Greaves was one of England’s best ever and a bit like Messi – remember his genius

first_imgTHE only wonder is that this new film ever needed to be made… that a modern audience had to be reminded of the man’s greatness.England’s finest goalscorer, an A-list TV celebrity, an incomparable raconteur, and a man who spoke fearlessly about the horrors of alcoholism decades before such subjects were widely discussed.5 Jimmy Greaves is still under-appreciated, but is one of England’s best everCredit: PA:Empics Sport5 Jimmy Greaves ought to be uttered in the same breath as Messi and RonaldoCredit: Getty5 Greaves, right, infamously missed out on the 1966 World Cup final through injuryCredit: PA:Press AssociationAnd yet Jimmy Greaves — whose extraordinary life is the subject of “Greavsie”, the latest in the acclaimed BT Sport Films series — remains somewhat under-appreciated.He has never been recognised in any Honours list, is often remembered as the man who missed out on England’s 1966 World Cup triumph, rather than one of his nation’s all-time greats and is sometimes regarded as merely a knockabout figure of light- entertainment fun.So Greaves needs and deserves such comprehensive documentary treatment, to shine light on his brilliance as a footballer and as a man.Greaves turns 80 next year, his quality of life severely affected by a major stroke in 2015 which has left him struggling to walk or talk.Tottenham — the club with whom he enjoyed his greatest success, but with whom he had endured a frosty relationship for years — have been unstinting in their help and support for their all-time leading scorer during his years of ill health.But his landmark birthday is a good opportunity to be reminded of his true worth, with accounts from team-mates and football greats.The pity is that Greaves was unable to give a contemporary interview for this film, because — while in good health — he was a wonderfully vivid storyteller and the warmest of men.During countless hours of conversations as Jim’s ghostwriter for this and other newspapers, it was my privilege to hear many of football’s legends brought to life.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneIn Jim’s company, saints were so often made flesh.He’d witnessed Bobby Charlton constantly haranguing referees, Stanley Matthews selling black-market cigarettes, Pele laying out an Argentinian defender with a mighty headbutt.There was barely a post-war footballing legend you could mention without Greaves knowing a killer story about them.His greatest friends included Bobby Moore and George Best and his anecdotes were so extensive and fascinating, he allowed you to feel as if you knew these legends personally.Greaves the footballer is often referred to as, almost exclusively, a poacher of goals.But as his fellow Tottenham great Glenn Hoddle tells BT Sport: “Some of his goals, you can see Lionel Messi, his quick feet and the way he went into the penalty area, but he was more of a natural finisher than anyone I think I’ve ever seen.”Greaves’ raw stats are remarkable — 44 goals in 57 England internationals and the leading goalscorer in the history of English top-flight football by a country mile with 357.Until Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo came along, no man had scored more goals in Europe’s elite five leagues.5 Jimmy Greaves is the subject of BT Sport’s latest filmCredit: GettyAs Gary Lineker told BT: “I always think that it must be tough, knowing you were that good — and his numbers were extraordinary.“It’s a shame there’s not more footage. He was a very special talent, Jimmy, and deserves to be remembered as one of the very, very best English footballers, let alone strikers.”Talking to Greaves about his goalscoring heyday, you were struck by an unlikely combination of supreme self-awareness and genuine humility.He knew exactly how good he was, as he let on with a common quip from his theatre shows: “I had a goal drought once — it was the worst 15 minutes of my career.”In many ways, Greaves’ post-football life was more extraordinary than his playing career.He spent most of the 70s battling alcoholism — being told he was no longer wanted by Spurs in 1970 hit him harder than missing out on the ’66 final — but has not touched alcohol in the last four decades.The honesty of the book he wrote with Norman Giller, This One’s On Me, and the subsequent TV documentary, Just For Today, were hugely influential and inspirational to others suffering similar problems.5 Greaves’ post-football life was more extraordinary than his playing careerCredit: GettyMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsThey paved the way for Greaves to become a treasured TV personality — with Ian St John on Saint and Greavsie and on the TV-am sofa as a television critic.In latter years, Greaves continued to speak about his demons with disarming starkness without ever taking himself seriously.More frequently, he spoke about football with rare bluntness, simplicity and insight. He is one of a kind and a man who ought to be treasured.*GREAVSIE will premiere at 8pm on BT Sport 1 on February 8, 2020. It is the latest in the award-winning BT Sport Films series. See btsport.com/films for info.This week’s Maverick Monday is Chelsea and Spurs star Jimmy Greaveslast_img read more

