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Works start on Qatara World Cup final venue

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DOHA: Work has begun on Lusail Stadium, the 80,000-seater venue that will host the Qatar 2022 World Cup final, tournament organizers in the Gulf have said. Allowing cameras onto the site for the very first time, officials said they hoped the stadium would be completed by 2020.

Lusail, which is some 20 kilometers north of the capital Doha, will also host the opening game of the 2022 tournament.

Ground is currently being cleared on the 1-million-square-meter site, but would soon begin to resemble the stadium the whole world will see in five years’ time, project manager Tamim Loutfi Elabed said.

“Foundations will go in later this year,” he said. “If you dropped by to visit us the same time next year, you would be happy.”

Despite the early stages, the pitch’s center circle, where the $200 billion tournament will kick off, has already been identified and marked out with barriers.

Elabed said it was “symbolic” as well as “a surveying point.”

Eventually, up to 7,000 workers will be employed on site.

“At the moment we’re still in the early mobilization stages so we haven’t hit the first thousand. We’re at about 500 workers,” he added.

Since being chosen as the 2022 host, Qatar has come under heavy criticism for the treatment of its migrant workforce, claims which it has largely denied. As well as being built from scratch, Lusail Stadium is itself part of a completely new $45 billion city taking shape in the desert outside Doha.

There was nothing on the site prior to it being selected as the venue for the World Cup final, though it is apparently close to one of Qatar’s first recorded settlements.

The stadium is being developed in a joint venture between a Qatari and Chinese company. The design, likely to be revealed later this year, is being undertaken by renowned British architects, Foster and Partners.

As well as the stadium, construction work has also begun on a nearby metro station – part of an ongoing $18 billion light railway project – which fans will use during the tournament. Although FIFA has not yet made a final decision on how many stadiums will be used during 2022, there will be at least eight venues.

Up to $10 billion will be spent on stadium infrastructure costs, Qatar’s senior World Cup organizer Hasan al-Thawadi, has said.

Qatar is spending almost $500 million every week on major infrastructure projects for football’s biggest tournament, Doha’s government said earlier this year.

Lusail Stadium could potentially be used in 2021 as a venue for the Club World Cup. Qatar is in talks with FIFA about hosting the tournament in four years’ time, as a rehearsal event for the World Cup.

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FIFA U-20 World Cup: Serbia beat Brazil to win for first time

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Nemanja Maksimovic scored a dramatic extra-time winner as Serbia beat Brazil 2-1 to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time.

Maksimovic had already made his mark on the game by crossing for Stanisa Mandic to sweep home Serbia's opener in the 70th minute in Auckland.

However, Brazil forced additional time three minutes later when substitute Andreas Pereira scored a fine solo goal, working his way into the penalty area from the left before placing his shot into the far corner.

Brazil created the better openings in the first period of extra-time, but Serbia started to carve out chances of their own in the second half and it was Maksimovic who put his name in the history books, keeping his cool when sent clear on goal.

Serbia's victory in New Zealand is their first as an independent nation, with the former Yugoslavia having won the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1987.

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Russia 2018: FBI to Probe FIFA officials

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Few hours after FIFA, the world football governing body, gave itself a clean bill of health, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said it is stepping up the pace of a corruption investigation into senior leaders of FIFA, U.S. law enforcement officials have said.

The FIFA ethics committee Thursday announced that it was closing its investigation into alleged corruption in the 2018 and 2022 bidding process that awarded the World Cup to Russia and Qater, respectively.

According to reports from CNN.com, FIFA said its investigation found no corruption and has no reason to reopen the bidding process, but the FBI, which is leading the U.S. probe, is not ready to do the same.

Investigators are moving ahead with their probe, which could result in charges against senior FIFA officials, the U.S. law enforcement officials said.

FBI agents based in New York are moving ahead with their 3-year-old investigation, which will likely benefit from the findings of a former U.S. prosecutor, Michael Garcia, who was hired by FIFA to do an internal probe.

The FBI plans to seek access to Garcia’s report, which FIFA has not yet released. So far, the FBI has declined to offer an official comment on the development.

Garcia on Thursday distanced himself from the FIFA ethics announcement, saying: “Today’s decision by the Chairman of the Adjudicatory Chamber contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed in the Investigatory Chamber’s report. I intend to appeal this decision to the FIFA Appeal Committee.”

The FBI investigation includes the cooperation of a former top FIFA official who has provided documents and recordings of meetings with colleagues, law enforcement officials said.

The New York Daily news, which reported on the cooperation of former FIFA official Chuck Blazer, quoted Blazer as saying: “I just can’t talk about that.”

FIFA has long been dogged by allegations of corruption. In 2011, the FIFA banned for life Mohamed bin Hammam, a Qatari member of its top governing body, for ethics violations.

