World Cup

Netherlands National Team Discussed Boycotting The 2022 World Cup

AMSTERDAM - The Netherlands team hope that this week’s start of the World Cup qualifiers in Europe will highlight the plight of migrant workers in Qatar and help to improve their working conditions.

"A lot of attention is now focused on whether we should go there if we qualify," coach Frank de Boer told a news conference on the eve of his team’s opening Group G match against Turkey in Istanbul, amid growing controversy at home over Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 finals. 

Belize Team Bus Stopped By Armed Gang Ahead Of World Cup Qualifier In Haiti

Belize's football federation (FFB) expressed "disappointment and disgust" on Monday after the bus ferrying the squad to their hotel in Haiti was stopped by an armed gang on motorcycles.

The incident occurred shortly after the squad had arrived in the Caribbean nation to play a World Cup qualifier.

El Viejo Continente Le Abre El Telón Al Fútbol De Cara Al Mundial De Catar 2022

Cuando hablamos de Europa, no solo hablamos del éxito de la UE (Unión Europea), de salchichas, de cervezas, de chocolates suizos, de quesos neerlandeses, de baguettes francesas, de “Waffles” belgas, de pizzas italianas, o del té inglés.

Dejemos el Derecho Internacional Económico y de la Integración a los juristas, y los manjares y platos típicos a los gastrónomos.  Hablemos de fútbol, de las mejores ligas, torneos, y de campeonatos mundiales. Solo 8 selecciones han ganado campeonatos mundiales; 5 de estas son europeas, y 3 sudamericanas.

Ibrahimović Breaks Down When Asked About Family’s Reaction To Sweden Recall

STOCKHOLM - AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimović shed a few tears of pride as he returned to Sweden's national team after a four-year absence for their World Cup qualifiers and recounted how his son did not want him to leave home to join up with Janne Andersson's squad.

The 39-year-old, who quit international football after Euro 2016, choked up when he was asked what his boys, Maximilian, 14, and 12-year-old Vincent, thought of his decision to answer his country's call again and return to the world stage.

Chaos Looms Over World Cup Qualifiers With Clubs Refusing To Release Players

MANCHESTER - Next week's World Cup qualifying games in Europe and beyond are set to be heavily affected by clubs refusing to release players for international duty, COVID-19 quarantines and travel restrictions.

Inter Milan announced on Thursday that all of their players will be pulled out of international duty after two more positive COVID-19 cases at the club.

England Drops Trent Alexander-Arnold, Recalls Jesse Lingard For World Cup Qualifiers

LONDON - England manager Gareth Southgate has dropped Liverpool full back Trent Alexander-Arnold from his squad while recalling on-loan West Ham midfielder Jesse Lingard for this month's World Cup qualifying matches against San Marino, Albania and Poland.

Alexander-Arnold has been a regular in the England squad since breaking into the side ahead of the 2018 World Cup but Southgate said his form had cost him his spot.

Former Captain Daniele De Rossi Joins Italy’s Coaching Staff

Former Italy captain Daniele De Rossi has joined Roberto Mancini's national team staff as technical coach, the Italian Federation said on Thursday.

Ex-Roma midfielder De Rossi is fourth on Italy’s all-time appearance list having played 117 times for the Azzurri, and takes up his first coaching role after retiring from playing last year when he left Boca Juniors.

Arsène Wenger Wants World Cup Every 2 Years Because No One Cares About Nations League

Arsene Wenger says FIFA should consider holding the World Cup and Euros every two years and that a review of the international match calendar will consider compressed qualifiers and enforced breaks for players.

The former Arsenal manager is Chief of Global Football Development at world soccer's governing body and a close advisor to president Gianni Infantino.

Wenger said the current four year wait for a World Cup is unfair to players and the focus should be on "competitions of meaning," including the European Championships.

Spain World Cup Qualifying Squad Has Room For Pedri, But Not The World’s Most Expensive Keeper

MADRID - Luis Enrique has named four uncapped players in Spain's 24-man squad for the upcoming triple header of World Cup qualifiers against Greece, Georgia and Kosovo later this month.

Barcelona's 18-year-old forward Pedri, Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Robert Sánchez, Eibar attacker Bryan Gil and fullback Pedro Porro of Sporting are the new faces in a squad that only contains six players from Spain's “big three” clubs.