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On 11/6/2022 at 6:47 PM, AustralianFan said:

“Government data showed that 15,021 non-Qataris have died in the country between 2010, when Qatar won its bid for the hosting rights, and 2019.”

“However, Amnesty International has claimed that adequate investigations did not take place into the causes of death, leaving many of them unexplained.”

“In Hertha Berlin's fixture against Bayern Munich at the Olympiastadion, the home fans displayed a banner which read "15,000 deaths for 5,760 minutes of football - shame on you."

“Meanwhile, supporters of the defending champions had their own banner with an identical message as they watched their side win 3-2.“

 

One of the problems is that number of 15000 is not construction on the stadiums.  Neither Qatar or the home national have performed autopsies on those working on the stadiums to see what they died from. There have only been a few that actually been categorized as actually dieing on site. And no one as actually taken up the case to actually get the families the recompense they deserve.

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Switzerland's national soccer federation, the SFV or the Schweizerischer Fussballverband, conducted a more creative way of announcing its 2022 Nati World Cup team yesterday by using the names--but minus the numbers--on the back of their red Puma-manufactured jerseys they will wear in Qatar, often times sported by everyday Swiss people from all walks of life and across the nation with multilingual soccer commentary as the backdrop. Head coach and ex-Nati player Murat Yakin appears in the end of this video after this pledging in German facing the camera that he and his team will vow to make their fans the nation proud in Qatar. Clearly, this is the most multicultural Swiss Nati World Cup team ever and the vid reflects this "beautiful and diverse" multiculturalist "country"

In order of jersey appearance: Eray Comer, Silvan Widmar, Fabian Schar, Breel Embolo, Noah Okafor, Ardon Jashari, Fabien Frei, Renato Steffen, Christian Fassnacht, Remo Frueler, Ricardo Rodriguez, Nico Elvedi, Jonas Omlin, Gregor Kobel, Haris Seferovic, Denis Zakaria, Fabian Rieder, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Manuel Akanji, Djibril Sow, Yann Sommer, Philipp Kohn, Edimilson Fernandes, Michel Aebischer, and Ruben Vargas. 

MLS writer Matt Doyle offers some takeaways from the USMNT 2022 World Cup roster, its inclusions and exclusions. Surely, Zack Steffen being left out despite being a Berhalter guy is stunning because he's not even a backup. Matt Turner is the US #1. Paul Arriola was the last player cut with redundancy working against him. Does display a pragmatism at work. This team never had Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna, Timothy Weah, Brenden Aaronson, Yunus Musah, Tyler Adams, Antonee Robinson, Sergiño Dest, Walker Zimmerman and Matt Turner all together healthy at the same time during CONCACAF qualifying. Not a single game! This is a VERY young team with surely a projection towards co-hosting in 2026 with Canada and Mexico: 

https://www.mlssoccer.com/news/usmnt-world-cup-roster-key-takeaways-from-gregg-berhalter-s-picks

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2 hours ago, AmaniS said:

One of the problems is that number of 15000 is not construction on the stadiums.  Neither Qatar or the home national have performed autopsies on those working on the stadiums to see what they died from. There have only been a few that actually been categorized as actually dieing on site. And no one as actually taken up the case to actually get the families the recompense they deserve.

Absolutely.  
I wonder who, with influence, has take up the baton for this compensation, because right now the Qatari Minister is sounding like a human-rights denier, such as Trumpty-Dumpty’s election-deniers in the US. 

The World Cup starting is not going to make this go away.

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Seems forcing lots of South Asians into inhumane conditions to build lots of 50.000k stadiums for a country where less than half of the population are actual Qatari wasn't enough as an humilliation. Many expats are forming fan crowds (totally not forced and not plastic/artificial) in order to give the illusion people care/are attending this hot mess.

Also, its adorable how Blatter is now bashing Qatar and pretending he wasn't responsible for this crap. He also seems like he has one feet already in his grave.

In other news, BTS lead singer Jungkook is confirmed to perform in the opening ceremony. (strong rumours Shakira will also perform).