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Jennifer Ellison-Brown: The best training methods

first_img FARTLEK TRAINING The name Fartlek comes from Swedish meaning ‘speed play’. It involves ‘run as you please’, alternating fast and slow effort over varied terrain such as grass, sand, flat, hills, etc. Fartlek training doesn’t precisely control the work and rest periods. This is very good for game players since games have many changes in speed. The mix of fast and slow work can be changed to suit the sport and energy system. It is used to improve aerobic and anaerobic fitness, depending on how the training is done. CIRCUIT TRAINING This involves a number of different exercises at work stations, which affects the different components of fitness. A circuit usually involves six to10 exercises or activities that take place at the stations. Circuits should be designed to avoid working the same muscle groups at stations that follow one another. The number of work stations, repetition, and the rest periods should add up to 15-20 minutes for one complete circuit. Repeat three to six times, depending on their length. Circuits can be designed for a particular sport. For example, a skill circuit can be constructed for games players wherein exercises can be replaced by short skill practices. CONTINUOUS TRAINING This involves the aerobic system and improves endurance. The aerobic system includes the heart, lungs, and vascular system. Activities such as brisk walking, jogging, running, dancing, cycling, swimming, and rowing are ideal examples of aerobic training. The oxygen demand must be matched by oxygen intake. Continuous means you do not stop to rest. It is submaximal, meaning you do not work flat out. This type of training should last for at least 12 minutes in order to achieve adaptations. The intensity of training can be judged from the heart (pulse) rate. Therefore, if you train within certain target heart rate training zones during aerobic exercise, the most efficient gains in aerobic fitness will be achieved without starting to work anaerobically and developing an oxygen debt. This is dependent on age, gender, and resting heart rate of the individual. The target heart training rate zone is worked out by subtracting your age from 220 and then aiming to keep your heart rate between 60% and 85% of this maximum figure. For example, for a person of 45 years who wants to exercise for 20 minutes, three times per week: Max Heart Rate = 220 – 45 = 175 60% of 175 = 105 85% of 175= 150 approximately. Therefore, the person should aim for a target heart rate of 105-150 beats per minute during exercise. There are a wide variety of training methods based on the ways in which the body adapts to regular exercise. All the methods can be adapted to suit particular training programmes.center_img INTERVAL TRAINING This involves exercising at a certain rate (work interval) for a certain time then resting for a certain period (rest interval) in order to recover and then repeating the process. Sessions of interval training can be organised into sets with longer rest intervals between sets. For example, running 200 metres in sets of six with a one-minute jog round between each one then resting for a longer period of 10 minutes before repeating the whole process another two times. Both the aerobic and anaerobic systems can be improved using this method. The length of the rest-recovery period depends on how hard you exercise (intensity) during the work interval. STRENGTH TRAINING This is used to develop strength, power, muscular endurance, and speed. Methods used include weights and plyometrics. Weight training Using weights as a form of resistance training, ( either free weights or weights in machines). Any weight-training programme can take account of your current state of fitness – the amount of weight, the number of repetitions, and the recovery periods can all be adjusted to progressively load muscles. Training for strength involves high resistance (weights) and few repetitions. Training for muscular endurance involves low resistance and many repetitions. Plyometrics This is a series of explosive movements designed to improve muscular power (explosive strength). This involves rebound jumping (on to and off boxes), bounding, leaps, and skips, press-ups with claps, hopping, throwing, and catching a medicine ball. Exercises that involve the contraction of muscles from a stretch position are known as plyometric. Plyometric training puts great stress on the muscles and joints and should only be attempted as part of an organised training programme.last_img read more

