to three Serie A titles and one Coppa Italia. He is the second leading goalscorer for Italy, just two goals short of Riva’s.

Guiseppe Meazza is leading our list of Top 10 Italian footballers of all time..

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Top 10 Dutch footballers of all time

The Netherlands national football team is colloquially referred to as Oranje and Het Nederlands Elftal, the dutch eleven. The Dutch football team hold the record for playing most World Cup finals, but they were unable to win the world cup trophy yet. However they won 1988 UEFA Championship. The  team is managed by Louis van Gaal currently, though he has announced to leave after 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

With their bright orange shirts and their art of playing ‘Total football’, they’ve made themselves among the most enjoyable sides to watch.

Today, in our World Cup count down, we will bring you the list of top 10 Dutch footballers of all time.

The list of Top 10 Dutch footballers of all time:

10. Edwin van der Sar (1995-2008, no goals in 130 caps)

He is one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of Dutch football. The star shone brightly throughout his 13-year international career.

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His mammoth 130 caps makes him the highest appearance in Holland’s history. Van der Sar was named Dutch footballer of the year in 1998. He was unbeaten for record 1,311 minutes without conceding a league goal during the 2008-09 season.

9. Fass Wilkes (1946-1961, 35 goals in 38 caps)

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He remained fourth in goalscoring for the Netherlands, but his 35 goals in only 38 matches was impressive enough to place him among the greats. The Dutch striker saw his career disrupted with long absence from international football between 1949 and 1955, when the age of Wilkes would have been 25-32.

He was famous for his creativity and mazy dribbling. His appeal was such that Wilkes even inspired a cartoon character in his home.

8. Willem van Hanegem (1968-1979, six goals in 52 caps)

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Van hanegem teamed up with Cruyff and remained as a key component in the Netherlands golden era of the 1970s. when the Dutches reached the final of 1974 World Cup, he was an integral part of the team. Two years later, his team finished third in the European Championship. But alas! He was one of many talented Dutch players who has retired without any international honours.

He is in the number 8 position in our list of top 10 Dutch footballers of all time.

7. Frank Rijkaard (1981-1994, 10 goals in 73 caps)

Frank Rijkaard was right at the forefront of Holland success in 1980s and early 1990s. The defensive midfielder/centre-back established himself as one of the great players in the world in either position. His greatest success in international career came when Holland won their one and only trophy in their history at the European Championship in 1988. Rijkaard was named twice as the Dutch footballer of the year and he came third on two occasions in the FIFA Ballon D’or voting. Rijkaard made his place in our list of top 10 Dutch footballers of all time.

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6. Ronald Koeman (1982-1994, 14 goals in 78 caps)

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Ronald Koeman was another member of the European championship winning side in 1988. He was one of the finest attacking centre-backs the football world has ever known. He was well known for his deadly free kicks and powerful shorts throughout the world of football. Ronald Koeman retired as the highest-scoring defender in the history of Dutch football.

5. Johan Neeskens (1970-1981, 17 goals in 49 caps)

Neeskens usually started the match in central midfield but was versatile enough to fill anywhere in order to introduce the ‘Total Football’.

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Once the great Cruyff had retired from the international football, it was Neeskens who helped the national team to reach their second consecutive World Cup final in 1978. That match ended in disappointment as did four years earlier.

4. Dennis Bergkamp (1990-2000, 37 goals in 79 caps)

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He possessed one of the finest techniques ever seen on a football field as the world watched his stunning goal against Argentina in a tight World Cup quarter final. He was named Dutch footballer of the year twice and in FIFA Ballon D’or voting he came second and third in 1992 and 1993 respectively. Dennis Bergkamp also stood third in the FIFA World player of the year awards on two different occasions.

3. Ruud Gullit (1981-1994, 17 goals in 66 caps)

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This versatile attacking midfielder holds a unique place in the Dutch football history and joining with Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard, he remained an unmistakable figure on the field. He was the first player to lift international silverware for the Netherlands as Captain of the European Championship winning team in 1988. Ruud Gullit won the prestigious FIFA Ballon D’or in 1987.

2. Marco van Basten (1983-1992, 24 goals in 58 caps)

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Had injury not forced him to retire at the age of just 28, van Basten may well have been regarded as great as Pele and Diego Maradona. Despite his early retirement, he won FIFA Ballon D’or award three times – the tally only beaten by Messi. At the 1988 European Championship, van Basten netted five goals to fire Holland to their first international trophy. He was named player of the tournament.

1. Johan Cruyff (1966-1977, 33 goals in 48 caps)

Johan Cruyff had such a big impact on football that even a move on the field ‘The Cruyff Turn’ was named after him. He was a finest conductor of the ‘Total football’, bringing a new dimension to the sports.

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Cruyff flourished brighter than most when he led Netherlands to the final of 1974 World Cup. The Dutch defeat to Franz Beckenbauer’s West Germany didn’t stop Cruyff to be naming the Player of the Tournament. He was named the second greatest footballer of the 20th century by the International Football Federation of history and statistics. The list is topped by the Great Pele. Now, he is the leader in our list of top 10 Dutch footballers of all time..

News flash recent

Uruguay star Luis Suarez ‘in danger of missing World Cup’

The Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is believed to have injured his knee joint during Uruguay’s pre-World Cup training camp. He is likely to undergo surgery on Thursday. It is indeed a huge blow to Uruguay and to him as well. It could be a major worry for his club Liverpool also.

