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.
2022 The FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Qatar between 21 November 2022 and 18 December 2022, across 8 to 12 cities with 32 nations.
In his recent accusations against Qatar over the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Amnesty International said that dozens of migrant workers were left unpaid for several months in the city of Lusail, who will host the final of the tournament. According to the London-based rights group, the engineering company Mercury MENA “failed to pay thousands of dollars of wages and services to its employees, leaving them stranded and immovable” in the country.
New Zealand Football’s chief executive Andy Martin has decided to call it a time in order to focus more on family life. The 51-year-old says that he is retiring at the end of the month and will be leaving the role as the Chief Executive. He has come under a lot of controversy over the last four years and it primarily has to do with his handling of the criticism surroundingcoach Andreas Heraf. New Zealand football has been in the decline for the last couple of years and it is a surprise considering that the team created history back in 2010 by reaching the finals in South Africa.
Heraf came up with the controversial comment after the 1-0 defeat for New Zealand against Japan back on June 10. After the defeat,Heraf claimed that there were no issues in the New Zealand camp but there have been several reports that all is not well within the camp since March. However, Martin tried to dismiss most of the issues surrounding the comments made byHeraf. It appears that Martin has set his sights upon leaving his role when the path was rosy, as a review has just been called upon. Heraf was subjected to complaints from as many as 13 players back in June 18.
Manchester City and Liverpool have taken proactive steps in ensuring their players are back in camp in one piece.
Both top Premier League clubs reportedly flew the Brazilian stars on international duty back from South America to England ahead of their clash over the weekend.
Pep Guardiola and his boys would play host to the highly attacking Jurgen Klopp side on Saturday at the Etihad. Victory for either side would make them temporary log leaders before Manchester United play later in the day.
Neither of both managers would want to lose further ground to Jose Mourinho, who has been touted as the real threat in the league this term. Liverpool’s 4-0 thrashing for Arsenal before the international break would serve as a warning to City that havestruggled to win games so far.
City would still not have IlkayGundogan available as the player continues to work on his fitness levels following a serious knee injury last term. The team would have Kyle Walker after he served his one-match ban.
Apart from an underwhelming display against the Tartan Army of Scotland in the 6th round of the European World Cup qualifications the England national team prior to their opponents had a lot on their plates as supposed team captain Wayne Rooney was not seen with the squad as a result of coach Gareth Southgate’s decision not to invite the Manchester United skipper.
It is an open that Rooney althoughat the twilight of his career will love nothing more than to be at next year’s World Cup in Russia at least to have a well one last hurrah and the chance to win one major trophywith his nation.
The Three Lions have had their own fair share of controversies over the years and although the current coach has done a great job since taking over from Sam Allardyce this one last mudsling with the highest goal scorer in ManchesterUnited’s history appear to be something that might trigger off issues the last thing the nation of England deserve from this team that has specialized in the art of failing to add up to their individual talented sums.
Former Brazil international Cafu has selected his all-time pick at the national level. He admitted that it was a tough one and some players would be left out as there was a limit. He started with the notion of keeping possession so he went with Paulo Roberto Falcao, Zico and Rivellino in the heart of his all-time Brazil XI.
In the choice of goalkeepers, despite the lot that the South American side has used over the years, he opted for Claudio Taffarel. Cafu explained that it was because of the “calm, smooth and peaceful” nature. The fact that the keeper played in three World Cups also helped.
Former Brazil star player Ronaldinho believes that Brazil can win the next World Cup.
He said that the team has made some great progress ever since the last tournament and that they have a team worthy to be champions now.
Ronaldinho said that in the previous tournament the team was over-reliant on Neymar and that opposing team could easily stop Brazil by neutralizing their best player but at the moment he feels that the team is playing better collectively.
Ronaldinho said that the Brazil national team has improved massively in recent games and that it is no surprise that they have reached the top place in the FIFA rankings. He said that the players now play better as a team and that it is harder for opposition to stop them.
Lionel Messi had come to the tour of France with the plan that after playing the PSG match, he would make his way to Egypt for an event instead of taking the next flight back to Spain with the rest of the Barcelona boys.
The thing is that there has been a programme launched in Egypt where they are providing the treatment for the life threatening disease Hepatitis C without taking a single penny from the sufferers and are also providing the lodging facility for them.
Messi as well as the Selecao Footballer Dani Alves were signed as the two promoters of the programme last year and it was actually towards the end of the last year itself that Messi had to participate in the promotional event of the programme.
But, around that same time, Egypt was hit by the blasts and the scheduled trip to the country was therefore not considered safe for Messi. As a result of that, the date was pushed ahead indefinitely.