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Saudi Arabia Announces Bid To Host 2034 World Cup

Saudi Arabia has announced plans on Wednesday, to host the 2034 World Cup.

The bid “intends to deliver a world-class tournament and will draw inspiration from Saudi Arabia’s ongoing social and economic transformation and the country’s deep-rooted passion for football”, said a statement from the Saudi Arabian football federation.

News of the bid comes one year after neighbouring Qatar hosted the first World Cup in the Middle East, where the Saudi national team scored a stunning group stage victory over eventual winners Argentina.

The Saudi announcement came an hour after world football’s governing body FIFA released a statement giving its plans for the 2030 World Cup and inviting countries in the Asian Football Confederation to bid for 2034.

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World Cup 2026 To Feature 48 Teams Instead of Usual 32 — FIFA

FIFA, the football governing body has expanded the 2026 men’s World Cup in North America to 12 groups of four teams.
This is a change from the original 8 groups of 4 teams.
FIFA announced this on Tuesday, March 14.
The next World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico will be the first to feature 48 teams, a sharp increase from the 32 sides at last year’s tournament in Qatar.
“The revised format mitigates the risk of collusion and ensures that all the teams play a minimum of three matches, while providing balanced rest time between competing teams,” FIFA said on its website.
It means that there will be 104 matches, a huge rise compared to the 64 games played in the 2022 tournament and an increase even on the original plan that the 2026 World Cup would feature 80 matches.
FIFA’s initial plan for 2026 was for 16 groups of three teams, from which the top two countries would advance to the last 32.
The new decided format means the top two in each group will go through to the knockout round along with the eight best third-placed sides.
As a result, the finalists, and the teams finishing third and fourth, will play a total of eight games instead of the current seven.
The decision comes after an entertaining group stage at Qatar 2022 convinced FIFA that a rethink to its original 2026 blueprint was needed.
Tuesday’s decision was announced following a FIFA Council meeting in the Rwandan capital Kigali, at which it confirmed the next men’s World Cup final will be played on Sunday, July 19, 2026.
FIFA said that the total number of days between when clubs must stop playing and release players for international duty, and the final, would be 56, identical to the previous three tournaments.
Nevertheless the World Cup itself may be played over a longer period, after Qatar 2022 was held over just 29 days.
Infantino could get another four year term as FIFA president as he stands unopposed for re-election at Thursday’s FIFA Congress
Expanding the World Cup had been a priority for Infantino following his election in 2016, when he took over from Sepp Blatter at the head of world football.
The number of venues for the 2026 finals will double, from eight stadiums in Qatar last year to 16.
Eleven venues will be in the USA, with three in Mexico and two in Canada.
FIFA also projected a huge increase in revenues in the four-year cycle leading up to 2026, up to $11 billion from $7.5 billion in the four years up to 2022.
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A breakdown of the $440 million in FIFA World Cup prize money

The prize money for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is $440 million, and here is a breakdown of how it is distributed among participating countries.

This year’s tournament featured 32 teams from around the world, including 13 from Europe, five from Africa, four from North America, four from South America, and six from Asia.

Qatar, Ecuador, Wales, Iran, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Tunisia, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Costa Rica, Serbia, Cameroon, Ghana, and Uruguay were among the teams to earn $9 million each.

Others who advanced to the round of 16 – the United States, Senegal, Australia, Poland, Spain, Japan, Switzerland, and South Korea – each received $13 million. Brazil, the Netherlands, Portugal, and England earned $17 million each for reaching the quarter-finals.

Morocco earned $25 million for finishing fourth.

Croatia, which finished third, received $27 million.

The runner-up between Argentina and France will receive $30 million, while the winner of the 2022 FIFA World Cup will receive $42 million.

The tournament will officially conclude on Sunday, December 18, 2022, when France takes on Argentina for a chance to lift the trophy and win the grand prize.

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Argentina wins on penalties after a thrilling World Cup final ends in a 3-3 tie.

Argentina won the 2022 World Cup on penalties, defeating defending champions France 4-2 after a dramatic 3-3 tie after extra time.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a calm penalty conversion, and Angel Di Maria doubled the lead 13 minutes later.

With Argentina already cruising to victory, Mbappe stepped up and scored twice in 97 seconds to send the game into extra time.

Kylian Mbappe

Argentina took the lead again during extra time, but Mbappe sealed a stunning hat-trick with another penalty as the game ended 3-3 and went to a penalty shootout.

Argentina won the World Cup after converting all four of its penalty kicks, while France missed two.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Sets A World Cup Record That Is Unbelievable

Cristiano Ronaldo broke a tournament record in Portugal’s opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Ronaldo tears up when his country national anthem was sung by portugal team.

The Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo set a new and unequaled record with his first goal in Portugal’s opening World Cup encounter against the Black Stars of Ghana, thus calling him legendary is most definitely not a stretch.

Ronaldo became the first and only male player in world cup history to score in five straight matches. The inspirational player scored in the competition’s opening game and would undoubtedly have his sights set on advancing to the knockout stage.

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800 goals have been scored by CR7 throughout all competitions. He still holds the record for most goals scored in a football season.

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Response from Eden Hazard to Germany’s Protest Against FIFA

The most recent player to comment on the German’s decision to cover their lips during the game against Japan is Real Madrid’s attacker Eden Hazard.

Most football fans throughout the world have responded strongly to the four-time World Cup champions’ posed photograph. Speaking during a post-game interview, Hazard was discussing Belgium’s 1-0 victory over Canada.

Yeah, but they also fell short. It would have been preferable for them to have won and not done it. We’re here to play football; I’m not here to make a political statement; better suited individuals should do it. Our primary interest is football.

The decision by FIFA to forbid teams from wearing the rainbow armband in honor of the LGBTQ+ community has not just angered Germany but other teams as well.

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FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar: David De Gea is ruled out

David De Gea, the top goalkeeper for Manchester United, is apparently out of the FIFA World Cup.

De Gea

The team’s coach, Luis Enrique, announced a list of the team’s preliminary 55-man roster without the goalkeeper’s name. Following his performance for the Red Devils this year, most football fans in the world were shocked by this.

Five players were named by Enrique for each position, with three of their names making the final list. Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez, David Raya, Kepa Arrizabalaga, and David Soria from Getafe are among the five goalkeepers on the list.

On Monday, November 14, 2022, the final rosters for the 32 nations that will compete in the World Cup must be submitted.