Cameroon fans celebrate after historic 1-0 victory over Brazil | Qatar World Cup 2022

They won’t have made it by to the following stage of the World Cup event however Cameroon’s supporters departed Lusail Stadium in Qatar realizing their team had made history by beating Brazil.

Capping a sequence of gorgeous upsets soccer followers have now grow to be accustomed to on the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Cameroon delivered a shock 1-0 defeat to Brazil on Friday evening – the primary time an African nation has beaten the Brazilians on the World Cup.

Brazil has received all seven earlier conferences with African groups on the World Cup, together with beating Cameroon in 1994 and once more in 2014.

However the historic victory was not sufficient for Cameroon to qualify for the following Spherical of 16 after securing third place in Group G behind Brazil and Switzerland, who defeated Serbia 3-2 within the different remaining group match on Friday.

“We really feel nice, don’t you are feeling nice? It’s so satisfying. I’m very completely satisfied. We lastly beat Brazil,” John Epanty, who’s from Cameroon, informed Al Jazeera after the match.

“Brazil is without doubt one of the greatest groups on the planet. If you happen to’re in search of a comfort win, you need this victory,” he mentioned.

Fellow Cameroonian Caleb Williams predicted celebrations would go on all evening again in Cameroon.

“They’re already consuming and might be until morning,” Williams mentioned. “I imply, we took out Brazil, that’s big,” he informed Al Jazeera.

The winning goal from Vincent Aboubakar got here within the closing 92nd minute of the sport and other than bringing victory, it additionally electrified supporters of the Indomitable Lions at Lusail Stadium who had probably anticipated the sport to finish in a draw.

Cameroon v Brazil,
Gamers in motion in the course of the Cameroon vs Brazil, Group G match on the FIFA World Cup 2022, December 2, Lusail Stadium [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

After the match and although few in quantity, the Cameroon supporters made the perfect of the particular second, singing the reward of their workforce whereas media cameras swarmed to file the aftermath of the historic win. Brazilian followers joined within the celebrations too, realizing they misplaced however had already certified for the following stage which is able to see them face South Korea on December 5.

Nonetheless, the shock of Cameroon’s purpose within the dying minutes of the sport was an excessive amount of for some Brazil supporters.

“I don’t really feel so good,” Patricia Luze from Sao Paolo informed Al Jazeera.

“I used to be not anticipating that purpose,” mentioned Luze, who has tickets for the World Cup remaining and is hoping to see her workforce compete in that match.

“The ultimate is right here and I hope to be right here once more after we will, by God’s grace, increase the cup once more,” she mentioned.

Earlier than kick-off on Friday, the contingent of Cameroonian followers at Lusail had been clearly outnumbered by the hundreds of Brazil followers who turned Lusail right into a sea of yellow and inexperienced.

Brazil is seen by many as the best footballing nation on the planet and the vitality of their followers on Friday – decked out in T-shirts, scarves and waving flags – demonstrated how a lot they love their five-time World Cup winners.

A Brazil fan in the stands holding a flag | Cameroon v Brazil, Group G, FIFA World Cup 2022, December 2, Lusail Stadium [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]
A Brazil soccer fan in the course of the Cameroon vs Brazil, Group G, FIFA World Cup 2022, on December 2, at Lusail Stadium [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

The victory was “bittersweet”, mentioned Samuel Ngassam from Douala in Cameroon.

“Sure, we beat Brazil. I’m proud,” he mentioned.

“However there are lots of classes from this we should take,” Ngassam informed Al Jazeera whereas a bunch of close by Brazilian followers referred to as him to affix them for a brief video.

Ngassam mentioned the Cameroon workforce “ought to have proven extra coronary heart” and that, of their earlier video games, it appeared as if they might have settled for attracts.

Tonight, nevertheless, was not about qualifying for the following spherical of the World Cup, it was all about Brazil, he mentioned.

“As we speak we beat Brazil. That’s all that issues,” he added.

“I’ll fear about all the things else once I get up.”

World Cup 2022, day 10: The schedule, what’s at stake for teams | Qatar World Cup 2022

4 video games are scheduled for day 10 — Tuesday, November 29 — of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The schedule:

Netherlands vs Qatar (Group A): 6pm (15:00 GMT), Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

Ecuador vs Senegal (Group A): 6pm (15:00 GMT), Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Al Rayyan

Wales vs England (Group B): 10pm (17:00 GMT), Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

Iran vs USA (Group B): 10pm (17:00 GMT), Al Thumama Stadium, Al Thumama

There have been numerous firsts for host nation Qatar competing at their first World Cup on house turf: they grew to become the primary host staff in historical past to lose their opening event match — they had been additionally the primary staff to be eradicated, following losses to Ecuador and Senegal.

Qatar v Senegal, Group A
Qatar’s Mohammed Muntari (proper) celebrates with Pedro Miguel after scoring their staff’s first objective within the Qatar vs Senegal, Group A, FIFA World Cup match on November 25, 2022, at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Qatar is going through a closely favoured Dutch squad, sitting fairly with 4 factors. The Netherlands want solely a draw or win to progress to the knockout phases for the eleventh time after a 2-0 win over Senegal and a 1-1 draw with Ecuador. They might nonetheless end on the prime of Group A.

Not a lot is on the road for Qatar — however they may probably spoil issues for the Dutch, provided that the staff can overcome their stage fright.

Netherlands' Virgil van Dijk in action with Ecuador's Michael Estrada
Netherlands’ Virgil van Dijk in motion with Ecuador’s Michael Estrada on the FIFA World Cup Group A recreation at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Doha, Qatar, on November 25, 2022 [Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters]

One other loss on Tuesday would see the primary host staff in historical past go winless by means of the World Cup’s group phases.

Talking of firsts, it’s value noting, the Dutch have but to win a World Cup after ending runner-up in 1974, 1978 and 2010.

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Lead Netherlands attacker Memphis Depay will possible be beginning for the primary time within the 2022 World Cup following a hamstring harm that left him sidelined for 2 months. He made second-half appearances towards Senegal and Ecuador.

Netherlands participant Cody Gakpo, who discovered the again of the objective within the first two World Cup matches, can also be hoping for an improved efficiency towards Qatar.

“I do know what I’m able to, but it surely’s at all times a problem to achieve your highest stage that’s potential. And I feel I’m not there but. I feel I can enhance in numerous issues,” Gakpo stated.

Cody Gakpo
Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands (centre) celebrates with teammates after scoring his facet’s first objective in the course of the World Cup group A soccer match between Netherlands and Ecuador, on the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on November 25, 2022 [Martin Meissner/AP Photo]

Ghana-born Mohammed Muntari made historical past final week when he netted Qatar’s first World Cup objective. Sadly, Muntari’s conversion has been his staff’s solely objective of the event.

