Black smoke in the Qatari sky
Several observers describe this Saturday a cloud of black smoke visible from Doha. According to Qatari authorities, quoted by AP, a fire broke out in a building under construction on an island that is part of the city of Lusail, which hosts several matches of the tournament, including a match between Argentina and Mexico this Saturday. evening. The fire reportedly broke out about 3.5 kilometers from the Lusail stadium.
The English press not tender after the purge against the United States
It is an understatement to say that we were bored on Friday evening in front of England-United States (0-0) in group B. And this Saturday morning, the British press is not kind to the Three Lions .
From Sun to Daily Star passing through the Mirror, many tabloids made their front page with a similar photo: that of Georgina Irwin, partner of international Aaron Ramsdale, yawning in the stands. Like a symbol.
Fifa announces a stadium occupancy rate of 94%
After the controversy of empty stadiums on certain matches, FIFA informs that the stadiums have been filled on average at 94% since the start of the World Cup. A figure that seems a bit far from reality. “After all 32 teams entered the FIFA World Cup™ – and over three million tickets were sold for the tournament – official figures show that overall average attendance at matches is impressive 94% compared to the capacity of the stadiums”, indicates the body in its press release. The highest attendance was recorded on Thursday during the Brazil-Serbia match with 88,103 spectators gathered at the Lusail stadium.
“Sometimes I can be tough”, Renard reacts to his speech which has gone viral
Spent at a press conference on Friday on the eve of a match against Poland, Hervé Renard returned to his speech at the break during the match against Argentina: “It worked, this time it worked… Sometimes , you make the same speech but it has no effect, reacted the coach of Saudi Arabia. I can say that I was lucky. I necessarily need, as a coach, to motivate my players and to tell them when I don’t like something. They know me perfectly well: sometimes I can be tough, sometimes I can be softer; I make jokes, I smile, but here on this video I’m screaming all the time, getting mad! Honestly, I don’t really like seeing myself like that. But it’s a team effort, and I thank all my staff.”
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The figures for the elimination of Qatar, which sadly goes down in history
Beaten for the second time in this 2022 World Cup by Senegal this Friday (1-3), Qatar is already eliminated from the competition. Never in history has a host country held such a tournament.
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“This is one of the most difficult moments of my career”, Neymar’s message after his injury
After his ankle injury which meant a withdrawal from Brazil-Switzerland, Neymar posted a message on Instagram: “The pride and love I feel wearing this jersey is indescribable. If God gave me the opportunity to choose a country where to be born, that would be Brazil. Nothing in life was given to me, nothing was easy, I always had to run after my dreams and my goals. Never wish anyone harm but help those who need it. Today is one of the most difficult moments of my career… and still in the World Cup. I have an injury, it’s annoying, it hurts but I’m sure I’ll have the opportunity to come back. I’ll do my best to help my country and my teammates. Wait for the enemy to take me down? EVER.”
Brazil: Danilo out against Switzerland
According to information from the media UOL Esporte, Danilo will miss the World Cup match against Switzerland on Monday (5 p.m.), like Neymar. Hit in the left ankle, the Juventus side is also uncertain for the match against Cameroon. He started on Thursday in Brazil’s victory against Serbia (2-0) for their entry into the running at the World Cup.
“A good thing” that footballers express themselves on values, according to Elisabeth Borne
French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Friday that it was “a good thing” that players participating in the World Cup in Qatar could express their values.
“It seems to me a good thing” that “the players can express themselves on the values which we obviously fully share, while respecting the rules of the tournament”, she said, questioned, in Berlin during a conference joint press release with Olaf Scholz, on the controversy surrounding the inclusive “One Love” armband at the World Cup.
Neymar package for Switzerland (official)
Neymar, who suffered a sprain on Thursday against Serbia (2-0), suffered a ligament injury in his right ankle and will be absent on Monday against Switzerland in Brazil’s second match at the 2022 World Cup, the Seleçao doctor announced on Friday. .
Rodrigo Lasmar, doctor for the Brazilian federation (CBF), announced that Neymar suffered from a “lateral ligament injury” in the ankle, while defender Danilo also suffered from a sprain. “We won’t have these two players for our next game, but they are continuing their treatment with the aim of recovering them in time for the rest of the competition,” he said in a video broadcast by the CBF.