 

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10 hours ago, Ikarus360 said:

Seems forcing lots of South Asians into inhumane conditions to build lots of 50.000k stadiums for a country where less than half of the population are actual Qatari wasn't enough as an humilliation. Many expats are forming fan crowds (totally not forced and not plastic/artificial) in order to give the illusion people care/are attending this hot mess.

Also, its adorable how Blatter is now bashing Qatar and pretending he wasn't responsible for this crap. He also seems like he has one feet already in his grave.

In other news, BTS lead singer Jungkook is confirmed to perform in the opening ceremony. (strong rumours Shakira will also perform).

 

Kizz Daniel will perform at the opening ceremony as well.

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Also read that the Black Eyed Peas will be there for the pre-Qatar-Ecuador match opening ceremony. Dua Lupa was asked to performed there too but denied the rumours and called out Qatar for its human rights abuses.

Spain's RTVE's FIFA 2022 promo. Of course it's heavy on the 2010 champs Red Fury and its current crop of players in promoting the event with some fleeting footage of the blue blood World Cup nations like Germany, England, defending champs France, Argentina, and Portugal (but it's also got non-qualifier Italy) in action, accompanied by some TVE commentary. If I got it right, TVE's La 1 will show only 19 games, including all of Spain's games, the aforementioned Qatar-Ecuador game, the semifinals, third place game, and the final.

SBS announces a new, daily World Cup show called...World Cup Daily, "a nightly ‘one-stop-shop’ delivering Australians the very latest from the tournament at 5:30pm AEDT on SBS and SBS on Demand commencing next Tuesday 22nd November." Every action-packed episode of World Cup Daily, as you would expect with programming like this, will "include up-to-date highlights, previews, expert analysis, exclusive interviews, and superstar guests, plus all the latest news, views, and on-the-ground reactions from each and every FIFA World Cup™ match." World Cup Daily will be hosted by presenter and social creator, Claudio "Claudes" Fabiano, who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise alongside his genuine love and passion for football. Claudio is well-experienced and has worked with several leading domestic and international broadcasters including Optus Sport (The Highlights, The Football Bite, Euro 2020 Warm-up Live, Fan-Bants), Premier League Productions (Premier League Today Live, Welcome to the Weekend Live) and beIN Sports (The Early Kick-Off, beIN Global Exclusives). Other personalities involved in this include "man on the ground" Adamo De Nigris, Kat Sasso (looks at trends and viral storylines from social media at Qatar), Kat Haddad (who offers glimpses of past World Cup rewind memories), Warick "Wazzeh" Beynon hangs out at the Socceroos compound and checks out on them before their games, and Daniel Olanrian (hangs out with Australian fans on what the World Cup means to them) 

 

 

Portugal, once again coming out of the European qualification playoffs, is more than ready for the World Cup and Qatar--and so are the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo, Pepe, and company and their Selecao de Simao's fans to support them for the coveted holy grail for some top-notch soccer in the desert. Like with the rest of 32 nations' fans and teams in Qatar. RTP will be there with major operations of TV, digital, and radio to cover the massive event. 

 

As we get prepared for all the action in Qatar and its stadiums, Globo in Brazil unleashes a diversity of its FIFA 2022 World Cup TV promos for its massive coverage to Brazilians--and we will get to many of them. This, because it aired 9 days before the opening match, focuses on the #9-wearing players ("nove") in past World Cups like Ronaldo, Davor Suker, Luis Suarez, Gabriel Batistuta, Robert Lewandowski, Robin Van Persie, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Roger Milla, Wayne Rooney, and Richardalson. Ends with its broadcast sponsors Claro, Itau Bank, Magalu, Perdigao, Budweiser, and PixBet 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ai3S0tkZ4I

