Xavi Hernandez Expecting a Great World Cup 2022

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez claims that the upcoming World Cup 2022 will be a historic occasion since it takes place in the Middle East for the first time. After several years in European football, the Spanish footballer left for the Middle East a few years ago. He has become a major brand ambassador for football in the Middle East. He is currently playing his football for Al SaddSc, who are based in Qatar. Qatar will be hosting the 2022 World Cup and it will be a winter tournament for the first time.

There has been a lot of improvement in the Middle East football over the last few years. One of the latest highlights came in the form of the AFC Asian Cup in which Qatar was able to defeat Japan under unexpected circumstances. As a result, a lot of focus has been put on Qatari football and Xavi says that quality has been growing a lot in recent times. This is a major boost for a player like Xavi, who is used to playing with a much greater quality of players during his time at Barcelona. However, his presence has led to a significant growth in terms of youth football in the nation.

FIFA has sparked life back to Argentina’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Argentina’s quest of qualifying for the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup is not going as smooth as it’s supporters wanted it and expected it to be as they are currently positioned at the 5th spot after 14 qualification matches with 22 points from all those games.

Argentina is competing in the CONMEBOL group which consists of: Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Bolivia and Venezuela. There are a total of 10 national sides competing for a top 4 spot that can allow them to directly qualify for the next edition of the FIFA World Cup.

Despite having top players including: Messi, Dybala, Mascherano, Pastore and Higuain, Argentina has suffered shocking results and their latest one was when Argentina lost 0-2 against Bolivia.

In this defeat against Bolivia, Messi was believed to have verbally abused the referee of that game which ultimately saw him receiving a 4 match suspension which would see the star of Barcelona being unable to play in any of Argentina’s remaining qualification matches. (more…)

FIFA trying to ensure no issues in 2018 WC

After being hit hard by the World Cup 2014, FIFA is ensuring that the upcoming World Cup 2018 does not face any issues with regard to stadium construction and other preparation work.

\Just as with Brazil, Russia will be undergoing massive development in order to accommodate the millions of tourists for expected to descend upon the country for the one month long festival of football. FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has once again been involved in overseeing the work for the 2018 World Cup. He says that FIFA have been left extremely satisfied with the progress made by Russia.

The qualifying campaign for the World Cup is just about to start in several corners of the world. Even though it is yet to reach the mainstream regions like Europe and South America, FIFA is ensuring that there is no delay in the scheduled work for the 2018 World Cup. Russia recently admitted that they needed to tackle the racism issue in the country before hosting the World Cup. Stringent measures are expected to take place, through policing, in order to reduce the prevalence of racism in the country. Russia’s Sport Minister, Vitaly Mutko, says that the nation fully recognises the importance of this event and that they are ensuring organised work. (more…)