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Uruguayan TV are reporting that Suarez had an MRI which revealed that the meniscus in the knee is damaged. The team doctor decided surgery as a necessity.

Much will depend upon the seriousness of the injury and how Suarez reacts after post operative period.

Suarez could even go under immediate surgery, with journalist Martin Charquero reporting that it has already been scheduled for 7:30 am Uruguayan time.

The recovery time after meniscus surgery is four to six weeks. It means Suarez could face a race against time to recover and prove his fitness for the upcoming world tournament.

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Suarez’s injury would be a major blow for the Uruguay as he is the key figure in attack. His absence would be a great pressure upon Edison Cavani and Diego Forlan. Uruguay will start their world cup campaign against Costa Rica on June 14. Five days later they will be playing against England and then Italy on June 24. If Luis Suarez misses his chance to play in the tournament, he would join a growing list of top unfortunates to have their World Cup dreams shattered.

However, his injury reminds the nightmare of Fernando Torres’ final months for Liverpool. Prior to 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the Spanish striker had his surgery, the same injury Luis Suarez has suffered. Torres returned to the tournament seven weeks later and there was only a shadow of his former self. His off form continued to his club too.

Liverpool fan will be hoping that something similar does not happened with their star Suarez. Liverpool themselves would be wise enough to be involved in Suarez’s surgery and then subsequent rehabilitation. They will be happy to ensure their prized asset is not damaged beyond repair.

Let’s pray for Luis Suarez.

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FIFA World Cup 2014, where age doesn’t matter

In every World Cup, there is a gathering of world famous footballers. With their footballing skills and experiences they are very much keen to write their names in the history. In this very campaign the ages can’t restrain them to win the glory. Today, Sporty Ghost brings you some of the greats with ages , whose history with football continues in FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

 1. Didier Drogba ( Age: 36, country: Ivory Coast)

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Since 2002, the Ivory Coast International, Didier Drogba has captained his national side from 2006. He is the nation’s all- time top goalscorer with 63 goals in 99 appearances. In 2006 FIFA World Cup, he led Ivory Coast to their first appearance in the tournament and he also scored his first goal. Later in the next World Cup, he captained the nation scoring once. He achieved his fame as the African Footballer of the year in 2006 and 2009. In October 2013, Drogba became first African player to win Golden Foot for Galatasaray.

This old man turning 36, will lead the Ivory Coast in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Didier Drogba is in pretty good form actually. With all his experiences and skills, he can be a threat for any team. In 2014 World Cup, Ivory Coast is playing in  Group C with the opponents of Japan, Colombia and Greece. In their first match in June 14 they will face Japan in Arena Pernambuco, Recife.

2. Gianluigi Buffon (Age: 36, Country: Italy)

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This Italian goalkeeper plays as Captain for both Juventus and Italian National Team. For Italy, he is the record appearance holder in 139 matches. Buffon is widely considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. As declared by the Great Pele he remains in the list of 125 greatest living footballers in the world. Buffon’s award list is quite long consisting Serie A Goalkeeper of the year a record 8 times, Yashin Award in 2006, UEFA Cup footballer of the year in 2003, runner up in FIFA Ballon D’or. He has become most expensive goalkeeper in the football history while he joined Juventus from Parma in 2001 with a record €45 million. He will be playing as Italy’s guard for the fourth time in the FIFA World Cup 2014. They will be playing in Group D with Uruguay, England and Costa Rica as rivals and June 14 Italy will face England.

3. Miroslav Klose (Age:35, Country: Germany)

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The German striker has played 131 matches for German national team scoring stunning 68 goals. In 2006 World Cup, he was the top scorer with five goals and a Golden Boot winner. He is renowned for header ability all through the world cup. While he was in his debut World Cup in 2002, all his five goals were headers. In the list of Top goalscorer in the FIFA World Cup, he is holding the 2nd position with 14 goals. Only one ahead of him is Brazil’s Ronaldo with 15 and he is not playing anymore. So it will be a great chance for Klose to break the record in this World Cup. But, maybe he will be playing his last world cup too. Germany is playing in Group G with some dangerous rivals like Portugal, Ghana and USA. Their first match will be against Portugal in June 16.

4. Andrea Pirlo (Age:35, Country: Italy)

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Andrea Pirlo, an Italian professional footballer, plays for Italian national team and Juventus is a deep-lying playmaker and is regarded as a leading exponent of defensive midfield. Pirlo has been praised for his technique, dribbling, control, incredible vision and accurate passing ability. He is also famous for his penalty- kicks and long distance shooting. His fellas in the national team named him the ‘architetto’, the architect and truly he is. He has played 107 matches for Italy and became the fifth most capped for the National team. Pirlo placed 4th in 2012 Best Player in Europe award, 7th in the FIFA World Player, 5th in the 2007 Ballon d’Or. In 2006 Italy’s world cup victory he was the main assist-provider for the team. Andrea Pirlo will be the principle weapon for Italy in their FIFA world cup 2014 campaign.

5. Steven Gerrard ( Age:33, Country: England)

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Steven Gerrard is playing the role of Captain both for Liverpool and England National team. For England in 109 caps, Gerrard scored 21 goals. He made his international debut in 2000 and became his team’s top goalscorer with 2 goals in 2006 world cup. In the next world cup he was playing as Captain in absence of regular Captain Rio Ferdinand. Gerrard has been described as one of the greatest English Midfielders in the history. Even French great Zinedine Zidane considered him the best footballer of the world in 2009. In the 2014 world cup, England will face Italy on 14 June as a Group D match.