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UL Expels 3, Suspends 2

first_imgAuthorities of the University of Liberia (UL) Wednesday, May 28, expelled three students for acts ‘incompatible’ with their status as students, the University’s vice president for Relations, Dr. S. Momolu Getaweh, Sr., has confirmed. Two other students have also been suspended for three academic years and eight semesters each.The UL decision, according a release is in an effort to reinstitute discipline and curb student violence, and other unruly acts.The three expelled students are being identified as Joyee O.T. Wilson with ID#34949, James E. Julo, ID#49264 and Moivee Dennis, ID#51225. The students, the UL Administration said, were expelled for ‘receiving money from candidates, forging Ecobank deposit slips and issuing fake UL receipts.  The suspended two are facing the wrath of administration for staging riot and holding several professors hostage, among them, the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Forestry, Prof/Dr. Roland Massaquoi for over five hours.The incident was recorded on the Fendell Campus of the University early last year. The two suspended students are, Abraham B. Sarwah, ID#66102, and Moses Kollie of the William R. Tolbert, Jr. College of Agriculture and Forestry.Following the April 2013 riot on Fendell Campus by students of the Agriculture and Forestry, UL President, Prof. Emmet A. Dennis appointed a committee to investigate the root causes of the riot and the role played by students. According to findings from the investigative committee, Student Moses Kollie assaulted Assistant Professor E. Nimley of the College of Agriculture and Forestry during the 2013 April riot on Fendall Campus in contravention of the student handbook. By that, Student Kollie has been suspended for three academic years (six semesters) beginning first semester of academic 2013/2014. He has also been required to undergo six months of counseling before returning to the UL should he muster the courage to return. As for Student Abraham B. Sarwah, he is held liable for ‘theft of property’ in the aftermath of the same 2013 April riot on Fendall Campus. Hence, the statement said, Student Sarwah has been suspended for four years (eight semesters), and has to undergo six months of counseling before returning to the institution having served his suspension. However, in a separate communication to the suspended students, the UL Administration strongly warned them not only to repeat the acts that led to their suspension, including any other act that contravenes the student handbook. The affected students have been further warned to keep away from the premises of the UL (Fendall, Capitol Hill, Straz-Sinje, and the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine Campuses) until their suspensions are lifted. In a related development, the UL President has frowned on acts that have the propensity to disrupt activities at the institution. Dr. Dennis is quoted as saying that the UL has had enough of disruptions, and therefore, “any faculty or student that engages in act that disrupts normal activities at the university will be thrown out.” Dr. Dennis sounded the caveat recently when he met with some members of the UL Faculty Association to discuss matters relative to lifting of the institution. It can be recalled that the UL Administration in 2013, issued stern warning letters to 13 other students for “violating various rules of the Student Handbook.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Middlesbrough and West Brom keen on out-of-contract Cameroon international

first_img1 Henri Bedimo is set to become a free agent next month Middlesbrough and West Brom have expressed an interest in Lyon defender Henri Bedimo, claim reports in France.The Cameroon international is expected to be a free agent next month after repeatedly stalling on renewing his contract with the Ligue 1 side.Middlesbrough and West Brom are not the only clubs keen on landing the right-back, with Lille and Nantes also monitoring his situation.However, according to L’Equipe, Bedimo is leaning towards a switch to the Premier League, where he is likely to be offered a bigger pay packet, and has ordered his agent to seek contact with Boro and West Brom.The 31-year-old has spent the whole of his senior career in France and is understood to be chasing a spell at a Premier League club before his playing days are over.last_img read more

