• UEFA preliminary draw for FIFA World Cup 2022™: seeded teams confirmed

    UEFA preliminary draw for FIFA World Cup 2022™: seeded teams confirmed
    Preliminary draw to be held in Zurich on 7 December at 18:00 CET
    Belgium top seeds in Pot 1
    13 out of 55 UEFA member associations to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022
    As excitement mounts ahead of the UEFA preliminary draw for the FIFA World Cup 2022™ that is due to take place on 7 December at 18:00 CET as a virtual event in Zurich, Belgium were today confirmed as the top-seeded team in Pot 1 following the publication of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.The Red Devils will be joined in Pot
  • A Legend devoted to his sport

    A Legend devoted to his sport
    Maradona died on Wednesday 25 November
    The Argentinian legend had been working closely with FIFA since 2017
    Joined the FIFA Legends programme and took part in a number of events
    “To bring football back to FIFA and FIFA back to football.” That was one of the pledges Gianni Infantino made during his campaign to win election as FIFA President. He fulfilled that pledge at the start of his term of office in 2016, setting up the FIFA Legends programme.In their capacity as footballing lege
  • FIFA President confirms 22 national teams will participate in FIFA Arab Cup 2021 in Qatar

    FIFA President confirms 22 national teams will participate in FIFA Arab Cup 2021 in Qatar
    The FIFA Arab Cup 2021 will feature 22 national teams from the Arab region
    Gianni Infantino says the tournament will unite the region
    It will also help Qatar continue preparations for the FIFA World Cup
    FIFA President Gianni Infantino has confirmed that 22 national teams from the Arab region have signed up to participate in the FIFA Arab Cup, which will be staged from 1 to 18 December 2021. Speaking during a visit to Lusail Stadium, which will host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Final, th
  • Eto’o: Qatar 2022 will be a special experience for football fans

    Eto’o: Qatar 2022 will be a special experience for football fans
    Qatar 2022 Global Ambassador Samuel Eto'o talks World Cup host nation
    Former Cameroon superstar hails Qatar's suitability for visitors
    Compact World Cup means easy access to stadiums for players and supporters
    Samuel Eto’o believes the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will offer many unique and memorable experiences for fans when the next edition of football’s showpiece event heads to the Middle East and Arab world in two years’ time.In an interview with qatar2022.qa, the form
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  • Milestones continue to be reached at Qatar 2022 stadium sites

    Milestones continue to be reached at Qatar 2022 stadium sites
    To mark the two-year countdown to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, check out the progress we are making at each of our eight stadium sites.Three stadiums – Khalifa International, Al Janoub and Education City – have all been inaugurated and are fully operational, with the remaining five at various stages of construction.All eight stadiums will be completed well in advance of the tournament, which will kick off on 21 November 2022.Al Bayt Stadium, QatarAl Bayt Stadium, Qatar Al Ba
  • Classic curtain-raisers remembered as Qatar 2022 countdown continues

    Classic curtain-raisers remembered as Qatar 2022 countdown continues
    The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ kicks off in exactly two years’ time
    We look back at the most memorable opening matches of all time
    All the goals, all the excitement and more than a surprise or two
    We know the date but not yet the teams who will be taking part: the Opening Match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ takes place on 21 November 2022, two years from today.A lot will happen before then, starting with the UEFA preliminary draw on 7 December, but before it does we are go
  • Tshabalala: My 2010 goal will be special forever

    Tshabalala: My 2010 goal will be special forever
    Siphiwe Tshabalala scored a famous goal in South Africa 2010’s Opening Match
    With two years until Qatar 2022 kicks off, he shared his Soccer City memories
    “I still get reminders about that goal every single day”
    Earlier this year, Siphiwe Tshabalala wrote and released a children’s book.“It’s about a young boy from the dusty streets of Soweto who has a dream of playing football on the biggest stage, and who loves the game with all his heart,” he told FIF
  • Al Haydos: Qatar have lofty ambitions for 2022

