The kick-off for the 2022 World Cup will be given on Sunday at 17:00 with the match between host country Qatar and Ecuador. Around the most prestigious competition, the news runs: announcement of the latest rankings, collection of selections from Monday, human rights issue… Follow with us the last days before the start of the World Cup.
14:55: Fifa calls for a truce for the times of the 2022 World Cup
FIFA president Gianni Infantino called on Tuesday for a month-long ceasefire in Ukraine ahead of the 2022 World Cup, assuring that sport could play a unifying role. “My appeal to all of you is to consider a one-month temporary ceasefire for the duration of the World Cup,” he said during a luncheon for G20 leaders meeting on the Indonesian island of Bali.
Infantino also praised the unifying role of football, recalling that Russia had organized the 2018 World Cup and that Ukraine was a candidate to host the competition in 2030 with Spain and Portugal. “We are not naive enough to think that football can solve the world’s problems,” he admitted. But the World Cup offers a unique platform, with an estimated audience of five billion viewers, offering “the opportunity to do everything possible to end all conflicts,” he said.
14:20: All lists of registered selections
Did you miss a national team list? No problem, we’ll take care of everything: here are the selections, player by player, team by team, of all the protagonists of this 2022 World Cup.
1.45pm: French team announces support for NGOs working to protect human rights
Called for several weeks to take a stand on the human rights issue in Qatar, the French team announced on Tuesday that it is joining forces with NGOs working for the cause. “Our passion must not be the cause of misfortune for some,” reads the Blues’ open letter.
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12.25pm: for Messi, France, Brazil and England are “a bit above the rest”
Brazil, France and England are “a little above the rest” of the teams involved in the World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18), estimated Argentina’s star and team captain, Lionel Messi.
“Every time we talk about the candidates (for the title), we talk about the same teams. If I have to put some above others, I think Brazil, France and England are a little above the rest,” he said on Monday in an interview published by the Confederation. South American Football Federation (Conmebol). “But a World Cup is so difficult and so complicated that anything can happen,” he qualified.
When asked about Argentina, which also has strong ambitions – the team won the Copa America in 2021 and has been undefeated since July 2019 – Messi once again called for restraint.
“We are full of hope, we have an excellent and highly motivated team but we have to get there slowly. We know that the groups at the World Cup are not easy,” said the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who has found all his energies with Paris Saint-Germain since the start of the season.
He also played with the Parisian club on Sunday against Auxerre (5-0 win) before moving to the Albiceleste in Abu Dhabi, the neighboring emirate of Qatar, where he was cheered by thousands of people during training.
Two-time World Cup winners (1978, 1986), Argentina will start the tournament against Saudi Arabia on 22 November, before meeting Mexico on 26 November, then Poland on 30 November, in Group C.
12.00pm: Discover the official photo of the French selection
The 26 players, Didier Deschamps and his staff took a break on Tuesday for the official photo at Clairefontaine.
11.50am: Australians want to focus on France, not human rights
Australia national soccer players announced on Monday they were putting aside human rights issues in Qatar to focus on their first World Cup match against defending champions France. Last month the ‘Socceroos’ posted a video on social media in which around 15 players spoke out against rights abuses in Qatar, whilst acknowledging that progress had been made.
Asked at a press conference about the legacy the World Cup could leave in the tiny Gulf gas state, Australian forward Mitchell Duke said the squad’s players were now focused on the tournament. “To be honest, I think we timed things well with what we said earlier,” said Duke, who is among 16 players in the video shot at the team’s base camp in Doha. “We did it on purpose before we all got to the pitch because our main priority now is to just focus on the football side of things. »
“What we said in this video was said, what needed to be heard was heard, and now, frankly, we’re only dealing with football, we don’t talk about all this anymore” insisted the 31-year-old player evolves in Japan. “We have work to do here during the World Cup to represent Australia and so that’s our main priority now. »
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10:30: Meeting with the Blues
The France players met in Clairefontaine on Monday in good spirits. After Didier Deschamps and Hugo Lloris’ press conference, they had their first evening training. Raphaël Varane and Karim Benzema, with uncertain physical shapes, took part.
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10:18: Day of the rally for the Portuguese
Players shortlisted for Portugal met on Monday and had their first pre-World Cup training session. The Portuguese selection will play a friendly against Nigeria on Thursday in the eightiesJosé Alvalade XXI Stadium in Lisbon.
Meanwhile, what did Manchester United teammates Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo say to each other when they met? Did the midfielder say a word to his captain about his outing with the club and manager Erik ten Hag in an interview on Sunday?
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