Consequenly, the organization says it is planning unspecific improvements in the way it conducts World Cup bids.
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FIFA completes probe into 2018, 2022 World Cup

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FIFA ethics committee investigator Michael Garcia has completed his probe into the controversial bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively, and handed in a 350-page report.

The report, which has not been made public, will be submitted to the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber, headed by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, to decide on whether any wrongdoing was committed, soccer’s governing body said on Friday.

FIFA said they could not comment on when Eckert might reach his decision.

During the course of the year-long investigation, Garcia and his deputy Cornel Borbely interviewed “more than 75 witnesses and compiled a record that, in addition to audio recordings from interviews, includes more than 200,000 pages of relevant material,” FIFA said.

“The report sets forth detailed factual findings; reaches conclusions concerning further action with respect to certain individuals; identifies issues to be referred to other FIFA committees; and makes recommendations for future bidding processes.”

The hosting rights for the two tournaments were awarded simultaneously by FIFA’s executive committee in Zurich in 2010 after a turbulent campaign.

Spain/Portugal, Belgium/Netherlands and England had also been bidding for 2018 while United States, Australia, South Korea and Japan had bid for 2022.

The executive committee which took the decision was reduced to 22 members instead of the usual 24 after two of them were suspended by the ethics committee one month before the vote.

Nigerian Amos Adamu was banned for breaches of five articles of FIFA’s ethics code including one on bribery and Reynald Temarii of Tahiti for breaching articles on general conduct and loyalty.

The case followed allegations by The Sunday Times that the pair offered to sell their votes to undercover reporters posing as lobbyists for an American consortium.

FIFA said that all bidding nations were interviewed during the investigation.

Borbely took responsibility obtaining information from the U.S and Russia as Garcia is a national of the former and was barred from visiting the latter.

Shortly before this year’s World Cup in Brazil, the Sunday Times reported that some of the “millions of documents” it had seen linked payments by former FIFA executive committee member Mohamed Bin Hammam to officials to win backing for Qatar’s World Cup bid.

Bin Hammam has not commented on his involvement since he was banned for life from soccer in 2012 and Qatar has denied all allegations of corruption.

Qatar has also been criticised for its alleged treatment of migrant workers in the construction industry.

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FIFA gives Nigeria September 8 final warning

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The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has given Chris Giwa and its factional NFF board until Monday, September 8 to vacate the Glass House, failure to do so will earn Nigeria an outright suspension.

Stating this in a signed letter by its Secretary-General, Jerome Valcke, the FIFA Emergency Committee “decided that should there still be persons claiming to be elected and occupying the offices on Monday, 8 September, 2014 at 8am Swiss time, the NFF will automatically be suspended with immediate effect until the said persons vacate the premises of the NFF and the General Secretary is able to come back and carry out his work without interference”.

In the letter, addressed to NFF scribe, Musa Amadu, the FIFA Emergency Committee also postponed today’s scheduled Elective Congress of the NFF and extended the tenure of the Aminu Maigari’s Executive Committee board till fresh elections are held.

“The NFF Executive Committee as it was composed on 25 August, 2014, meaning under the Presidency of Mr. Aminu Maigari, should then convene a first extraordinary general assembly as soon as possible to elect the members of the electoral committee and a second extraordinary general assembly in order to proceed with the elections of the new NFF office-bearers”.

The FIFA Emergency Committee, while warning Nigeria on the dire consequences of a suspension, said that “we would like to remind you that a suspension means no team from Nigeria of any sort (including clubs) can have any international sporting contact (art. 14, par. 3 of the FIFA Statutes). During the period of suspension, the NFF may therefore not be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions or in friendly matches.

“The suspension also means that neither the NFF nor any of its members or officials can benefit from any development programmes, courses or training from FIFA or CAF during the time of suspension”, wrote Valcke.

The FIFA ultimatum threatens Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations qualifying match next Wednesday, against South Africa in Cape Town.

Nigeria, the defending champions, are cleared to play their home opener against Republic of Congo on Saturday.

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Israeli footballers attacked in a friendly

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An international friendly match in Austria descended into chaos after Israeli footballers were attacked by pro- Palestinians who invaded the pitch.

The protesters ran onto the pitch in the 84th minute of the Maccabi Haifa and Lille friendly, before they attacked the players of the 'Green Monkeys'. Supporters, reportedly of Turkish origin, ran onto the pitch before a Haifa player is alleged to have tripped a fan, which sparked the ugly scenes

. The players, of whom some retaliated to the attacks, were able to leave the field of play unhurt. Head coach Aleksander Stanojevic also got involved in the fighting.