Search for how Gulf legends, together with Qatari captain Hassan al-Haydos, management the ball.

Qatar's Hassan Al-Haydos controls the ball. | Qatar v Senegal, Group A, FIFA World Cup 2022, November 25, Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]
Qatar’s Hassan al-Haydos (centre) controls the ball in the course of the Qatar vs Senegal, Group A match on November 25, 2022, at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Ecuador, enjoying of their fourth World Cup, are getting ready to sealing their place within the ultimate 16 for the second time in historical past if they’ll take down Senegal on Tuesday at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium.

A draw may even get them there. A loss, however, will nearly certainly spell a untimely departure from Qatar for the younger and hungry South American staff, until Qatar phases an unlikely lopsided win towards the Netherlands.

“Now we have a much bigger battle coming,” coach Gustavo Alvaro stated after drawing 1-1 towards the Dutch, during which Ecuador had been the higher staff.

Senegal, too, want to punch a ticket to the World Cup’s knockout phases — a win over Ecuador would assure their spot. A draw could possibly be sufficient to propel them to the ultimate 16, however provided that Qatar are capable of beat the Netherlands by two targets or extra.

“Our focus should be higher,” stated Senegal coach Aliou Cisse. “We have to win to have an opportunity to qualify for the final 16.”

Boulaye Dia (21)
Boulaye Dia (left) of Senegal in motion towards the Netherlands of their Group A recreation on November 22, 2022, at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

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Enner Valencia’s simmering sizzling streak continues. The star ahead, Ecuador’s all-time main scorer, has scored the final six targets for his staff — in Qatar and stretching again to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Valencia precipitated panic after he was taken off the sphere late within the match towards the Netherlands on account of a knee pressure he sustained within the inaugural match with Qatar.

“He’s the one one with World Cup expertise,” Ecuador’s supervisor Alfaro stated. “The remainder are youngsters.”

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group A - Netherlands v Ecuador
Ecuador’s Enner Valencia celebrates after the primary objective in a Group A match towards the Netherlands at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Doha, Qatar, on November 25, 2022 [Pedro Nunes/Reuters]


Wales face slim odds at making it to the knockout stage after a surprising 2-0 loss to Iran and a 1-1 stalemate with the USA, as they head into their ultimate Group B match with rivals England, who’re contemporary off a 0-0 draw with the USA and a 6-2 thumping of Iran.

Late to the occasion, first to depart? Wales, enjoying of their first World Cup in 64 years, have struggled to make a dent of their group at Qatar. A loss to England will ship the staff packing.

Historical past isn’t on the Welsh facet both; England has bested Wales of their final six contests. Most not too long ago, Wales fell 3-0 to England in a pleasant exhibition match in 2020.

Wales' Brennan Johnson reacts after missing a chance to score
Wales’s Brennan Johnson reacts after lacking an opportunity to attain of their Group B recreation towards the USA at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar, on November 21, 2022 [Hannah Mckay/Reuters]

The 2 groups have performed a complete of 103 matches since first squaring off in 1879. England has been victorious in 68 of these video games, dropping simply 14 matches to the Welsh. Of these matches, 21 resulted in attracts.

If Wales can pull out a win on Tuesday, it will likely be their first over England since 1984; even then, Wales’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout spherical would relaxation on the end result between the USA and Iran in a separate fixture.

“It’s a tricky job, it’s at all times uncomfortable when it’s clearly not in your arms and also you’re counting on sure issues to unfold,” Wales midfielder Joe Allen stated. “However while there’s nonetheless an opportunity, it’s actually easy for us. We’re totally motivated, we’ll sacrifice completely every part into getting a win.

England can advance to the spherical of 16 with a draw. A win, although, would cement their prime place in Group B. They’ll advance so long as they’ll maintain off a four-goal loss from Wales. They’d face a Group A challenger in both the Netherlands, Ecuador or Senegal within the knockout stage.

“Whenever you win a recreation, you’re the finest staff on the planet. Whenever you lose, you’re the worst. That’s soccer. As gamers you must hold a stability,” England ahead Marcus Rashford stated, swatting again criticism of his groups’ 1-1 draw with the USA.

England's Marcus Rashford comes on as a substitute
England’s Marcus Rashford comes on as an alternative to interchange Bukayo Saka of their Group B towards the USA at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar, on November 25, 2022 [Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters]


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Star Welsh gamers Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey have didn’t ship so far in Qatar. They are going to be desperate to redeem themselves — and discover the scoresheet — on Tuesday. Bale mustered only one shot on the web towards Iran.

But Bale stays the lone Welsh participant to have ever tallied a objective versus England within the twenty first century when he transformed a 2-1 dropping effort on the 2016 Euros.

Phil Foden was known as “one of the best footballer England have” by ex-Three Lions captain Wayne Rooney, who voiced dismay that the 22-year-old had been handed over for beginning roles within the first two matches.

“I feel when you’ve got a expertise like Foden, you merely should play him,” Rooney wrote in his column for The Instances. “He’s now a distinct participant from the one we noticed at Euro 2020, when he struggled to make an influence.”

Soccer Football - Champions League Final - Manchester City v Chelsea - Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal - May 29, 2021 Manchester City's Phil Foden in action with Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger Pool via REUTERS/Pierre-Philippe Marcou
Manchester Metropolis’s Phil Foden (proper) in motion towards Chelsea within the Champions League ultimate in Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal in Might, 2021 [File: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/pool/Reuters]

The USA is confronted with an ultimatum on Tuesday: topple Iran, or go bust.

“It units up our first knockout recreation of the World Cup,” USA coach Gregg Berhalter stated. “We win or we’re out of the World Cup.”

The match favorite USA, who sit third of their group with two factors and a 0-0-2 document, are nonetheless seeking their first win in Qatar following two consecutive attracts — 1-1 and 0-0 finishes over Wales and England, respectively.

Iran, in the meantime, have by no means rocketed out of the group stage at a World Cup. The Iranians rebounded with a 2-0 win over Wales following their huge 6-2 loss to England.

Wales vs Iran Group B, FIFA World Cup 2022 at Ahmad bin Ali stadium, in Al Rayyan, Qatar November 25 [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]
Two Iranian gamers deal with for the ball with a Wales footballer throughout their Group B, FIFA World Cup match at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on November 25, 2022 [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Tuesday’s match marks solely the second time the 2 nations have confronted off at a World Cup. Iran trumped the USA by a slim 2-1 margin in 1998; the match, a seismic blow to the USA males’s soccer programme, was outlined by constructing political friction between the 2 nations.

