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2022 FIFA World Cup

48-team Qatar World Cup will be too long: Spanish legend Xavi Hernandez

Former Barcelona great Xavi, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, said 48 teams would not be the right option for 2022 tournament in Qatar. 

Mar 19, 2019, 12:40 PM IST

FIFA considering Oman, Kuwait as potential hosts for 2022 World Cup games: Reports

The World Cup will be expanded from 32 to 48 teams in 2026, but FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed bringing forward the enlarged format to 2022.

Mar 07, 2019, 14:07 PM IST

Most football associations support 48-team World Cup in Qatar, says FIFA chief

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt launched a diplomatic and trade boycott of Qatar in June 2017 that has complicated the prospect of sharing the tournament.

Jan 18, 2019, 13:04 PM IST

India next big market in football, want to capture it: Hassan Al Thawadi

Qatar will be the first Gulf nation to host football's showpiece. The first World Cup in Asia was jointly hosted by Japan and South Korea in 2002.

Nov 08, 2017, 22:14 PM IST

Arab nations cut ties with Qatar in new Mideast crisis

Saudi Arabia and other Arab powers severed diplomatic ties on Monday with Qatar and moved to isolate the energy-rich nation that is home to a major US military base, accusing it of supporting terrorist groups and backing Iran.

Jun 06, 2017, 00:10 AM IST

Gulf diplomatic crisis could hit 2022 Qatar World Cup

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen were among those to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on the grounds that Doha supported extremist groups "that aim to destabilise the region".

Jun 05, 2017, 20:07 PM IST

2022 FIFA World Cup: Qatar to officially unveil air-conditioned stadium on Friday

The Khalifa International Stadium -- complete with the much-talked-about cooling technology that was central to Qatar's controversial bid for the World Cup -- will host the country's biggest domestic cup competition, The Emir Cup final.

May 18, 2017, 23:02 PM IST

India extend support to Qatar for hosting 2022 FIFA World Cup

With India hosting the U-17 World Cup later this year, Patel said the country will look to work with Qatar to make Asia a force to reckon with in world football.

May 11, 2017, 20:32 PM IST

FIFA seeks ban for Qatar, Asian FC officials for refusing to cooperate with inquiry

He is also head of the organising committee for the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Aug 26, 2016, 20:12 PM IST

11 dead in Qatar labour camp fire

A vast number of migrant labourers work in Qatar on numerous infrastructure projects.

Jun 03, 2016, 03:41 AM IST

FIFA chief sees no problems in holding 2022 World Cup in Qatar in winter

An initiative of switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from summer to November-December period was initially proposed two years ago by former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Apr 20, 2016, 19:09 PM IST

FIFA scandal: You cannot buy a World Cup, says Sepp Blatter

The Swiss football administrator has once again claimed that he is innocent as he awaits the judgement of a corruption appeal against his eight-year ban from the sport.

Feb 20, 2016, 17:25 PM IST

FIFA Ethics Committee sanctions German great Franz Beckenbauer

FIFA is investigating the awarding of World Cups as soccer`s governing body faces the biggest graft scandal in its history.

Feb 17, 2016, 23:20 PM IST

'Whistleblower' helps Swiss investigation against FIFA's Sepp Blatter

Swiss prosecutors last year opened a criminal investigation of individuals on suspicion of mismanagement and money laundering related to allocation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

Jan 29, 2016, 00:30 AM IST

Labour abuse still 'rampant' in Qatar five years after world cup bid: Rights group

Qatar denies exploiting workers and says it has implemented labour reforms.

Dec 01, 2015, 11:11 AM IST

2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be beautiful: Xavi Hernandez

Spanish football icon Xavi Hernandez, ex-Barcelona star and currently at Qatari club Al Sadd, believes that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be "comfortable, beautiful and attractive for both the fans and players".

Oct 08, 2015, 14:20 PM IST

FIFA team targets match-fixing, 'many' cases of corruption: Source

FIFA`s independent ethics committee is probing "many" cases of suspected corruption, is accelerating its investigations and expects life bans for all but minor offences, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Aug 21, 2015, 21:31 PM IST

FIFA scandal: Arab League slams `hateful campaign` against Qatar

The Arab League on Sunday condemned what it called the "hateful campaign" against Qatar`s controversial hosting of the 2022 World Cup, amid a corruption scandal rocking football`s governing body FIFA.

Jun 21, 2015, 20:04 PM IST

Gulf states attack `hateful campaign` against Qatar

Foreign ministers from the Gulf states on Thursday hit out at the "hateful campaign" directed against Qatar`s controversial hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

Jun 11, 2015, 23:28 PM IST

Qatar reveals design for fifth 2022 World Cup stadium

Officials in Qatar on Wednesday unveiled the design for the fifth stadium to host matches during the football World Cup in 2022.

Apr 23, 2015, 11:50 AM IST