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Qatar appoint Queiroz as coach until 2026 World Cup

Qatar appoint Queiroz as coach until 2026 World Cup

QATAR has appointed Portuguese Carlos Queiroz as manager until the end of the 2026 World Cup, the country's football association (QFA) said. The 69-year-old managed Iran at last year's finals in Qatar but left after the team's group-stage elimination. Queiroz replaces Spaniard Felix Sanchez, who led Qatar through their ill-fated World Cup campaign, in which the hosts lost all three of their group matches and only scored once. "Today, Monday, the Qatar Football Association officially decided to appoint Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz as coach of our first national team until 2026," the QFA said. "Queiroz has a rich biography, great knowledge…
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Messi or Ronaldo? Football’s hottest debate rages on in Qatar

Messi or Ronaldo? Football’s hottest debate rages on in Qatar

PHILIP O'CONNOR IT may have been a rest day at the World Cup on Thursday but there was no stopping the football discussion that never ends - who is the better player, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? With no games in the Qatari capital for the second straight day, fans streamed to the Souk Waqif to shop and see the sights, and the decade-long debate about who is the GOAT - the "greatest of all time" - continued in the cafes and restaurants. Fans of Argentina, who meet the Netherlands in their World Cup quarter-final on Friday, and Portugal, who…
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World cup 2022: Match facts on Ghana and Cameroon as they represent Africa in Qatar today

World cup 2022: Match facts on Ghana and Cameroon as they represent Africa in Qatar today

JOEL OMOTO FOR BIRD STORY AGENCY THE focus shifts to Group G and H, where Ghana’s Black Stars will start their campaign against Portugal at the Lusail Stadium while Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions will take on Switzerland at the Al Janoub Stadium. Ghana World Cup pedigree: This is Ghana’s fourth World Cup after making their debut in 2006 and competing again at the 2010 and 2014 tournaments. Best performance: The Black Stars reached the quarter-final of the 2010 edition in South Africa. It ended heartbreakingly when Asamoah Gyan missed an extra-time penalty that could have seen them become the first African…
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Qatar have point to prove against Senegal says coach Sanchez

Qatar have point to prove against Senegal says coach Sanchez

SHADY AMIR QATAR wants to prove they can compete at the highest level when they face Senegal, coach Felix Sanchez said on the eve of a clash that may thwart their World Cup hopes. The Asian champions are hoping to avoid becoming only the second hosts to be eliminated in the first round at the finals after South Africa in 2010. Qatar lost 2-0 to Ecuador in the opening game of the tournament after a disappointing performance, causing many fans to leave the stadium 20 minutes before the end. "Hopefully we can play freely and without pressure and be better…
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Soccer Qatar’s Bedouin roots star in World Cup opening ceremony

Soccer Qatar’s Bedouin roots star in World Cup opening ceremony

ANDREW MILLS QATAR'S Bedouin roots, embodied in a tent-shaped stadium, were on display as the country's emir opened the World Cup at a ceremony during which he kissed his father's hand and welcomed the world to soccer's biggest event, the first time it has been staged in the Middle East. "From Qatar, from the Arab world, I welcome everyone to the World Cup 2022," Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said. "How lovely it is that people can put aside what divides them to celebrate their diversity and what brings them together." Then, fireworks exploded from the roof of Al Bayt stadium,…
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Ghana double sees off Swiss in World Cup warm-up

Ghana double sees off Swiss in World Cup warm-up

GHANA scored twice in the space of four second-half minutes to secure a convincing 2-0 win over Switzerland in their World Cup warm-up friendly in Abu Dhabi. Defender Mohammed Salisu broke the deadlock with a looping header from a poorly defended corner as Ghana took a 70th-minute lead. A storming run from Kamaldeen Sulemana four minutes later was blocked by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer but the ball popped up for Antoine Semenyo to fire home from close range. Both countries were using the match to prepare for their opening game at the World Cup in Qatar. Ghana takes on Portugal…
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World Cup 2022: Senegal and Cameroon carry Africa’s best hopes

World Cup 2022: Senegal and Cameroon carry Africa’s best hopes

THE men’s Fifa World Cup kicks off on 20 November in Qatar. Africa is allocated five spots in the month-long final stage of this elite competition, held every four years. Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia secured their places after a preliminary knockout phase followed by a four-team round-robin competition. Once again, many pundits are wondering if an African team can win it all at this unconventionally scheduled World Cup (it’s usually held mid-year). No African team has ever qualified for the semi-finals. Only Senegal, Cameroon and Ghana have reached the quarter-final stage before. Author WYCLIFFE W. NJORORAI SIMIYU, Professor,…
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World Cup 2022 betting odds: which team are favourites to win?

World Cup 2022 betting odds: which team are favourites to win?

Following are the betting odds for the winners of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the top goalscorer at the tournament, which will be held in Qatar from November 20-December 18. WILLIAM HILL Winners: * Brazil - 4/1 * Argentina - 5/1 * France - 13/2 * England - 7/1 * Spain - 8/1 Top goalscorer: * Harry Kane (England) - 8/1 * Kylian Mbappe (France) - 9/1 * Karim Benzema (France) - 10/1 * Neymar (Brazil) - 12/1 * Lionel Messi (Argentina) - 12/1 BET365 Winners: * Brazil - 15/4 * Argentina - 11/2 * France - 13/2 *…
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No major surprises in Tunisia’s World Cup squad

No major surprises in Tunisia’s World Cup squad

TUNISIA has dropped the French-based winger Saif-Eddine Khaoui for the World Cup but coach Jalel Kadri made no other major changes in naming his 26-man selection. Khaoui was chosen in the squad that competed at the World Cup in Russia four years ago and, although infrequently played for Tunisia since, had been expected to be included given his form in Ligue 1 for his club Clermont. A total of 10 players survive from the squad that competed at the last World Cup, where Tunisia were beaten by both Belgium and England but did win their last group game against Panama. Veteran goalkeeper…
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World Cup-bound Kuol ‘lethal’, says Mariners coach Montgomery

World Cup-bound Kuol ‘lethal’, says Mariners coach Montgomery

CENTRAL Coast Mariners coach Nick Montgomery labelled Australia's World Cup-bound teenager Garang Kuol "lethal" as the forward signed off from A-League action with a brace from the bench against Macarthur FC. The 18-year-old, the youngest member of the Socceroos squad heading to Qatar, scored twice to pull the 10-man Mariners level against Dwight Yorke's team but a late goal from Jed Drew earned the Bulls a 3-2 win that moves them to fourth in the standings. But it was the performance of Kuol that was the key talking point as the youngster underlined once against why Australia coach Graham Arnold included…
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