World Cup 2022 LIVE: Qatar vs Ecuador and opening ceremony approach as controversial tournament draws near


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“Saman Ghoddos visibly considers his words, but he has clearly thought about what he is going to say. The Brentford forward does not want to stay silent on an issue of such importance. The stakes for Ghoddos, however, are much greater than just offering a statement on Qatar’s issues in the way most other World Cup players might.

“The 29-year-old knows he is going to be asked about the political strife in Iran, where the state security forces have killed hundreds in shutting down nationwide protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, who was beaten in police custody after allegedly breaking rules on mandatory head coverings. He has agreed to an interview because of it, though, and shows considerable courage with his comments.

“‘Everybody wants to see a change,’ Ghoddos says. ‘It’s a change that is very easy. What the people want is nothing special. It’s just freedom and I don’t want to say, ‘Yeah, go fight for it,’ because I don’t think violence is the right way. But something has to change and this has been going on for too long.’”

Interview with Iran and Brentford’s Ghoddos, by Miguel Delaney:

Saman Ghoddos on Iran, the World Cup and ‘playing for the people’

The Brentford forward heads to Qatar with his country with a worrying backdrop of political strife and protest back home

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In response to the reportedly incoming announcement that no alcohol will be sold on stadium sites at the Qatar World Cup – a move that marks a major, last-minute U-turn – official tournament sponsor Budweiser had this to say this morning…

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James Maddison was again the only player to train away from the main group on Friday as England continued to gear up for their World Cup opener.

The Three Lions kick off Group B against Iran on Monday (21 November), before facing the United States and neighbours Wales.

Maddison hopes to be fit for the start of the tournament after a positive scan on the knee complaint that saw him substituted in the first half of Leicester’s Premier League win at West Ham last weekend.

The midfielder came out for the pre-session huddle on Friday but worked away from the main group for the second straight day due to what the Football Association called load management.

More here:

James Maddison trains away from squad again as England continue Iran build-up

The Leicester playmaker has been struggling with a knee complaint.

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“Have England seen the best of Phil Foden? Even Foden himself does not think so. ‘Definitely not,’ he admits.

“There are reasons for that. ‘You have to learn to play with different players and what they like best – running behind or wanting balls to feet,’ he says, while taking a break from Al Wakrah’s temperatures in the mid-30s and sitting down in the vast, air-conditioned sports hall that forms part of England’s World Cup base camp. But there’s also a belief he has had ‘enough experience’ to know those little details by now.

“Widely regarded as the most naturally gifted English player of his generation, Foden is yet to consistently display his undoubted ability in an England shirt.”

Does the Qatar World Cup mark his time to finally do so? Here’s Mark Critchley with our final World Cup preview of this morning:

Foden ready to play central role as England’s secret World Cup winner

The Three Lions are set to face Iran in their Group B opener and the Man City star could prove key to success at the tournament in Qatar – having already steered the youth team to glory

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Here’s more on the expected announcement that no alcohol will be sold around stadium sites at the Qatar World Cup, in a last-minute U-turn:

The move comes just two days before the start of the World Cup, when hosts Qatar take on Ecuador in Doha.

Budweiser was contracted to sell alcoholic beer within the ticketed perimeter surrounding the eight World Cup venues, in a designated window three hours before each match and one hour afterwards.

The move by Qatari authorities follows last week’s decision to hide away stalls which sell alcohol from main thoroughfares, and leaves Fifa in a potentially compromised position with Budweiser’s parent company AB InBev, which sponsors the tournament to the tune of around £70m in exchange for exclusive rights to sell beer.

Full story:

Qatar World Cup to ban alcohol around stadiums in last-ditch U-turn

Budweiser’s parent company AB InBev pays Fifa for exclusive rights to sell beer at the World Cup

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Senegal star Sadio Mane has been ruled out of the World Cup after undergoing surgery for his leg injury, Bayern Munich and the Senegalese football federation said on Thursday.

