WC 2022 COUNTDOWN: USA MAKE RETURN WITH TALENTED YOUNG SQUAD

After losing 2-1 to Belgium in the Round of 16 of Brazil 2014 World Cup, the United States men’s soccer national team are back to the biggest stage of football. Missing the 2018 World Cup, as shocking as it was, offered the USMNT the chance to rebuild their team, strengthening it ahead of Qatar 2022.

In the rebuilding process, it phased out veterans like Tim Howard, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore with a number of youngsters brought in to beef up the squad. While the USMNT are no strangers to the knockout stages of the World Cup, they have a poor record of having won only one of their five appearances at the stage

FORMER FIFA WORLD CUP WINNERS WHO HAVE ALSO PLAYED FOR RANGERS

As Rangers battle on the club footballing front, there are plenty of eyes already on the unconventional winter FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022. Ordinarily the tournament is played during the summer months in Europe but this time around the legendary tournament will take place in the cooler winter of the Middle East.

This time around there are five Rangers players lined up to go to the tournament in Qatar, but here we are looking back on the ex-Rangers players who have a FIFA World Cup winners’ medal. There are three players who have won the World Cup and also played for Rangers, but it’s interesting to note that no player has ever won the tournament whilst turning out as an Ibrox star.

FATH AL KHAIR 5 INTRODUCES HERITAGE, PROMOTES QATAR WORLD CUP 2022

Doha: They are seventeen Qatari sailors, led by Al Nokhadha Muhammad Al Sada. They spread their sails to the wind, and launched the Fath Al Khair 5 cruise that links the past with the bright present.

Their journey, which lasts for a month and a half, set off on the fourth of last July from the port of Grand Hyper Marine in Malta, and will go through ports in Italy, France and Spain to introduce the authentic Qatari maritime heritage and promote the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and within the framework of Katara’s strategy of documenting the relationship of generations to their glorious past through sea voyages that were at the heart of the lives of parents and grandparents and their source of livelihood in the era of pearl diving.

FIFA CONSIDERING HUGE CHANGE TO 2026 WORLD CUP FORMAT

FIFA are looking at a change in format to the World Cup in 2026, with too many problems in their current plan for the first 48 team tournament. Whilst it's still difficult to get over the fact that this year's World Cup will be held in the winter, and fans won't be able to drink beer in stadiums, there's another thing to get our heads round in four years time. USA, Mexico and Canada will be hosting the tournament after Qatar, and it'll be a hugely expanded tournament, adding another 14 teams to this year's competition.

More teams means a change in format to the current eight groups of four, with the top two going through, which seems like the perfect system in many ways. Initially the 2026 World Cup was expected to be made up of 16 groups of three teams, with the top two still going through, but this time to a last 32, instead of 16. However, it came with the issue that the final group game could see teams play out for draws in order to both go through, still possible in groups of four but not as likely

TWO W/CUP SPOTS UP FOR GRABS

There are only two World Cup 2022 spots up for grabs for five teams namely Australia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Peru, Costa Rica and New Zealand after Wales became team number 30 for the tournament. 32 teams will battle it out for the right to emerge as world champions at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar at the end of the year.


Wales became the latest team to qualify for the World Cup tournament in Qatar after beating Ukraine 1-0 at home. The Welsh team qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 64 years after the own goal from West Ham star AndriyYarmolenkoon 34 minutes was the difference between the two teams

QATAR: URUGUAY DRAWN WITH PORTUGAL, OTHERS

Two-time world champions Uruguay have been given a potential testing World Cup 2022 group after they were drawn alongside Portugal, Ghana and South Korea in Group H at the end of the draw which took place at the start of last month.


The Uruguayans have the enviable record of being the first nation to win the maiden FIFA World Cup tournament on home soil after they beat Argentina 4-2 in the final of the 1930 edition. They stunned hosts Brazil twenty years later to seal their second and last World Cup title till date. They were in danger of not qualifying for the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil ahead of their final four qualifiers in the South American region. In the end, they qualified as the third best team in the region after winning their last four qualifiers

BRAZIL START W/CUP QUEST AGAINST SERBIA

Brazil will start their quest to win a first World Cup title in two decades when they take on Serbia in Group G. The five-time world champions would be hoping to extend their record to six World Cup wins when hostilities begin at the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil.


The Brazilians qualified for the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar as the first team in the South American qualifiers. They still have an extra game to play against arch rivals Argentina, but they have already been crowned winners of the South American qualifiers. Brazil have a six-point lead over Argentina ahead of the game which should take place later this year. It was initially scheduled for September 2021 and they had played a few minutes before it was disrupted by Brazilian authorities and subsequently postponed.

BRAZIL START W/CUP QUEST AGAINST SERBIA

Brazil will start their quest to win a first World Cup title in two decades when they take on Serbia in Group G. The five-time world champions would be hoping to extend their record to six World Cup wins when hostilities begin at the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil.


The Brazilians qualified for the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar as the first team in the South American qualifiers. They still have an extra game to play against arch rivals Argentina, but they have already been crowned winners of the South American qualifiers. Brazil have a six-point lead over Argentina ahead of the game which should take place later this year. It was initially scheduled for September 2021 and they had played a few minutes before it was disrupted by Brazilian authorities and subsequently postponed.

DATE ANNOUNCED FOR RELEASE OF FIFA 23

A lot of people have been looking for information about the highly anticipated FIFA 23, its release date, and other details. Football fans across the globe have been looking forward to the release of EA Sport's latest FIFA and they have been making preparations ahead of time already. With the latest team sheets, updated player ratings, and graphics to blow your shin-pads off, we can’t wait for the FIFA 23 release date to arrive.


Details on FIFA 23 are a little light right now – but EA Sports doesn’t change the formula much when it comes to their yearly FIFA releases. That means players can expect to jump into Pro Clubs with their mates, take their favourite club to the next level in Career Mode, and grind for glory in FIFA Ultimate Team. With the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicking off in November, FIFA 23 should also see the inclusion of this legendary tournament – just like the Russia World Cup’s addition to FIFA 18.

MANE VS SALAH: PART II

Even before the AFCON final that pitched two of the biggest star players against each other, we already knew that these two Liverpool giants would be squaring up. Sunday’s final saw Mane’s Senegal come up victories in a penalty shoot-out that had everything in store for the neutrals.

Mane was seen after full time consoling his Liverpool teammate after the player could not hold the tears in his eyes. Mohammad Salah has lost two Nations Cup finals, and he would be keen to cement his legacy with the Egyptian side before he retires. For Mane, this was his nation’s first AFCON title in their history and the celebration in Senegal after the match shows how much it meant to the country.

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