Previous to Tuesday’s match, the US Soccer Federation reignited geopolitical tensions when it momentarily displayed the Iranian nationwide flag on social media. The symbol of the Islamic Republic had been scrubbed from the flag, with the US stating it supported demonstrators in Iran, the place protests have been raging following the dying of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September whereas in police custody.

“We wished to indicate our assist for the ladies in Iran with our graphic for twenty-four hours,” the federation said.

In response, Iran’s authorities blasted the US, accusing American soccer officers of eradicating the identify of God from its nationwide flag.

Interactive - World Cup - head to head - Iran v US
(Al Jazeera)


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All eyes can be on “Captain America” Christian Pulisic — the costliest American footballer in historical past — to hold the staff into the knockout phases.

Wales and England held the Chelsea all-star at bay however can Iran include him?

USA’s Christian Pulisic (proper) and Jordan Morris have fun a objective towards El Salvador throughout their Concacaf Nations League soccer match on the Cuscatlan stadium, in San Salvador, on June 14, 2022 [File: Marvin Recinos/AFP]

Qatar 2022: Who needs to do what to get to the Round of 16? | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

Every nation goals of lifting the World Cup. Not one squad has come to Qatar only for the enjoyable of it — they’re all in it to win.

However the first stage of eliminations is almost upon us because the event’s group stage attracts to an in depth. Half of the 32 groups that began in Qatar will likely be packing their luggage and heading house.

So, who wants what to outlive into the Spherical of 16?

Group A

Host nation Qatar, discovering themselves fourth of 4 of their group, had the ignominious honour of being the primary workforce knocked out of this yr’s event. However at the least they don’t have far to get house.

Ecuador and the Netherlands are tied on the high of the group desk heading into the ultimate spherical of group video games, with 4 factors every. Senegal are only one level behind.

  • The Netherlands want a win or a draw in opposition to Qatar to qualify for the final 16.
  • Ecuador have to beat Senegal to ensure qualification.
  • Senegal have to beat Ecuador to ensure qualification.
  • If Ecuador vs Senegal is a draw, Ecuador will qualify — except Qatar beat the Netherlands, during which case Senegal will undergo.

Group B

This was all the time prone to be the most competitive group in addition to probably the most politically charged. The remaining matches see previous rivals and geopolitical enemies dealing with off, and any of the 4 groups can nonetheless qualify, even when Wales — of their first World Cup since 1958 — solely stand a mathematical probability.

England high the desk with 4 factors from two video games. Iran are second with three, after two injury-time targets in opposition to Wales on Friday. The US are third within the group desk with two factors from two attracts, whereas Wales have the hardest battle for qualification with only one level.

  • England will undergo to the Spherical of 16 except Wales beat them by 4 targets or extra.
  • The USA have to beat Iran to progress to the knock-out phases.
  • Iran have to beat the USA to ensure qualification, however a draw with the USA can be sufficient for Iran to progress — if Wales can not beat England.
  • Wales want a minor miracle; they must beat England and have Iran vs USA finish with a draw. They may additionally progress with no attract that match so long as they’ll get a four-goal margin of victory over England. Don’t maintain your breath.
Fans in Manchester watch the England vs United States football match.
England followers expect an look within the Spherical of 16 on the World Cup in Qatar [Ed Sykes/Action Images/Reuters]

Group C

That is one other open group during which all 4 groups might nonetheless qualify. Mexico have only one level on the backside of the group desk, whereas Saudi Arabia and their shock victims Argentina have three factors every. Poland, with 4 factors, lead the group however they aren’t secure but.

  • Poland solely want a draw in opposition to Argentina to ensure qualifying, although they’d undoubtedly desire a win.
  • Argentina have to beat Poland to ensure their place within the Spherical of 16. A draw right here and Argentina are weak to being picked off on purpose distinction.
  • If Saudi Arabia beat Mexico, they’re by means of to the subsequent spherical. A draw with Mexico mixed with a loss for Poland in opposition to Argentina would additionally see them qualify. If Poland beat Argentina with an enormous purpose distinction, the Saudis should declare the second qualifying spot.
  • Mexico have to win in opposition to the Saudis, and have Poland beat Argentina.

Group D

World champions France, with six factors from two video games, have been the primary workforce in Qatar to ebook their place within the Spherical of 16. That makes the remainder of the group permutations rather less complicated.

Australia have three factors, whereas Denmark and Tunisia have one every.

  • Australia play Denmark — the winner will undergo with France
  • Tunisia have to beat France by at the least two targets and hope Australia and Denmark draw

Group E

Everybody anticipated Spain and Germany to sail by means of Group E. And everybody was half-right, at the least, with Spain cruising comfortably on the high with 4 factors from two video games. Germany, nevertheless, languish on the backside of the group, as coach Hansi Flick’s mission to get well Germany’s pre-2018 soccer glory seems a longer-term mission than first hoped for.

Japan and Costa Rica have three factors every after their assembly on Sunday, which means any of the 4 groups might nonetheless qualify.

  • Spain simply want a draw in opposition to Japan to qualify for the knock-out rounds.
  • If Japan win in opposition to Spain, they’re by means of with six factors. In the event that they draw, they want Costa Rica and Germany to additionally draw. If Japan draw and Germany win, there’s nonetheless an opportunity Japan might undergo on purpose distinction.
  • Costa Rica should beat Germany of their remaining group match to progress to the Spherical of 16.
  • Germany have to beat Costa Rica and have Spain beat Japan in an effort to assure the second qualifying spot. But when Spain and Japan draw, Germany might want to beat Costa Rica by at the least two targets. They may presumably nonetheless undergo with a one-goal margin of victory over Costa Rica in the event that they rating greater than Japan of their hypothetical draw with Spain – eg, a 1-1 draw between Spain and Japan, and a 2-1 win for Germany over Costa Rica will see the Germans progress.

Group F

Canada have been the second workforce to be reserving their flights house. Which means Croatia, Morocco and Belgium can nonetheless qualify. The Belgians, ranked second on this planet, have been anticipated to high this group, however their 2-0 mauling by Morocco on Sunday modified all the pieces.

  • Croatia and Morocco are sitting fairly with 4 factors every; Belgium have three.
  • Croatia solely want a draw in opposition to Belgium on Thursday to ensure progress to the ultimate 16
  • Belgium have to win that match to progress.
  • Morocco simply want a draw in opposition to Canada to qualify from the group.

Group G

All 4 groups can nonetheless qualify from Group G, with two video games nonetheless to play at this finish of the World Cup schedule. Brazil and Switzerland have one win every, whereas Cameroon and Serbia stay with out making a mark on the group desk.