Serious talk abounds about how Belgium's Red Devils golden generation, while still very talented and very good with world-class players, are just a bit too old from the four years Russia's 3rd place finish, its best World Cup placement ever, to seriously contend again to aim higher. For Belgium's upcoming VRT 2022 World Cup coverage and promo here, this pokes fun at this with a Red Devils jersey-sporting girl acting as both national coach and motivator, somewhere in Brussels, or Ghent, or Antwerp, or Liege to rally both the multicultural mix of young and the old Belgians across the nation in Flemish--including members of both the Red Devils and their Red Flames sisters like Tessa Wullaert to stand behind the Red Devils with the Flemish chant "Tis aan ons" ("it's up to us"), which VRT's Sporza will use as its World Cup campaign motto. Interspersed with past Belgium World Cup footage. Another fave:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxDBp8bdcp0

 

Teleamazonas in Ecuador presents the glory of winning the World Cup, showcasing Doha, Qatar, and the support for Ecuador's Condors and the hopes for them in only their third World Cup appearance, starting on November 20. Where many of the world's sporting eyes will be on them and hosts Qatar at Al Khor's Al Bayyat Stadium to kick off the whole controversial thing because of the location. Hopes to achieve the same national sporting glory that Jefferson Perez's gold medal winning 20km walk at the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Summer Olympic Games did:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-cMwx73EJU

With that, this Teleamazonas' promo for that first World Cup game live on Sunday, November 20 at 10:15am Ecuador time between Ecuador and Qatar, where all eyes will be upon them 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znHfTV6LCyE

Albania's RTSH illustrates and juxtaposes how soccer, the World Cup, its stars, and plays can bring many different people worldwide together in all walks of life with the sport as it presents its upcoming coverage. In celebration. In playing. In emulating their heroes. In designing new gleaming soccer palaces. Destination Doha as the newest chapter, speaking of new gleaming places    

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3y6fnKZzNI

Abema, a Japanese live streaming broadcasting service, promotes the fact that it'll will streamcast all 64 games of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Japanese soccer fans online, tablets, smartphones, and on streaming TVs. Showcasing all the games, action, stars, and of course, Japan's Blue Samurai as they embark on its journey in Qatar    

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LodgmY3Fq1E

One of our newest promos we got comes from France's version of BeIN Sports, the only place in France where you can watch all 100% of the 64 games of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, including 36 exclusive matches and all of France's games. Here in this promos as we look at what could the BeIN Sports cramped cubicles somewhere in Paris with Omar Da Fonseca (?) talking so much to a customer about the nations like France, Germany, Morocco, Portgal, Switzerland, and Spain...but not Italy (boy, Italy can't seem to catch a break) that the person will see but Sonny Anderson and someone else who I can't ID overhearing this both quickly remind him that Brazil (with the former) and the latter with Argentina as he later sings about the nation that both qualified and World Cup-winning nations can be also seen on BeIN Sports too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6q7NTVGE_B0

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https://www.inquirer.com/wires/ap/ap-exclusive-balich-leads-olympics-style-world-cup-ceremony-20221116.html

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AP Exclusive: Balich leads Olympics-style World Cup ceremony

ROME (AP) — First World Cup in the Middle East. First World Cup kicking off in November. First modern edition based around a single city. First in an Arab country.

Now add "first World Cup with an Olympics-style opening ceremony" to the list of novelties for the tournament in Qatar beginning on Sunday.

Creative director Marco Balich, a veteran of multiple Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, told The Associated Press that he has been working for a year on a 30-minute show that will run ahead of the opening game between Qatar and Ecuador.

“The supreme committee wanted to create a real show, which FIFA is not accustomed to,” Balich said in a phone interview from Doha, referring to Qatar’s local organizing committee.

The extravagant ceremony was one of the reasons why in August the World Cup start was moved up a day in a late switch — to give the show a more prominent viewing slot.

“FIFA and the supreme committee — especially FIFA — realized how much effort was going into creating the ceremony and creating for the first time something that’s not just someone singing before the opening game,” Balich said.

One of the few details many fans remember from previous World Cup opening ceremonies was Diana Ross missing a penalty kick in 1994 during a song-and-dance act in Chicago.