    Al Haydos: Qatar have lofty ambitions for 2022
    The opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is exactly two years away
    Qatar captain Hasan Al Haydos looks ahead to the momentous day
    "I imagine everyone will ask one question: 'Were you able to sleep?'"
    In two years’ time, the eyes of the world will be on Qatar for the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.When: 21 November 2022Where: Al Bayt Stadium, Al KhorWhat: The opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™At 12:55 local time, the ceremony
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  • Two years to go: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ countdown draws closer

    Two years to go: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ countdown draws closer
    FIFA and host country Qatar will celebrate the milestone on Saturday, 21 November
    Compact and modern, the tournament is set to offer fans unique experiences
    Infrastructure projects remain on track, while three finalised stadiums have continued to undergo operational tests
    Saturday, 21 November, marks exactly two years until the next and groundbreaking edition of the FIFA World Cup™. The compact nature, modern landscape and fascinating culture offered by the first edition of the event to b
  • Joy for Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela & rampant Ecuador

    Joy for Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela & rampant Ecuador
    Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela seized important victories
    Ecuador recorded a record-breaking win over Colombia
    Read quotes, stats and trivia from the matchesTuesday's matchesFT: Ecuador 6-1 ColombiaFT: Venezuela 2-1 ChileFT: Uruguay 0-2 BrazilFT: Paraguay 2-2 BoliviaFT: Peru 0-2 ArgentinaScroll down for live updates, trivia, stats, quotes and more about each game.
    Peru 0-2 ArgentinaNicolas Gonzalez and Lautaro Martinez earned Argentina a 2-0 win away to Peru that lifted them on to ten points f
  • Uruguay-Brazil tops bill as trio eye first win

    Uruguay-Brazil tops bill as trio eye first win
    All ten teams will be in action in South American qualifying on Tuesday
    Uruguay-Brazil and Peru-Argentina take centre stage
    Ecuador and Colombia clash following contrasting results
    Uruguay-Brazil is the main attraction on MatchDay 4 of South American qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, which will also see three countries aiming for their first wins of this campaign. FIFA.com previews all of Tuesday’s action.Matchday 4 schedule (all times local)17 NovemberEcuador–Col
  • Da Fonseca: Messi represents everything children dream of becoming

    Da Fonseca: Messi represents everything children dream of becoming
    Omar Da Fonseca was a professional player between 1979 and 1993
    Now working as a pundit on French TV
    A big fan of his compatriots Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi
    Omar Da Fonseca has always loved football. From his childhood in Buenos Aires to his professional playing days and his current job as a pundit on French TV, his passion for the game has shone through. Quite simply, he lives and breathes it.When he chatted to us about the South American qualifying competition for the FIFA World Cup Qata
  • Renan Lodi: I'm almost another striker for Brazil

    Renan Lodi: I'm almost another striker for Brazil
    Renan Lodi discusses Brazil’s Qatar 2022 qualifying showdown with Uruguay
    He recalls seeing his dad cry after the Seleção’s South Africa 2010 exit
    The 22-year-old hails Atletico Madrid team-mates Luis Suarez & Joao Felix
    “He was Brazil’s biggest danger,” wrote Marca after the 1-0 victory over Venezuela on Friday. “The three chances the Seleção created in the first half all came from his feet.”Yet this wasn’t, despit
  • LIVE: World Cup qualifying in South America

    LIVE: World Cup qualifying in South America
    Cavani has Uruguay ahead in Colombia
    Follow updates from the game in Barranquilla
    See the build-up to Chile-Peru & Brazil-VenezuelaColombia 0-1 UruguayEdinson Cavani was heavily involved from the outset, and just five minutes in he got his reward with his 51st international goal, becoming just the seventh South American to surpass 50 international goals (see full chart below). Nahitan Nandez did brilliantly to rob possession and tee up the Manchester United man, who finished assuredly.Colom
  • Brazil stay perfect, Uruguay and Chile victorious

