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Ronald Koeman to replace Louis van Gaal as Netherlands coach after 2022 Qatar World Cup
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Ronald Koeman to replace Louis van Gaal as Netherlands coach after 2022 Qatar World Cup

Louis van Gaal announced at the weekend that he had been receiving treatment for prostate cancer for the last two years

Russia drop 2022 World Cup legal challenge against FIFA
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Russia drop 2022 World Cup legal challenge against FIFA

Russia were drawn to face Poland in a World Cup qualifying play-off semi-final but the Poles received a bye and then reached the finals starting November 21 by beating Sweden.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Rainbow flags could be taken from fans ‘to protect them’, says tournament official
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Rainbow flags could be taken from fans ‘to protect them’, says tournament official

Major General Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Ansari, a senior leader overseeing security for the tournament, is against the overt promotion of LGBTQ freedoms as symbolised by the rainbow flag that FIFA and World Cup organisers had previously said would be welcome across Qatar’s eight stadiums.

FIFA World Cup 2022: England boss Gareth Southgate wary of little preparation time for finals despite kind draw
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FIFA World Cup 2022: England boss Gareth Southgate wary of little preparation time for finals despite kind draw

However, Southgate's men are now considered one of the favourites for the tournament after reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup four years ago and then the final of Euro 2020.

'We need to start again': Roberto Mancini to continue as Italy coach despite World Cup failure
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'We need to start again': Roberto Mancini to continue as Italy coach despite World Cup failure

Italy, which won the European Championship only eight months ago, lost to North Macedonia 1-0 in the playoffs on Thursday and will now miss a second straight World Cup.

2022 FIFA World Cup will be a ‘benchmark for future sporting events of this scale’, says Gianni Infantino
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2022 FIFA World Cup will be a ‘benchmark for future sporting events of this scale’, says Gianni Infantino

The same message was given by World Health Organisation director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who highlighted the "unique challenges" faced by organisers because of the pandemic.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: South Korea into 10th straight World Cup; costly draw for Aussies
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: South Korea into 10th straight World Cup; costly draw for Aussies

Second-half goals from Kim Jin-su and Kwon Chang-hoon gave the Koreans a comfortable victory over the bottom team Syria in Asia Group A qualifying.

Mats Hummels in danger of missing out on Germany’s World Cup campaign, warns coach Hansi Flick
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Mats Hummels in danger of missing out on Germany’s World Cup campaign, warns coach Hansi Flick

Flick says Hummels has "one or two problems" to fix with the centre-back at the heart of a Dortmund defence which has struggled for consistency this season.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Italy, Portugal drawn in same playoffs bracket
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Italy, Portugal drawn in same playoffs bracket

Italy will face North Macedonia at home in a playoff semi-final next March, and the winner will play away at either Portugal or Turkey for a spot in the World Cup.

Gareth Southgate wants to create 'new memories' after extending England deal
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Gareth Southgate wants to create 'new memories' after extending England deal

Expectations are high that England, now with invaluable experience under the belts, can add a second World Cup to their only previous major tournament win in 1966.

Qatar World Cup 'unfairly treated' on human rights, says CEO Nasser al-Khater
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Qatar World Cup 'unfairly treated' on human rights, says CEO Nasser al-Khater

CEO Nasser al-Khater said Qatar has not been given enough credit for its labour reforms aimed at improving conditions for migrant workers, mostly from South Asia.

2022 FIFA World Cup: FIFA changes playoff format for last two places at mega event
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2022 FIFA World Cup: FIFA changes playoff format for last two places at mega event

FIFA changed the World Cup qualifying format for the intercontinental playoffs on Friday to be single-leg games at a neutral venue.

2022 FIFA World Cup: One year from the tournament, clock ticks ever louder for Qatar
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2022 FIFA World Cup: One year from the tournament, clock ticks ever louder for Qatar

Qatar has faced constant criticism of the working conditions of its hundreds of thousands of migrant labourers, including those who built the World Cup stadiums.

Lionel Messi says thought of retiring after next year's FIFA World Cup has not crossed his mind
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Lionel Messi says thought of retiring after next year's FIFA World Cup has not crossed his mind

The six-time Ballon D'Or winner will be 35 by the time the World Cup — a trophy that has eluded him through his stellar career — comes round in Qatar next year.

'Dead in its tracks': FIFPro chief convinced of biennial FIFA World Cups not happening
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'Dead in its tracks': FIFPro chief convinced of biennial FIFA World Cups not happening

FIFA will hold a summit in December with president Gianni Infantino still hoping to find consensus on plans to stage the men's tournament more often than the current four-year cycle.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Al-Thumama Stadium opens, hosts Emir Cup
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Al-Thumama Stadium opens, hosts Emir Cup

In addition to Al-Thumama, Qatar has so far inaugurated new-build Ahmad Bin Ali, Al-Janoub and Education City stadiums alongside the refurbished Khalifa ground.

Neymar's Brazil teammates urge him to keep playing past 2022 World Cup
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Neymar's Brazil teammates urge him to keep playing past 2022 World Cup

Neymar said in an interview aired this week that he doesn't know whether he will be able "mentally to endure" more international football after the 2022 World Cup

Brazil superstar Neymar says next year’s FIFA World Cup could be last of his career
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Brazil superstar Neymar says next year’s FIFA World Cup could be last of his career

The comments by the 29-year-old striker were made in the documentary Neymar & The Line Of Kings produced by DAZN. An excerpt was published on the channel's Twitter feed on Sunday.

Afghanistan female footballers reach Pakistan after evading Taliban
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Afghanistan female footballers reach Pakistan after evading Taliban

The group of junior players and their coaches and families had tried to escape the country last month but a devastating bomb attack at Kabul airport left them stranded, someone close to the team told AFP.

Sweden pull out of January training camp in Qatar citing concerns over migrant worker rights
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Sweden pull out of January training camp in Qatar citing concerns over migrant worker rights

The decision to withdraw came after discussions between the SVFF and Swedish domestic outfits late on Tuesday.