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Qatar to Use Several Innovative Technologies at World Cup 2022 Stadiums

There will be a lot of firsts at the World Cup 2022. One of the debuts would be for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), which has been a major assistance in top leagues around the world. The system has been able to achieve a success rate of 99.3%. The World Cup will be held at Qatar, who have invested heavily in building stadiums and infrastructure to go along with the image of the nation. As a result, VAR will be one of the many technologies that will be invested at this competition. There are bigger and newer technological innovations like fully air-conditioned stadiums, which have been done in order to combat the extreme heat that is common in this part of the world.

Heat was a major issue that was discussed when Qatar was awarded the rights to host the competition in 2010. This was a controversial choice since the Middle East country was often prone to encounter in temperatures of around 43° in the summer. This was when world cups have always been held, but the heat has forced FIFA into making this as a winter tournament, which will take place in December. Even then, the temperatures are higher than average and it is expected to be around 30°. In order to make for a comfortable environment, Qatar has invested heavily in air-conditioning the stadiums. It will be able to bring down the temperatures to 23° in the stands and 20° in the pitch.
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Manchester United have been drawn to face FC Rostov in the last 16 of the Europa League competition.

The English side are the only ones in the second-rate tournament in Europe. However, bookmakers consider them one of the favourites to lift the title.

Jose Mourinho’s men thrashed French side Saint Etienne 0-1 in the return leg. Summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan grabbed the only goal of the game even though he could not finish the game as he limped off. Paul Pogba – who lined up against his brother – was awarded the Man of the Match. Another summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic had given Man United the advantage as he scored thrice in the first leg at Old Trafford.

The victory ensured United’s form since November continued strong. After their sloppy side, the team seems to have found the right balance.

Etienne wanted to win the game even if they did not qualify the coach said. read more »



Italian giant, Napoli are hoping to reduce the points’ difference with fierce rival Juventus. Napoli started the season well but Juventus are current league leaders with 73 points from 31 matches played this season.

Napoli fell to a stunning defeat in the hands of Udinese. Udinese embarrassed Partenopei Gli Azzurri in a home win on the 3rd of April.

In the last five games, the well motivated team has won three, drawn one aside the heavy loss to Udinese. Napoli defeated Chievo by 3-1, defeated Genoa by the same margin and lost to Udinese by the same margin. Before the victory of Chievo, they played a draw with fifth-placed Fiorentina. After playing Chievo, it was another victory over Palermo.

The squad is currently hoping to close the gap with Juventus while praying the serie A champion drop points along the way. Six points separate both sides. With tricky games against Milan and Fiorentina, Napoli is hoping to close the gap with wins from their end. read more »


Pellegrini’s summer transfer window is far from over

Manuel Pellegrini is eyeing a few more players despite having already signed: Patrick Roberts, Raheem Sterling, Ernes Unal and Fabian Delph as the latest high profile summer signings of Manchester United.

The summer budget of Pellegrini has already reached €70 million but rumors continue on emerging involving some of the potential signings that can still be made by the Premier League club as the Chilean manager is still interested in adding more players to his squad and get them into the Etihad Stadium.

Sergio Ramos is one of the players who has been involved with a possible move to Manchester City but it’s a move that just doesn’t seem like its going to happen due to all of the recent changes that the Spanish defender has been going through in Real Madrid. The dismissal of IkerCasillas from the Santiago Bernabeu ended with Ramos turning into the new captain of Real Madrid.

Kevin de Bruyne on the other hand is a priority target and the German player of Wolfsburg is attracting the attention of many top clubs and not just Manchester City. De Bruyne was named as the Bundesliga Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season as well as the Footballer of the Year in Germany of 2015 as he was considered to have better performances than other notable players such as: ArjenRobben and Wesley Sneijder. read more »


Andrei Arshavin’s time at Zenit St Petersburg is over

Andrei Arshavin’s time at Zenit St Petersburg is over as he has parted ways with the club at the expiration of his contract.

It was his second tenure for Zenit which was rather disappointing for him performance wise as he could not score as many goals as expected.

His first tenure at Petrovsky Stadium was a lot longer and was more fruitful.

He was actually Zenit’s goal machine before he attracted the attention of Arsene Wenger who signed him for the Gunners in 2009.

The demands of Premier League, however, proved too much for Arshavin as he was not able to do the same kind of damage to the opponents in England as he was doing in Russia.

As far as Arshavin’s new destination is concerned, it’s Kuban Krasnodar.

Arshavin had found himself out of the starting XI in most of the games since Andre Villas Boas took charge at Zenit.

He was one of the biggest names in the squad, but, still, Villas Boas did not put that much of faith in him.

Quite clearly, the striker was nowhere in the plans of the new boss and people had already talking about his departure.

However, there were words that he might opt to go to a club outside Russia. But, that did not happen. read more »


Ryan Giggs has admitted that it feels a bit strange

Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has admitted that it feels a bit strange to be celebrating only finishing in the top four.

The Welsh winger is used to winning numerous titles with United, but the club were extremely overjoyed at finishing back in the top four once again. From a commercial point of view, it is extremely important that United return to the Champions League. Further, it would also help them attract top players who would then be the basis behind winning league titles. After having secured such an important proposition, United have breathed a sigh of relief.

Yet, Giggs feels that United should be more focused on winning titles in the future rather than just finishing in the top four. Giggs won an incredible 34 titles during his time at United in addition to numerous individual accolades. The club are expected to be challenging for the title from next season, but it will be very difficult with rivals like Manchester City and Arsenal also strengthening. Chelsea have one of the best squads in the league and they will be tough to catch as ever. Speaking at the end of the season awards, Giggs says that he wants United to be challenging for titles sooner rather than later. read more »


Manchester United second Loss this Week

Manchester United suffered their first defeat since the 1-0 loss against Southampton in January after losing 2-1 to Swansea this weekend. It has increased the difference between United and table leaders Chelsea, but Manchester United boss van Gaal felt that his team were unlucky not to get something from the match.

He said that a dominant performance from his team was not rewarded with even a single point. Ironically, it was Swansea who managed to beat United on the opening day of the season. This defeat brought an immediate end to the positive mood surrounding the club after the appointment of Van Gaal.

It has taken the Dutchman several months in order to get the club go on a consistent run. Since the last Manchester derby in November, United have been beaten only twice. And this form and could potentially see them into the top three without any trouble. United were helped by the fact that Southampton, who are their nearest rivals in the top three race, also suffered a defeat this weekend. read more »



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