    Brazil stay perfect, Uruguay and Chile victorious
    Cavani & Suarez score as Uruguay win 3-0 in Colombia
    Vidal stars for Chile in win over Peru
    Firmino goal means Brazil are last team standing with perfect recordFT: Brazil 1-0 VenezuelaIt was a real David and Goliath scenario in Sao Paulo as the most decorated World Cup winners took on the only South American nation yet to qualify for the world finals. Richarlison, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus led the line for Tite.The Everton star missed a sitter midway through the first half, a chance
  • BUILD-UP: World Cup qualifying in South America

    BUILD-UP: World Cup qualifying in South America
    FIFA.com has the build-up to Colombia-Uruguay, Chile-Peru & Brazil-Venezuela
    See quotes, stats, trivia & photos
    Live updates posted throughout the gamesYesterday's resultsBolivia 2-3 EcuadorArgentina 1-1 Paraguay
    Colombia-UruguayDid you know?
    Colombia and Uruguay both have a centre forward called 'Luis Suarez' in their squad. The former called up theirs – an uncapped player based with Granada in Spain – due to Falcao’s injury-enforced absence.
    The Celeste Suarez is joi
  • Argentina held by Paraguay, Ecuador win away

    Argentina held by Paraguay, Ecuador win away
    South American qualifying for Qatar 2022 resumed on Thursday
    Ecuador edged Bolivia 3-2 in a La Paz thriller
    Paraguay held Argentina to a 1-1 draw in Buenos Aires
    Paraguay and Ecuador registered admirable results in Argentina and Bolivia to hike their hopes of reaching the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.Angel Romero dispatched a penalty superbly won by Miguel Almiron to put La Albirroja ahead at La Bombonera, and although Nicolas Gonzalez equalised just before the break, La Albiceleste, who ha
  • Pacific classic in store as South American qualifying resumes

    Pacific classic in store as South American qualifying resumes
    Chile-Peru in Santiago the standout fixture
    Argentina and Brazil aim to maintain perfect starts
    We preview third round of games in South American qualifiers
    Although it is still early days, the stakes are already high for a raft of South America sides as they gear up for the third round of qualifying games for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.FIFA.com previews all the action.Matchday 3 schedule (all times local)12 NovemberBolivia–Ecuador (16:00)Argentina–Paraguay (21:00)13 Novem
  • Tapia: I’m absolutely certain Peru will qualify

    Tapia: I’m absolutely certain Peru will qualify
    After debuting at Russia 2018, Peru want more of the same in Qatar
    Contenders for one of South America’s four direct qualifying berths
    Key midfielder Renato Tapia talks to FIFA.com before double header
    When Peru upset the odds in 2017 to reach their first FIFA World Cup™ for 36 years, Renato Tapia was among a crop of exciting young talents in Ricardo Gareca’s promising squad.Three years on and the midfielder’s resume includes World Cup experience, a Copa America final an
  • Feltscher: I get goosebumps imagining Venezuela in Qatar

    Feltscher: I get goosebumps imagining Venezuela in Qatar
    Rolf Feltscher insists that, despite a slow start, Venezuela can reach Qatar 2022
    The right-back assesses upcoming opponents Brazil and Chile
    He also discusses Zlatan, Michael Jackson and MMA
    With their first two fixtures against Colombia away and Paraguay at home, Venezuela fans knew they were in for a tough start to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying. For all that, La Vinotinto would not have been expecting to lose both matches."People may be discouraged but this is a very long proce
  • Antony Silva: I'm putting all my chips on being in Qatar

    Antony Silva: I'm putting all my chips on being in Qatar
    Antony Silva was key in Paraguay's win over Venezuela
    Keeper talks about his penalty save and role in these qualifiers
    "We can work with a bit more peace of mind," he tells FIFA.com
    "When he stood so straight behind the ball, I felt he wouldn’t be able to swing it inside me, so I didn't hesitate to throw myself to my left. And that’s exactly where he put it."Antony Silva vividly remembers the stoppage-time penalty he saved from Yangel Herrera, which allowed Paraguay to return from V
  • Cazorla: Luis Enrique is on the right track with Spain

