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Groups for FIFAe Nations Cup 2021 confirmed

Groups for FIFAe Nations Cup 2021 confirmed

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Groups set for elite national teams ahead of FIFAe Nations Cup 2021 Nations pinnacle event to take place from 20 to 22 August in Copenhagen Toted “Group of Death” includes reigning champions France as well as countries such as England, Mexico, and Sweden As with all upcoming events, FIFA will continue to monitor the global health situation and any potential impact on the safety of participants and staff. The pinnacle of 2v2 national FIFA esports is almost upon us: the FIFAe Nations Cup 2021™ group stage draw is complete. 24 countries from across the world are coming to Copenhagen in August to compete on the world’s biggest stage for competitive national team EA SPORTS FIFA™ and with the draw finalised, they will now know who they will be facing off against in their first matches. Na...
Qatar calling for Arab hopefuls

Qatar calling for Arab hopefuls

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The FIFA Arab Cup takes place from 30 November to 18 December Its qualifying round runs from 19-25 June 14 teams vying for remaining seven places at tournament While the first half of June has been dominated by FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ preliminaries, qualifying of a different kind will be the focus for a group of African and Asian nations from 19 June. The setting will be the Qatari capital Doha, where 14 sides will contest a single knockout fixture for the remaining seven berths at the FIFA Arab Cup 2021™. The winners of each pairing will join hosts Qatar, Iraq, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Algeria in the tournament’s final phase from 30 November to 18 December. Key information Where: Doha, Qatar When: From 19 to 25 June 2021 At stake: ...
Asia World Cup qualifying: What’s next?

Asia World Cup qualifying: What’s next?

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12 teams in Asia are still in contention to qualify for the World Cup Round 3 draw to take place on 1 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia FIFA.com breaks down everything you need to know The path to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ has reached a pivotal stage in Asia. Twelve teams have qualified for the third round after a nearly two-year long journey in Round 2. Group winners Syria (A), Australia (B), IR Iran (C), Saudi Arabia (D), Japan (F), United Arab Emirates (G) and Korea Republic (H) will be joined by the five best runners-up: China PR (A), Oman (E), Iraq (C), Vietnam (G) and Lebanon (H). Qatar finished as winners of Group E, but as hosts have already qualified for the World Cup and will not participate in the next round of qualifying. What's next? The 12 teams will be split into t...
Jardine: Daniel Alves’ eyes lit up

Jardine: Daniel Alves’ eyes lit up

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Andre Jardine, only 41, will coach Brazil at the Tokyo Olympics He has named 38-year-old Dani Alves in his squad Jardine discusses A Seleção’s bid for back-to-back golds A 20-year-old civil engineering student skipped a few lectures to watch an old friend try and realise an Olympic fantasy ay Sydney 2000. Andre’s hope of a football career may have ended when he was released by Gremio, but his former team-mate Ronaldinho headlined a Brazil squad assigned to an exhaustive wait for a first Men’s Olympic Football Tournament gold. Despite a palatial free-kick from the No7, A Seleção lost 2-1 to Cameroon in the quarter-finals, and Ronaldinho’s Olympic dream was finally ended in semi-final defeat at Beijing 2008. Unimaginably, Ronaldinho will now be the one watching and cheering as Andre go...
International stakeholder group to support ensuring an inclusive FIFA World Cup launched

International stakeholder group to support ensuring an inclusive FIFA World Cup launched

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First meeting of the Core Stakeholder Group on Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination held yesterday Tournament organisers reiterated commitment to diversity to leading organisations in this field The participants cover key areas such as gender and race equality, LGBTIQ+ and disability inclusion A meeting on Monday between the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ organisers and leading organisations in the diversity field laid the foundation for a structured engagement process on inclusion and anti-discrimination, which is intended to inform and further strengthen the steps taken by the tournament organisers to ensure a fully inclusive tournament. During this first meeting, the Core Stakeholder Group on Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination was provided with an overview of the event’s Sustainability St...

Gelsenkirchen glory for Cambiasso and Argentina

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Esteban Cambiasso scored a World Cup wonder goal 15 years ago today He rounded off a 24-pass move in 6-0 win over Serbia and Montenegro Hernan Crespo: “I have never been involved in a more beautiful goal” Argentina have produced some of the FIFA World Cup's most memorable moments. And while Diego Maradona’s magical solo run at the Azteca will spring immediately to mind, you might also remember Esteban Cambiasso scoring a very different, but equally admirable, goal in Gelsenkirchen. His celebration, pictured here, says it all. While Maradona was used to scoring wonder goals, Cambiasso seemed as amazed and awe-struck as anyone watching. The goal, he later reflected, was “patience, rhythm, circulation, surprise and football artistry at its best”. If Maradona’s effort had showcased the ...
Friendlies provide lessons and questions for African giants

Friendlies provide lessons and questions for African giants

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Africa’s top team sets new record for games unbeaten Algeria shine, Morocco with work to do, Tunisia seeking dynamism Aforementioned trio preparing for Qatar 2022 qualifiers and the FIFA Arab Cup The second half of 2021 promises to be a busy one for many teams from the Arab world, with the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ in Asia and Africa, as well as the inaugural edition of the FIFA Arab Cup to be held in Qatar at the end of the year. Indeed, with a qualifying round for this new tournament taking place in the coming days, and AFC teams engaged in Qatar 2022 qualifying, several Arab teams without either of those obligations took advantage of the international window to play friendlies. This was the case for the likes of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, who all had useful ...
Legends make history as Olympic 12 prepare

Legends make history as Olympic 12 prepare

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Olympic participants warming up with friendlies Japan and USA looking strong, while Chile pulled off a great result Caroline Seger and Carli Lloyd make history In just over a month, the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament will be getting underway in Tokyo. For those teams taking part, there is little time left to prepare, so many of them have taken the opportunity to play international friendlies to gauge their form. Here is a closer look at some of the countries. Group E Japan Japan are among the favourites, and they certainly proved that in their friendlies against Ukraine and Mexico, thrashing the former 8-0. "It was great to score eight goals but there were plenty of periods when we didn’t manage to get possession of the ball, so this match showed us that we still need to aim f...
Vietnam make history as last-12 finalised in Asia

Vietnam make history as last-12 finalised in Asia

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Asia’s last 12 line-up complete on the road to Qatar 2022 Vietnam seal maiden progression to Round 3, Uzbekistan suffer surprise exit IR Iran, UAE and China PR stage late comebacks to progress The curtain finally came down on Asia’s second round of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ with the last 12 line-up complete after the closing matchday. Eight teams shored up passage on Tuesday - Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, IR Iran, Iraq, Oman, Lebanon, China PR and Vietnam – to join the already-qualified Japan, Australia, Syria and Korea Republic in the third round. These teams will be divided into two groups of six with the draw taking place on 1 July. The sides will battle against each other across seven months from 2 September 2021 – 29 March 2022 with the top two in each...
FIFA awards FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ media rights in Poland

FIFA awards FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ media rights in Poland

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FIFA has awarded the exclusive rights in Poland to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ to Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group). NENT Group will show every match from the 2023 edition in Australia and New Zealand, the biggest event in the international women’s game, on its Viaplay platform in Poland. NENT Group continues to focus investments on women’s sport in all territories and already held the exclusive rights to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, which it acquired at the end of last year. Jean-Christophe Petit, FIFA’s Director of Media Rights & Content Services, said: “NENT Group has demonstrated a strong commitment to women’s football and we are happy to extend our partnership with them on the FIFA Women’s World Cup. We are looking forward to workin...

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