World Cup 2022

Essien secret is hard work and discipline

The secret to the glittering career of ex-Chelsea and Ghana legend Michael Essien has been revealed by one of his old teammates.

Derek Boateng who played alongside the powerhouse midfielder for their country at youth and senior levels he is not surprised by the fact the 34-year-old is still going strong playing in the Indonesian top flight side Persib Bandung.

World Cup 2022: No co-hosts

AFC president Mohamed Bin Hammam has quashed rumours of a co-hosted 2022 World Cup by declaring that only Qatar shall organise the matches as had been presented in the bid proposal by the Middle East state.

There have been reports in the media about discussions concerning a Gulf World Cup as Qatar as a nation is geographically small. But Bin Hammam has moved to deny such reports.


The next three FIFA World Cup tournaments will be televised by Al Jazeera Sports across the Middle East and North Africa after football’s world governing body struck a new deal with the satellite broadcaster to air the competitions in 2018 and 2022.

The move represents the first transmission rights package be settled by FIFA for the two events – to be hosted in Russia and Qatar respectively. Al Jazeera will also transmit live matches from the next World Cup finals, to be held in 2014 in Brazil, through an existing agreement.

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