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India will qualify for 2022 FIFA World Cup

India will qualify for 2022 FIFA World Cup

Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday expressed hope that India’s football team will qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 2022 to be held in Qatar.

“I know in 2022 there is something really big happening for Indian football. I hope India qualifies for that World Cup. That is something that should be your target and your senior players will guide you. Just follow their steps and chase your dreams,” Tendulkar said at the Father Agnel School ground in Navi Mumbai.

Tendulkar spoke these encouraging words at the presentation function of the Coca Cola Cup (National under 15 sub junior football tournament) final between Meghalaya and Orissa which the former won 1 0.

The Indian cricket great also advised youngsters to be passionate about football.

“A simple advice I can give you is be passionate about the sport. Fall madly in love with the sport and that will allow you to work harder. Have dream and chase them. Dreams will come true,” were maestro’s words of wisdom for the kids.

“Passion, yes I was able to achieve all these things. I was madly in love with cricket. Still am madly in love with cricket. Also the support and love I have received from all the people that has been my strength. It has allowed me to move out and give my best.

“The right platform was set for me to go out and perform. A big thank you to all the people who have supported me for the last 23 years I have played,” he added.

Tendulkar also asked runners up Odisha team not to lose hope.

Ronald Kydon Lyngdoh of Meghalaya scored the winning goal for his side in the first half and was named the player of the match.

Over 41,000 players from 2,610 schools across 86 cities competed at district, state and zonal levels to qualify for the national finals.

The AIFF will be shortlisting 40 players from the tournament for the National under 16 football squad camp.

In a statement, Tendulkar said, “I keenly look forward to many of the youngsters seizing this opportunity and showcasing their talent and skills. Emerging sports persons in the country require similar grassroot initiatives and competitive platforms to unlock and realise their true potential.”

National football captain Sunil Chhetri said, “With the right training and infrastructure, we too can produce world class footballers and it is initiatives like this that re instate my belief that India could make it’s mark on the global football map.”

English media angry at Fifa World Cup voting ‘fix’

English media angry at Fifa World Cup voting ‘fix’

Fifa president Sepp Blatter called England’s bid “excellent and remarkable”, yet it was dumped out of the running in the first round after it attracted just two of the 22 votes on offer.

England’s Fifa delegate Geoff Thompson was one, the other was believed to be Issa Hayatou from Cameroon, one of those named in an investigation into corruption within football’s world governing body by the BBC’s Panorama programme.

The Daily Mirror’s front page headline is ‘SOLD’ as they ask how oil rich Russia and Qatar could possibly have persuaded Fifa to give them the World Cup.

The Sun go with ‘FIXED’ while the Daily Star shouts ‘WHAT A FIX’; the Daily Mail claims ‘THEY LIED’ and the Daily Express simply says ‘HUMILIATED’.

The Times is slightly more reserved with ‘End of the world for England’, The Independent claim ‘England fear foul play after World Cup humiliation’ and the Guardian says ‘Russia ends England’s dream of hosting 2018 World Cup’, while the Daily Telegraph believes it is a DISASTER handing the tournament to Russia and a DISGRACE that 2022 will be in Qatar.

England have only one friend in the world and he is Cameroon’s Hayatou, the lone delegate to vote for their bid despite Panorama’s allegations on Monday.

suggests that the Spain/Portugal joint bid was not helped by Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar greeting the Prime Minister of Spain in his presentation and forgetting the “and Portugal”.

El Mundo ran the headline: “The power of gas and oil.”

Dutch daily AD wrote: “With Russia and Qatar Fifa has chosen its guarantees in gold and oil,” suggesting that Fifa’s Zurich headquarters would be “swimming in banknotes”.

The United States media reacted with shock after Qatar was named as 2022 hosts ahead of its bid.”For him [Obama] to condemn the executive council of Fifa for giving Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup and describing it as wrong is shocking, because the selection process was done in a democratic and free voting based on facts and convincing components,” it stated.

But Japanese business daily Nikkei claimed their country’s bid had been scuppered by money.

“Qatar, which has never qualified for the World Cup finals, had a weapon in its abundant financial resources based on oil money,” it said.

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FIFA’s 2022 World Cup decision

FIFA’s 2022 World Cup decision

I understand the appeal of holding a WC in the Mid East for the first time, however, if logic prevails (far from a sure thing) the Qatar bid should not go through because:

1) The average high is 115 degrees in July.

4) No drinking in public (though they’ll have some limited exceptions for the WC). The WC has always been, among other things, a giant public booze fest. I just keep thinking, though, that the main thing that’ll drive the result is not how much money FIFA in general will make, but how much money/stuff will end up in the pockets of the individual voting Executive Committee members, right now and when the Cup takes place. and Qatar seems to be playing the game very well, showing that money definitely talks in this process. but most of the Exco members come from countries with plenty of stadia and of those that don’t, Jack Warner is one that will definitely be picking the US. other Exco countries that might benefit are Cameroon, Nigeria, Cyprus, Cote D’Ivoire. Maybe Thailand, Guatemala and Cyprus (if Thailand gets unsuspended)? can they all be guaranteed a stadium? seems unlikely.

to PrinceBuster21’s list add China possibly wanting 2026 or 2030 which would be impossible if anyone but the US wins 2022. Blatter is very concious of the “legacy” issue, and makes no bones about the fact that his greatest achievements to date have been getting WC’s to Asia and Africa. This gives him a pretty fair bit of clout with functionaries from those areas. Given his desire to “make football accessible to all people”, I can easily see him pushing the Qatari bid as a festival of peace, unity and football, or some BS like that. That makes Qatar a serious threat to the US bid.