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Top 10 Best Football Tournaments of the World

The football world glitters with an enormous variety of prizes in different tournaments all over the world. Apart from the huge popularity of domestic leagues, there are some best football tournaments taking place, each of them has a unique claim to fame. Domestic cup tournaments always engage in an invisible competition with International football tournaments for superiority worldwide. All these tournaments, domestic or International, always draw a huge people of different countries. After all it’s all about football. People go crazy to find their teams, to find their heroes at the top.

We have enlisted the top 10 best football tournaments of the world. Many can differ with the list. The list of best football tournaments was made on the basis of their global reputation and sporting challenge.

10 Best Football Tournaments of the World:

10. Copa del Rey

Copa del Rey is also known as “King’s Cup”. It is one of the most prestigious football competitions in Europe. The tournament has a very rich historical background. It is said to be the “Cup of His Majesty the king”. The tournament was founded in 1903, being the oldest football competition in Spain. The Copa del Rey winner team typically goes to the UEFA Europa League. If the winner of the Copa del Rey also qualifies for UEFA Champions League, then it’s been a chance for the losing finalist to enter the Europa League.

Barcelona are the current Copa del Rey champion, winning their 28th Copa del Rey. Barcelona are the leading champions in Copa del Rey, while Real Madrid have 19 wins in this occasion.

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9. FIFA Confederations Cup

It is an International football competition for the national teams and held every four years by FIFA. The tournament was founded in 1992. Brazil is the most successful team in the FIFA Confederations Cup with their 4 titles. Since 2005, Confederations Cup has been held in the country that will host the FIFA World Cup in the following year. It has become a kind of rehearsal tournament for the big game.

As 2014 FIFA World Cup host nation, Brazil took the responsibility to arrange the Confederations Cup in 2013, where they defeated Spain by 3-0 in the final. FIFA Confederations Cup stays at no. 9 in the list of top 10 best football tournaments in the world.

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8. FA Cup

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FA Cup is undoubtedly the most famous domestic football competition in the world. The Football Association Challenge Cup, FA Cup in short is an annual knockout football competition in English football. FA Cup is also the oldest domestic football competition in the world. FA Cup was first held in 1871-72. The FA Cup has produced some iconic moments in English football and is responsible for Wembley’s status as “The Home of Football”. The tournament is open for all English teams. Football clubs from Premier League to amateur village teams, all have their chance to compete here in a common platform. That’s why FA Cup is best known for the possibility for “minnows” from the lower divisions to become the “giant-killers”.

Arsenal are the current FA Cup Champion, beating Aston Villa by 4-0, to win the second in a row. it was Arsenal’s 12th FA Cup title, making them the most successful team in this tournament. Manchester United is just behind Arsenal with 11 titles.

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7. Africa Cup of Nations

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Africa is seemingly a football-loving continent. Africa Cup of Nations is a tournament, which pits Africa’s greatest football nations against each other in a fascinating battle for supremacy. The tournament was first held in 1957. Since 1998, there are 16 teams divided into four groups are participated in this game. The top two teams of each group advance into the knock-out stage of this tournament.

Egypt is the most successful team in the Cup of Nations’ history. They have won the title a record seven times, while Ghana and Cameron have four titles each. The last Africa Cup of Nations was held by Equatorial Guinea in 2015, where Ivory Coast won their title for the second time.

6. UEFA Europa League

UEFA Europa League is regarded as the Champions League’s younger and little less glamorous sibling. Previously, known as the “UEFA Cup”, is an annual football competition organized by UEFA since 1971. European clubs participate in this competition according to their performance in the national leagues and Cup competitions. The UEFA Europa League title is widely distributed among 27 different clubs. 12 among these have won the league more than once.

Sevilla are the most successful teams with four titles in UEFA Europa League. It is one of the major football tournaments in Europe that many famous European clubs take this competition seriously. It ranks at no 6 in the list of top 10 best football tournaments in the world.

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5. Copa Libertadores

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Copa Libertadores is one of the most prestigious football tournament in South America, which is the equivalent of Europe’s Champions League. The competition is started since 1960. Currently, the competition is sponsored by Bridgestone and commonly known as the “Copa Bridgestone Libertadores”. Since its beginning, the competition has commenced in several different formats. Only the champion teams of South American leagues can take part in Copa Libertadores at first. Then in 1966, the rules changed with the runner-up teams getting the opportunity to join the tournament.

Argentine football club Independiente is the most successful club in Copa Libertadores history with 7 titles in their showcase. The reigning champion of this prestigious tournament is the Argentine club San Lorenzo, who won their maiden league title by beating Paraguay’s Nacional. It is truly one of the best football tournaments of the world.

4. Copa America

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South American Football Championship, best known as Copa America, is the oldest continental football competition at the international level. There are twelve teams competing in Copa America at different venues over a period of one month. Mexico, Costa Rica and United states are regularly playing in Copa America since 1993.

Uruguay is the most successful team in Copa America, having won it 15 times, including the last one in 2011. Copa America 2015, will be held in Chile from 11 June-4th July. Jamaica will be the first nation to compete in Copa 2015. Millions of football lovers will be eagerly waiting to watch the tournament in full throttle. So, let’s don’t miss the game.