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ATHLETICS: TERESA WINS PRESTIGIOUS LAGANSIDE 10K

first_imgBy Patsy McGonagle: FINN VALLEY AC athlete Teresa McGloin won the prestigious Laganside 10k Sunday in Belfast returning 36-06 off an even paced run through 5k in 17.18 which sets her up for a number of quality road and cross country events in the months ahead.Teresa is pictured with proud cousin Deirdre Connolly and Belfast Lord Mayor Mártin O Muilleoir.Elsewhere in Belfast Bosco Reid won shot and discus in the Ulster Master T/F and Helen Stockdale was seriously busy winning the Master 800,1500 and 3k with a silver thrown into the mix in the 400 . On the road a large contingent headed for the Zach o Donnell 5k Friday night in Convoy while in Sunday morning Oisin Gallen came home alone to win Crumlin Hospital 5k at ValleyIn the States Sarah Collins got her collegiate season off to a low key start coming home in front with 2 Providence teammates to set up a team win.Training has been very encouraging good squads and enthusiasm in Drumboe Forest led by energetic coaches so all set for another season .Cross country dates and venues out this week and a training day in Ballyliffin to look forward to and Schools cross country Sept 25/25 at Valley . All schools have been notified.  ATHLETICS: TERESA WINS PRESTIGIOUS LAGANSIDE 10K was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MARC ANTHONY MCGINLEY MAKES DONEGAL DEBUT IN VICTORY OVER SLIGO IT

first_imgRory Gallagher has given debuts to Marc Anthony McGinley and Kevin McBrearty during their victory over Sligo IT.Former UCD goalkeeper Marc Anthony McGinley made his Donegal bow in a challenge match victory over Sligo IT. McGinley played for five seasons for UCD in both the Premier and First Divisions of the League of Ireland.However, after completing his studies McGinley decided to leave UCD and signed for Finn Harps. He didn’t feature for Finn Harps with Conor Winn the No.1 choice for Ollie Horgan so McGinley focused his attentions on Gaelic football with his club St Michael’s.McGinley was superb for St Michael’s in their Donegal SFC campaign which ended when they were narrowly defeated by St Eunan’s in the semi-final.That form prompted new Donegal manager Rory Gallagher to invite McGinley to join a host of other clubs players on a four-week trial period in his attempt to unearth fresh talent.McGinley didn’t feature in the Dr McKenna Cup but he played the entire match in their victory over Sligo IT earlier this week. McGinley is expected to stay part of the squad despite the likelihood he’ll be behind both Paul Durcan and Michael Boyle in the fight for the No.1 jersey.Another player who made his Donegal debut was Four Masters clubman Kevin McBrearty.Mark McHugh and Ryan McHugh both featured for Sligo IT as they try and step-up their preparations for the Sigerson Cup which starts next month.  MARC ANTHONY MCGINLEY MAKES DONEGAL DEBUT IN VICTORY OVER SLIGO IT was last modified: January 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfinn harpsGAAMarc Anthony McGinleynewsRory Gallaghersligo itSportSt MichaelsUCDlast_img read more

