2022 FIFA World Cup

Construction is underway on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 to complete Lusail's 80,000-seat venue for the opening game and final in a city that didn't exist when Qatar won the FIFA vote in 2010. Located in the centre of a new development to the north of Doha, with direct connections by road and a new metro line, Lusail Stadium is intended to be a catalyst for development growth of Lusail city.(AP Photo/Petr Josek)
October 08, 2019 - 9:37 am
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — By day, Juma Marzouq approves Qatar's masterplans for the vast stadium infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup. By night, Marzouq goes into fan mode, tackling the challenge of filling soccer arenas in this tiny nation. Marzouq has seen encouraging signs since Qatar's breakthrough...
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Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves poses for photos as he is presented as the new defender of the Sao Paulo soccer club at Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. The 36-year-old former Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain defender signed a free transfer deal to play for his boyhood team Sao Paulo FC. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
August 06, 2019 - 7:58 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — More than 40,000 Brazilian fans showed up Tuesday night to see Dani Alves join his boyhood club Sao Paulo FC. The former Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain defender said the move aims to keep him in shape for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, when he will be 39 years old. The...
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In this Saturday, July 6, 2019 photo, Argentina's Lionel Messi, center left, and Chile's Gary Medel, center right, scuffle as referee Mario Diaz, from Paraguay, left, shows the red card to both of them during Copa America third-place soccer match at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
July 24, 2019 - 6:50 am
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Lionel Messi was suspended from Argentina's first qualifying march for the 2022 World Cup and fined $1,500 by South American soccer's governing body. CONMEBOL said its decision Tuesday resulted from Messi's red card during Argentina's 2-1 win over Chile on July 6 in the...
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Ashley Young, right, of Manchester United and Jordan Stevens of Leeds United compete for the ball during their friendly soccer match in Perth, Australia, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Richard Wainwright/AAP Image via AP)
July 17, 2019 - 5:03 pm
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — European glamor teams such as Manchester United and Real Madrid do not visit Mongolia on lucrative preseason tours, but this oft-forgotten Asian soccer outpost is about to get a taste of the big time on the qualifying road to the 2022 World Cup. Soccer is far from the...
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July 17, 2019 - 3:00 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korea and South Korea have been drawn together in an Asian qualifying group for soccer's 2022 World Cup. The Korean neighbors will play each other home and away in the five-nation Group H that includes Lebanon, Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka. Saudi Arabia and Yemen...
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June 28, 2019 - 10:39 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankans soccer officials have welcomed a FIFA decision to advance its team to the next round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers after removing Macau for its refusal to travel to Sri Lanka because of security concerns over the recent terror attacks. Anura de Silva,...
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Former Brazilian soccer player Cafu, center, poses for a photo with Hassan Al Thawadi, left, Chairman of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and Nasser Al-Khater, right, deputy-secretary general of the Qatar 2022 organizing committee, during a event where Cafu was presented as an Ambassador for the World Cup 2022, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
June 21, 2019 - 1:29 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — Qatar organizers of the 2022 World Cup say they have not been contacted by French authorities working on the investigation that led to the recent questioning of Michel Platini. World Cup organizing committee chairman Hassan Al-Thawadi said on Friday there was no reason for concern...
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Michel Platini and his lawyer William Bourdon, right, answer reporters after Platini has been freed, outside the French police anti-corruption and financial crimes office in Nanterre, outside Paris, early Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Former UEFA president Michel Platini proclaimed his innocence during police questioning Tuesday following his arrest as part of a corruption probe into the vote that gave the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. (AP Photo/ Francois Mori)
June 18, 2019 - 11:31 pm
PARIS (AP) — After a day of police questioning centering on his former role as a top decision-maker in soccer, Michel Platini was released from custody without charge in the early hours of Wednesday and said he found the experience painful given "everything I've done" in the sport. Summoned Tuesday...
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FILE - In this file photo dated June 17, 1986, Michel Platini, left, of France dribbles past Italian forward Alessandro Altobelli in their World Cup eight finals in Mexico City's Azteca Stadium. France won 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament and Italy was eliminated. Affectionately nicknamed “Le Roi” (The King), Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world’s best player of the early 1980s, but his lofty reputation seems to have been tainted. (AP Photo, FILE)
June 18, 2019 - 10:45 pm
Affectionately nicknamed Le Roi, or The King, Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world's best player of the early 1980s, helping to bridge the gap between the eras of Pele and Diego Maradona. Repeatedly voted Europe's best player, the Frenchman instantly...
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FILE - In this Feb.22, 2014 file photo, UEFA President Michel Platini arrives at a press conference, one day prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw in Nice, southeastern France. Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested Tuesday June 18, 2019 over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
June 18, 2019 - 2:23 pm
PARIS (AP) — French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took 1980s soccer superstar and former top executive Michel Platini into custody Tuesday for questioning. Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his...
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