3. UEFA European Championship

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UEFA European Championship, simply known as “The Euros”, is a massive football competition to determine the continental champion of Europe. The tournament is organized every four years interval since 1960. After FIFA World Cup, it is the second most prestigious football tournament in the world. so far, there are 14 European Championship tournaments, which have been won by nine different European nations.

Germany and Spain are tied with three titles, while France won two. In 2012, the Euro was hosted by Poland and Ukraine, with Spain being the Champion. Spain’s 4-0 win against Italy in the final was a memorable one. The 2016 European Championship will be hosted in France. UEFA European Championship ranks at no 3 in our list of top 10 best football tournaments of the world.

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2. UEFA Champions League

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UEFA Champions League is the most glamorous club competition in the world. it is better known as “Champions League”. The competition is contested by top-division European clubs from all over European continent. It is the most watched annual sporting event in the world in 2013. The Champions League had run since 1955 with multiple entrants from certain countries at the group-stage. Later, another group stage was added to include the runner-up teams of nation’s top level domestic leagues. Europe’s top national leagues currently provide up to four teams for the Champions League competition. The Champions League begins in mid-July every year with three knockout qualifying rounds and a play-off round. The winner of the Champions League qualify for the FIFA Club world Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

Spanish giant Real Madrid is the most successful team in the Champions League with 12 titles. They have also won the last one in June 3 2017 against Juventus (4-1). There is hardly any club competition especially in Europe to match the UEFA Champions League.

1. FIFA World Cup

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There is no greater football tournament than the FIFA World Cup. It stays at no 1 in the list of top 10 best football tournaments of the world. FIFA World Cup is a dream for every living footballer in the world. It is a massive competition, where nations from different continents gather to compete each other. The global tournament was taking place since 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, because of the 2nd World War. The current Champion of FIFA World Cup is Germany, who claimed their fourth world cup title by beating Argentina in 2014 World Cup final. Brazil is the most successful team in the world cup with 5 titles. The next 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia.

FIFA World Cup is the highest level of football competition in the world. Millions of people all over the world count days to watch the world cup. The competition even exceeds the popularity of Olympic Games in the long run. An amazing 715.1 million people watch the 2014 World Cup finals worldwide and that is obviously an incredible one.

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Proposed Qatar World Cup stadiums for 2022

Qatar has been awarded the FIFA World Cup 2022 bid. The Government of Qatar showed their upmost interest to host the2022 football World Cup. With only a population of 2 million, Qatar will be the first Arab state to host such event.

Sheikh Mohammed (Emir of Qatar) was the chairman of the bid committee for Qatar. Qatar promoted as representing the Arab World to host the tournament. They also positioned their bid as an opportunity to bridge the gap between these two different Worlds. Anyway Qatar World Cup will definitely bring football for the Middle East.

FIFA Qatar proposals:

Qatar tried to give a feel about the upcoming Qatar World Cup by holding a match between Brazil and Argentina. Of course it was a friendly match. But the point is, people from different nations visited Qatar for this match. Probably that strengthened the image that Qatar can show their interest for FIFA World Cup 2022.

First of all, Sepp Blatter (President of FIFA) endorsed the idea for Arab World Cup. In April 2010, he said that the Arabic World deserves a World Cup. Truly these twenty two countries have never got the opportunity to organize the tournament.

In other words, Qatar’s progress is praiseworthy. The two million people have already shown their strength in Asia Games 2006. In terms of infrastructure, arranging 30 event for men and women is quite something.

The Qatar committee was well aware of the Middle East summer heat. They believed that this could be a matter of their disadvantage for the other countries perspective. So FIFA Qatar proposed for a very unique stadium ideas. Finally considering all their proposals, on December 2nd it was decided that the FIFA World Cup 2022 is formally the Qatar World Cup.

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World Cup venues for Qatar 2022:

At the beginning of March 2010, the first five proposed stadiums for the Qatar World Cup 2022 were unveiled. The stadiums will employ cooling technology. It is expected to reduce temperatures within the stadium by up to 20°C. Upper tiers of the stadiums will be disassembled after the tournament. There is a plan for donating those, to countries with less developed sports infrastructure.

According to the recent statistics, the summer heat of Qatar will be unbearable for both the players and the spectators. So heat balancing technology is a must for the Qatar World Cup stadiums. It has been planned that the air conditioning systems will be totally solar powered and carbon neutral. Arup of England will provide these for the Qatar World Cup stadiums.

There have been seven World Cup venues proposed for the tournament. Here is the list of proposed World Cup venues for the FIFA World Cup 2022:

  • Lusail
  • Doha
  • Al Khor
  • Ash Shamal
  • Al Wakrah
  • Umm Salal
  • Al Rayyan

Some of the stadiums are named after the city or proposed venue. The Al-Khor Stadium is planned for Al-Khor city. The city is located 50 kilometers north from Doha. The stadium will have capacity of 45330 seats. 19830 of them will be on a temporary modular upper tier.

Al Wakrah is one of the proposed World Cup venues. The Al-Wakrah stadium is going to be located here. The stadium will have a total capacity of 45120 seats. This stadium’s temporary upper tier will contain some 25 500 seats.