Cameroon tackle Serbia on Monday afternoon, earlier than Switzerland tackle Brazil. Whoever wins the second recreation will qualify comfortably from the group with six factors. A draw and issues get attention-grabbing.

Group H

Group H groups have additionally simply performed one recreation thus far, with all to play for. Portugal are sitting fairly on the high of the desk with three factors; South Korea and Uruguay have some extent apiece. Ghana has but to register some extent. Anybody might nonetheless qualify or get eradicated on the first hurdle.

A win for Portugal over Uruguay on Monday, which is way from assured, would put Cristiano Ronaldo’s males by means of to the Spherical of 16. South Korea face Ghana in Monday’s earlier recreation. Watch this area.

World Cup key events, Day 6: Qatar eliminated, Iran stuns Wales | Qatar World Cup 2022

World Cup host nation Qatar has been eradicated from the match, lower than per week after it launched the primary model of soccer’s largest occasion within the Center East.

On day six of the World Cup, Qatar lost 3-1 to Senegal in its second straight defeat on the match. Its exit was confirmed a couple of hours later when Netherlands and Ecuador drew 1-1 within the different Group A recreation.

That left Qatar on the backside of Group A with no likelihood of progressing.

South Africa had been the one different house crew to fail to make it out of the group stage in 2010.

“In case you anticipated us to go very far on this match, then it is going to be a disappointment,” Qatar coach Felix Sanchez mentioned earlier than his crew was formally out. “Our objective was to be aggressive.”

In different day-six fixtures, Iran scored a spectacular 2-0 win over Wales in stoppage time and america crew annoyed England in a 0-0 draw for its second consecutive draw within the World Cup.

Here’s a fast information recapping all it’s worthwhile to know from Day 6 – Friday, November 25, 2022 – of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Senegal 3, Qatar 1

With World Cup futures on the road, the footballing stakes might hardly have been larger for hosts Qatar and African champions Senegal.

Qatar’s opening-night nerves had been nowhere to be seen as they shortly obtained to grips with Senegal and may have had a penalty when Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr bundled over Akram Afif, however Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz waved away their pleas and the VAR (video-assisted referee) didn’t intervene.

With Qatar defending nicely, it was going to take both a second of magic or a catastrophic mistake for Senegal to interrupt the impasse. Sadly for Qatar defender Boualem Khoukhi, it turned out to be the latter.

His try to clear a routine low go into the field by Senegal’s Krepin Diatta went disastrously mistaken as he fluffed his clearance, permitting Boulaye Dia to pounce and rattle house the opening objective simply earlier than the break.

Qatar's Ismail Mohamad in mid-air with the ball as Pedro Miguel rans alongside and Senegal's Ismail Jakobs coming up behind him
Qatar’s Ismail Mohamad and Pedro Miguel in motion with Senegal’s Ismail Jakobs [Amr Abdallah Dalsh/ Reuters]

It obtained worse for Qatar early within the second half, with Famara Diedhiou doubling Senegal’s benefit with an excellent glancing header from an Ismail Jakobs nook within the forty eighth minute.

It was a cue for the house crew to play their finest soccer of the match to this point.

Mohammed Muntari lowered the deficit within the 78th minute with a first-ever objective for Qatar at a World Cup however Senegal had been unruffled as they continued to out-muscle their opponents in midfield.

Six minutes after Muntari’s strike, Bamba Dieng swept house a go from fellow substitute Iliman Ndiaye for the African aspect’s third objective of the match.

That consigned Qatar to the underside of Group A with no factors, whereas Netherlands and Ecuador have 4 factors and the Senegalese three.

Qatar’s hopes of progressing at the moment are over.

Even a win of their ultimate recreation in opposition to three-time World Cup finalists Netherlands won’t be sufficient to see them progress.

Netherlands 1, Ecuador 1

It was Enner Valencia’s third goal of the tournament that helped Ecuador earn a draw with the Dutch in Group A, thereby sealing Qatar’s destiny.

Netherlands took the lead early on within the recreation with Cody Gakpo placing them forward with a fast strike within the sixth minute.

However after that, Ecuador dominated.

After having the obvious equaliser overturned by VAR simply earlier than the half, Valencia leveled the match within the forty ninth minute.

Iran 2, Wales 0

Iran recovered from their thrashing by England with an excellent 2-0 win over Wales, leaving their World Cup future in their very own palms.

Iran’s Roozbeh Cheshmi broke the goalless deadlock within the 98th minute and Ramin Rezaeian scored within the one hundred and first in opposition to a 10-man Welsh squad, which misplaced goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to a pink card within the 86th minute.

Hennessey initially drew a yellow card after his excessive problem in opposition to Iran’s Mehdi Taremi however the referee confirmed him the pink card after a VAR test.

Iran's Roozbeh Cheshmi in action just post the kick, with the Wales defender looking behind him at the ball that has flown past him on its way to the goal
Iran’s Roozbeh Cheshmi scores their first objective of the match [Marko Djurica/ Reuters]

With three factors going into Tuesday’s recreation in opposition to america, Iran has a shot at advancing to the World Cup knockout phases for the primary time.

Cheshmi mentioned it was “the solidarity between the crew members” that helped them win the sport.

The result leaves Wales’s possibilities of reaching the final 16 hanging by a thread. It can face a tricky problem in England on Tuesday.

“We need to end the competitors on a excessive, it’s out of our palms with regard to going via, however we need to end with a very good efficiency and a win,” Wales coach Rob Web page mentioned.

USA 0, England 0

England suffered a sobering reality check as they had been outplayed for lengthy durations by a youthful US aspect in a tense 0-0 draw of their second World Cup Group B recreation.

A 6-2 thrashing of Iran on Monday had despatched England followers’ hopes hovering however Gareth Southgate’s aspect had been lucky to not undergo a repeat of their 1950 World Cup calamity in opposition to the Individuals.

They may nonetheless qualify for the final 16 in the event that they keep away from a heavy defeat by Wales of their ultimate group recreation however they had been greeted with boos on the ultimate whistle and can want an enormous enchancment if they’re to have a deep run.

Fans looking up, most holding their heads with faces showing shock and disappointment
Followers in London watch England vs United States on the Wembley Boxpark in London, UK [Andrew Couldridge/Action Images via Reuters]

The US produced a high-tempo show however could stay to rue not placing away an England aspect caught in second gear, though they are going to attain the final 16 in the event that they beat Iran.

“A draw’s not the worst factor however I felt for stretches of the sport we confirmed dominance,” mentioned Christian Pulisic, considered one of 5 England-based gamers within the US beginning line-up.

Whereas the outcome, and efficiency, was desperately disappointing for England, it tops the group on 4 factors and stay within the field seat to succeed in the final 16.