    Cazorla: Luis Enrique is on the right track with Spain
    Santi Cazorla was part of Spain’s golden generation
    The ex-Arsenal and Villarreal midfielder joined Al-Sadd earlier this year
    He talks about Qatar’s World Cup preparations and being coached by Xavi
    Santi Cazorla wrote his name large in Spain’s football history. He was a member of a golden generation that dominated world football for years, earning La Roja one FIFA World Cup and two UEFA European Championships.Now 35, Cazorla made his senior Spain debut in 2008 and has proved o
  • Alfaro: I’ll put my heart and soul into getting Ecuador to Qatar

    Alfaro: I’ll put my heart and soul into getting Ecuador to Qatar
    Gustavo Alfaro speaks exclusively to FIFA.com
    Argentinian discusses his career and how he came to coach Ecuador
    Also analyses opening games of South American qualifiers and the challenges ahead
    Following his appointment as Ecuador coach, Gustavo Alfaro had less than two months to prepare the team for the start of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2022™ and instil in his charges a belief that they could reach the finals in Qatar.The Argentinian, in charge of a national team for the first t
  • Mohamud Ali: I’m a winner, just like my namesake

    Mohamud Ali: I’m a winner, just like my namesake
    Somalia won their first FIFA World Cup qualifying match in September 2019
    That victory over Zimbabwe was not sufficient to reach the next round
    It did, however, have a huge impact, according to defender Mohamud Ali
    “Don’t quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion,” said boxing legend Muhammad Ali. One of Somali’s defenders, who created a little bit of footballing history by contributing to his country’s first-ever FIFA World Cup™ qualifyin
  • Djibouti's coach and captain dream of a better future

    Djibouti's coach and captain dream of a better future
    Djibouti have improved tremendously under Julien Mette
    Team’s French coach discusses his philosophy with Les Riverains de la Mer Rouge
    Captain Waiss talks about his coach and Qatar 2022 qualifiers
    “Discipline, beautiful football, intelligence, aesthetics, pride, unity, hard work and commitment”Those are the eight words used by Djibouti captain Daoud Waiss to describing his coach Julien Mette, who has been doing stellar work since taking charge of Les Riverains de la Mer Rouge
  • Calvert-Lewin: I want to be the man England rely on to score goals

    Calvert-Lewin: I want to be the man England rely on to score goals
    Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the Premier League’s joint-top goalscorer
    He discusses his aerial ability & desire to be England’s main man
    DCL hails James, Richarlison, Rashford and Lewandowski
    Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s reputation has, in a few months, skyrocketed proportionately to his torso whenever James Rodriguez or Lucas Digne have swung back their arrows and aimed at the blue bullseye, AKA his head.The 23-year-old has scored 11 goals in nine appearances for Everton. He is, i
  • Jordan’s great hope furthering his European education

    Jordan’s great hope furthering his European education
    Al-Taamari is a pillar of Jordan’s national team
    He believes Al-Nashama can progress to the decisive round of Qatar 2022 qualifiers
    The player is now starring in Belgium after making his mark in Cyprus
    Keen to continue achieving his long list of ambitious goals, Musa Al-Taamari has had a promising start to his football journey as he hurries to accumulate experience and develop his skills. The young winger carries the hopes of a great many Jordanians, who would love to see him raise his co
  • Laba: I want to emulate Coubadja for Togo

    Laba: I want to emulate Coubadja for Togo
    Kodjo Laba was just a teen when Togo appeared at the 2006 World Cup
    Al Ain forward is inspired by compatriot Mohamed Kader Coubadja
    Player celebrates his goals by performing traditional Togolese dance
    By any standard 13 June 2006 was a historic day for Togolese football. That was when Emmanuel Adebayor and Co played the country’s first FIFA World Cup™ game.And although the Sparrowhawks failed to register a point at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ after defeats to Korea Republ
  • Laba following in Coubadja’s footsteps for Togo