Most of the World Cup venues are expected to be decorated with Islamic arts. And definitely all the stadiums are to be surrounded with large solar panels. The above two stadiums were built regardless of the Qatar 2022 conclusion. But the bid committee claims that only the upper tier is going to be added as they have been awarded the opportunity of arranging the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Proposed Qatar World Cup stadiums:

The following are the Official Stadiums to be built for the FIFA World Cup 2022 (Qatar World Cup) –


Lusail Iconic Stadium


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Location: Lusail, Qatar 

Capacity: 86,250 (planned)

Architect: Foster & Partners


Lusail Iconic Stadium is one of the proposed Qatar World Cup Stadiums. The Stadium will be built in Lusail and it is intended for the opening and final games of FIFA World Cup 2022. Like the other Qatar World Cup stadiums Lusail will also be air conditioned using solar power.

The proposed architect of the stadium is Foster & Partners, which is actually a British firm. The almost circular base will be surrounded by a moat. The car parking will be connected with six bridges. The Stadium will have a near-circular footprint and sits on the primary axis. The total structure will be encircled by a reflective pool of water. There will be around 86250 seat capacity for this Lusail Iconic Stadium. The stadium takes its inspiration from the sail of a traditional dhow boat. After the World Cup 2022, it will be generally used for other spectacular sporting events. Supposedly it is one of the perfect venue for the opening and final matches of any kind of tournament.


But the most important of all, the Stadium comes with an idea of environment friendly cooling technology. Undoubtedly this is ideal for the players and the spectators. The fans will get optimum views of the action in a cool and comfortable setting. Probably Qatar’s enthusiasm and ambition is reflected by the unbelievable eye catching design of this stadium.

Doha Port Stadium

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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architect: Albert Speer &Partner GmbH


The new Doha Port Stadium will be a modular stadium with around 45000 seating capacity. The Stadium is located in Doha, Qatar. It will sit on an artificial peninsula in the Gulf. Hopefully, the design is to evoke its marine setting.

Architect Albert Speer & Partner GmbH proposed water from the Gulf will run over its outer façade. It will aid the cooling process and most of all it will be definitely visually alluring. There will be two different arriving options, by taxi or ferry. There is an uncommon plan with the very stadium. The total stadium will be disassembled after the FIFA World Cup 2022. The seats will be sent for further development of football in other countries.

Sports City Stadium

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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 46,000

Architect: Dan Meis


The Stadium draws inspiration from traditional Arab tents. Sports City Stadium is one of the Qatar World Cup Stadiums, which will have more than around 46000 seats.

There will be a retractable roof and partly retractable pitch. The stand will also be retractable. This combination will provide Qatar’s premiere multi-use facility in the decades. Even after the FIFA World Cup 2022. The innovative ideas of the Stadium will be quite ideal venue for football. But also concerts, theatres and other athletic events can easily be arranged here.

Education City Stadium


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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architect: RFA Fenwick Iribarren


Education City Stadium takes the form of a jagged diamond. Day by day it starts glittering and glow by night. There will be around 45350 seats at the very Qatar World Cup Stadium.

The stadium is located in the midst of several university campuses at Education City. Qatar and neighboring Bahrain fans can easily access it. They are only 51 minutes away from the stadium by high-speed rail. The stadium will retain 2500 seats after the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Umm Slal Stadium

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Location: Umm Slal, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architecht: Albert Speer & Partner GmbH


Umm Slal Stadium is located in the vicinity of one of Qatar’s most historically important forts. The stadium will have 45,120 seats. The design is a modern interpretation of traditional Arab forts.

There is a already a ford likw the stadium nearby Umm Slal Mohammed. Fter the FIFA World Cup 2022, the stadium will be used as Umm Slal FC.

Qatar University Stadium


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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 43,520

Architect: Dan Meis


The stadium is going to replace an existing track and field stadium on Qatar University’s campus. It will have 43520 seats. Being one of the Qatar World Cup stadiums, the gold facade blends traditional Arabic geometric patterns with free-form open surfaces, which conjure both the past and future.

Like almost all the other Qatar World Cup Stadiums, the stadium will be used by student athletes following the FIFA World Cup 2022. And the seat capacity will be reduced to 23000.

Al-Gharafa Stadium


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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000



The existing 21,175 capacity Al-Gharafa stadium will be expanded to 44,740 seats. Modular elements forming an upper tier will be used to serve the purpose. it is another of the Qatar World Cup stadiums. The facade will be made up of ribbons representing the nations that qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The design will symbolize football and the mutual friendship, tolerance and respect that the tournament represents. After the tournament, the stadium will be downscaled to its existing capacity.

Al-Khor Stadium


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Location: Al-Khor, Qatar

Capacity: 46,000



Al-Khor is a brand new 45,330-capacity stadium. It is one of the Qatar World Cup stadiums.  It has a stunning seashell motif and a flexible roof. There is a permanent lower tier which have 25,500 seats. The modular upper tier is going to have another 20,000 seats.

The stadium offers spectators a stunning view of the Arabian Gulf from their seats and will be located in a sports and recreation zone.

Al-Rayyan Stadium

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Location: Umm Al-Afai, Al-Rayyan, Qatar

Capacity: 44,740



The Al-Rayyan Stadium already have a seating capacity of 21,282. It is one of the Qatar World Cup stadiums. They are planning to expand to 44740 seats meanwhile. Modular elements will be used to form the upper tier.

The stadium is designed with a special “media membrane” facade that acts as a screen for projecting news, especially updates.

Al-Wakrah Stadium

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Location: Al Wakrah, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000



Al-Wakrah is one of Qatar’s oldest cities. It is one of the Qatar World Cup stadiums. It has a long history of commercial fishing and pearl diving. The Al-Wakrah stadium will be having a seating capacity of around 45,120.