Iran, who snatched a late win over Wales, have three factors with USA on two factors and Wales on one.

All prospects are nonetheless open within the group subsequent Tuesday.

FIFA earns record $7.5bn revenue for Qatar World Cup | Qatar World Cup 2022

The earnings from this World Cup cycle are $1bn greater than these generated from the 2018 match in Russia.

FIFA has earned an unprecedented $7.5bn in income by 4 years of business offers tied to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the governing physique of soccer says.

The earnings, which FIFA revealed on Sunday to officers from greater than 200 of its member nations, are $1bn greater than what the organisation pulled in from the earlier World Cup cycle main as much as the 2018 occasion in Russia.

The additional earnings was buoyed by business offers with this yr’s hosts. Qatar Power joined as a top-tier sponsor, and new third-tier sponsors embody Qatari financial institution QNB and telecommunications agency Ooredoo. FIFA additionally added second-tier sponsor offers this yr from monetary platform and blockchain supplier Algorand, its first new American sponsor in additional than a decade.

Key broadcast offers for this yr’s World Cup had been signed throughout Sepp Blatter’s presidency in two-tournament offers for the Russia and Qatar occasions. They included offers with Fox in the USA and Qatari broadcaster BeIN Sports activities from 2011.

FIFA pays for host international locations’ organising committees, prize cash, journey and lodging for groups and help employees. It additionally pays for a legacy fund to assist develop the game within the host nation after the World Cup circus has left city.

The winners of the Qatar World Cup will obtain $44 million out of a complete prize pot of $440 million.

FIFA organises its accounts in four-year cycles round every World Cup. For the 2015-18 cycle main as much as the Russia World Cup, the governing physique introduced in $6.4bn. It has used that money to assist member our bodies by uncertainty in 2020 when nationwide workforce soccer and World Cup qualifying video games had been nearly fully shut down.

The organisation’s revenues are prone to method $10bn for the following 4 years, due to a brand new monetary technique for girls’s soccer and the expanded 2026 World Cup within the US, Canada and Mexico, which is able to see 48 groups compete for the primary time, up from the current 32.

FIFA has an nearly clean slate for the 2026 version with top-tier sponsors Coca-Cola, Adidas and Wanda the one offers at present prolonged. Separate sponsor offers for girls’s soccer are being signed for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

China’s businesses get top billing at World Cup after team flops | Qatar World Cup 2022

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – China will not be sending a facet to Qatar, however Chinese language companies can have prime billing as sponsors on the 2022 World Cup.

Chinese language manufacturers are the largest sponsors of this month’s match — even outspending the slate of American corporations that features iconic names similar to Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Budweiser.

China’s sponsors have ponied up $1.395bn for the competitors, which runs November 20-December 18, surpassing the $1.1bn spent by US corporations, in response to International Information, a London-based information analytics and consulting firm.

Damaged down on an annual foundation, Chinese language sponsorship is valued at $207m per yr, in contrast with Qatari and US offers price $134m and $129m, respectively, in response to the info.

China’s company dominance on the competitors displays the aspirations of its manufacturers to increase their recognition abroad to a stage that matches their rising measurement and attain.

The rise of Chinese language sponsors additionally parallels President Xi Jinping’s dream of turning China, which made its sole World Cup look in 2002, right into a soccer powerhouse by means of bold plans and targets, similar to rising the variety of faculties with soccer pitches 10-fold by 2025.

Whereas the 4 Chinese language sponsors of the 2022 match — Wanda Group, Vivo, Mengniu Dairy and Hisense — have comparatively low profiles outdoors their house nation, they’re enormous enterprises with multibillion-dollar revenues and hundreds of workers.

Wanda Group, an industry-spanning conglomerate based in 1988, and Mengniu, one in all China’s largest dairy producers, have every made the Fortune 500 listing a number of occasions.

Wanda advertising on the sidelines of a football pitch.
Chinese language corporations similar to Wanda Group are a few of FIFA’s greatest sponsors [File: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters]

“The World Cup works for Chinese language corporations each outdoors but additionally inside China as soccer has a big following with Chinese language audiences,” Martin Roll, a branding knowledgeable and marketing consultant primarily based in Singapore, advised Al Jazeera.

“It alerts strongly that these Chinese language manufacturers are taking part in at world scale, and showcasing that to Chinese language audiences play an vital function. Being a sponsor and a advertising companion of the World Cup is just for a specific few manufacturers that may afford it, so simply being a part of it, is an affidavit to the aspirations of the Chinese language manufacturers.”

Chinese language corporations hope an affiliation with the gorgeous recreation might assist them shed damaging perceptions concerning the “made in China” tag, mentioned Paul Temporal, a branding knowledgeable at Oxford College’s Saïd Enterprise Faculty.

“Sports activities sponsorships enable Chinese language manufacturers to attach with world audiences that share common love of sports activities experiences in emotional settings. Soccer crosses all cultural boundaries and offers huge world attain,” Temporal advised Al Jazeera.

“Chinese language manufacturers have realized from western counterparts that, though costly to realize entry to the world’s greatest occasions, sports activities sponsorships do ship long-term outcomes each for the model house owners and the nation. Manufacturers that go world are model ambassadors for China and if profitable when it comes to world market share, can have a constructive impact on nationwide model picture.”


The most important Chinese language sponsor in Qatar by far is Wanda Group, one of many seven official FIFA Companions — the very best sponsorship tier — alongside Coca-Cola, Adidas, Hyundai, Kia, Qatar Airways, QatarEnergy, and Visa.

The Beijing-based conglomerate, which has investments in actual property, leisure, media, manufacturing and monetary providers, has dedicated $850m as a part of a 15-year deal that covers all World Cup occasions up till 2030, in response to International Information.

Vivo, a client electronics firm primarily based within the southern metropolis of Dongguan, is spending an estimated $450m as a part of a six-year deal that included the 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup.

Mengniu, which has its headquarters in Hohhot, Inside Mongolia, and Hisense, an electronics producer primarily based in Qingdao, have dedicated to spend an an estimated $60m and $35m, respectively.

“Many Chinese language corporations grew globally by buying overseas manufacturers. Lenovo and Haier have adopted this strategy along with their very own model constructing,” Carlos Torelli, a professor of selling on the College of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, advised Al Jazeera, referring to China’s widespread private pc and client electronics manufacturers.

“That makes it simpler to penetrate world markets with a longtime model. Nonetheless, many different Chinese language manufacturers try to construct their very own manufacturers and occasions just like the World Cup are good ones to create consciousness amongst massive audiences. Collaborating in these occasions can facilitate future market expansions.”