Neymar should play well again in this World Cup
As reported by Marca, Neymar Jr carried out late exams on Thursday at the Aspetar Clinic together with Danilo. The players then returned to their hotel to be taken care of by the physiotherapy department. The PSG striker should be forfeited against Switzerland. It is also uncertain for Cameroon. But his participation following the competition is not in question for the time being. New tests are planned for the evening of Friday to confirm the diagnosis of the medical staff. PSG is also monitoring the situation closely.
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“We are not going to change the way we play”, assures Scaloni after the debacle
Despite the debacle against Saudi Arabia (1-2) in the first match, the Argentine coach promises that his team will not change the way they play.
“We are not going to change the way we play because of what happened on Tuesday, we have to turn the page like we did and think that we are going to win and nothing else, we intend to play same way”, he declared at a press conference, in remarks relayed by Ole.
Lionel Scaloni also wanted to be reassuring about the state of health of Lionel Messi, for whom certain concerns are beginning to arise.
“He is fine and more than ever we need everyone and surely everything will be fine. We have no doubt about it, physically and morally he is fine. There is no problem.”
Neymar forfeited against Switzerland but available afterwards?
According brand, the exam passed this Friday by Neymar is rather reassuring. Even if he should be forfeited for Brazil-Switzerland on Monday November 28, number 10 could be operational for the round of 16 in the event of qualification. The Spanish newspaper even believes that the Parisian could be used in the third group match if necessary.
For Danilo, also affected, his situation would be uncertain for the match against Switzerland.
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Lukaku trains again with Belgium
Romelu Lukaku, injured in the left thigh before the World Cup-2022, participated in his first public training with Belgium on Friday, after a closed session the day before, even if his debut in the tournament remains to be specified.
The 29-year-old striker had found the Red Devils on Thursday for a clean-up the day after the sluggish Belgian victory against Canada (1-0), but it was still necessary to “see how” he would “react”, warned coach Roberto Martinez.
By more than 30 degrees on Friday in the Belgian base camp at Salwa Beach, a hundred kilometers south-west of Doha, he trotted then chained the exercises with the ball with the rest of the workforce, noted AFP . His presence remains very uncertain for the Belgium-Morocco match on Sunday (2:00 p.m.).
The European Parliament takes out the sulfateuse against Fifa
The European Parliament issued a very aggressive press release against Fifa. MPs describe corruption within FIFA as “endemic, systemic and deeply rooted” and are pushing for the body to compensate all victims of the preparations for the World Cup.
“FIFA has seriously damaged the image and integrity of world football,” the statement added.
Brazil-Ghana: Neymar’s message after his injury
Neymar, Brazilian striker, posted a message on his social networks a few hours after his exit from injury in the victory against Serbia (2-0) on Thursday at the World Cup.
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“Difficult match, but it was important to win, wrote the Brazilian. Congratulations to the team, first step taken… There are 6 left.” Six, like the number of matches until the final, the big goal of the Brazilian star, still very prominent on Thursday before his forced replacement.
Ghana: Bukari denies making fun of Ronaldo by imitating his celebration
Osman Bukari, author of the second Ghanaian goal in the defeat against Portugal (3-2), assures that his celebration copied from that of Cristiano Ronaldo was not intended to make fun of the Portuguese star.
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“I noticed that my celebration today generated comments claiming that I was disrespectful to Ronaldo, he wrote. This is a mistake. I was overwhelmed with the emotion of the moment where I scored for my country on my World Cup debut leading up to my celebration. My upbringing does not allow me to be disrespectful to elders let alone any of my idols. Thank you for your support and we let’s focus on our next game!”
Brazil: Thiago Silva tackles the lack of respect of the Serbian coach
Thiago Silva, captain of Brazil, regrets that the Serbian coach, Dragan Stojkovic, underestimated the qualities of the Seleçao in defense before the meeting between the two teams (2-0).
>> His full statement here
“We are always happy when we win, 1-0, 2-0, said the Chelsea defender. We are when we are not suffering behind. I don’t like to talk a lot, cause controversy, but their coach said “They’re going to play with four attackers, but is there someone behind? It’s a lack of respect. We’re not asking anyone to be afraid of us, but a little respect. .. If you had studied our team, you would see that we conceded few goals, whether we played with three or four in attack.”
The program for this Friday, November 25
The second day of the group stage of the World Cup begins this Friday in Qatar. Four meetings are scheduled with the Qatari host, the Dutch favorites and a good duel between England and the United States.
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The program for November 25 (French time)
2 p.m.: Qatar-Senegal
5 p.m.: Netherlands-Ecuador
8 p.m.: England-USA
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