QATAR 2022: EIGHT MATCH VENUES REVEALED

2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar have already established that eight match venues would play hosts to games when hostilities begin at the tournament next year. Qatar 2022 World Cup tournamentis scheduled to take place over a period of 27 days in November and December.

Next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament on Qatari soil will take place from November 21 to December 18.

Initially, five of the eight proposed match venues forthe World Cup tournament were unveiled at the beginning of March 2010. The other three match venues were unveiled much later.

Out of all the World Cup Stadiums for the Qatar 2022 tournament, Al Bayt Stadium is expected to be the only indoor stadium. Al Bayt is the second largest of all the World Cup Stadiums for Qatar 2022 with a capacity of 60,000. From the other World Cup Stadiums, only the Lusail IconicStadium has a bigger capacity than the Al Bayt Stadium. The Lusail Iconic Stadium has a capacity of 80,000.

Apart from the duo of Lusail Iconic Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium, the other Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadiums are Al Thumama Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium and the Al Janoub Stadium. The others are Education City Stadium, Ahmed bin Ali Stadium and Khalifa International Stadium.

The 32 teams for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournamentare far from being complete. As at the last count, only the trio of hosts Qatar, Germany and Denmark are assured of a place at the tournament billed for the end of next year.

Four-time world championsGermanyhave a fifth title as target ahead of the tournament next year. Their fourth and last win was at the 2014 edition in Brazilthanks to the extra time win over Argentina in the final. Mario Gotze came off the bench to score in extra time and give the Germans a 1-0 win.

MELBOURNE VICTORY RE-SIGNS DUO

Australian A-League side Melbourne Victory have re-signed two former players ahead of thestart of the 2021/22 season. It was revealed that Melbourne Victory have signed former players Emma Robers and Maja Markovski in time for the 2021/22A-League Women’s season which starts next month.

Markovski, 19, is back at Victory for her second spell at the club. The young attacker made five appearances for the club during the 2020/21 Championship-wining season.

Just like what’s obtainable with Markovski, Robers returns to Melbourne Victory for his second spell.  Her first spell at the club was during the 2019/20 season.

Robers is back to full fitness after a serious knee injury put spanner in her works during the 2020/21 season. She has made the decision to return to Melbourne Victory where she was part of the AFC Women’s Club Championship two years ago.

Ahead of the new A-League Women’s season, Jeff Hopkins is certain that the re-signings will aid Victory in the quest to defend their title. Hopkins is the Melbourne Victory head coach and he spoke to the club about the new players. According to him, the current Victory squad has what it takes to mount a serious title defence before adding that foundations are being laid for something special at the club.

On Maja, Hopkins said that the young forward would proved to be a valuable addition in the final for Melbourne Victory as she continues to learn her trade at the club. For Robers, the Victory head coach stated that she has been an incredible professional during her recovery from a serious knee injury and that the decision was made to reward her with a contract. He’s optimistic that sheRobers can get back to the form she showed in the WNPL two years ago.

Victory will start the new Australian A-League Women’s season against Adelaide United on December 5.