According to reports, Premier League side Man United are in the race to land Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey. Old Trafford have identified Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho as their marquee signing for next season, but they have failed to reach any headway in the pursuit of the England international.
According to several reports Dortmund are holding out for over £100m for the winger. While the Red Devils are adamant, they will not meet that demand due to the financial impact of the Covid19 outbreak. Leaving the two sides in somewhat of a stand-off over a potential mega transfer.
Phil Foden believes his impressive performance for Manchester City this season has caught the attention of England manager Gareth Southgate. The England U21 star has been impressive for Pep Guardiola’s side this season. He has been used in Cup matches and the youngster has impressed with assured performances.
He was instrumental as the club won their third Carabao cup. He was named man of the match in the final, and he hopes his display will be enough to convince the watching England manager when making his choices for the European championship selection. The European championship was slated for the summer of 2020, but the competition has been postponed till next summer due to Coronavirus pandemic.
The AFC 2022 World Cup qualifiers have been going on with the third round of fixtures played during the international break. On Tuesday Asian giants Iran lost to Bahrain in their qualifier in the filled Bahrain National stadium.
ongoing tensions in the Middle East were seen from the start of the game with
Bahrain fans jeering the Iran national anthem while their players were smiling
to the anthem. This act infuriated the Iranians in what proved to be a testy game.
The Federations of Spain and Portugal have
officially confirmed that they will promote a joint candidacy to organize the
2030 World Cup, which will follow the already
assigned editions of Qatar 2022 and the United States, Mexico and Canada, in
The two Iberian federations have
informed the governments of both countries and they have full support.
Spain and Portugal already presented themselves
as venues for the 2018 World Cup, which finally won Russia’s candidacy.
The Iberian offer was eliminated
in Zurich on December 2, 2010, on a day that was then investigated by the FBI
as a separate for financial misconduct and the alleged purchase and sale of
votes that occurred in the allocation of the headquarters of the World Cup.
The 2018 and 2022 editions, awarded that day,
were the last ones chosen with the votes of the members of the FIFA Executive
Committee – then composed of 23 people.Now it
is bestowed on all the 209 presidents of the federations of the world.
With their joint plan, Spain and
Portugal will compete to host the 2030 World Cup, in which they will celebrate the centenary of the tournament.
They will have as great
rivals Argentina and Uruguay, who disputed the first final and have long since announced
their intention to attend to host the World Cup.Meanwhile Qatar will offer two training grounds to
each team in the 2022 World Cup
The preparations of the training camps for the teams that will participate in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are underway. The natural grass playgrounds will be available to the participants and will be a legacy for the country. Apart from those that are underway, many others will be improved.
New fields are being built in Qatar, while others that already meet the requirements are conditioned. Among the stadiums that are improved are the first and second division clubs.
For the host of World Cup 2022, all Copa America matches will be like
the final match. The clash of Sunday against Paraguay at the Maracana stadium
is above all. This is because this is probably going to be the best chance of
the team to get points in this tournament. Felix Sanchez, the Spanish coach of
Qatar in an interview told journalists that his team is trying to participate
in high level three group stage matches which will take place against Colombia,
Argentina, and Paraguay.
Sanchez believes that Argentina and Colombia are the top two
contenders of winning the title. This means that the match opposite Paraguayans
show the best chance that Qatar, the holder of the Asian Cup to register a win.
Sanchez said, “The match will be like the final one, but the match will be
the same opposite Argentina and Colombia. Both nations are great nations and
know for their love for football.” At the beginning of this month, Qatar,
who is making the debut of Copa America lost a friendly match opposite host
Brazil with the score 2-0
Tite is the coach of Brazil, said Qatar defense has impressed him and however, the ball possession of team was not as great as it was seen in the Asian Cup. Paraguay, on the other hand, is striving to rebuild its game under its coach Eduardo Berizzo. The team fails to qualify in the last two World Cups.
Berizzo said, “The team’s quality is its counters. They counter
well and adapt different tactics for the same. They also have a great offense.”
The coach of Paraguay, however, he felt that his team is his favorite and has
the potential to become the winner of Rio de Janeiro. He said that this is the
time that we have to work on our identity and affirm it.
England national team have been one of the
surprise success stories in the past 12
months as Gareth Southgate has brought the feel-good
factor to the team. Appointed in 2017 as the replacement to Sam Allardyce the 48-year-old took charge of the team in the 2018
Despite many writing off the chances of the team, Southgate was able to galvanise the team
as they made a run to the semis before losing after extra time to Croatia. Last
Thursday the former Middlesbrough manager was in Buckingham Palace to receive
his OBE (order of the British Empire.
Dressed in his trademark waistcoat the
England manager received the award from Prince Charles. After the ceremony, Southgate revealed that it was a
unique and proud moment for him. He also thanked
his staff and players for their support since he took charge of the team.
Another member of the World Cup team to
receive an award was England captain Harry Kane who was awarded an MBE (member
of the order of the British Empire).