    Laba following in Coubadja’s footsteps for Togo
    Kodjo Laba was just a teen when Togo appeared at the 2006 World Cup
    Al Ain forward is inspired by compatriot Mohamed Kader Coubadja
    Player celebrates his goals by performing traditional Togolese dance
    By any standard 13 June 2006 was a historic day for Togolese football. That was when Emmanuel Adebayor and Co played the country’s first FIFA World Cup™ game.And although the Sparrowhawks failed to register a point at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ after defeats to Korea Republ
  • UEFA preliminary draw for FIFA World Cup 2022™ to take centre stage on 7 December

    UEFA preliminary draw for FIFA World Cup 2022™ to take centre stage on 7 December
    Preliminary draw to be held in Zurich at 18:00 CET on 7 December
    Road to Qatar 2022 to be mapped out for 55 European member associations
    Ceremony to be live-streamed on FIFA.com
    With FIFA World Cup 2022™ preliminary-competition action already under way in Africa, Asia and South America, UEFA’s 55 member associations are eagerly looking ahead to the start of their own race to reach Qatar 2022, with 13 berths available. Their anticipation will be heightened on 7 December, when the pre
  • Cavalli and Niger dreaming of historic World Cup participation

    Cavalli and Niger dreaming of historic World Cup participation
    Niger in the same FIFA World Cup™ qualifying group as Algeria
    Cavalli previously coached Algeria and some of the country’s leading clubs
    The French coach discusses new mission and prospect of facing The Greens
    In March this year, Jean-Michel Cavalli was en route to Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport to fly to the Niger capital Niamey to sign a contract to coach the country’s national team. As fate would have it, the airport closed immediately due to coronavirus fears, and
  • FIFA World Cup 2022™ First Sustainability Progress Report published

    FIFA World Cup 2022™ First Sustainability Progress Report published
    The FIFA World Cup 2022™ First Sustainability Progress Report provides an update on the progress made by FIFA, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC in 2019 regarding their five sustainability commitments, including human rights, diversity and environmental protection.“We are very glad to provide our stakeholders and the public with an overview of how much we advanced last year with the delivery of the Sustainability Strategy for t
  • Mabil and Sisto: Out of adversity comes opportunity

    Mabil and Sisto: Out of adversity comes opportunity
    Mabil and Sisto lived in refugee camps as children
    Their families emigrated to Australia and Denmark
    Mabil plays for the Socceroos and Sisto the Danes, with both eying Qatar 2022
    'Out of adversity comes opportunity.'This famous saying certainly applies to Pione Sisto and Awer Mabil. Hailing from South Sudan, the pair suffered the horrors of a civil war that forced their parents to live in refugee camps in Kenya and Uganda. But after years of adversity, a humanitarian programme helped Mabil and
  • The African keepers leading the way

    The African keepers leading the way
    Africa has consistently produced great goalkeepers
    Round 2 of CAF qualifiers for Qatar 2022 is just months away
    FIFA.com turns the spotlight on five of Africa's top keepers
    From Badou Zaki to Thomas Nkono, and Bruce Grobbelaar to Essam El Hadary and Joseph-Antoine Bell, Africa has consistently produced great goalkeepers. Their heroics in the last line of defence have not only secured their place in the history of African football but have also inspired a whole generation of players.While many k
  • Invitation to tender: Public Food & Beverage Concessionaire for FIFA World Cup 2022™ 

    Invitation to tender: Public Food & Beverage Concessionaire for FIFA World Cup 2022™ 
    Starting today, 15 October 2020, FIFA invites tenderers to submit proposals for the FIFA Public Food & Beverage Concessions operations in all stadiums for the following events:
    FIFA World Cup 2022™
    Test Event in 2021
    FIFA’s objectives in relation to the programme for these two events include, but are not limited to, the following:
    To provide a world class food and beverage service to public ticket holders which guarantees quality products served at the right temperature via a fri
  • South America’s old hands steal the show

