MORATA’S WORLD CUP PARTICIPATION NEXT YEAR UNDER THREAT

Spain international striker Alvaro Morata may be the country’s leading marksman, but he has not been as impressive as many would have expected, and it could cost him his place in the World Cup squad next year. The Juventus forward has failed to lead the like for Spain at the Euros, and he could even miss out on his starting role at the competition before it ends if he does not improve his form in front of goal. The striker has rarely scored for his country and even missed a penalty in their last clash against Slovakia even though they ended up winning the tie by 5-0.

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Spain head coach Luis Enrique is said to be an admirer of the striker and is satisfied with his inclusion in the team but may have to be ruthless in terms of team selection as he considers winning trophies over favoritism. After the game against Slovakia, Morata revealed that he could not sleep for nine hours after claiming that he received death threats from hundreds of fans especially on social media, with many claiming that he did not put in a fine performance during the match.
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HOW WILL SPAIN LINE UP AT THE EUROS AND WORLD CUP?

The UEFA Euros 2020 keeps coming closer and the participating teams have also been putting in some work to ensure that they continue to assemble a squad solid and rich enough in talents to clinch the trophy. While the respective nations that will be at the Euros are already gearing up preparations for the European championship, the 2022 FIFA World Cup is also not far from sight and the preparations for football’s most prestigious tournament has continued at a steady pace as well.

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Spain, one of the heavyweights and favorites to win either or both of the competitions, are currently short on squad power and currently have a huge task on their hands to find themselves a befitting and proven striker that can represent them at the two tournaments. The Basque country are currently short on a proven forward even though they have a couple of brilliant players in most of the other squad departments.
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FIFA ARAB CUP 2021 DRAW TO HOLD IN QATAR

With club football seasons gradually coming close to an end across the world’s leagues, it is only normal that at this time of the year, different international and Inter-continental tournaments will start coming up so football players can be allowed to accept their country’s call-up and represent their nations at these tournaments.

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One of the said tournaments is the FIFA Arab Cup which is organized by the world football governing body FIFA. The tournament is said to be played by Arabian teams as they would all compete and fight to conquer the competition. According to an official announcement from FIFA, the draw for the tournament will be made in Qatar on Tuesday, the 27th of April 2021. The worldwide football governing body also confirmed in the announcement that the draw will be held in a village in the country, known as the Opera House, located in Katara.
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NICOLÁS LODEIRO MISSES OUT ON URUGUAY CALL-UP LIST FOR WC QUALIFIERS

While there are still uncertainties surrounding the South American FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying fixtures, Uruguay have already dished out their 35-man squad list and are already getting set for the fixtures.

The Confederation governing South American football CONMEBOL announced this week that the fixtures that were supposed to be played later this month have now been suspended till further notice. In their statement, the Confederation revealed that it will work with the world football governing body FIFA to ensure that everything is put in place before the games kick-off later.
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WORLD CUP 2022: IRAN MATCHES POSTPONED

Iran Football Federation has confirmed that the World Cup 2022 qualifiers involving the Iranian national team have been postponed till later this year. This was announced by the football body’s spokesperson AmirmehdiAlavai. Iran were billed to take on Hong Kong and Cambodia next month as part of the qualifiers for the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar but the games have been postponed till June 2021.

The Iran national football team was initially scheduled to face Hong Kong in Tehran, the Iranian capital, on March 25, 2021 before travelling to Phnom Penh to take on the Cambodia national football team five days later. The two World Cup 2022 qualifying games have now been shifted till June. According to Iran Football Federation’s spokesperson Amirmehdi Alavai, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has postponed the games due to concerns from the dreaded Coronavirus. The AFC is yet to release any statement on the status of the aforementioned games. Continue reading “WORLD CUP 2022: IRAN MATCHES POSTPONED”