Whereas photo voltaic panel producer Yingli Photo voltaic turned China’s first World Cup sponsor on the 2010 match in South Africa, Chinese language corporations started to make their presence known in a big way at the 2018 competition in Russia.

After main manufacturers, together with Sony, Emirates and Johnson & Johnson, dropped FIFA in 2014 and 2015 amid allegations of corruption within the bidding course of for the Russia and Qatar tournaments, Chinese language corporations crammed the funding hole.

Shortly after Wanda Group signed its mega-sponsorship deal in 2016, firm founder Wang Jianlin mentioned the controversies had been an “alternative” for Chinese language corporations that beforehand might have by no means had the prospect to assist the match “even when we wished to”.

Wang Jianlin
Wanda Group founder Wang Jianlin described controversy surrounding FIFA as an ‘alternative’ for Chinese language manufacturers [File: Thomas Peter/Reuters]

No fewer than seven Chinese language corporations sponsored the 2018 competitors, spending an estimated $835m — excess of US and Russian manufacturers.

Chinese language corporations maintained their robust displaying on the 2021 Copa América, South America’s greatest soccer match, making up three of the 4 official sponsors.

Kuaishou, TCL Expertise and Sinovac discovered themselves shouldering the majority of the sponsorship duties after a number of huge sponsors, together with Mastercard and Diageo, pulled out amid controversy over the well being dangers posed to gamers by COVID-19.

Forward of Qatar 2022, Chinese language manufacturers have once more proven themselves to be extra hesitant to wade into debates about human rights than their company counterparts elsewhere.

Not like Budweiser, Adidas, Coca-Cola, and McDonald’s, Chinese language sponsors haven’t expressed assist for a Human Rights Watch marketing campaign that calls on FIFA and Qatar to compensate migrant staff and their households for deaths and accidents that occurred in the course of the World Cup preparations.

Qatar’s authorities has mentioned it has made “substantial progress” on labour reforms and it continues to work with nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) to “make sure that these reforms are far-reaching and efficient”. Qatari officers have additionally denied allegations of corruption in their World Cup bid.

“Many world manufacturers are cautious of not getting right into a political debate about their assist, so they might have been extra hesitant to hitch as sponsors,” Roll mentioned.


Nigel Currie, director of sports activities advertising and sponsorship company NC Partnership, mentioned, nevertheless, that main sponsors from throughout the globe had been finally selecting to stay with the match as a result of enormous enterprise alternatives concerned.

“There may be controversy surrounding the staging of the World Cup in Qatar. Nonetheless, would Coca-Cola pull out and danger Pepsi stepping in?” Currie advised Al Jazeera.

“Would Visa give up their place and permit Mastercard again? The motorized vehicle class is vastly aggressive and any variety of world automobile corporations could be eager to take over from Hyundai Kia. The identical argument might be made for a number of different product classes. The straightforward reality is that World Cup offers are accomplished over a number of World Cups and are designed to exclude opponents and supply main manufacturers with an unique and elite alternative to achieve billions of individuals world wide.”

Josh Gardner, the CEO and co-founder of China-focused consultancy Kung Fu Information, mentioned he anticipated Chinese language manufacturers to maintain rising in worldwide prominence as they “search methods to construct a stronghold past the homeland”.

“This isn’t in contrast to a parallel development of Chinese language manufacturers inking sponsorship agreements with Hollywood,” Gardner advised Al Jazeera, pointing to product placements involving Vivo, immediate messenger Tencent QQ and e-commerce firm Jingdong.

“Recall the various Marvel and DC motion pictures that includes labels similar to Vivo and QQ and plastering the Jingdong emblem throughout fictional skyscrapers on the massive display.”

AI at World Cup 2022 to check crowds, control climate | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

Doha, Qatar – There’s a room in Qatar’s capital Doha with lots of of screens that present the gang attending the World Cup 2022 matches.

With greater than 1.2 million followers anticipated within the nation for the World Cup, Qatar has arrange a tech hub that makes use of synthetic intelligence to keep watch over the spectators, predict crowd swells and even management stadium temperature.

Greater than 100 technicians shall be working across the clock on the Aspire Command and Management Middle, intently monitoring pictures flashing throughout their screens by way of 200,000 built-in items, from 22,000 safety cameras unfold throughout all eight World Cup stadiums.

It’s from right here that they’ll function entry gates, guarantee there may be working water and maintain the air conditioners buzzing easily.

Facial recognition know-how will allow the crew to zoom in on every of the 80,000 seats at Lusail Stadium, which is about to host 10 matches, together with the ultimate.

Specialists from cybersecurity to anti-terrorism to move shall be stationed on the centre, together with Qatari and FIFA officers.

Safety cameras in all areas of the stadiums will be sure that mission management can examine how every venue is working earlier than, throughout and after the occasion.

“With one click on you may shift from one stadium to [another] stadium, as a result of we’ve got every little thing built-in by means of our centralised platform, when it comes to facility administration, safety, well being and security, and ICT [information and communications technology] operations,” stated Hamad Ahmed al-Mohannadi, the centre’s director.

That is the way forward for how sports activities shall be coated, say the technicians, a few of who’ve labored behind the scenes because the 2006 Asian Video games, which Qatar hosted. They only have many extra devices at their disposal, now.

Organisers say that the “related stadium” idea is the primary of its type for use throughout a World Cup. AI will allow technicians to foretell crowd surges and rapidly cope with overcrowding by sharing data with safety officers.

The purpose is to keep away from incidents such because the chaos that erupted in Could exterior the Stade de France in Paris, when police used tear gasoline and pepper spray on followers making an attempt to get into the Champions League remaining between Liverpool and Actual Madrid.

In October, greater than 130 individuals had been killed in a crowd crush at a soccer stadium in Indonesia after police fired tear gasoline at followers who streamed on to the pitch, adopted by individuals working into locked exits whereas making an attempt to exit the stadium.

The Qatar centre’s technical group says that knowledge aggregation permits them to forecast crowd patterns. Since they know the precise variety of individuals anticipated based mostly on ticket gross sales, they’ll predict crowd surge. That might be based mostly on time of arrival, factors of entry and even the motion of individuals at any given time.

“We’ve got the gang management group and safety workers on the bottom, and we’ve got the regulation enforcement businesses and we’re complementing their decision-making with knowledge. In order that’s very distinctive,” Niyas Abdulrahiman, the centre’s chief know-how officer, informed Al Jazeera.

With the assistance of AI, the centre can rely the variety of individuals inside an area and apply a threshold. If there are greater than 100 individuals in a specific space, for instance, the technicians can see bottlenecks, examine how the entry gates are performing and guarantee a easy circulate of individuals out and in of the stadium, Abdulrahiman defined.