    South America’s old hands steal the show
    South American qualifiers for Qatar 2022 began last week
    Some famous names fired their teams to success
    Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez and Radamel Falcao all starred
    Every FIFA World Cup™ qualifying competition throws up new names, reveals the players who represent the future of their respective national teams, and shows if the young guns starring at club level can also excel on the international stage. In the spotlight as the Qatar 2022 preliminaries got under way were the likes of
  • Big two remain perfect amid late drama

    Big two remain perfect amid late drama
    Brazil and Argentina the only nations with a 100 per cent record after matchday 2
    Comebacks and added-time goals a theme as Colombia earn late draw in Chile
    FIFA.com reviews South America's latest action on the road to Qatar 2022
    South American qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ continued on Tuesday with a full roster of five matches, each of which produced either a late winner or stoppage-time goals. Brazil and Argentina were both forced to come from behind to collect victory
  • Firmino: I want to be the No9 Brazil can rely on

    Firmino: I want to be the No9 Brazil can rely on
    Firmino scored twice in Brazil’s 5-0 win over Bolivia
    He discusses his new position and desire to win Qatar 2022
    He raves about Alisson, Coutinho, Neymar and Salah
    Brazil coaches, throughout time, have been pestered by a persistent problem: getting their cosmically gifted but equally carefree attackers to track back.Tite has had a paradox problem. The present Seleção shot-caller, indeed, requested that his spearhead do less tracking back as he endeavours to polish him into a
  • Giants out to jump on to six points

    Giants out to jump on to six points
    Peru welcome Brazil in the standout fixture
    Argentina and Uruguay face tough away assignments
    Review what happened on the opening matchday
    Although the long and winding road from South America to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ only began last week, this evening’s Matchday 2 fixtures already look important, especially for those sides who got off to a bad start. FIFA.com previews all the action.Matchday 2 schedule (all times local)13 October Bolivia-ArgentinaEcuador-UruguayVenezuela-P
  • Romero: There's a long road ahead for Paraguay

    Romero: There's a long road ahead for Paraguay
    Angel Romero plays alongside twin brother Oscar at club and national level
    On Thursday, he came off the Paraguay bench to score a brace against Peru
    He is now focused on “correcting mistakes ahead of the match with Venezuela”
    It is likely that Eduardo Berizzo glanced two or three times at his bench before bringing in Angel Romero versus Peru in Paraguay’s opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying campaign.With the Paraguayans trailing 1-0 with 27 minutes
  • Beaumelle: Côte d'Ivoire inspired by the golden generation

    Beaumelle: Côte d'Ivoire inspired by the golden generation
    Patrice Beaumelle is drawing on his 13 years as assistant to Herve Renard
    Frenchmen dreams of taking Côte d'Ivoire to Qatar 2022
    He speaks about his side’s transition and objectives
    Having won the CAF Africa Cup of Nations with both Zambia and Côte d'Ivoire, Herve Renard is one of the most successful coaches in the history of African international football. Before he became head coach, the Frenchmen was an assistant to veteran Claude Le Roy, with whom he gained valuable experi
  • The secrets to Deschamps' longevity with Les Bleus

    The secrets to Deschamps' longevity with Les Bleus
    Didier Deschamps is now France's longest-serving manager
    He will celebrate his 52nd birthday later next week
    FIFA.com looks at the secrets of his longevity
    When France inflicted a 7-1 thrashing on Ukraine in a friendly on Wednesday, Didier Deschamps set a new record for the longest time spent at the helm of Les Bleus. Michel Hidalgo was the previous longest-serving manager with a total of 3,014 days (eight years and three months) between 27 March 1976 and 27 June 1984. Deschamps has now gone pa
  • Colombia and Brazil cruise to opening victories