In a statement released to the Jerusalem Post, Haifa officials said: "Maccabi Haifa believes in co-existence, tolerance and is against violence. "This didn't happen because of sport or football, it happened because we are a team which represents Israel."

 
The incident comes amid fears of anti-Semitism in Europe. Banners, flags and signs from large portions of the crowd displayed calls for the liberation of Palestine.

Maccabi Haifa, of the Israeli Premier League, are already unable to host European games in their country due to UEFA regulations set in place due to continual violence. The match was subsequently abandoned after the violence with Lille leading 2-0.

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PHOTOS: Mikel Obi Visits Nigerian Breweries (Mikel Obi As You Have Not Seen Him Before)

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Nigerian Chelsea Midfielder Mikel Obi was yesterday treated to an evening soiree at the Nigerian Breweries Bar in Lagos with notable celebrities, journalists and the Amstel Malta brand team in attendance.
 
 
The Amstel Malta brand ambassador who was revealed at the 2nd edition of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards alongside Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji was all smiles when the brand team introduced him to staff, fans, media men and guests who gave him an extremely warm reception.
 
The football star who was clad in a white T-Shirt and slim fitted black jeans shared his journey to success with guests and also gave away one of his fashion don’ts at the hangout saying, “I don’t wear anything with a logo”.
 
Guests at the event were the Corporate Media and Brand PR Manager, Edem Vindah, Marketing Manager, Non- Alcoholic Drinks, Sampson Oloche, Amstel Malta Brand Manager, Hannatu Ageni-Yusuf, Nollywood star O.C Ukeje, Popular comedian, Tee A, CEO Hip TV Ayo Animashaun, Publisher Yes Magazine, Azuh Arinze and more who had a splendid evening with the football star. See more photos after the cut

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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World Cup Is A Homosexual Abomination – Russian Orthodox Priest

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Alexander Shumsky, a Christianity figure, has controversially slammed the haircuts and multi-coloured boots adorned by players in Brazil this summer

The World Cup is "a homosexual abomination", according to one angry Russian priest, who says male footballers may as well wear women's underwear and bras.

Orthodox Christianity religious figure Alexander Shumsky came out with the controversial stance against the biggest single event sporting competition as it reaches the semi-final stage.


Although most people might see the different types and colours of boots adorned by footballers as a good variety, Shumsky slammed the choice of footwear and claims that liberals are trying to drown traditional Christianity with football.

"Wearing pink and blue shoes is like wearing women's underwear or wearing a bra," he ranted on Christian website Russian People's Line.

"The liberal ideology of globalisation is opposed to Christian values with football. I'm sure of it."

The pink and blue boots which Shumsky is referring to are PUMA Tricks, which were released shortly before the tournament and were worn in South American this summer by the likes of Italy's Mario Balotelli, Spain's Cesc Fabregas and Brazil's Dante.

Russia, coached by Fabio Capello, were unable to scrape out of Group H and were sent packing early in the tournament but Shumsky is delighted that his compatriots made a swift exit.

"I am glad that Russia were eliminated and, by God's grace, no longer participate in this homosexual abomination that is the World Cup."

The Russian priest even took offence at footballers' haircuts, branding them "unthinkable" during his controversial rant.

Fifa will be hoping that Shumsky represents a tiny minority of Russians as the nation will be hosting the World Cup in four years' time.

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Stephen Okechukwu Keshi Makes Fresh Demands On Nigeria after world cup failure

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Stephen Okechukwu Keshi Makes Fresh Demands On Nigeria

Wants new deal, salary increased to N10 Milllion Naira Monthly

•Free hand to select team, wants Okpala back

Coach Stephen Keshi has asked Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan he wants a new, improved contract that will pay him N10m per month, which is double of what he receives in his initial contract that ran out after the World Cup.

It can be revealed that Keshi met with President Jonathan at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja on arrival from the World Cup in Brazil, also demanded that his new salary be paid upfront to avoid the delays he suffered in the previous deal.

He also demanded for the recall of assistant coach Sylvanus Okpala to the backroom staff and said he should no longer report to the NFF technical committee as regards team selection and preparations.

A top official at the Presidential Villa who refused to be named said: “He demanded for N10m per month, which he wants to be paid upfront to check delay.

“He also wanted what he called a free hand as regards his team selection and preparations, saying he no longer wishes to deal with the technical committee.

“He also wanted Okpala back to his backroom staff.

“The President has assured him that his demands will be considered.”

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Halftime: Germany stuns Brazil with 5 quick goals

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World Cup semifinal live chat: Brazil vs. Germany

Join us for the first semifinal match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Brazil will attempt to cope without Neymar and Thiago Silva, but has a tall task ahead of it with Golden Boot contender Thomas Muller and Germany. The game will be televised on ESPN and Univision, and streamed online on Watch ESPN and Univision.

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