All of the stadiums are air-conditioned. If there’s a temperature variance contained in the venues, sensors from the command centre can choose up the information and immediate an adjustment.

“By way of this command centre, our centralised platform provides us a possibility to have a fast response, extra efficiency in operations with much less individuals,” Al Mohannadi informed Al Jazeera.

The director is undeterred by cybersecurity threats. He stated the programs are designed to resist vulnerabilities.

“Clearly, all of this depends upon foolproof cybersecurity that your whole programs ought to be capable of face up to any threats from exterior or inside. We’re ensuring that programs are safe. And we’re doing it as a routine now to be sure that through the FIFA World Cup any main cybersecurity incident won’t occur.”

Look back at 2010: ‘Qatar think they might just have got it’ | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

Al Jazeera’s sports activities reporter appears again on the World Cup, from the day Qatar received the bid to the ultimate straight.

Doha, Qatar – It was textual content messages again in 2010, a reminiscence that dates each the Qatar World Cup and me.

I used to be standing exterior an exhibition centre in Zurich, stamping my ft to maintain heat in between doing reside stories for Al Jazeera. FIFA was about to announce the hosts for the 2022 World Cup.

My fingers had been actually getting a great exercise as resolution time acquired nearer that snowy December day.

The inbox on my banged-up Nokia was filling up with notes from colleagues contained in the toasty confines of the Messe Corridor, and all had an identical chorus.

“Qatar suppose they may simply have gotten it” would finest summarise the general sentiment. A reside feed of the grand envelope opening was being fed into my ear as former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter stepped as much as ship the phrases that modified a nation endlessly.

“The winner to host the 2 twenty-two FIFA World Cup is Qatar!”

Not solely did we now have a brand new approach of claiming 2022, however soccer’s greatest event additionally had a brand new dwelling.

Qatar on the brink of host the world, not simply the collaborating nations [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

The subsequent day, a shivering press huddle gathered exterior the resort the place Qatar’s bid crew was staying. The top of the committee, Hassan Al Thawadi, took a couple of questions earlier than leaving for the airport.

The principle theme that morning was Qatar’s climate and the excessive temperatures in June and July when the World Cup is historically held. There was additionally the “lack of footballing tradition” cost thrown at Al Thawadi.

That was simply day one among Qatar being within the world highlight like by no means earlier than. The pointed questions in that freezing Swiss automotive park had been simply the beginning.

With an unprecedented 12-year build-up, this World Cup has been scrutinised like no different. My hope is that the idealism somewhat than the criticism of the 2010 bid does grow to be a actuality; that followers will be capable of journey to multiple recreation per day; that sceptics visiting the Center East for the primary time have a few of their preconceptions modified.

Any veterans of that chilly morning in Switzerland might also word that air-conditioned stadiums have been constructed and Qatar’s nationwide crew that kicks off this World Cup will accomplish that as reigning Asian Cup champions.

Qatar welcomes Asian Cup football champions home [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]
Qatar welcomes its Asian Cup soccer champions dwelling [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Most of all, I’m trying ahead to seeing this World Cup mirrored by means of the eyes of my younger son. He’s simply one of many many adjustments which have occurred in my life since that vote greater than a decade in the past. A formative footballing reminiscence of mine is watching the 1982 World Cup as a seven-year-old and falling in love with the yellow Brazilian jersey.

It opened my eyes to a beguiling world past the mud and chill winds of English soccer. It confirmed in my thoughts that this recreation would endlessly be part of my life. My son can’t wait to observe the world’s finest at their finest. He desires to see objectives, recreate them within the again backyard and relive them in his goals.

For a couple of days at the least, we must always all be allowed to welcome slightly wide-eyed pleasure again into our lives.

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Doha’s skyline because it prepares to host the World Cup [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Q&A: Belgium coach on team’s diversity, evolution and chances | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

When Roberto Martinez succeeded Marc Wilmots as head coach of the Belgian nationwide crew in 2016, he was sure that the crew might obtain nice issues.

Two years later, on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Belgium completed third, the crew’s finest end on the match, one which featured memorable wins over Japan and Brazil.

Belgium tackle Canada in its first match on November 23. Al Jazeera caught up with Martinez in regards to the crew’s plans and hopes for the upcoming World Cup:

Al Jazeera: What’s your evaluation of the groups you’ll face in your group?

Roberto Martinez: An attention-grabbing group as a result of it is vitally numerous. There’s a European nation that everyone knows very properly: Croatia. They’ve obtained this glorious technology that completed second within the 2018 World Cup. Since then, there was quite a lot of consistency with the teaching and the way in which they play.

Canada have been very spectacular. We observe them very intently, a crew that’s able to beating the USA and Mexico. After which Morocco. Except you might be Belgian you don’t perceive the story however there’s a robust hyperlink. There are as much as 5 or 6 gamers who had been born in Belgium and that creates an excellent stronger hyperlink. Even workers members have been with each federations.

There’s a very robust group of Moroccan individuals in Belgium. So the hyperlinks will make it a giant soccer derby.

Al Jazeera: Belgium completed third in 2018. How has your crew modified since then?

Martinez: There was an evolution. I feel we now have improved within the aggressive nature of getting three gamers for each place. It’s turning into more durable to cut back our record to 26 gamers, even in objective. Everyone seems to be rising, growing and progressing of their roles.

Even within the final recreation in our qualification marketing campaign, we had been in a position to make quite a lot of modifications and preserve our stage and manner of enjoying. I’ve been right here since 2016 and you can begin to see that we’re working in a manner that each participant is available in understanding what is anticipated.

Al Jazeera: You’ve been identified to make use of the 3-4-3 formation. How has that developed with the Belgian nationwide crew?

Martinez: I feel programs aren’t vital. The system is used typically to suit your gamers and get the very best relationships out of them. Generally it’s to suit the opposition.

The best way of enjoying is vital. We’re fairly versatile, and we now have confirmed our 3-4-3, particularly within the World Cup, fits our gamers significantly better than different programs.

However there might be moments when we now have to vary the system and that may be a massive emphasis that we placed on our kids. We have to develop gamers which might be versatile, that may play utilizing totally different programs.

Al Jazeera: Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard are instrumental gamers and have the standard of constructing soccer look really easy. What’s it like to teach such proficient gamers?

Martinez: They’re two gamers I favor having fun with as a fan. We don’t look in Belgium typically at two gamers who’re so contrasting within the distinctive expertise that they create. We have to get pleasure from them. It’s not about assessing them or making an attempt to affect them. It’s extra… we have to get pleasure from what they create.

