Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022

“Dad cried!” – James Maddison calls for a World Cup for England

England arrived in Qatar, but James Maddison missed most of this morning’s practice while ex-manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was talking about his chances at the World Cup. He believes England are one of the favorites to lift the trophy this year and says Harry Kane needs to be in top shape for the Three Lions to have a chance.

Having taken England to the quarter-finals at Euro 2004 as well as the World Cup in 2002 and 2006, Eriksson believes England is up there with Brazil, Argentina, France and Germany as potential tournament winners: “I think this is one of those World Cups where you don’t know who will win. If you ask 100 experts, they will give different answers.”

Albicelestes beat the United Arab Emirates 5-0 in a friendly match against Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez and Juventus’ Angel Di Maria, as Lionel Messi warmed up by scoring his 91st international goal in Argentina’s first World Cup fixture against Saudi Arabia. . on the match sheet.

Follow the latest news and roster announcements from the 32 teams below:


Security in Qatar halts Danish server live ahead of World Cup

Qatar World Cup organizers have apologized after footage of a Danish camera crew “accidentally interrupted” livestream went viral.

While preparing a piece for the camera on Tuesday night, a group confronted Danish TV2 channel and ordered them to stop filming.

The High Committee of Delivery and Legacy, the local organizers of the tournament, has now issued a statement, acknowledging that the Danish team did indeed have the right permissions to shoot, and has issued an apology.

“The tournament organizers are aware of an incident where a Danish broadcast team was accidentally interrupted during a live broadcast at one of Qatar’s tourist destinations,” the statement said.

Michael Jones17 November 2022 14:09


Qatar World Cup ambassador says homosexuality is ‘mind damage’

As the Gulf state prepares to host the global tournament in less than two weeks, the Qatar World Cup ambassador told German television broadcaster ZDF that homosexuality is “mind damage”.

In an interview filmed in Doha that will be screened later on Tuesday, former Qatari international Khalid Salman addressed the issue of homosexuality, which is illegal in the conservative Muslim country.

Some football players expressed concerns about the rights of fans traveling to the event, particularly LGBT+ individuals and women, which rights organizations say Qatar’s law discriminates against.

The country expects more than one million visitors for the World Cup.

“They have to accept our rules here,” Salman said in an excerpt from the interview. “[Homosexuality] it is haram. you know haram [forbidden] mean?” he said.

Michael Jones17 November 2022 14:01


A political World Cup is nothing new

A complex question has a simple answer for Argentine striker Omar Larrosa, who took the field in the 1978 World Cup final. He is asked how the winner’s medal was exploited by the country’s brutal ruling junta. However, he’s one of the few to argue that.

“Nobody knew anything,” Larrosa says. Independent. We played for the people for the Argentina jersey.

“If the World Cup is approved by FIFA, if all federations are playing, I had to do my job. My job is football. Like a doctor or a journalist. you do your job FIFA ordered this World Cup, we played it.

“This is what I dedicated my life to. It was the best, because I was in the middle of the field and I could hear the whole audience supporting us, there were so many blue and white flags. The best, the best thing football has given me is to be the champion and lift the trophy.”

Michael Jones17 November 2022 13:53


Everything wrong with the Qatar World Cup

Of the many facts and figures circulating about Qatar’s problems, there is one fact that everything should focus on. It’s a shame that in 2022 a country hosted a World Cup, attracting millions of people from the world’s poorest countries, often under false pretenses, and then forcing them into what many call “modern slavery.”

And yet this is newly accepted. The World Cup continues as the end product of both an Orwellian and Kafkaesque structure. A large lower class of people operates in a state of autocratic surveillance amid a web of interconnected problems that make escape nearly impossible. “Everything is so intertwined,” says Michael Page of Human Rights Watch.

Many will point to similar problems in the west, but this is not a failure of a system. This is the system, global inequality has been brought to extremes. “Ultimately, these human rights abuses are not normal for a World Cup host,” says Minky Worden, also of Human Rights Watch.

Michael Jones17 November 2022 13:46


John Barnes: Banana peels aren’t equal for everyone

“In today’s Britain it is easy to forget that we are all children of our imperial past. I was born in Jamaica to a Jamaican mother and a Trinidadian father. Mine was a politically elite family – my father was a colonel in the British army and was educated at Sandhurst with the Queen Consort’s ex-husband, Andrew Parker Bowles.

