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FIFA President Infantino to visit World Cup host Russia, Qatar

FIFA President Infantino to visit World Cup host Russia, Qatar

ZURICH (Reuters) – Newly elected FIFA President Gianni Infantino will visit the next two hosts of the World Cup, Russia & Qatar, next week, the global soccer body said on Friday.

"The FIFA President will commence his two-day stay in Russia on 19 April with a visit to Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, venue of the opening match & final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup," Zurich-based FIFA said in a statement.

He leaves on April 20 for Doha, where he will meet senior board members of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy & officials of the Qatari government, it added.

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Qatar may house World Cup fans in Bedouin-style tents

Qatar may house World Cup fans in Bedouin-style tents

By Tom Finn

DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar may house thousands of football fans in Bedouin-style tents in desert areas close to stadiums during the 2022 World Cup as tumbling oil prices have forced the tiny Gulf state to delay projects, including building hotels.

Most of the expected 500,000 fans are expected to stay in hotels & apartments yet contrary to Qatar's World Cup bid in 2010, when it said it would create more than 55,000 rooms, authorities said in January that 46,000 rooms would be ready.

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Qatar considering tented desert camps for World Cup fans

Qatar considering tented desert camps for World Cup fans

DOHA (Reuters) – Organizers of Qatar's 2022 World Cup are considering a proposal to house football fans in Bedouin-style desert camps amid growing concerns approximately a potential shortage of accommodation during the tournament.

Most of the 500,000 fans expected to descend on the tiny Gulf country will stay in hotels & apartments, yet thousands could moreover camp under canvas in desert areas close to stadiums, a move organizers are holding up as a creative, & culturally authentic, way for Qatar to meet FIFA requirements.

"At the heart of this World Cup is a commitment to showcase the hospitality & friendship of the Middle East. As a result, we are actively researching the concept of supporters sleeping under the stars," a spokesperson for Qatar's 2022 World Cup Supreme Committee told Reuters without giving further details.

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Oosthuizen shares lead with Larrazabal in Qatar

Oosthuizen shares lead with Larrazabal in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Louis Oosthuizen made another swift start to his first tournament of the year, shooting a 7-under 65 in the first round of the Qatar Masters to share the lead with Pablo Larrazabal on Wednesday.

The 2010 British Open champion has won his first event of the calendar year in four of the last five years, & is in a satisfactory position already in Qatar after rolling in seven birdies in a bogey-free round.

''I don't know the reason why I always play well in January – probably because I'm well rested after a long break & a holiday. I should take more eight-week breaks,'' said Oosthuizen, who is bidding to become the fourth South African winner in six events so far in the 2016 European Tour campaign.

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Qatar begins work at 2022 World Cup final venue

Qatar begins work at 2022 World Cup final venue

Doha (AFP) – Qatar has begun construction work at the site where the 2022 World Cup final will be played, tournament officials said on Wednesday.

Preparatory work, including the stationing of site offices & five kilometres of hoarding, have gone up at the site in Lusail, north of the capital, Doha.

As well as the final, the opening game of the 2022 tournament will moreover be staged at the 80,000-seater Lusail Stadium.

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Xavi makes triumphant Qatar league debut

Xavi makes triumphant Qatar league debut

Doha (AFP) – His last competitive match was in front of more than 70,000 fans yet Xavi Hernandez made his Qatar Stars League debut on Sunday watched by a crowd of just 2,253.

For a former world player of the year who has won 28 trophies, including the World Cup, two European Championships, & whose last performance for Barcelona was in June's Champions League victory, a sweaty night in downtown Doha may not have seemed like one of the most spectacular nights of a glittering career.

For Xavi's new team though, Al Sadd, it was a perfect start to the season, winning 4-0 away in a one-sided clash against newly-promoted Mesaimeer, emphasising their determination to go one better than second place last season.

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Xavi makes triumphant Qatar league debut

Xavi makes triumphant Qatar league debut

Doha (AFP) – His last competitive match was in front of more than 70,000 fans yet Xavi Hernandez made his Qatar Stars League debut on Sunday watched by a crowd of just 2,253.

For a former world player of the year who has won 28 trophies, including the World Cup, two European Championships, & whose last performance for Barcelona was in June's Champions League victory, a sweaty night in downtown Doha may not have seemed like one of the most spectacular nights of a glittering career.

For Xavi's new team though, Al Sadd, it was a perfect start to the season, winning 4-0 away in a one-sided clash against newly-promoted Mesaimeer, emphasising their determination to go one better than second place last season.

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Xavi makes triumphant Qatar league debut

Xavi makes triumphant Qatar league debut

Doha (AFP) – His last competitive match was in front of more than 70,000 fans yet Xavi Hernandez made his Qatar Stars League debut on Sunday watched by a crowd of just 2,253.

For a former world player of the year who has won 28 trophies, including the World Cup, two European Championships, & whose last performance for Barcelona was in June's Champions League victory, a sweaty night in downtown Doha may not have seemed like one of the most spectacular nights of a glittering career.

For Xavi's new team though, Al Sadd, it was a perfect start to the season, winning 4-0 away in a one-sided clash against newly-promoted Mesaimeer, emphasising their determination to go one better than second place last season.

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Gerrard reveals Tottenham snub

Gerrard reveals Tottenham snub

London (AFP) – Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed he snubbed interest from Tottenham to join Los Angeles Galaxy because he couldn't stand the thought of playing against his old club.

Gerrard knew he was coming towards the end of his Liverpool career last season & several top teams including Tottenham expressed interest in signing him.

But the ex-England midfielder was determined to avoid playing against Liverpool, the team he supported as a boy & the only professional club he had played for in his entire career.

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Qatar cabinet backs changes to 'kafala' labour system

Qatar cabinet backs changes to 'kafala' labour system

Doha (AFP) – Football World Cup 2022 host Qatar has agreed changes to its controversial "kafala" sponsorship system for foreign workers, which critics have likened to modern-day slavery, state media reported on Wednesday.

At its weekly meeting, the cabinet backed draft legislation & took "measures to issue a law regulating the entry, exit & residency of expatriates," the official QNA news agency reported.

"The bill included provisions related to regulating the procedures & conditions of expatriates' entry, exit, residency & recruitment as well as switching to a different employer," QNA said, without giving further details.

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