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Postponement of World Cup qualifier match at Kolkata left us heartbroken, says Afghanistan's Zohib Islam Amiri
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Postponement of World Cup qualifier match at Kolkata left us heartbroken, says Afghanistan's Zohib Islam Amiri

The Afghanistan team is heartbroken after the coronavirus-forced lockdown deprived it of an opportunity to soak in Kolkata's football atmosphere during its scheduled return-leg FIFA World Cup Qualifier, says the country's former captain Zohib Islam Amiri.

Roberto Martinez to stay Belgium coach till 2022 FIFA World Cup after reports of contract extension emerge
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Roberto Martinez to stay Belgium coach till 2022 FIFA World Cup after reports of contract extension emerge

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has extended his contract through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, ending weeks of speculation about a new deal, Belgian media reported on Saturday.

Top Swiss court rejects Attorney General Michael Lauber’s attempt to rejoin investigation into FIFA corruption
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Top Swiss court rejects Attorney General Michael Lauber’s attempt to rejoin investigation into FIFA corruption

In a verdict released on Thursday, the Federal Court upheld the Federal Criminal Court’s order in June that Lauber recuse himself from the federal prosecutors’ probe.

FIFA bribe allegations by US prosecutors raises more questions over Qatar World Cup in 2022
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FIFA bribe allegations by US prosecutors raises more questions over Qatar World Cup in 2022

According to the prosecutors, representatives working for Russia and Qatar bribed FIFA executive committee officials to swing votes in the crucial decision of world football’s governing body.

US prosecutors allege bribes paid to FIFA executive members in 2018, 2022 World Cup bid votes
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US prosecutors allege bribes paid to FIFA executive members in 2018, 2022 World Cup bid votes

The US investigation into corruption in the world of football, including FIFA executives, became public in 2015 with the announcement of criminal charges against a slew of officials and others.

FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Neymar back in Brazil squad after missing games last year due to thigh injury
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FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Neymar back in Brazil squad after missing games last year due to thigh injury

Neymar is back in Brazil's squad after a left thigh injury that sidelined him from the national team at the end of last year. Forwards Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo were, however, left out.

Russia barred from competing in 2022 FIFA World Cup under own flag, confirms World Anti-Doping Agency
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Russia barred from competing in 2022 FIFA World Cup under own flag, confirms World Anti-Doping Agency

WADA earlier on Monday banned Russia from the world’s top sporting events for four years, a period that includes the next summer and winter Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, for tampering with doping-related laboratory data.

FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Coach Igor Stimac says Pronay Halder's injury 'killed' India's chances against Oman
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FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Coach Igor Stimac says Pronay Halder's injury 'killed' India's chances against Oman

The lack of goals and defensive mid-fielder Pronay Halder's substitution due to a shoulder injury "killed" India in their FIFA World Cup qualifier against Oman, feels coach Igor Stimac.

FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Defensive chaos, misfiring forward line — Oman exposes India's oblivious approach
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FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Defensive chaos, misfiring forward line — Oman exposes India's oblivious approach

India host Qatar in March before playing Afghanistan and Bangladesh in June. Another draw against Qatar followed by victories against the two minnows would be enough to take them to the Asian Cup qualifying third round.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar to expand Hamad International Airport to handle 60 million passengers annually
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar to expand Hamad International Airport to handle 60 million passengers annually

Qatar has been under a land, air and sea embargo since June 2017 by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, as well as Egypt, over its alleged support of radical groups.

FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri says India's performance was no match to atmosphere at Salt Lake Stadium
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FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri says India's performance was no match to atmosphere at Salt Lake Stadium

India captain Sunil Chhetri on Wednesday said the team's underwhelming draw in the FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Bangladesh was no match to the electrifying atmosphere at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Sluggish India escape with a point in disappointing draw against Bangladesh
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FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Sluggish India escape with a point in disappointing draw against Bangladesh

Instead of building upon their morale-boosting performances against Oman and Qatar, India faltered against a side ranked 85 spots below them thereby seriously jeopardising their World Cup qualifying hopes.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuyan says team is ready to break hearts of India fans in Kolkata
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuyan says team is ready to break hearts of India fans in Kolkata

Bangladesh coach Jamie Day said that they lag behind India in terms of league structure and the facilities but are all pumped to put up a good fight against the hosts

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: India head coach Igor Stimac advises not to underestimate Bangladesh ahead of crucial clash
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: India head coach Igor Stimac advises not to underestimate Bangladesh ahead of crucial clash

India are yet to register their first win in the qualifiers as they witnessed a 1-2 defeat and a 0-0 draw in their first two matches against Oman and Qatar respectively. It was a massive achievement for the Blue Tigers to hold Asian Cup champions Qatar to a goalless draw.

FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: India still favourites despite Sandesh Jhingan's injury-forced absence, says Bangladesh coach
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FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: India still favourites despite Sandesh Jhingan's injury-forced absence, says Bangladesh coach

The injury-induced absence of Sandesh Jhingan may have hurt India's defence but Bangladesh head coach Jamie Day on Friday said the Sunil Chhetri-led side will still start overwhelming favourites in the upcoming World Cup qualifier.

NorthEast United FC goalkeeping coach Sandip Nandy says Gurpreet Singh Sandhu among top three in Asia, should pursue career in Japan's J-League
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NorthEast United FC goalkeeping coach Sandip Nandy says Gurpreet Singh Sandhu among top three in Asia, should pursue career in Japan's J-League

Nandy said that Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's performance in India's world cup qualifier match against Qatar was unthinkable where he made at least 10 saves to secure a goalless away draw

Disgraced Michel Platini plans comeback, gears up for legal fight after four-year FIFA ban ends
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Disgraced Michel Platini plans comeback, gears up for legal fight after four-year FIFA ban ends

Michel Platini, whose FIFA ban expired today, said he is keeping all options open, but pointed out that the next elections for top roles at FIFA, UEFA and the French football association are "some years ahead."

FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: India midfielder Ashique Kuruniyan says he treated Oman clash as the 'last game' of his life
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FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: India midfielder Ashique Kuruniyan says he treated Oman clash as the 'last game' of his life

Kuruniyan produced an impressive performance for the Blue Tigers against Oman, creating a number of chances with his speed.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar unveils 2022 World Cup logo around the globe in a ceremony that began at 20:22 local time
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar unveils 2022 World Cup logo around the globe in a ceremony that began at 20:22 local time

The design is a stylised Arabic white unisex shawl with maroon patterning, which is displayed in a figure-of-eight symbolising infinity while creating a heart shape above the words 'FIFA WORLD CUP Qatar 2022'.

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Brazil-born Elkeson expects more naturalised foreign players in China squad in future
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2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Brazil-born Elkeson expects more naturalised foreign players in China squad in future

He may be the first, but Brazil-born striker Elkeson believes he will not be the only foreign player to be naturalised during China’s attempt to secure World Cup qualification for the first time in almost two decades.