Qatar announces completion of seventh tournament-ready venue for the FIFA World Cup 2022™
Doha: Stadium 974 has been officially unveiled and will host its first match on November 30 when the United Arab Emirates and Syria go head-to-head on the opening day of the FIFA Arab Cup™.
Stadium 974 is the seventh tournament venue to be completed by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and follows Khalifa International, Al Janoub, Education City, Ahmad Bin Ali, Al Bayt and Al Thumama in being declared ready to host matches during the FIFA World Cup 2022™, which will kick off on November 21 next year.
The venue – formerly known as Ras Abu Aboud – is made primarily from shipping containers and is located close to Doha Port, directly opposite the spectacular West Bay skyline. The innovative design means this is the first fully demountable stadium in FIFA World Cup™ history.
Draw date set for new-look FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ intercontinental playoffs
Zurich: The draw for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ intercontinental playoffs will be held in Zurich, Switzerland, on Friday, 26 November 2021.
The fixtures that will determine who plays who between the AFC, Concacaf, CONMEBOL and the OFC in the contest for the last two spots at football’s flagship global event will be decided after the European playoff draw, which will start at 17:00 CET. Both draws will be streamed live on FIFA.com for all territories.
Spectacular Al Thumama Stadium becomes sixth tournament-ready venue for Qatar 2022
Doha: Qatar’s latest FIFA World Cup™ tournament venue was unveiled on Friday night when Al Thumama Stadium hosted the Amir Cup Final between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd. The stunning venue – which was designed by Qatari architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah – was inaugurated in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of Qatar, as the country marked yet another milestone on the road to 2022.
The inauguration ceremony took place prior to the final and involved local schoolchildren celebrating the design of the stadium. On the pitch, Al Sadd won the final 5-4 on penalties after the match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes. It was a record 18th victory in the competition for the Wolves.
Xavi Hernandez and Laurent Blanc anticipate spectacular FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar
Doha: Two FIFA World Cup™ winners – Laurent Blanc, who lifted the trophy with France in 1998, and Xavi Hernandez, a champion with Spain in 2010 – are currently plying their trade as coaches in Qatar, which will host the next edition of international football’s showpiece event in 2022.
Ahead of the next major milestone on the road to Qatar 2022 – the inauguration of Al Thumama Stadium, the sixth World Cup-ready venue – Blanc and Xavi visited the stadium where they will face-off in the dugout.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: UAE's Van Marwijk remains optimistic, Hasek boosted by Lebanon's spirited performance
Dubai: Head coach Bert Van Marwijk was left to rue his team's result after United Arab Emirates opened their AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar Group A campaign with a draw against Lebanon on Thursday.
Despite playing at home, creating many scoring chances and dominating throughout the 90 minutes, UAE had to share the spoils with Lebanon after a 0-0 draw at the Zabeel Stadium.
The result means UAE are tied on one point with Iraq, Korea Republic and Lebanon with Islamic Republic of Iran the early leaders after defeating Syria 1-0.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Tot, Jahanbakhsh delighted with IR Iran’s win over Syria as others stumble
Tehran: Islamic Republic of Iran acting head coach Mario Tot and matchwinner Alireza Jahanbakhsh both revealed their delight at their side’s 1-0 win over Syria in their AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar clash at Azadi Stadium on Thursday.
With star striker Sardar Azmoun suspended and head coach Dragan Skočić unable to attend after returning a positive COVID-19 test, Team Melli did enough to continue a 48-year unbeaten run against the Qasioun Eagles, with Jahanbakhsh’s 56th-minute goal proving decisive.
It was a win made all the more valuable by results elsewhere in Group A, with Korea Republic held to a goalless draw by Iraq before United Arab Emirates and Lebanon also failed to find the net in the later match.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Renard expected Saudi Arabia to bounce back, Vietnam's Park rues red card
Riyadh: Head coach Herve Renard said he had expected his Saudi Arabia side to stage a comeback in their opening AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar 2022 Group B tie against Vietnam on Thursday.
The hosts found themselves trailing to a superb Nguyen Quang Hai strike in the third minute but second half goals from Salem Al Dawsari, Yasser Al Shahrani and Saleh Al Shehri - following Do Duy Manh's sending off in the 54th minute - ensured Saudi Arabia triumphed in front of their fans at the King Saud University Stadium.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Arnold pleased by sizzling Australia, China PR’s Li looks ahead
Doha: Australia boss Graham Arnold couldn’t hide his joy after watching his side surge to an emphatic 3-0 win over China PR in their AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar clash at Khalifa International Stadium on Thursday.
Tested by an energetic Chinese side in the early stages, Australia went ahead through winger Awer Mabil in the 26th minute and never looked back, with Martin Boyle adding a second just two minutes later but before substitute Mitch Duke rounded out a comprehensive win with a third goal after half-time.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Advocaat lauds hard-working Iraq after Korea Republic stalemate
Seoul: Iraq coach Dick Advocaat praised his players after the Lions of Mesopotamia shut-down Korea Republic's star-filled attack to secure a valuable point in their goalless AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar opener at Seoul World Stadium on Thursday.
In a contest in the Korea Republic capital that saw chances at a premium, the hosts dominated possesion but failed to carve out meaningful opportunities against the visitors' organised and doughty defence marshalled by an impressive display from captain and centre-back Ahmed Ibrahim.
The 73-year-old tactician Advocaat, taking the helm of Iraq for the first time, was delighted at the display from his charges, in particular the way they shut down the likes of Korea Republic's overseas-based attackers such as Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min, Bordeaux's Hwang Ui-jo and Lee Jae-sung of Mainz 05.