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 By PA Sport

2022 World Cup hosts Qatar fall to lowly Liechtenstein in friendly

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Qatar's preparations for hosting the 2022 World Cup plumbed new depths on Thursday when they suffered an embarrassing 2-1 friendly defeat to European minnows Liechtenstein.

The tiny Gulf nation has been embroiled in controversy since it was awarded the finals, with allegations of corruption and the reported deaths of construction workers at World Cup sites.

Meanwhile their performances on the pitch continue to disappoint, with a last-minute penalty from Michele Polverino enough to give Liechtenstein...

 By Ian Holyman

Sepp Blatter repeats claims Sarkozy influenced Qatar World Cup vote

Qatar 2022 unveiled the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, capable of being taken down and reassembled elsewhere.

Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has repeated claims that ex-France president Nicolas Sarkozy influenced the 2022 World Cup bidding process in favour of Qatar.

Qatar was awarded the right to stage the 2022 finals in a controversial vote in December 2010, beating competition from the United States.

Blatter himself later said he had backed the U.S. bid only to see Qatar surprisingly win the poll of FIFA delegates. 

Then UEFA president Michel Platini cast his vote in favour of the...

 By PA Sport

Qatar denies Gulf crisis is hurting 2022 build-up as moveable stadium unveiled

The Gulf's diplomatic crisis is not hurting Qatar 2022's preparations, a senior Qatari official has claimed, as the organising committee revealed the design for the first demountable World Cup stadium.

The Ras Abu Aboud Stadium is the seventh of eight World Cup venue designs to be announced and the 40,000-seat ground will host games up to the quarterfinal stage.

However, it is unclear what might happen after the World Cup. The stadium can be taken down and reassembled elsewhere or even turned into...

Bedoya: Exec told South American officials of Qatari bribe money

Qatar 2022 unveiled the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, capable of being taken down and reassembled elsewhere.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino believes the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be a peaceful tournament and enjoyable for all football fans.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to overhaul player agent fees in the transfer window to ensure football has more credibility.

NEW YORK -- The former president of Colombia's football federation testified Monday that a sports marketing executive told him up to $15 million in bribe money was available for South American officials from Qatari interests ahead of the FIFA executive committee vote to decide the site of the 2022 World Cup.

Taking the witness stand as the trial of three former football officials began its third week, Luis Bedoya said he was introduced to a Qatari television representative by Mariano Jinkis of Full...

 By Kenneth Tan

Faris Ramli beaten to top award by Nagasaki at FAS Nite 2017

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss the new rule that will make S.League sides more youthful and examine the future of the national team.

Home United's Faris Ramli was pipped to S.League Player of the Year (POTY) by Kento Nagasaki, of Albirex Niigata (S), at the inaugural Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Nite 2017.

Despite enjoying an outstanding individual season, which garnered 21 goals and as many assists in all competitions, Faris finished second behind Nagasaki, who helped Albirex complete their second consecutive quadruple of trophies.

Home teammate Stipe Plazibat, who finished second-top scorer in the S.League with 25...