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Singapore leak four second half goals away to 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Alistair Edwards preview AFC World Cup qualifying action involving Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

Singapore conceded four second half goals in 23 minutes to lose 4-0 to Qatar in an international friendly at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on Friday night.

The match was a warm-up for the Lions' AFC World Cup qualifier against Syria in Oman on Thursday.

Singapore had kept a clean sheet against the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts in the first half, with Izwan Mahbud making five saves in the first 45 minutes.

But when Izwan was replaced after the break by Hassan Sunny, Singapore's strong defensive...

Winter World Cup in Qatar good for players and fans - Lothar Matthaus

Michel Platini could be forced to answer questions over why he voted for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup if he's to successfully paint himself as the transparency candidate for the FIFA presidency.
Xavi Hernandez recently stated Qatar has good conditions to produce a "great World Cup" and Craig Burley doesn't completely disagree.

Germany legend Lothar Matthaus says holding the 2022 World Cup in the winter will be good for players and fans but "chaotic" to domestic leagues.

FIFA has confirmed that the tournament in Qatar will take place in November and December to avoid the fierce heat of June and July.

Matthaus, who played in five World Cups and won the 1990 tournament with West Germany, said that doing so would make for an enjoyable competition.

"Having the tournament in winter is great from the point of view of fans...

Qatar's foreign minister promises 2022 will be 'best World Cup ever'

Qatar foreign minister Khalid al-Attiyah says the 2022 World Cup will be the best one yet.

DOHA, Qatar -- Qatar's top diplomat on Tuesday promised his country would host a successful World Cup in 2022 and suggested criticism of its successful bid was partly based on racism.

The bid is under renewed scrutiny following the launch of American and Swiss investigations into corruption at football's world governing body, FIFA.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, foreign minister Khalid al-Attiyah reiterated Qatar's stance that it has and will continue to cooperate with investigators....

Belgium weighs compensation claim for losing World Cup bid

Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter could be interviewed by Swiss authorities investigating potential fraud surrounding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Switzerland's attorney general said his investigation into possible money laundering incidents relating to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests would not exclude interviewing FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Secretary-General Jerome Valcke.
Xavi Hernandez recently stated Qatar has good conditions to produce a "great World Cup" and Craig Burley doesn't completely disagree.
The ESPN FC crew respond to reports that Sepp Blatter is considering running for FIFA president again, while Shaka Hislop is not surprised in the least bit.

BRUSSELS -- Belgium's football federation could seek compensation for the money spent on its unsuccessful bid for the 2018 World Cup if there evidence of criminal wrongdoing in FIFA's choice of Russia as host.

Federation president Francois de Keersmaecker told Belgian daily Het Nieuwsblad that "if fraud is proven, it is clear that we will ask for damages."

On Wednesday, Switzerland's attorney general detailed cases of possible money-laundering in his investigation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid...

Xavi Hernandez: Qatar has conditions for great World Cup

The ESPN FC crew in Berlin react to the news that the FBI is investigating both bids for the World Cups in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

Xavi Hernandez says players will benefit from playing the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, citing the lack of travel involved in the Gulf state as a positive factor.

Xavi, 35, has ended his long association with Barcelona to join Qatari club Al-Sadd on a two-year deal, which also involves the Catalan playmaker acting as an official ambassador for the 2022 tournament.

The decision to award the finals to Qatar remains controversial for a number of widely publicised reasons, including alleged abuses of migrant...