Covid-19 has shaken the world and everything is in chaos. The economy of the world is affected and many countries have lost thousands of lives to the pandemic. Sports all over the world have come to halt and not only it has affected the present activity of sports but also the future activities have been put in halt. There are many speculations regarding the FIFA World Cup 2022 and the latest one is about the qualifiers to the World Cup.
June 30, 2002 Ronaldo led Brazil to their fifth trophy in world Cup history. That was the last time the Selecao have won the trophy. Their longest run in the competition since then has been a semi final berth on home soil. That semi final will be remembered as a dark day in the history of Brazilian football.
Gianni Infantino, the President of FIFA has praised the readiness that Qatar has shown for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He said that Qatar has an unparalleled level of preparedness which has been seen in the entire history of the World Cup tournament. He is really very happy to see what they have done for the World Cup dedicated to the clubs. The preparations for the 2022 tournament are on full swing and he believes that they will do a great job here too. He is currently attending the FIFA World Cup Club.
According to Infantino, the Club World Cup is a major test for some of the elements that are important for the main tournament as well. But it is the truth that the level of eagerness is there among all which must be witnessed and highly praised. He stated that he has been organizing such a big tournament for the last20 years, but he has never seen a country that is hosting it in a great position to deliver all the infrastructure work that is required almost two years before the event starts.
India head coach Igor Stimac has said that the Blue Tigers won’t underestimate Bangladesh ahead of the World Cup qualifying game in Kolkata. India have accumulated just one point from the opening two matches but they should go into the game with confidence after holding Asian champions Qatar to a 0-0 draw last month.
New Uganda coach Johnny McKinstry has revealed that his aim is to qualify the Cranes for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Speaking to reporters after he was unveiled on Monday, the Northern Irishman expressed his delight in taking the post.
Oman manager Erwin Koeman claimed that he was pleased to see his team get a 2-1 victory over India in the first World Cup 2022 qualifying game. It was a difficult test for Oman considering that they were playing away from home against a team that has been showing a lot of improvements under a new management. Things turned out to be bad for Oman at the start of the game, as Sunil Chhetri came up with the opening goal inside 30 minutes. This gave the impetus for India to be on the front foot and the almost held out for a victory.
Rabia Alawi Al Mandhar was able to come up with the equaliser with eight minutes of normal time left, while he completed the comeback in injury time. This led to a stunning silence on the part of India supporters, who almost saw their team get a positive start to the campaign. As it stands,Omanwere able to build on the recent form and get more success. The upcoming match in September forOman is a friendly against Lebanon and this match may be used as a preparation by Koeman for the upcoming game against Afghanistan in October.Omanare up against Afghanistan and Qatar in October.
Legendary Italian footballer Daniele de Rossi has said that he has no plans of retiring from the game after not being offered a new contract at AS Roma. The 35-year-old has made over 600 appearances for the Giallorossi in the past 18 years and he is not prepared to hang up his boots to take up a director’s role at the club.
Speaking to Mediaset, De Rossi revealed that he was aware of the club’s decision in advance but preferred to keep things in private, given the club’s ongoing pursuit of Champions League football, he said: “I realised the decision the club were going to take regarding myself. I'm almost 36 and I know how football is, but I didn't want to distract from our European race.”
Mexico international Javier Hernandez has refused to get carried away after El Tri picked up wins in the first two friendly games under Gerardo Martino. The North America nation endured another difficult World Cup campaign where they were eliminate at the round of 16 stage, and they have since recruited Martino at the helm with Juan Carlos Osorio stepping down from the role.
Speaking to Univision Deportes, Hernandez said that the fans should not make any conclusions from the recent friendly triumphs over Chile and Paraguay. He added that the important task remains to qualify for the 2022 World Cup with the objective of putting in a strong performance, he said: "There's still much to do to make conclusions, they should be [made] when we have the ticket [for the World Cup. If we qualify, we'll be judged on the [whole] cycle. It's not how it begins, but how it ends."
England international Harry Kane is pleased that the Three Lions are now expected to perform at a high level following their progress at the World Cup and the Nations League last year. The Three Lions grabbed the attention of the country’s faithful after reaching the last four of the 2018 World Cup and they have continued with the same momentum to seal their berth in the semi-final stage of the Nations League.
Speaking to reporters, Three Lions captain Kane said that he is pleased that the supporters expect them to do well on the big stage which was not the case before the World Cup in Russia. He added to highlight the team’s showing in the Nations League where they stand a good chance of securing their first silverware since the 1966 World Cup success.
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is three years from now and there have been a few changes in the coaching departments for a few national teams ahead of the qualifiers. The latest country to hire a new handler is South American nation Paraguay.
The Paraguay Football Association revealed on Monday that it had appointed former Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo as the new coach of the National team. Berizzo takes charge of the team after the departure of Juan Carlos Osorio who left after spending just five months with the National team.
Berizzo is primarily tasked with qualifying the country for the 2022 World Cup Finals with the qualifiers scheduled to begin at the later part of the year.