They do convey excessive skills. Eden likes to decelerate the second that he’s on the ball after which execute in one-on-one conditions. Kevin de Bruyne accelerates the tempo of the sport by executing unbelievable actions of the attacking play. However like all the highest gamers, they’ve an excellent connection.

That’s the lovely side of what we now have in Belgium. We get pleasure from this technology for what they’re. As a result of we all know that that is fairly a novel time for our followers to have these sorts of performances in entrance of them.

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Eden Hazard warming up for the July 2, 2018, World Cup match in opposition to Japan in Russia [Toru Hanai/Reuters]

Al Jazeera: However Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have struggled with accidents and well being points. Is that this a giant concern for you?

Martinez: Hazard has discovered an answer since February. I’d say that with the brand new remedy, he’s now pain-free, he is able to compete and to get pleasure from his soccer. The function he has at Actual Madrid and within the nationwide crew are utterly totally different. I’m not involved in any respect. After all, the shortage of match health may be a problem earlier than a World Cup however we have to alter these components.

With Lukaku, it is vitally related. In the summertime he had the transfer that he needed. He is an important a part of a crew that’s on an enormous mission to attempt to get the Serie A title again within the metropolis. I see him as somebody who’s having fun with each second of that problem.

Al Jazeera: There was a reasonably current explosion of Belgian expertise. How did this occur?

Martinez: Nicely, it was a plan. There is no such thing as a doubt that this was a aware determination to sit down down and attempt to determine what may very well be finished to develop Belgian expertise in the very best manner. It started in 2000 when the nationwide crew was in a really troublesome place.

There was a transparent path for all skilled groups in Belgium of how one can work and how one can develop the gamers from the age of 14 and 15 all the way in which to the primary crew.

That’s the preliminary side, however then there was Belgium’s success story in Beijing on the Olympics the place this technology began to get a profitable feeling.

The golf equipment in Belgium do an amazing job on the academy stage. There may be additionally the success of every particular person participant going overseas and turning into crucial on the membership stage and progressing and going to the very best golf equipment in Europe. That prepares gamers in a fashion which you can not plan for. That’s the reality.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring
Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring the crew’s second objective in opposition to Finland on June 21, 2018, at Saint Petersburg Stadium [Anatoly Maltsev/Reuters]

Al Jazeera: In 2018, you beat Brazil within the World Cup quarter-final. Does that rank as essentially the most memorable win in your teaching profession?

Martinez: It must be. If you find yourself slightly boy and you start to like the sport all of us bear in mind a second on the road re-enacting a World Cup with your folks.

Within the World Cup, you’ve got a match inside a match – the knockout section and the group section. Taking part in a knockout recreation in opposition to Brazil, it’s fairly distinctive. For everybody in Belgium, not simply to play Brazil however to beat them is all the time a recreation that we’re going to bear in mind and treasure.

The interview has been edited for size and readability.

Enter Boeing as Airbus and Qatar Airways resume court battle | Business and Economy News

Dispute about injury to A350 jets descended right into a tug-of-war over confidential paperwork, with Boeing being dragged in.

Airbus and Qatar Airways fought in court docket in entrance of Boeing on Friday as a dispute about injury to A350 jets descended right into a tug-of-war over confidential paperwork whereas the sums at stake of their unprecedented falling out topped $1.5bn.

Boeing was dragged into the case for the primary time as attorneys quarrelled over entry to a preliminary contract for its 737 MAX jets – illustrating the domino impact on a $150bn world airliner trade from the uncommon London authorized battle.

Qatar Airways is suing Airbus in a division of the Excessive Court docket over injury to the painted floor and anti-lightning system on A350 jets, saying security may very well be in danger.

Backed by European regulators, Airbus acknowledged high quality flaws, however has insisted the jets are protected.

The 2 sides should present one another with 1000’s of pages of paperwork as their dispute, which has already altered the form of planemaking competitors, heads in the direction of a uncommon London aerospace trial in mid-2023, barring a settlement.

The case has shone a highlight on the inside workings of the jet market, together with contractual particulars and the commercial playbook for getting ready supply of recent jets.

The variety of A350s grounded by Qatar due to floor injury rose this week to twenty-eight out of 53 A350s in its fleet.

Airbus mentioned final month it had revoked all remaining A350 orders from Qatar Airways.

Either side raised the stakes once more on Friday as they accused one another of foot-dragging over releasing paperwork. They’re additionally urging the return of tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} of deposits to the airline and credit score funds to the producer.

Confidentiality row

In a counter-claim in February, Airbus requested Qatar Airways for $220m in damages and detailed one other $185m of credit in opposition to future deliveries which it mentioned had been paid prematurely into three funds for the event of Qatar’s aviation sector as a part of the unique A350 deal in 2007-2009.

Airbus mentioned in a abstract of arguments prematurely of Friday’s listening to that it was in search of reimbursement and had sought particulars from the airline on how the cash had been spent. Qatar Airways didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Folks conversant in the case mentioned Qatar Airways was strongly arguing that the cash had been invested as anticipated and dismissed dialogue of the funds as a authorized manoeuvre.

For its half, Qatar Airways accused Airbus of attempting to convey European regulators “on aspect” by controlling what they noticed.

It reproduced an inner Airbus e mail titled “Simple mtg” from the highest A350 engineer asking colleagues to point out the European Union Aviation Security Company (EASA) the worst injury, including, “We have to damp the primary impression they are going to have”.

An Airbus spokesperson mentioned this demonstrated a “warts and all” method. EASA didn’t reply to a request for remark.

There was additionally a spat in court docket about entry to emails of Qatar Airways’ high-profile chief govt Akbar Al Baker. The airline was ordered to start out a seek for related paperwork, topic to Qatari legislation, however was given six weeks to handle safety issues about data held on authorities servers.

With the case attracting a rising military of attorneys, Boeing additionally marched into court docket 19 on Friday, placing each aircraft giants on stage with one in every of their largest consumers for probably the primary time exterior air exhibits the place jet offers get introduced.

Boeing insisted it didn’t plan to become involved within the escalating dispute between its rival and its shopper.

However its look got here months after the A350 dispute widened when Airbus revoked a separate take care of Qatar for 50 A321neo jets, arguing they have been linked by a crossover clause.

Qatar subsequently ordered the Boeing 737 MAX and this catapulted arguments in regards to the relative deserves of the jets into court docket, with Airbus unusually saying the MAX was pretty much as good because the A321 in a bid to keep away from being pressured to construct the jets for Qatar.

The airline has accordingly been ordered handy over a preliminary model of the MAX contract to Airbus, however Boeing objected on Friday to Airbus’s inner attorneys seeing the info.

“The disclosure of pricing data … that’s dynamite,” Boeing’s lawyer Paul Stanley advised the court docket.