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# World Cup 2022

Last year
# Transfer News
Liverpool agree 'record' deal to sign World Cup star Cody Gakpo
The PSV star scored three goals in Qatar, and is now on his way to England to finalise a switch to Merseyside.
# like a fine wine
37-year-old Modric confirms he will not retire from international football
Croatia will now attempt to win the Nations League title next June.
# Luka Magic
Croatia win third-place playoff on Luka Modric's World Cup swansong
Josko Gvardiol and Mislav Orsic gave Croatia a 2-1 win over Morocco.
# Les Bleus
Deschamps rules out shock return for Benzema as France battle mystery virus
The Real Madrid striker pulled out injured just before the start of the World Cup.
# Treatment Table
Neymar out of Brazil's next World Cup match with ankle injury
Brazil right-back Danilo will also miss Monday’s match against Switzerland
# Setback
Senegal beat Qatar to leave World Cup hosts on brink of early exit
The African champions had opened with a 2-0 loss to the Netherlands.
# World Cup 2022
'A unique player' - Gavi becomes the youngest World Cup goalscorer since Pele
The 18-year-old became Spain’s youngest goalscorer in June.
# Injury Crisis
Injured France defender Lucas Hernandez out of World Cup
Captain Hugo Lloris says country’s injury list is ‘starting to become a big deal’.
# Woe
Lewandowski's miserable World Cup run continues as penalty miss proves costly
Guillermo Ochoa was the hero as Mexico held Poland.
World Cup 2022: Fifa's clampdown on rainbow armbands conflicts with its own human rights guidelines
Sophie King-Hill of Birmingham University looks at the controversy at this tournament.
Opinion: 'Football fans - it's time to make some noise on human rights ahead of this World Cup'
Fiona Crowley of Amnesty International Ireland says it’s time Fifa showed it really cares about human rights ahead of the tournament.
# Qatar
World Cup ambassador calls homosexuality 'damage in the mind'
Former Qatari international Khalid Salman made the comments on German TV, with the country’s Minister for Sport, Nancy Faeser, criticising him.
# Pull the other one
World Cup is chance for Qatar to push back against 'prejudice', claims Fifa president
Gianni Infantino said the competition is ‘an opportunity for Qatar and the whole region to present itself to the world in another light.’
# statement
Football unions prepared to accept possible punishment for wearing OneLove armband in Qatar
Fifa has yet to give approval to the captains of nine European nations to wear an anti-discrimination armband at the World Cup.
# concerns
English football chief insists LGBTQ fans won't face arrest for kissing at World Cup
English FA chief executive Mark Bullingham has revealed that he has been told police in Qatar are briefed to be tolerant during the tournament.
# World Cup 2022
'The result is the greatest in history of Welsh football' - Emotional Bale full of pride
“We gave everything today, we left everything on the pitch,” said Ukraine midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko after Ukraine were pipped to World Cup qualification.
# curtain raiser
Senegal and the Netherlands to get World Cup under way before hosts Qatar’s opening game
Fifa have published the schedule for the winter World Cup.
# World Cup 2022
Here's the full draw for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
The winners of the play-off path containing Scotland, Wales and Ukraine will face England in Qatar.
# playoff
Ronaldo gearing up for 'a matter of life and death' World Cup decider
The Manchester United star is hoping to qualify for a fifth World Cup with Portugal as they host North Macedonia tomorrow.
# World Cup 2022
Canada beat Jamaica 4-0 to reach first World Cup in 36 years
The win sparked wild celebrations at Toronto’s 30,000-capacity BMO Field.
All time
# Oh what a knight
‘Loads more in locker’ – Jason Knight sees better times for Ireland and himself
The 20-year-old had a hand in all three goals in Luxembourg.
# Vaccinations
'It nearly feels like a bullying campaign' - Given says Robinson's healthcare is his own choice
The former Ireland goalkeeper believes players should not be criticised if they opt against getting the Covid-19 vaccine.
# Interview
'In any other walk of life, 30-35 is seen as a young man. In football terms you’re a pensioner'
Ten years on from his move across the water, Ireland winger James McClean speaks to David Sneyd about life and what he has learned from Shane Duffy.
# Preview
The €560k-a-week superstar, the under-fire manager and all you need to know about Ireland's upcoming opponents
Portugal are looking to put a disappointing Euro 2020 behind them.
# Qatar
10am kick-offs and four group matches a day as 2022 World Cup schedule announced
The tournament’s final will take place in Doha on Sunday, 18 December – a week before Christmas Day.
# it's waiting there for you
'This is a big job and there are big expectations' - the Irishman chasing World Cup dreams in Africa
34-year-old Johnny McKinstry was appointed manager of the Uganda national team at the very end of September and has already tasted success.
# Qatar
'For football, Qatar 2022 is great news' - Graeme Souness looking forward to next World Cup
The former Liverpool star feels that the considerable decrease in travelling time will help the players and fans alike.
# Corruption
How a €7m Italian mansion is at the centre of bribery scandal involving PSG's owner
Nasser al-Khelaifi and Jerome Valcke are under investigation by Swiss prosecutors.
RTÉ secure broadcast rights for Ireland qualifiers for Euro 2020 and World Cup 2022
RTÉ will also have exclusive rights for the Euro 2020 finals.
# crisis
As Middle East is hit with massive political instability, Qatar's 2022 World Cup is in jeopardy
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen were among those to cut diplomatic ties with the country.
# revelations
Sepp Blatter says 2018 & 2022 World Cup hosts were decided well before the vote took place
The Fifa president has given a remarkable interview to Russian media.
# Save the Date
We have a date for the 2022 World Cup Final in Qatar - and no, it's not on Christmas Eve
Santa will have time to fit the football in before he sets off around the world.
# Saga
Qatar 2022 saga 'damaging to Fifa' - John Delaney
The head of the FAI says Fifa should have been clear it was always going to be a winter tournament.
# gripping thriller
'We even f**ked up fiddling it': The Sunday Times' remarkable World Cup bid allegations
A previously-unseen submission from the newspaper alleges the England 2018 team hired outside agencies to spy on rivals.
# Political Football
Fifa lodge criminal complaint over 2018 and 2022 World Cups
The world game’s governing body believes it has unearthed evidence of misconduct during its investigation into the World Cup bids.
# Not Guilty
Fifa report clears Qatar of any wrong-doing during 2022 World Cup bid process
The English FA found to have ‘damaged the image of Fifa and the bidding process’.
# 2022
Fifa deny Blatter Qatar criticism reports
The game’s world governing body has moved quickly to dispel rumours their leader claimed the nation would lose the tournament.
# sounds like a plan
Here's why Qatar have scouted 3.5 million young footballers from around the world
It’s well funded and highly professional, with a space-age training facilities.
# Qatar 2022
Big sponsors are putting pressure on FIFA following more Qatar World Cup allegations
Adidas, Visa, Hyundai and Sony all expressed their concern over the weekend.
# Qatar World Cup
Australia is thinking about another bid to host the 2022 World Cup
FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce wants voting to be re-opened if latest corruption allegations are proven to be true.