The 22nd edition of FIFA world cup is coincidentally happening in the year 2022. The World Cup is scheduled to take place in Qatar where the teams from the member nations will be competing against each other to make their mark. The special thing about this world cup being that it will be held for every first time in an Arab nation and the entire world looking forward to seeing their preparations for the game.
The tournament will be taking place from November to mid-December which is another first as all the previous matches were somewhere between May to July. After this world cup, the next one will be featuring 48 teams which mean that this might as well be the last one to hold a competition among 32 participating nations.
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Branislav was set to become the most capped player of Serbia in the match played in Costa Rica after his performance in World Cup 2018.
Many football players have made their mark in the World Cup that was held earlier this year and one of them is Branislav Ivanovic. He became the most capped player from Serbia. He became named for the side in the Group E opening matches for the World Cup. This was in the match played against Costa Rica which took place at Samara Arena. Being a Chelsea defender, he has made his 104th
appearance in international games this year. He surpassed previous records set as by Dejan Stankovic, the former midfielder.
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West Ham United is happy to announce the signing of Carlos Sanchez, the midfielder of Columbia. The 32 year old has achieved 88 caps for Columbia and has now agreed to join the Hammers for 2 years of the contract. The Columbian midfielder has taken part in 5 major tournaments which include 2 World Cup finals of FIFA. He is now excited to work under the assistance of Manuel Pellegri. Sanchez said that it’s a wonderful opportunity and an excellent project offered by the club and he is happy to be there. He is now the 9th summer signer of West Hammer. He said he chose to join the club as it’s a Premier League and a great club to work with. The fans are helpful and it’s a great chance to achieve good things. Sanchez thanked the entire club and other members who helped him get this chance.
Movement to West Ham signifies Sanchez’s 2dn time in the Premier League. He has earlier been with Aston Villa in seasons between 2014 and 2016 and now looking forward to his return. His dream has always been playing in the premier league and it’s now coming true. During his tenure in Aston Villa, it started off very well, though it did not end the way he expected. However, he continued to maintain his wish to return and now here he is with the same motto and desire.
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The Japan national team has sacked their coach VahidHalilhodzic and replaces him with Akira Nishino just two months before the start of the World Cup. This will come as a surprise to many people given that it was the Bosnian coach that has helped Japan qualifies for the World Cup.
However, it is believed that the coach has gradually lost the backing of the Japan federation after a series of poor results that has seen the team losing against Ukraine and drawing with Mali.
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The logo for the 2018 World Cup was revealed in a ceremony that was held a few days ago in Moscow with the president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter being joined by the former Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro along with the chairman of the local organizing committee Vitaly Mutko as they unveiled the emblem or logo that will be used for the upcoming worldwide tournament.
The emblem in itself was actually revealed by 3 astronauts in the International Space Station as they held up a copy of the logo to the camera as a projection which was being beamed to the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow, it was a new and different way to display the logo of the World Cup which is changed in every 4 years.
“The launch of the Emblem is a wonderful event to kick things off and I’m certain that the World Cup will be a success here in four years,” Blatter said during the unveiling.
There have been a series of problems going on in eastern Ukraine with one of the latest incidents that occurred being the shot down of a Malaysia Airlines Airliner with over 250 passengers dying.
Even with that incident that happened not too long ago, the authorities of FIFA have confirmed that the 2018 World Cup will still be held in Russia. There were calls and protest for the upcoming tournament to be moved to a different location but despite all of these ongoing issues that has been going on with Ukraine, the governing body of the sport FIFA insisted in saying that it will continue on as initially planned.
“The FIFA World Cup unites teams and nations from all over the world, from the qualifiers to the final competition in a spirit of fair play and respect.
“FIFA is convinced that, through football, particularly the FIFA World Cup and its international spotlight, we can achieve positive change in the world, but football cannot be seen as a solution for all issues, particularly those related to world politics. We have seen that the FIFA World Cup can be a force for good and FIFA believes this will be the case for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.” Those were statements released by FIFA as they responded to questions and doubts concerning the viability of holding the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The recently concluded World Cup has witnessed a number of noteworthy incidents that occurred during the event that is celebrated every 4 years with Luis Suarez making his way to the headlines of websites all over the world as he once more bit another player and this time around it was Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini he was subsequently banned.
Criticism was also received throughout the entire tournament due to the number of injuries and extreme changes in temperature that players had to face as they played in different parts of Brazil. The president of FIFA Sepp Blatter was heavily critiqued after the Swedish football administrator allowed players to return to the pitch even though they had already been removed after picking up injuries and this was the case with Christoph Kramer as he crumpled down and after being sent back to the pitch.
All of these events that occurred helped increase the amount of viewers of the 2014 World Cup as this latest edition of the tournament turned out to be the one that smashed all previous records that were established in streaming records.
The American delivery network provider Akamai confirmed that it was the biggest event in terms of video content streaming and this is due to the large amount of fans and their demand of seeking an online platform to watch the matches of their favorite teams and players from the online platforms of FIFA’s Media Rights Licensees.
“We are proud to say that this FIFA World Cup has been the biggest multimedia sporting event in history, with more people watching matches and highlights online than ever before,” said FIFA Director of TV Niclas Ericson.
FIFA successfully launched an app that was downloaded more than 9 million times which helped fans stay up to date with the scores, videos and even statistics from the matches that were played through entire competition.