The stadium takes its cues from the sea that has played such an important role in the city’s history.

Al-Shamal Stadium

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Location: Ash Shamal, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architect: Albert Speer & Partner GmbH


Al-Shamal stadium will have a capacity of 45,120. It is one od the Qatar World Cup stadiums. There is a permanent lower tier of 25,500 seats. Another modular upper tier will be set up to extend the capacity up to 45,000.

The stadiums shape is derived from the “dhow” fishing boat used in the Gulf. Fans are expected to arrive from the Doha Expressway, water taxis, the Bahrain-Qatar Friendship Bridge and the new Metrorail.

Khalifa International Stadium

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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 68,030

Architect: Foster & Partners


The stadium was redesigned for Qatar’s successful hosting of the 2006 Asian Games. it is one of the Qatar World Cup Stadiums. Khalifa International Stadium’s current capacity of 50,000 will be expanded to 68,030 for the FIFA World Cup 2022.

The stadium includes sweeping arcs and partially covered stands. This is probably the centerpiece of Aspire Zone. The sports complex includes the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, ASPETAR Sports Medicine Hospital and many other sporting venues.

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Top 5 Soccer Superstars who never played in a World Cup

Undoubtedly FIFA World Cup is the most prestigious soccer tournament in the world. As soccer is the most watched sporting event on earth, billions of people watch the FIFA World Cup Final. On the other hand, the NFL Superbowl pales in comparison with not more than 100 million viewer worldwide.

Football is the elite of all popular sports in the world. So the crowd here can be considered as the cream of the crop. Famous players, who are usually seen playing with the Europe giant clubs like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, AC Milan, Manchester United come together once every four year. On the same footballing event they dazzle the world with their spectacle of skills.

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Regrettably some stars do not make it. Of course not because they were not good enough. Even considering soccer superstars who never played in a world cup, we are not even pointing to those who couldn’t play due to injury. The most interesting fact is some of them are before such tournament started. And obviously, some of the soccer superstars’ national team were not good enough that they could participate the most spectacular competition in the World.

Top 5 Soccer Superstars Who never played in a World Cup:

Here we are trying to rank those unfortunate soccer superstars, who achieved everything except the glory of winning or even participating in a World Cup.

5. George Best – Northern Ireland

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Played For: Manchester United

Position: Midfielder

George Best is another Word for soccer tragedy, in fact tragic story. Definitely he was the footballer of unfulfilled potential. George Best was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. At the age of just 15, Best was scouted for the English giant club Manchester United. He was the regular soccer superstar to dazzle the public at Old Trafford with his amazing displays of technical skills. George is best known for his charisma and easy going manner. No surprise, he became one of the first known celebrity footballers for the Manchester United club in world soccer history.

But there was a problematic issue with his increasing extravagant lifestyle, which in turn led him to several alcoholism health issue. Northern Ireland qualified for the 1982 World Cup final round. But Best was unfortunate enough that his good years were left behind. Even for a 36 year old George, we can say that the toll the drinking had taken away the FIFA World Cup opportunity from Best and also from the public, who could watch the amazing part of soccer history. The Manchester United display couldn’t take place in the World’s most watched sporting event.

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4. Jari Litmanen – Finland

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Played For: Ajax FC, Liverpool and Barcelona

Position: Midfielder/Striker

Another great player who had the silky touch of an artist but never played in a world cup. The soccer superstar could execute almost every possibilities with the ball at his feet. The legendary playmaker, Jari Litmanen was born in Finland and played as a regular striker for the famous club Ajax FC. Quite unfortunate he was, as his national team attained much more success in Ice Hockey than in soccer.

Jari Litmanen came of age in the 1990’s playing for such illustrious European giant teams. He almost achieved the pinnacle of success with such clubs, except for his National Team. Finland was not quite a part of the then elite Europe soccer community.

Despite producing such great talents like Litmanen and Sami Hyppia (all time Liverpool legend), Finland could never get past the qualifying stage for the FIFA World Cup. And sadly, the footballing world kept deprived of watching the soccer superstar play with grace and artistry in the greatest soccer competition.

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3. Ryan Giggs – Wales

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Played For: Manchester United

Position: Midfielder

Most probably Ryan Giggs is saddest example of a player with such caliber and never playing in a Football World Cup. In fact we can say the World Cup is misfortunate enough to miss a soccer superstar like Ryan Giggs. Born in Wales, Ryan Giggs started his professional soccer career under the tutelage of the legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in 1990.

Giggs was instrumental throughout that decade in winning title after title for Manchester United. Yes, he got his right companion, another great of the 90’s – David Beckham, the Neville brothers, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes. With all those achievements keeping in pocket, the glory of playing in a World Cup did elude him more often. Of course, it would be real difficult for a small team like Wales to win the aristocrat tournament, but qualifying would definitely be an honor for him.

Undoubtedly the World Football event world would have seen magic performed by the midfield maestro. That’s what Giggs was practically. His smooth and calm approach would have left spectators wondering. It was quite a dream for any manager to have a soccer superstar like Ryan Giggs in his team and still he never played in a World Cup tournament.