“A quintessential child of the empire, a descendant of two former colonies, I was brought up with a Churchillian attitude towards England’s past. Black and Caribbean, I was raised to believe in the glory of an empire where the sun never sets.

“I grew up with an intimate understanding of racial hierarchy, moving to the UK from Jamaica at the age of 12. My World was one of the John Wayne movies on one side and Tarzan on the other. The uncivilized (and often naked) African savage was constantly appearing in the background of my cultural consciousness…”

Michael Jones17 November 2022 13:40


Fantasy World Cup: Top 30 players to choose for your team

From now until Boxing Day, Premier League and Fantasy Premier League fans will have to wait for their time and wait for the local action to return – but instead, the sport’s biggest stage has its own equivalent.

The 2022 World Cup kicks off in Qatar on Sunday, and the official World Cup Fantasy (WCF) game offers fans the chance to connect some world stars from other leagues with this season’s FPL team favorites if they wish.

Below, we’ve identified 30 players that need serious consideration, based on how you plan to build your team and your own predictions for the group stage and beyond.

Michael Jones17 November 2022 13:30


Ghana beat Switzerland in World Cup warm-ups

Ghana conceded two goals in four second half minutes to secure Switzerland with a convincing 2-0 win in the 2022 World Cup prep match held in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Defender Mohammed Salisu escaped a stalemate with a header coming from a poorly defended corner as Ghana took the lead after 70 minutes.

A stormy run from Kamaldeen Sulemana four minutes later was blocked by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer, but the ball was thrown for Antoine Semenyo to shoot home at close range.

Both countries were using the match to prepare for the opening match of the World Cup in Qatar.

Michael Jones17 November 2022 13:23


Cristiano Ronaldo ‘close’ to joining Man City before talk of change of mind with Sir Alex Ferguson

Before rejoining Manchester United 18 months ago, Cristiano Ronaldo announced that his current club would almost join his closest rivals, while also criticizing the young players’ practices and aspirations in the game.

Despite much fanfare about his return to Old Trafford at the time, things didn’t go too well for the 37-year-old who was sidelined this season by new manager Erik ten Hag.

And although he eventually stayed with the Red Devils for a second time, he had a conversation with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson instead, who reportedly made a move to Manchester City to make it happen.

“Honestly, it was close,” he said in an interview with Piers Morgan. “As you know, my background at Manchester United, your heart, how you feel before makes a difference. And of course Sir Alex Ferguson.”

Michael Jones17 November 2022 13:15


Luiz Felipe Scolari interview: ‘If Brazil could play Germany again, I wouldn’t change anything’

Luiz Felipe Scolari says it won’t change anything about the night he entered World Cup folklore. Watching from the touchline in front of a barking fan at home as Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 semi-finals. Selecao The boss was helpless to stop the whirlpool of chaos ahead of him.

Scolari had led Brazil to World Cup glory 12 years ago when a star-studded team like Ronaldo, Cafu and Ronaldinho beat the same rival 2-0 to lift the famous gold trophy in Japan. But what’s more striking is his image as the captain of a sinking ship, standing on the edge of his technical area in Belo Horizonte, with Germany’s forwards blowing a torrent into his team’s nose.

This is a moment that must have played out a thousand times in the mind of the former Brazilian boss. Thoughts on how he’d do things differently if he had time to repeat – or so you think.

Michael Jones17 November 2022 13:08


Who are England’s best penalty shooters? Shootout records and prediction order for the World Cup

Remember the last time England learned to take penalty shootouts on the eve of a major international tournament? They finally won a World Cup – beating Colombia in the last 16 in 2018 – and another in the Nations League a year later. Not only that, they had overcome this long-standing suspension thanks to the man responsible for the most painful penalty miss in English football history.

Correction: The most painful penalty miss in English football history so far. If Gareth Southgate’s failure to return from the spot in a European Championship semi-final in 1996 prolonged years of pain, then Bukayo Saka’s miss in the final last year was perhaps their most heartbreaking moment – especially for such a young player, especially 55 years later. very close to winning the first major tournament.

Southgate had been successful in combat thanks to an approach based on practice, planning and research, but losing to Italy reminded us that this was neither a pure game of skill nor a pure game of chance. You need both. And if Marcus Rashford’s point kick had been a few inches from the right, had he put England up 3-2, that night could have gone differently.

Michael Jones17 November 2022 13:00