    Colombia and Brazil cruise to opening victories
    Round 1 of FIFA World Cup qualifying continued in South America
    Atalanta pair lead Colombia past Venezuela, brilliant Brazil breeze past Bolivia
    Review all the action with FIFA.com
    South American qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ continued with two intriguing fixtures on Friday evening. Colombia, who reached the knockout stage at Russia 2018, beat Venezuela, a team that has integrated some of the players that finished runners-up at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017.
  • Argentina, Uruguay edge wins as South American qualifiers begin

    Argentina, Uruguay edge wins as South American qualifiers begin
    South American qualifying for Qatar 2022 kicked-off on Thursday
    Wins for Uruguay and Argentina; Paraguay and Peru in action-packed draw
    Review all the action as it happened with FIFA.com
    The road to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ officially got underway in South America on Thursday.Arguably the world's most arduous and competitive of all continental journeys duly delivered, with three tightly contested matches and superstar names on the scoresheet.Luis Suarez had the honour of scoring the
  • Happy memories for Ecuador as Argentina loom

    Happy memories for Ecuador as Argentina loom
    Ecuador face Argentina tonight in a qualifier for Qatar 2022
    The fixture will evoke pleasant memories for five Ecuador players
    All five helped La Tri finish third at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019
    Ecuador are set to begin their campaign to reach the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ with a major test this evening. First up for La Tri is a trip to Buenos Aires to face the might of Argentina, but for some of the youngest members of the visitors' squad, this early qualifying challenge should bring ba
  • All eyes on Uruguay-Chile as Portuguese coaches clash

    All eyes on Uruguay-Chile as Portuguese coaches clash
    South American qualifying for Qatar 2022 begins today
    Uruguay-Chile is the standout fixture from Round 1
    Five coaches making their qualifiers debut
    Not even a seven-month delay caused by a global pandemic can dampen expectations ahead of the South American qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.Aside from how external circumstances might impact each country, three teams – Brazil, Uruguay and Peru – start with what would seem to be an advantage. In Tite, Oscar Tabarez an
  • FIFA President meets Amir of Qatar, discusses 2022 preparations and achievements to date

    FIFA President meets Amir of Qatar, discusses 2022 preparations and achievements to date
    FIFA President Gianni Infantino concluded his first visit to Doha this year with a meeting today with the Amir of Qatar, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. Ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022™, the pair discussed matters of cooperation and the milestones achieved to date, as well as issues related to local football and development.HH the Amir also chaired the third meeting of the Board of Directors of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) of 2020, in the presence of the FIFA P
  • Five reasons for green hope

    Five reasons for green hope
    Bolivia are the rank outsiders in South American qualifying for Qatar 2022
    They start out with games against Brazil and Argentina
    FIFA.com recalls their upsets of those two superpowers
    Bolivia will begin South American qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ as the rank outsiders. They finished in the bottom two in each of the region’s last four preliminary campaigns, while they are its lowest-positioned side on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.And if they already faced an uph
  • FIFA President praises Qatar’s World Cup preparations during his first visit to Al Bayt Stadium

    FIFA President praises Qatar’s World Cup preparations during his first visit to Al Bayt Stadium
    FIFA President Gianni Infantino met tournament organisers at Al Bayt Stadium
    President Infantino played in seven-a-side match at the 60,000-capacity venue
    Al Bayt will host the opening match in 2022
    FIFA President Gianni Infantino described preparations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ as “impressive” during a whistle-stop tour of the country this week.President Infantino met with tournament organisers and took part in a seven-a-side match at Al Bayt Stadium, a 60,000-capaci
  • Richarlison: I want to pigeon dance many times at Qatar 2022

    Richarlison: I want to pigeon dance many times at Qatar 2022
    Richarlison discusses his desire to be a starter at Qatar 2022
    The Brazilian hails Neymar, Rodriguez and Calvert-Lewin
    He assesses his best position and Everton’s lofty targets
    Do you remember where you were when James Rodriguez executed that mind-blowing chest, swivel and volley against Uruguay? The Brazilians who can nod affirmatively are not limited to those among the 74,000 eye-witnesses at the Maracana.One 17-year-old was sardined into the dingy backroom of the amateur team he was on

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