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2. Frédéric Kanouté – Mali

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Played For: Sevilla FC, Beijing Guoan (current team)

Position: Forward

Frederic Kanoute is an underrated player that was one of the unfortunate ones that didn’t get the chance to shine in a World Cup tournament. Many can comment this an odd choice, but I still believe him as one of the soccer superstars for the top five selection who never played in a World Cup. Kanoute actually made a name for himself in various European leagues. Teams from England, France and Spain.

Finally it was with the famous Spanish Club, that he reached his prime. He achieved the glory of challenging the top two all-time Spanish (in fact European) giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. With his skills and leadership he led Sevilla to UEFA Cup wins in 2006 and 2007. Probably these circumstances cemented his status as local legend.

Unfortunately Kanoute’s national team could never reach his heights. We know, it never made it to the finals of World Cup during Kanoute’s playing days. So, the football world had to miss the amazing soccer star playing in the greatest ground.

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1. George Weah – Liberia

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 Played For: PSG, AC Milan

Position: Forward

The absence of a player like George Weah from the FIFA World Cup is truly unforgettable. Undoubtedly Weah is regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time. There are so many greater achievements in his diary like 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year and winning the Ballon d’Or.

George Weah started his youth career playing with the France famous PSG. Soon enough, Weah attracted the attention of one of the most prestigious clubs of that era, A.C. Milan. He played for five years in AC Milan and attained buckets of trophies. Very soon he became one of the best known faces of Italian soccer history.

Unfortunately again, this success did not transfer over to the international arena. His home country Liberia being already wracked with Civil War, he couldn’t take part in the greatest show on earth. Liberia along the soccer superstar failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup. Unbelievable but truth is, George Weah never played in a FIFA World Cup tournament.

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Top 10 Best World Cup Odds for 2018 Russia

The month long 20th FIFA World Cup Brazil is already history. There was no shortage of surprises, even disappointments and memorable performances. Notably the most expensive World Cup event in history was watched by over 1 billion people. World cup 2014 was amounted to the most exhilarating in recent memory.

The winner of the tremendous event, Germany have flown their Trophy back home. Soccer fans are already struggling to cope with no-more-futbol. The excitement is moving on for the next 2018 World Cup Russia. Some very early predictions are brought upon for the worldwide fan base of soccer. These are the most probable odds for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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But one thing that I must acknowledge, controversy arrived far earlier than the odds. The 21st World Cup will be the first ever to be held in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi and 8 other cities in and around European Russia. You can easily bet the protests will be significant as for Russia’s rep for racism, LGBT discrimination and xenophobia.

Top 10 Best World Cup Odds for FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia:

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All these cautious things don’t ever mean that bets go off. This is probably one thing soccer fans crave more than a World Cup for their nation. Very legitimate concerns around the location of the next World Cup will likely be more than trumped by soccer fever. The earliest World Cup Odds for FIFA 2018 Russia is already announced by world cup betting websites.

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Here we are trying to accumulate those rankings as 10 best world cup odds for 2018 Russia. Team’s current World rankings are provided as FIFA Updates on 23rd October 2014.

World Cup Odds No. 10 – Russia

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Ranking before 2018 World Cup: 30th

Previous Remarks: Euro 2008 (semi-final)

The last World Cup performance was not satisfactory for the upcoming hosts. They failed to break the Group Stage with a tie to Korea and Algeria and a loss to Belgium. Russia National Football Team has only once survived a major tournament Group Stage at Euro 2008 (semi-final).

But definitely 2018 will mark their fourth appearance ever at the FIFA World Cup. FIFA ranks them 30th in the world makes their top 10 world cup betting odds a feat in itself. The most obvious cause is that gamblers never underestimate the power of home turf as it is already named as 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Fans do believe that, the Motherland can very well light the fire its footballers need. So, Russia is considered as the 10th choice for world cup 2018 odds.

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World Cup Odds No. 9 – England

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Ranking before 2018 World Cup: 20th

Previous Remarks: World Cup 1966, 1990 (fourth place)

The Three Lions’ prospects tied with Russia might be a little disappointment for English fans. All things told their outcome from last World Cup was not strong cause for optimism. Italy and Uruguay shut them out of the tournament which was far earlier than anyone ever expected.

Even England’s superstars failed to keep on the previous world cup betting. Their total performance was quite underwhelming. Almost everyone agrees that 2014 was England’s worst World Cup performance since 1958. The last time they failed to break the Group Stage that time. Wayne Rooney, being one of the present generation sensation for English football, couldn’t also shine on the right premises.

Together all these fact can haunt the English Football Team in Russia World Cup 2018. England is currently believed to be the 9th choice as World Cup 2018 odds.

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World Cup Odds No. 8 – Italy

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Ranking before 2018 World Cup: 11th

Previous Remarks: World Cup 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006

The most important thing is Italy will definitely not look like the previous time in World Cup 2018 Russia. The 2006 World Cup champions played a disappointing duo of matches this year against Costa Rica and Uruguay. They were sent off home before the knockout stage.

Still no one can keep them out the world cup betting odds list. Though there is a major issue about the Italian Football era as their veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo and iron goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon have probably seen their last appearance for Italy’s national team in World Cup 2014 Brazil.

So, 2018 Russia means a new days for Italian soccer which is definitely chilled with uncertainty. And after all these equations, Italy is the 8th ranked team as World Cup 2018 odds.

