Posts Tagged "2022 FIFA World Cup"

Now that the wildly successful Russia World Cup is but a happy fading memory, the football world’s attention has gone back to intensely disliking the thought of where the next edition of the greatest show on earth will be hosted.

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The final ball hadn’t even been kicked in Russia before some – mostly European media – started to get themselves into a lather over the fact Qatar will be the next host of the FIFA World Cup.

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The lead up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup is like watching a giant conspiracy unfold in plain daylight. FIFA have now made official the decision to move the 2022 World Cup Finals to November / December.

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It’s hard to imagine there being many more dramatic turns on the road to Qatar 2022 than the one we’ve just manoeuvred. The inevitable was realised and a World Cup final in December beckons.

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With the 2022 Qatar World Cup seemingly all but assured of being moved from mid year to November-December, it’s going to be interesting to see if there will be a long-term impact on the governance of the sport.

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Football Federation Australia (FFA) has rejected suggestions it acted improperly during its bid to host the World Cup in 2022.

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Perhaps the third certainty in life is the 2022 World Cup in Qatar failing to be run smoothly.

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UEFA President Michel Platini last week suggested that the World Cup expand to 40 teams as early as Russia 2018.

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Europe’s 54 football nations are prepared to support switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the summer heat, and would prefer playing in January.

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A number of senior officials from the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) including their senior Medical Officer Michel D’Hooghe, are now recommending that the Qatar FIFA World Cup of 2022 must move to winter to protect the players and their fans.

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Socceroos star Tim Cahill has emerged as a surprise supporter of rival Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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The prospect of the 2022 Qatar World Cup being held in the winter moved a step closer on Friday when FIFA president Sepp Blatter said for the first time that this is what he expects will happen.

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It’s been a long road for Frank Lowy, Ben Buckley and the Australian 2022 World Cup bid team. Two and a half long years of painstaking work preparing a bid to impress FIFA officials enough to cast their vote to bring the biggest spectacle on earth Down Under.

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A nation consisting of over ninety per cent desert will be hosting one of the world’s greatest sporting occasions in 2022. A petro-mafia state will be hosting the same event in 2018.

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In a stunning new revelation, it has been announced via popular social networking site Facebook that the Antarctic Continent will be bidding for the World Football’s showpiece event for 2026. They are adopting the slogan: “If Qatar can do it, the Antarctic can, too.”

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The envelope opened to read Qatar. Unfortunately for all sports fans and patriotic Australians, whatever we do, or say now will not get us back the FIFA World Cup for 2022.

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The Australian World Cup bid was naive at best, and stupid at worst. When I first heard that Qatar won the 2022 World Cup, I was surprised – especially knowing that Qatar has such a small population, none of the stadiums are built, and that it doesn’t have a particularly strong football culture.

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December 2nd could mark the beginning of the end for FIFA. With anger still raging in England over a 2018 World Cup bid which garnered just two votes, expect a concerted push from one of world game’s traditional stakeholders to wrest power back from the Swiss-based oligarchy.

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German football legend Franz Beckenbauer says he was astonished Australia were eliminated from the first round of voting to host the 2022 World Cup.

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There were two telling facts that emerged from the FIFA vote on the hosting rights to the World Cup in 2018 and 2022. First, that Russia won the rights to the 2018 tournament. Second, that Australia gained only one vote for its bid to host the 2022 tournament.

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