FIFA, QATAR PREPARE BEER POLICY FOR FOOTBALL FANS AT 2022 WORLD CUP

Beer with alcohol is expected to be sold at World Cup stadiums in Qatar but fans may be allowed to take only non-alcoholic drinks to their seats. FIFA and Qatari organizers are still working on plans to serve all fans who want to drink at games when the tournament starts in November in the Muslim-majority country. Hospitality packages offering premium beverages at stadiums have been sold since February 2021 but a policy for most fans at the eight venues and long-time World Cup sponsor Budweiser still needs to be finalized less than five months before the tournament.

The favored option is serving beer with alcohol in stadium compounds before and after games and allowing fans to take non-alcoholic Budweiser Zero to their seats. We will be confirming and making things official in due course, FIFA said on Friday in a statement. FIFA said designs are still being looked into of possible branding for drinking containers fans would hold in areas that will be broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers. The 2022 World Cup is the first in the tournament's 92-year history to be played in a Muslim country with such strict social taboos around alcohol.

WALES FINALLY END WORLD CUP WAIT

Wales will make a return to the World Cup stage in Qatar at the end of this year after they qualified by beating Ukraine in the playoffs. The Welsh team would be at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar after seeing off Austria and Ukraine in their playoff path. Wales have qualified for the World Cup tournament for the first time in over six decades.


The Welsh team qualified for the European playoffs ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament after finishing second behind Belgium in their group. They were then drawn with Austria, Ukraine and fellow Home Nations Scotland in path A of the World Cup 2022 playoffs in the European section. Wales got Austria in the one of the semifinals, while Scotland and Ukraine were drawn together in the other semifinal.

QATAR 2022: GERMANY HANDED TRICKY GROUP

Immediate past world champions Germany have been handed a tricky group after the draw for the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar was held on the first day of last month. The Germans won the World Cup title for the fourth time in their history at the 2014 edition in Brazil to draw level with Italy and move one behind Brazil who have won the most World Cup tournaments. The Brazilians have won five World Cup titles, but they have not been able to add to the five titles since beating Germany 2-0 in the 2002 World Cup final to win their fifth title.


For the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil, five-time winners Germany have been drawn in the same group alongside fellow former winners Spain, Asian nation Japan and the winner of the inter-confederation playoffs between New Zealand and Costa Rica. The Germans are in Group E for the World Cup 2022 tournament

SAKA, XHAKA FIRE ARSENAL TO VICTORY

Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka were prominent as Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-1 at home to boost their top-four hopes at the end of this season. Both Saka and Xhaka found the back of the net as they help fire the Gunners to an important win in the Premier League as they try to reach their target of a top-four spot at the end of the season.


Arsenal made a bright start when controversial Portuguese fullback Nuno Tavares scored for the home team inside three minutes after Saka capitalised on the uncertain defending from the Manchester United duo of Alex Telles and Raphael Varane to get his shot away with David De Gea saving it in the United goal before Tavares scored the rebound from close range.

EX-LIVERPOOL PLAYER TAKES CHARGE OF CAMEROON TEAM

At the recent Africa Cup of Nations, the Portuguese coach led Cameroon to the bronze medal on home soil in the continental finals. He also ensured Cameroon maintain a chance to progress to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, but those feats were not enough to keep him at the helm of the West African nation after the authorities revealed that Song would be appointed as the new manager.


Sports minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi said Cameroonian president Paul Biya has ordered the national football federation to give the job to ex-Liverpool defender Song. In a statement released by Kombi, on very high instructions from the President of the Republic, the coach of the men’s national football team, Mr Antonio Conceicao, has been replaced by Rigobert Song,

CANADA TAKES A MASSIVE WORLD CUP LEAP

The only time that the Canadian National team had been at the World Cup was far back in 1986. Then the World Cup was still a 24-team format competition, with the team failing to win a single game. Since then the nation has failed to secure qualification at the games which have been a huge cause of concern.

Things are about to change this time, as the team has almost sealed participation in the World Cup in Qatar. John Herdmen’s side has been the most impressive team in 2021, and they have are almost close to achieving the world cup qualification. There are three automatic places up for grabs in the CONCACAF standings with Canada currently in first place. Canada has already secured a fourth-place finish, with the fourth-place team facing the winners in Oceania in a single qualifying game.

MORENO, NEYMAR TOP GOALSCORERS' LIST

Bolivia marksman Marcelo Moreno and Brazilian star Neymar are at the top of the list of goalscorers in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers as far as the South American region is concerned.

Moreno has been in very good form for Bolivia who are surprisingly still in contention to bag a spot in Qatar later this year. The Bolivians are in eighth position on the South American standings ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament after recording 15 points from 14 games, but significantly, they are two points off fifth-placed Peru who occupy the inter-confederation playoffs spot and also two points off Colombia in fourth place which is the last automatic spot for the teams in South America.

TURKEY W/CUP PLAYOFF OPPONENTSREVEALED

Turkey have their sights set on the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar, but they have to go through a difficult playoff route to achieve it. The Turkish team will have to go through the playoffs if they want to qualify as one of the 32 teams for the World Cup 2022 tournament.

At the end of the first round qualifiers for the World Cup 2022 tournament in the European section, Turkey finished second behind the Netherlands in their group. To this effect, Turkey sealed a playoff spot, while the Netherlands secured their passage to Qatar automatically as one of the ten group winners in the first round of the European qualifiers for the tournament.

MORENO LEADS SCORING CHART, NOT MESSI/NEYMAR

The Paris Saint Germain (PSG) duo of Lionel Messi and Neymar are widely regarded as the best two players in South America. However, the two PSG superstars are not the leader on the South American scoring chart for the World Cup 2022 qualifiers as that honour belongs to veteran Bolivia striker Marcelo Moreno.


Bolivia striker Moreno has scored eight goals in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers in the CONMEBOL region despite failing to score in the three games played last month. Moreno still leads the South American region for the most goals scored in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers after failing to score against Ecuador, Peru and Paraguay last month

ARGENTINA CLOSE GAP ON BRAZIL

Two-time world champions Argentina have moved within six points of leaders Brazil on the South American standings ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar after the dominant win over Uruguay. The Argentines led by the great Lionel Messi thrashed Uruguay at home to close the gap on arch rivals Brazil. When it comes to South American football, Brazil and Uruguay are the two major rivals for Argentina.


Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstar Lionel Messi scored the first Argentina goal as rivals Uruguay were beaten 3-0 by their hosts. Argentina had goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to thank for keeping the Uruguayans at bay in the first half hour. The Aston Villa shot stopper denied Uruguay a few times before Messi shot the home team into the lead on 38 minutes.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodrigo De Paul was one of the best players on the pitch and he was able to seal an impressive first half performance with a second Argentina goal just before the halftime break. The goal from ex-Udinese player De Paul came with a minute left on the clock and it was for his team to establish a two-goal lead at the interval.

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