Sun’s Chief Features writer sees stifling conditions like the people of Qatar, Ghanaian construction workers and Europeans blend into the first taste of what the next tournament could be like. It is 18:00 and still a swelling 31 degrees in the desert night. Thousands of cows on turnstiles to watch the 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar face Ecuador. It helps to get in. Albert Tete, a Ghanaian construction worker at one of Qatar’s growing new World Cup stadiums, would not be here if not.
One working at the Al Rayyan stadium, he says he earns £ 177 per person. Month – with free food and accommodation – works 12-hour days, six days a week. The Chelsea fan, 27, says about his salary: “Half of the bread is better than no bread.” The father who says he is “proud” to help the World Cup efforts came to a cosmopolitan throng on Friday’s friendly.
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The football federation of Algeria has appointed Djamel Belmadi, the former international their new manager. They have signed the deal of four years and deal was finalized when Belmadi agreed to the four-year deal. In the span of two years, Belmadi becomes the sixth manager of the North African nation in two years. He is the successor Rabah Madjer who got was sacked in this June.
Belmadi is now 42 years-old and Algeria’s federation has confirmed that the former midfielder of Manchester City and Southampton has agreed to sign a long-term contract. This contract will tie him down with Les Fennecs until the World Cup of 2022. According to the sources, both Carlos Queiroz and Vahid Halilhodzic negotiated with the Algerian federation; however, no party got the success in the agreeing the financial terms.
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With Argentina losing 3-0 last night, the favourites for the World Cup would be on high alert as to any surprises that can happen in Russia 2018. Germany lost their opening game to Mexico, and if by any stroke of luck Sweden also shock them, then the defending champions would go the way of Italy and Spain that crashed out at the first round in the defence of their World Cups.
Sweden will have Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof back after an illness stopped him from playing the last game against South Korea. Leeds United star Pontus Jansson is expected to make space for Lindelof.
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Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara believes Germany should be the front-runners for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, given they are defending their title. The Germans ended a 24-year wait for the trophy four years ago, and they now have the opportunity of becoming the first nation to reclaim the crown after the highly successful Brazilian side of the 1960s.
Speaking to Bundesliga.com, Alcantara highlighted that Joachim Loew’s side are the standout favourites for the tournament, though he does not rule out Spain’s chances, he said: “There are some clear favourites, but luck always plays a big part. World Cups always come down to the little details. Turkey reached the semis a few years back and so did South Korea. Anything can happen. Right now, I’d go for Germany because they’re the defending champions, and Brazil, Argentina, and France. You can put Spain in there too, obviously.” Continue reading Thiago Alcantara Reckons Germany Are Front-Runners For The World Cup
Arsenal’s winter signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan has insisted that he is capable of alongside Mesut Ozil in an attacking midfield partnership. The Armenia international made a tremendous start to his Gunners career with a hat-trick of assists versus Everton, but he failed to perform with the same intensity in the derby defeat against Tottenham Hotspur which followed.
In an interview with ESPN FC, Mkhitaryan refuted suggestions that he cannot partner Ozil on the playing field whilst stressing the club have a greater scope for improvement on the offensive side of their game, he said: “Some people are saying we cannot play together, but I can’t understand these people that are saying that. I’m just enjoying playing with Mesut and he’s an amazing football player.I’m getting better playing with him, everyone knows his skills, abilities, so why not? Everything is possible, why not have two No. 10s on a pitch?You know, even if we [Arsenal] play very good, there’s always room for improvement — even if we were playing offensive football, we can still improve.”
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Colombia international James Rodriguez has said that he is ‘very happy’ with his stay with Bayern Munich despite being hampered by injuries and the patchy form during the first half of the season. Rodriguez joined the Bavarian giants on a two-year loan from Real Madrid earlier in the summer, and he has since managed two goals and four assists in 19 appearances.
Speaking to Sport1, Rodriguez was complimentary about his current employers, and feels Bayern are at the same level as his parent club Real Madrid. He added to reveal his contention of playing for the German champions, and he is hoping to stay with the club for the long-term.
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