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BURT WOMAN TAKES PART IN ‘STREET SLEEP’ FOR SIMON COMMUNITY

first_imgInishowen Sinn Féin Councillor Jack Murray has commended North West Simon and local woman, Siobhan Friel from Burt who is taking part in a ‘street sleep’ to raise much needed support funds and create awareness of the plight of homelessness in Co Donegal.Cllr Murray said the plight of homelessness is becoming more and more prevalent in Donegal and many people are seeking the support of the Simon Community.“The invaluable work of North West Simon Community is invaluable to our community as a whole. So far, they have permanently housed 43 people in support housing in Letterkenny. Last year alone, some sixty individuals and families received support from the Simon Community in Donegal. “But more people are in need of support. In order to help tackle homelessness, North West Simon has organised many events this week in conjunction with ‘Simon Week’ which is taking place nationally from Mon 1st – Sun 7th Oct.“I want to particularly commend local woman, Siobhan Friel who is taking part in a ‘street sleep’ in Letterkenny’s Market Square on Friday night (5th).“Siobhan, through working with HSE Addiction Services and SVP, has witnessed the dreadful circumstances that so many people in this county have found themselves in. As such, she has taken on this project in order to help those in need.”Information on Simon Week Here in the North West there are ample opportunities to ‘Take your Step’ for Simon locally by supporting the many events happening throughout Co. Donegal, all proceeds going to North West Simon. Events’ so far taking place include:1-5th Oct. Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny – all proceeds of tea/coffee sales to North West SimonWednesday 3 Oct. Family Resource Centre, Donegal Town. Coffee morning 11am – 1pmThursday 4th October. Kelly’s Restaurant Mountaintop, Letterekenny. Coffee morning 9am-12Also a bag pack in Dunnes Stores, Forte Shopping Centre, Letterkenny 11am – 7pm Friday 5th October. Food for Thought (beside Lidl) Buncrana. Coffee morning 10.30am – 1.30pmalso the annual sponsored sleep out takes place later in the evening on the Market Square Letterkenny from 10pm – 6am.Saturday 6th October. Kelly’s Centra Mountaintop Car Wash 10am – 5pm or why not drop into Foody’s Deli in Donegal Town for a tea/coffee – all proceeds to North West SimonNorth West Simon Community is a not for profit organisation working with those at risk of homelessness in counties Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo. So far 43 people have been housed permanently in supported housing Letterkenny by North West Simon Community. Many had experienced homelessness or came from poor standard, unsafe or overcrowded accommodation. In 2011 through our tenancy sustainment programme we prevented homelessness for 40 people and their families in counties Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo. Already in 2012 there is a greater demand than ever for our service and this figure has risen to 75. For many people we are their last resort and they rely on us for support. It is still not too late to ‘take your step’ for Simon, host a coffee morning, organise a fundraising event, take part in the annual street sleep, sponsor a volunteer or volunteer for the many events to help raise much needed funds.For more information about how you can get involved, please contact Collette on M: 087 7708865 or E: donegalfundraising@northwestsimon.ie.BURT WOMAN TAKES PART IN ‘STREET SLEEP’ FOR SIMON COMMUNITY was last modified: October 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:North West Simon Communitystreet sleeplast_img read more

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New tenant on the table

first_imgPALMDALE – A former Kmart store that had been vacant for more than three years has its first new tenant – a Wickes furniture store. The Wickes store, which held a grand opening Thursday, occupies about 42,000 feet of the 122,000-square-foot building that had been vacant since the Kmart discount chain retrenched in 2002. “We’re excited to have them as the major anchor that the center will revolve around,” said Dan Otter, one of the development partners. “It’s a great site. It stayed dormant too long.” Putting a store into a remodeled “big box” building is something of an experiment for Wickes, said John Disa, company president and chief executive officer. The company usually uses free-standing buildings but was attracted to the site because of its freeway visibility. “It’s an excellent addition,” Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said of the Wickes store. “Furniture is a much needed commodity in a fast-growing community.” Kmart closed the store in 2002 as it shuttered stores nationwide that were in leased buildings, like the one in Palmdale, built in 1994. Kmart’s bankruptcy proceedings slowed down the process of getting the building sold and reused, officials said. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Palmdale store, which will employ about 35 people, is part of an effort by Wickes to expand its presence in Southern California. The store is the 12th to open in California and its 33rd overall. “This is a great area for us because of the growth – and it is an underserved market,” Disa said of Palmdale. The building on 10th Street West north of Rancho Vista Boulevard is part of a retail complex called Sierra Commons that is being developed by Grae Palmdale Rancho Vista LLC, the same firm that developed the Amargosa Commons shopping center. Negotiations are under way with two other potential tenants, Otter said Thursday. Those talks have not progressed to the point where names can be disclosed, he added. Plans for a Mimi’s Cafe restaurant for the shopping center have fallen through. The development team has scrapped plans for a free-standing restaurant building and will instead have two buildings, totaling 12,000 square feet, built for restaurant or retail use. last_img read more