Balich is promising much more substance in Qatar, indicating that concerns over the treatment of migrant workers, human rights and the conservative country’s handling of gays and lesbians will be addressed during the ceremony.

“I can’t spoil the surprise but there will definitely be attention given and responses to all of the issues being debated right now,” Balich said. “It’s not about pleasing the West but being the platform on which Asia and the Western world can comfortably meet. … I think you’ll have answers to all of the criticism and issues that have been raised."

Balich, who is Italian, began his Olympic experience at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games with the flag handover ceremony to Turin.

Unlike the full ceremonies that he created for the 2006, 2014, 2016 and 2020 Olympics in Turin, Sochi, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, respectively, Balich was given strict instructions for this event by Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

“The message and content of this show were curated personally by the country’s leadership,” said Balich, who is working with co-artistic director Akhmed Al Baker. “They want to talk about multiculturalism, accepting diversity and being a platform for peace.”

Sheikh Hamad has been an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member for two decades and sat through many of Balich’s ceremonies. So it’s not surprising that the emir wants an Olympic-style production.

The ceremony — and tournament in general — is also an audition for Doha’s desire to host a Summer Olympics.

Doha has expressed interest in bidding for the Olympics three times but has so far been unable to get onto the candidate list.

Qatari officials were left blindsided last year when the IOC gave Brisbane exclusive bidding rights and then awarded the 2032 Games to the Australian city.

The next available Summer Games is 2036.

Doha has been awarded the 2030 Asian Games.

BIG SPENDERS

While the ceremony budget doesn’t come near that of an Olympic opener — mostly because of the difference in length, with Olympic ceremonies usually lasting hours with the parade of athletes and all sorts of protocols — Balich said Qatar "wasn't afraid to invest in artistic quality.

“We have a team of 900 people with best-in-the-world choreographers and lighting technicians,” Balich added. “I think it’s going to be a big step forward in terms of World Cup history, and the next edition in the United States, Mexico and Canada will inherit the challenge to create this big show which enriches the experience and identity of the entire tournament.”

NOT A SUPER BOWL

While Balich is still restricted from revealing details of the show’s content, he did say that “famous actors and artists” will be involved.

“But it’s not a Super Bowl halftime show,” he added. “It’s a real ceremony with content about Qatar and stresses the fact that this is a tournament of many firsts: the first time it’s been played in the winter; the first time it’s been played in an Arab country; and the first time that eight stadiums surround a single city.”

Among the confirmed performers at the ceremony is K-pop star Jungkook.

The ceremony and opening game are slated for the tent-shaped Al Bayt Stadium, which has a capacity of 60,000.

TIMING

The ceremony will start at 5:40 p.m. local time (1440 GMT, 9:40 a.m. EST) and end 30 minutes later. Then the Qatar and Ecuador teams will come out for pre-match warmups and the opening game will kick off at 7 p.m.

CLOSING CEREMONY

Balich is also directing a closing ceremony before the World Cup final on Dec. 18 that he said will be "less important in terms of content.

“It will be more a celebration of the tournament with the realization that the focus for the final is nearly always on the two teams taking part,” he added.

CORNICHE SHOWS

Lastly, Balich is creating a daily water show off Doha’s corniche, the promenade alongside the city’s bay.

Featuring fountains, drones and fire, Balich said the corniche display will be three times as big as the fountain show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas

 

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4 hours ago, Bear said:

That will feature a handover for 2026 FIFA World Cup in Canada, Mexico and USA at the closing ceremony.

