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Giroud Happy to Get Back into Chelsea Contention

Olivier Giroud was going to leave Chelsea in the January transfer window but was unable to leave since the club didn’t have a replacement for him. As per now, he has moved on from the disappointment of not leaving the club. He has been struggling for a position in the team with the arrival of Tammy Abraham. He wasn’t even offered a regular playing time as Tammy became the leading element of the team. This severely affected his abilityto feature at the World Cup 2022.

The 33-year-old has said that the last six months have been tough for him with the Blues. He wanted a change of scenario, which led him to the decision on leaving the club. He wanted himself more out on the pitch and enjoy playing the game, which he was denied during the last few months in the team.
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The World has witnessed some of the finest goal scorers in history. From Pele who won three titles – the only player to achieve the feat to Sando Kocsis who scored 11 in a single tournament but failed to lift the trophy. The next edition of the World Cup in 2022 will be hosted by Qatar. Like past editions the World Cup 2022 will not be short of talented front men. Jadon Sancho, Kylian Mbappe, Erling Harlaand, Ansu Fati and Mason Greenwood among other youngsters are expected to light up the competition in the summer of 2022.

We take a look at the top three all time top scorer of the world Cup:

#1 Miroslav Klose

The German introduced himself in the Global showpiece in World Cup 2002. He scored five goals in his maiden appearance. His five goals were unique as the former Bayern Munich striker scored all five with his head including a hat trick in 8-0 demolition of Saudi Arabia. Klose scored two more goals in the competition as Germany finished runners up against Brazil. He added another five in his home country four years later, as he won the top scorer award for the competition. He scored 6 more goals in the next two editions to take his tally to 16 and ultimately as the top scorer in the history of the tournament. Klose also won the competition in Brazil. Germany defeated Argentina in a tense final, thanks to a goal in extra time by Mario Gotze.

World Cup Teams from South America Selected

The ten national teams from the CONMEBOL have known their paths for reaching the FIFA World Cup Football 2022 to be held in Qatar after the preliminary draw took place recently for the qualifying teams from South America. The draw took place in Luque located in Paraguay at the Bourbon Convention Hotel CONMEBOL. Hugo Figueredo who is the Competitions Director was seen as the emcee or doing the draw. Alejandro Dominguez is the president of the governing body of football for South America. He gave a speech on the entire event. Roque Santa Cruz, a former football player from Paraguay who has also helped the nation to win three world cups presided over the draw.

Bolivia was the first team to be drawn by Santa Cruz. Cesar Farias, their coach from Venezuela represented the team at the selection. The Bolivian team will face Brazil in their first match. Four other coaches who joined Farias at the selection were Ricardo Gareca from Peru, Rafael Dudamel from Venezuela, Tite from Brazil, and Reinaldo Rueda from Chile. Roberto Fabian Ayala, a former international player from Argentina was also present at the draw. He is now a member of the coaching staff for Albiceleste under Lionel Scaloni who is the boss for the national team. The technical director of the Paraguayan Football Association, Justo Villar also attended the event.
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India held Afghanistan to a 1-1 draw with the away team scoring at the death to deny their opponents a crucial victory. India struggled to create clear cut chances in the game but were fortunate to come away with a point.

The game was a tale of two halves with the hosts having the upper hand in the first half with India conceding several set pieces. It was clear from the onset that Afghanistan saw the left-back of the Indian team as the week point.


The organisers of the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar are thought to be closing on a deal to subsidize the sale of Alcohol during the tournament. Alcohol has been a long subject of complaints regarding the tournament as the Muslim Country prohibits the widespread sale.

A Cup of beer typically costs $10 which is times five times the average cost across Europe due to the huge taxes placed on the sale. However, the Qatari authorities are looking to bring down the tax ahead of the world cup.

It is understood that the organisers are looking to announce cheaper alcohol prices and a time extension for hotel happy hours. There are also plans to increase the number of spots that Alcohol can be bought during the tournament.

According to Nasser al-Khater the CEO of the 2022 World Cup organizing team, Alchohol is a major talking point as it is not part of their culture. However, he revealed that during the period of the World Cup, there would be considerate availability of alcohol in designated locations for fans.