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WHY DONEGAL SINGER HAS A VOICE LIKE CHOCOLATE!

first_imgA Donegal singer is tasting sweet success after being chosen to be the face and sound of chocolate bar Galaxy.ChaneleChanele McGuinness will be the star of the new TV advert for the company’s new Duet chocolate bar.Unsigned singer Chanele, 22, who is from Ballyshannon, is certain to hit all the right notes with the upcoming exposure. Click on the video below to see Chanele singing on the soundtrack to the new TV advert.WHY DONEGAL SINGER HAS A VOICE LIKE CHOCOLATE! was last modified: September 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallyshannonChaneledonegalGalaxysingerlast_img read more

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World Cup: Fifa drops plans to expand Qatar 2022 to 48 teams

first_imgFrance won the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Plans to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams have been abandoned by Fifa.Fifa president Gianni Infantino said last year the expansion from 32 teams could be brought forward from 2026 to the 2022 tournament in Qatar.The change would have required Qatar to share hosting duties with other countries in the region.World football’s governing body said after a “thorough and comprehensive consultation process” the change “could not be made now”.Fifa also said it explored the possibility of Qatar hosting a 48-team tournament on its own but has decided not to pursue those plans as there was not enough time “for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact”.In a statement, Qatari World Cup organisers said: “Qatar had always been open to the idea of an expanded tournament in 2022 had a viable operating model been found and had all parties concluded that an expanded 48-team edition was in the best interest of football and Qatar as the host nation.“With just three and a half years to go until kick off, Qatar remains as committed as ever to ensuring the 32-team Fifa World Cup in 2022 is one of the best tournaments ever and one that makes the entire Arab world proud.”In November, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said adding 16 teams to Qatar 2022 could create “many problems” and described the idea as “quite unrealistic”.Those close to the Qatar 2022 organisers say this is a mutual decision that realigns them and Fifa, and that they are now concentrating on delivering the best possible 32-team World Cup.But it will also have come as a major relief to the hosts, who no longer have to worry about sharing football’s showpiece event.Perhaps with the Nobel Peace Prize in mind, Fifa president Gianni Infantino had pushed for an expansion against Qatar’s wishes, hoping it may help heal diplomatic tensions in the region by staging some games in other countries, but he has now had to admit defeat.With Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain all maintaining a blockade of neighbouring Qatar, such an audacious move was never going to be straightforward.The crisis left only Kuwait and Oman as potential co-hosts, but a Fifa study concluded that neither would meet all logistical requirements.Infatino has previously collaborated with Saudi Arabia when proposing a revamped Club World Cup, and many suspected this was linked to his suggestion that the country could be part of the solution for an expanded 2022 tournament.But given the condemnation that followed the murder of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country’s consulate in Istanbul last year, along with its role in Yemen’s bloody civil war, such a step would have sparked a major backlash from human rights campaigners, as it would have done if the UAE had been awarded games.So while some national football associations and Infantino will no doubt be disappointed at the news, many others will welcome it.Why does Fifa want to expand the World Cup?In January 2017, Fifa voted unanimously in favour of increasing the World Cup to 48 teams for the 2026 event – which will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.In October 2018 Infantino said “we have to see if it is possible” to bring the expansion forward to 2022.Infantino has been a strong advocate of the expansion and said the World Cup has to be “more inclusive”.“We are in the 21st century and we have to shape the World Cup of the 21st century,” he said when announcing the change.“It is the future. Football is more than just Europe and South America, football is global.”The expansion in 2026 will see an initial stage of 16 groups of three teams precede a knockout stage for the remaining 32.The number of tournament matches will rise to 80, from 64, but the eventual winners will still play only seven games.The tournament will be completed within 32 days – a measure to appease powerful European clubs, who objected to reform because of a crowded international schedule.Comments Tags: topWorld Cup 2022last_img read more

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