Southgate has been able to mix and team with
old heads such as Kyle Walker and Jordan Henderson alongside key players like
Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. He has
also not been afraid to give youth players a chance with the recent debut of
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jadon Sancho good examples.
England have continued to impress post World Cup as they are through to the finals of the UEFA Nations League after emerging from a mini group with Spain and World Cup finalists Croatia. The team faces the Netherlands in the semi-final of the tournament in June.
Southgate men have also begun the European 2020 qualifiers with a quick
flourish winning their opening two games against the Czech Republic and Montenegro netting five goals in both matches.
When it comes to the World
Cup it is a chance for sponsorship and global promotions for many countries.
For the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2022, a Chinese dairy giant is looking to
gain sponsorship contract.
Mengniu Dairy from China
is a giant in the country and known as the second largest dairy producer for China
is looking to gain sponsorship deals with FIFA. They are in talks with the
football authorities for this. The forthcoming World Cup would be held in Qatar
and it would be an opportunity for the company to boost its image and create
brand awareness across the globe.
The company had previously
sponsored the 2018 World Cup that was held in Russia. This had been to the
amount of 1 billion RMB or 149 million USD. It feels that its brand
recognition, as well as revenue, was greatly boosted by that event. The sales
of the company grew by 14% which was despite no discounts being offered to the
customers. This has been a change as compared to previous years when they have
achieved growth rates by offering discounts on different products.
Hence, it makes sense that Mengniu would seek to expand its brand by associating themselves with FIFA world campaigns. Besides the association with FIFA world cup campaign, their foreign sales remain small. The company hopes that they would be able to expand into foreign segments in this manner. The current target of the company is in Southeast Asia. They have already invested in a production plant in Indonesia where operations have started in November last year. They are now looking to expand to markets in Africa and the Middle East.
Indeed, there is much that
is being done about the forthcoming World Cup in 2022. The event’s organization
has the city planners in Qatar busy while FIFA doles out sponsorship deals.
Former Barcelona head coach
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has been announced as the new manager of the Mexican
national team following the departure of former boss Juan Carlos Osorio.
Carlos Osorio led Mexico to the
2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but was left disappointed by the team’s
performance at the tournament, eventually deciding to call the quits.
Gerardo Martino has been
announced as the man to lead the North American country to the 2022 World Cup
in Qatar, which will surely be a very difficult task for the Argentinian
The head coach was presented by
the Mexican Football Federation, Federacion Mexicana de Futbol (FMF) last week
at an official press conference as Juan Carlos Osorio’s successor.
Speaking at his unveiling,
Martino pledged his commitment to the country, revealing his commitment to work
with utmost honesty and respect.
He also had words of praise for
Mexican players, acknowledging that the country is blessed with so many great
players who are plying their trade in various European leagues.
Martino was quick to state his
ambitions of playing a beautiful brand of attacking football with his Mexico
team as he looks to lead them to the World Cup in Qatar come 2022.
The Argentine boss moves to Mexico following two largely successful seasons in the Major League Soccer with newly formed club Atlanta United. He is leaving the Atlanta-based club on a high, following his league title triumph in December 2018.
Martino brings in a wealth of
experience to the Mexican national team, having previously managed a
star-studded Barcelona team in the past, even leading them to the Spanish La
Liga title during his reign.
His major task at Mexico
for the time being, will be to secure a spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the
supporters will be hoping he achieves just that.
Located about 15 km away from Doha, the Lusail will be
the biggest stadium ever to be used for a tournament. The 80,000 capacity
Stadium will conduct the opening game of the cup and the first ever tournament
to be held in the Arab world. The 2022 FIFA Cup Qatar is the first to take
place in winter and is presumed to start on 21 November 2022.
Hassan Al Thawadi, the General Secretary of Qatar’s
committee supreme for delivery and legacy has asked the world to be prepared to
be amazed since it has been eight years since Qatar won the right to host a
World Cup. He said that the promise of an amazing tournament would be delivered
once again with the stunning design of the Lusail Stadium. It has also been
proposed that the stadium will be converted into a hub for the community after
the World Cup.
He also added that the stadium is a symbol of an exciting future and a nod to their past. Located at the heart of the city, he said, it sits on the same land as the home of The Founder. He proclaimed that it is a city for the future and that once the FIFA tournament is over, it will form a critical part of the heritage of the World Cup as it converts itself to become the heart of the new community.
However, Human Rights organizations have been condemning the labor practices and concerns have been raised regarding the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar who are constructing the new infrastructure for the World Cup. It was reported by Amnesty International that dozens of migrants working on the city which is to host the finals had been unpaid for months.
Gianni Infantino is the head of FIFA and he has come back with the idea of including more number of teams in 2022 Qatar World Cup. He is seeking participation of 48 teams instead of 32 teams. While addressing the Asian Football Association (AFA) annual federal congress that held in Kuala Lumpur, he said “We are talking too many of our friends along with Qatari and we are hopeful things could happen.”
This initiative is the effort of FIFA to add up the number of teams in the tournament and also to increase its size. These efforts are going to football cake to a big section of the World.