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You may have seen the 2022 FIFA World Cup intercontinental match between the Socceroos and Peru at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar months ago. You may have seen the Andrew Redmayne reaction after his penalty save on Alex Valera to send them to World Cup later this year that's now forever iconic to Australian soccer fans and a social media meme for its fifth consecutive World Cup appearance. (Soccer Australia) presents this latest installment of its Socceroos Sideline series taking us back in a behind the scenes/all-access documentary-like look of that unforgettable Peru game: the locker room (or changing room) preparations, the Socceroos' team arrival, the pregame stadium run through, the game itself, the penalty kicks, and the team celebrations. Mostly in front of the mass amount of Peruvian fans. As for the hero Andrew Redmayne penalty save reaction, "a save that means the world to Australia, a save that means the World Cup for Australia", since it's surely been shown so much down there we only see it from more behind his back, so it's shown from a different side. And it comes at a time when Australian soccer needed such a shot in the arm as it undergoes tremendous transition like A-League Men expansion and that league and the Socceroos' and Matildas' moving from FOX Sports Australia to Network 10 Australia and the Paramount+ streaming for non-World Cup games. Boosting national attendance and interest. Only Simon Hill and Andy Harper provide any semblance of narration in this clip and that's the match commentary. Nice to hear INXS' 1984 hit Original Sin playing in the locker room as the equipment team set things up but other Australian hits being played (Men At Work's Down Under) and then Sweet Caroline and Farruko:

And yes, Redmayne spent some fun time with The Wiggles as the Grey Wiggle that his daughter Poppy surely will enjoy. Got to perform his Wiggles-like dance with this:

Sports18, India's 2022 FIFA World Cup rights holders with JioCinema from Viacom that outbid Sony Six and Star Sports, has a numerous array of promos. This one obviously centers on the Group A teams QATAR, Ecuador, Senegal, and The Netherlands. Their captains, coaches, star/iconic players, and the teams' iconic moments: 

 

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4 hours ago, StefanMUC said:

So apparently Qatar decided to ban alcohol sale around the venues after all.

:P

FIFA & VIPs will still get it though.

Enjoy the WC of hypocrisy!

This should be absolutely no surprise to anyone. This close to a WC I'm sure FIFA was begging and pleading for Qatar not to do a u turn, but as I said in a previous post, there's no play for FIFA here. Qatar calls all the shots. They could come out tomorrow and say men and women have to in separate sections of the stadium and FIFA would have recourse (no I don't think that's going to happen) but who knows what else the Qataris will backtrack on.

Now FIFA's second nightmare is how to deal with Budweiser and the $112 million dollar contract. I see it going one of two ways. First and most likely, FIFA cuts a check to Budweiser, apologizes, and privately says there will be no more World Cups in conservative Muslim countries. Second, FIFA could refuse to cover the losses and Budweiser could take FIFA to court and sue for breach of contract.

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38 minutes ago, stryker said:

This should be absolutely no surprise to anyone. This close to a WC I'm sure FIFA was begging and pleading for Qatar not to do a u turn, but as I said in a previous post, there's no play for FIFA here. Qatar calls all the shots. They could come out tomorrow and say men and women have to in separate sections of the stadium and FIFA would have recourse (no I don't think that's going to happen) but who knows what else the Qataris will backtrack on.

Now FIFA's second nightmare is how to deal with Budweiser and the $112 million dollar contract. I see it going one of two ways. First and most likely, FIFA cuts a check to Budweiser, apologizes, and privately says there will be no more World Cups in conservative Muslim countries. Second, FIFA could refuse to cover the losses and Budweiser could take FIFA to court and sue for breach of contract.

We surely don't believe FIFA would prefer enduring that legal headache from Budweiser over a breach of contract from this, but Budweiser should realize the potential of how conservative Qatar is. The former option is the most likely scenario. Beer is oh so lucrative with a high profit revenue margin. No we shouldn't be stunned by this and what else would a backtrack will occur. Yet Qatar has a rapidly near futuristic skyline with Doha, so we thought of perhaps revising its conservative Islamic culture. Qatar should never won, much less hosting, this World Cup in the first damn place. But this saga certainly reveals once again the culture and political clashing that inevitably happens when sports brings people worldwide from many different cultures. Just ask TV2's Rasmus Tantholdt from Denmark.

Sadio Mane is now ruled OUT for Senegal's Lions after surgery with his injury and being placed on Senegal's World Cup: 

https://www.espn.com/soccer/senegal/story/4805211/senegal-striker-sadio-mane-out-of-world-cup-with-injury

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