Australia Bring Thomas Deng as Mark Milligan Replacement

Australia national team coach Graham Arnold has claimed that a defensive shuffle will be necessary after captain Mark Milligan picked up a minor leg injury. As a result, Australia have brought in Thomas Deng as a replacement. The changes are essential for Australia who are taking on Kuwait on Tuesday night.Deng is an extremely capable replacement considering that he is adept at playing across the back four. However, there is a disadvantage with regards to Milligan, who is also capable of playing in the midfield. Incidentally, Deng and Milligan played with each other at Melbourne Victory, while the latter has returned to Southend United in order to continue his recovery from injury.

Graham Arnold is of the opinion that fitness will be extremely important in this game, as it will be played in very hot conditions. The temperatures are likely to be in the high 30s. This is the case once again expected out of most World Cup 2022 matches. Even though the World Cup 2022 stadiums have been designed in such a way that they will provide cooling and the tournament will be held in December, it is still not expected to be enough. Arnold says that Milligan’s injury may have been minor, but the tough conditions for this game make it important to go with a fully fit player.
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The 2022 World Cup is less than three years from now and hosts Qatar have continued to push through the construction of various infrastructures for the showpiece. One of the stadiums billed to host some matches in the World Cup Al Wakrah Stadium is set to be ready for launch on 16 May.

The stadium which holds a capacity of 40,000 is one of the eight stadiums billed to host matches and is the first among the seven constructed from scratch to be completed. The Qatar Football Association announced in a press conference at the Al Bidda Tower in Doha that the stadium is set to host the Amir Cup final in May.

England more competitive at next World Cup

England manager Gareth Southgate believes that the national team will be more competitive at the next World Cup in 2022. He said that the squad is a relatively young one and that they have learned a lot during the last World Cup in Russia.

He believes that this will be a good experience for the players and that they can build on that for the future. He said that the England team has exceeded all their expectations and that the players now have more confidence when it comes to major tournaments.
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France can win the World Cup in 2022

Former Arsenal player Emmanuel Petit believes that France can retain their crown at the next World Cup in 2022 if they continue to develop as a team. He said that there are some young players in the team and that they have to believe that they can do it again in Qatar. He said that it was a surprise for them to win the World Cup as they were not the favorite last year but this time it will be different.

He said that all the teams will want to beat them and that they have to make sure that they are ready for the fight. He said that they will be in the same position as in 2002 where they were among the favorites to win the title.
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Former Tottenham Hotspur and Republic of Ireland striker, Robbie Keane has announced his retirement from football as a player.

The 38 year old captained his country for more than 10 years, scoring 325 goals in 737 appearances for 10 different club for a football playing career spanning 23 years.

Keane said in a statement, “Today, after 23 wonderful years, I am formally announcing my retirement as a professional footballer. From Crumlin United around the world to the likes of Milan, London and Los Angeles, I could never have imagined the path my football life would take. It has exceeded all hopes I had as a football-mad boy growing in Dublin”.

Robbie Keane played for the likes of Wolves, Tottenham, Inter Milan, Leeds, Liverpool and LA Galaxy since arriving England aged just 15.

He also serves as Ireland’s all-time leading goal scorer with 68 goals in 146 appearances before retiring from international duty two years ago in 2016.

Ireland’s new head coach decided to appoint Keane as his assistant last week alongside Terry Connor following the recent departure of Martin O’Neill.

Keane said, “To all those who believed in me, supported me and picked me up when I needed a hand, you can never know how much that has all meant. It was an honour to represent you”.

The all-time Ireland leading goal scorer had been enhancing his footballing education applying for UEFA coaching badges while still in LA, so it doesn’t come as a surprise seeing the former football player prolong his career by teaming up with manager Mick McCarthy, the man who coached Keane when he scored his most famous goal during the 2002 World Cup.

Robbie Keane will now be looking to settle quickly as the new assistant manager of Republic of Ireland and partner with Mick McCarthy to bring glory to the country.

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