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World Cup Odds No. 7 – Belgium


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Ranking before 2018 World Cup: 4th

Previous Remarks: Fourth place – World Cup 1986

Belgium have made 12 appearances in the previous FIFA World Cups. Today they are ranked 4th on FIFA’s world ranking point list, published on 23rd October 2014. Their best remains a fourth place result in Mexico 1986 World Cup. Last time they were eliminated by the runner-up Argentina in 2014 Brazil. Some will definitely not doubt to keep them in the world cup betting list for 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Sturdy victories over Algeria, South Korea, Russia and the United States in Brazil 2014 makes them one of the favorites for world cup 2018 odds. Hopefully Belgium will surely be capable of showing their abilities for the unusual betting over them.

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World Cup Odds No. 6 – Netherlands

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Ranking before 2018 World Cup: 5th

Previous Remarks: Runners-up – World Cup 1974, 1978, 2010

Total football team, Netherlands played exemplarily at 2014’s world cup. Beginning with an unprecedented 5-1 victory over the 2010 champions and serially swapping through Australia, Chile, Mexico and edged by Costa Rica on a nail-biting penalty victory.

Being one of the world cup betting odds, Netherlands ultimately succumbed to semi-final shootouts with runner-ups Argentina. But their performance surely have assured the world that a Dutch World Cup victory is hardly a crap shoot. Currently they are the record holders for most World Cup finals without a single win.

Many believes that the Netherlands is a genuine push just waiting to shove. So, they should be counted as at least the 6th world cup 2018 odds in this list.

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World Cup Odds No. 5 – France

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Ranking before 2018 World Cup: 7th

Previous Remarks: World Cup 1998

The Blues have delivered on much of the promise they arrived with this year tournament. Their performance was cut short by a loss to the champions Germany for their second quarter final placement.

France’s world cup betting this time straddle optimism and caution. As the blues are not that consistent in World Cup history. Last tournament was a major step up from their 2010 and 2002 Group Stage eliminations. And yet also underwhelming for a team that placed second in 2006. World cup 2018 Russia is definitely going to be a great opportunity for the team.

If someone believes in patterns, Team France is now slated for Group Stage elimination once again. But gamblers can’t but keep them in the list of world cup 2018 odds.

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World Cup Odds No. 4 – Spain

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Ranking before 2018 World Cup: 10th

Previous Remarks: World Cup 2010

Unfortunately Spain had to endure a tough bag of Group Stage games in Brazil World Cup. Their failure to overcome them was this World Cup’s first major disappointment. Previously they were probably having their string of victories in international soccer—Euro 2012, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2008.

But 5-1 loss to Holland! That was totally hard to predict for any kind of soccer followers. La Furia Roja’s reign at the top of football ended as suddenly as it could have. Still being counted for the world cup betting odds, Spain could occupy the highest FIFA World Ranking. People must have already willing for their valuable placement in the world cup 2018 odds list.

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World Cup Odds No. 3 – Brazil

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Ranking before 2018 World Cup: 6th

Previous Remarks: World Cup 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002

Undoubtedly this is the team, gamblers would not bother to look for the present rankings or their previous remarks.

But talking about the Brazil-Germany game, especially after Germany’s fourth goal at 26 minutes, the entire institution of football and every press outlet in the world experienced the same feeling. The five time winner’s domination by the World Cup champions, especially in that first half where six minutes produced four effortless goals.

With no Neymar and no Thiago Silva, Brazil seemed almost willing to be pried open by Germany’s precision attackers. Truly their 7-1 loss was quite painful to watch from any kind of football perspectives.

Though lost in upset, you can hardly have the scope to keep the true champions from any kind of world cup betting list. No football fan could make the case that Brazil aren’t one of the best teams for the Russia World Cup 2018. May be sometimes be told as one of the safest bets currently at no 3 of the top 10 world cup 2018 odds.

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World Cup Odds No. 2 – Argentina

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Ranking before 2018 World Cup: 2nd

Previous Remarks: World Cup 1978, 1986

There were hardly any complaints to be had about the runner-up performance for Argentina. A straight string of Argentine victories ended with a razor-thin margin in the final match. The team had to concede just a single goal in the exhausting 113th minute of unbelievable final.

Argentina more than held its own against the tournament champions. Many of the late gamblers would have predicted a shoot-out finale after they ran a superbly tight defensive performance. Current time soccer sensation Lionel Messi still ultimately won his 4th consecutive Ballon d’Or after a well-rounded performance.

So after all this conclusions it is just only reassured the soccer world that though Argentina didn’t exactly make history. No one need to doubt for the upcoming world cup betting with the Argentinians. Hopefully they will be able to keeping with the world cup 2018 odds expectations.

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World Cup Odds No. 1 – Germany


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Ranking before 2018 World Cup: 1st

Previous Remarks: World Cup 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014

The world will likely remember Brazil 2014 as the year Germany wrote another chapter in football world. Germany’s trajectory included an historical beating of Brazil and historical beating of a host country. They have grounded with the 8th time in the final and fourth consecutive semi-final by any team in World Cup history of all time.

This is the country’s first World Cup victory as Germany. Previously they have succeeded with another three titles as West Germany. Now they can be considered second with Italy as World Cup winners. And propping up veteran striker Miroslav Klose to become the all-time leading scorer of the greatest show on earth.

Probably this time Germany is going to be your world cup betting odds, if your team is not able to qualify for the tournament. They are country nearly everyone know that will win.

Germany’s performance only leaves us with one question: will they be able to do it again in 2018 Russia World Cup? Don’t know, but surely gamblers will definitely fix them on top of the world cup 2018 odds list.

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