Diplomatic victory for Qatar after FIFA World Cup 2022 success

Qatar fought a “culture war”, corruption claims and accusations over rights abuses in hosting the FIFA World Cup but experts say the Gulf state has reinforced its image everywhere except … Read More

Tennis and football at highest risk of match-fixing: US sports corruption expert

A US sports corruption expert said Thursday that football ranks alongside tennis in terms of the risk of match-fixing, calling for new “integrity” systems to tackle the problem. Lisa Kihl, … Read More

Van Gaal takes on media in spat over tactics ahead of FIFA World Cup quarterfinal against Argentina

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal went on the offensive on Thursday, defending his tactics, reputation and past history as he sparred with reporters in another bellicose performance ahead of his … Read More

FIFA World Cup fans find booze at hotels, Qatar’s lone liquor store

In a dusty neighbourhood on the outskirts of Qatar’s capital, guards stand duty at a gated compound ringed with razor wire, carefully checking passports and permits before allowing anyone inside. … Read More

Five-sub rule means ‘higher quality football’ in Qatar, says FIFA expert

Former AC Milan and Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni said on Wednesday the implementation of the five-substitute rule has “changed the game”, leading to higher quality matches at the FIFA World … Read More

FIFA World Cup: Qatar knocked out, becomes the earliest host to be eliminated

Qatar on Friday became the earliest host nation ever to be knocked out from the FIFA World Cup, after going down 3-1 against Senegal in its second Group A match. … Read More

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