Bayern said the 30-year-old Mane had an operation in Innsbruck, Austria late on Thursday to reattach a tendon to the head of his right fibula bone, treating an injury he sustained playing for Bayern in a Bundesliga game against Werder Bremen on 8 November.

“The FC Bayern forward will therefore no longer be available to play for Senegal at the World Cup and will begin his rehab in Munich in the next few days,” Bayern said.

Senegal team doctor Manuel Afonso earlier announced the end of Mane’s lingering hopes of playing at least some part in the World Cup.

“Unfortunately, today’s MRI shows us that the progress was not as favourable as we had hoped,” Afonso said. “The result is unfortunately us withdrawing Sadio from the World Cup.”

Sadio Mane underwent surgery on Thursday, ruling him out of the World Cup

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The moments that define a World Cup are not always entirely dictated by what happens on the pitch. The words used to describe the great goals can often stick with fans and enhance the memory further. Think Siphiwe Tshabalala’s iconic strike for hosts South Africa against Mexico in 2010. “Goal Bafana Bafana, goal for South Africa, goal for all Africa,” screamed Peter Drury.

Not only the immediate words or silence surrounding the goals, but the familiarity with those in the booth. The chemistry, anecdotes and jokes at the right time, all of which can be crucial to the enjoyment of a game, or get it wrong, run the risk of spoiling it.

During the Qatar World Cup, networks ITV and the BBC will compete to provide the best coverage of the tournament, with a number of England, Wales and international legends ready to provide World Cup insight.

Here’s all you need to know about the BBC and ITV’s commentators and pundits for the Qatar World Cup:

BBC vs ITV offers World Cup sub-plot after all-star casts unveiled

The networks will compete to provide the best coverage in Qatar, with a number of England, Wales and international legends ready to provide World Cup insight

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Breaking news: Qatar World Cup organisers are poised to announce that no alcohol will be sold around stadium sites in the tournament in a major last-minute U-turn.

The expected announcement comes two days before the kick-off of the Qatar World Cup, the first to be hosted in a Middle Eastern nation.

Major World Cup sponsor Budweiser was to sell alcoholic beer within the ticketed perimeter surrounding each of the eight stadiums three hours before and one hour after each game.

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Qatar World Cup to ban alcohol around stadiums in last-ditch U-turn

Qatar World Cup organisers are poised to announce that no alcohol will be sold around stadium sites in the tournament in a major late U-turn.

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Among last night’s international friendlies was Republic of Ireland vs Norway, with the latter emerging as 2-1 winners away from home.

Following the match, Ireland midfielder Alan Browne warned his side that they need to remember how not to lose if they are to prosper in their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, which begins with a game against France in March.

“We were on top, it’s about not losing the game,” Browne said. “We probably could have nicked it, but judging by the first-half performance, a draw probably would have been fair. We have to learn from that and if we’re not going to win, we’re not going to concede at the other end.”

While a number of teams in action last night will partake in the World Cup this month, Ireland and Norway will be absent, with both sides having failed to qualify.

As a result, Norway’s star striker Erling Haaland will have to wait for his first appearance at a world championship.

Alan Browne urges Republic of Ireland to learn from narrow defeat by Norway

Substitute Ohi Omoijuanfo fired Norway to victory five minutes from time

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The World Cup is here with the showpiece event jammed into the middle of the domestic season in Europe.

France, the world champions, defend their title after being hit with several key injuries, including N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Christopher Nkunku.

Brazil are the favourites, but Argentina’s unbeaten streak and victory over the Selecao in the Copa America final has built confidence in a crowning moment for Lionel Messi on the international stage.

Gareth Southgate will hope it’s England’s time, after heartache at Wembley in the Euro 2020 final against Italy, while Gareth Bale leads a Wales side determined to harness memories of Euro 2016 in their first mundial since 1958.

From top goalscorer and the players that will emerge as stars to the team that seizes glory, here are Indy Sport’s predictions for the spectacle in Qatar:

World Cup predictions: Winner, golden boot, breakout star and more

Indy Sport’s writers have made their selections for Qatar 2022

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