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A computer generated image of the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha after its renovation ahead of the 2022 World Cup

Qatar to finish work on first World Cup venue by 2016

AFP News - 12 hours ago Controversial football World Cup host Qatar will complete work on the first venue for tournament matches by 2016, six years before the event takes place, officials announced on Tuesday. The 40,000-seater Khalifa International Stadium is scheduled to host group stage, round of 16 and quarter-final matches during the 2022 World Cup. It is also the venue for the 2019 World A…

  • Felipe Melo, pictured on December 11, 2013, will join Inter Milan from Galatasaray
    Inter capture Melo, Ljajic in late deals AFP News - Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Inter Milan have bolstered their new-look midfield by capturing Brazilian veteran Felipe Melo and Bosnian Adem Ljajic from Galatasaray and Roma respectively, the Serie … More »Inter capture Melo, Ljajic in late deals

    Felipe Melo, pictured on December 11, 2013, will join Inter Milan from Galatasaray

    Inter Milan have bolstered their new-look midfield by capturing Brazilian veteran Felipe Melo and Bosnian Adem Ljajic from Galatasaray and Roma respectively, the Serie A club announced Monday. "FC Internazionale announces the club has agreed with Galatasaray over the definitive transfer of Felipe Melo," Inter said in a …

  • Manchester's Adnan Januzaj, pictured in action on August 26, 2015, has joined Borussia Dortmund on loan for a season
    United loan Januzaj to Dortmund AFP News - Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Manchester United's Belgium forward Adnan Januzaj has joined Borussia Dortmund on loan for a season, the German club confirmed on Monday. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder, … More »United loan Januzaj to Dortmund

    Manchester's Adnan Januzaj, pictured in action on August 26, 2015, has joined Borussia Dortmund on loan for a season

    Manchester United's Belgium forward Adnan Januzaj has joined Borussia Dortmund on loan for a season, the German club confirmed on Monday. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder, who was in the Belgium squad for the 2014 World Cup and has made 47 appearances for United in the Premier League, has signed until next June. "Borussia …

  • Argentina's Matias Kranevitter (L), pictured here playing for River Plate in 2014, will join Atletico Madrid in December
    Atletico snap up Argentina starlet Kranevitter AFP News - Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Atletico Madrid have made Argentine midfielder Matias Kranevitter their sixth signing of the transfer window after reaching a deal with River Plate. The slender 22-year-old … More »Atletico snap up Argentina starlet Kranevitter

    Argentina's Matias Kranevitter (L), pictured here playing for River Plate in 2014, will join Atletico Madrid in December

    Atletico Madrid have made Argentine midfielder Matias Kranevitter their sixth signing of the transfer window after reaching a deal with River Plate. The slender 22-year-old will join up with the 2014 Spanish champions in December after River's attempt to win the Club World Cup in Japan. "Atletico Madrid and River Plate …

  • Arsenal's goalkeeper Petr Cech (L) and Per Mertesacker celebrate win after their English Premier League match against Crystal Palace, at Selhurst Park in south London, on August 16, 2015
    Injuries hamper Arsenal ahead of Newcastle clash AFP News - Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker may force him to name a second choice defence again at Newcastle on Saturday. … More »Injuries hamper Arsenal ahead of Newcastle clash

    Arsenal's goalkeeper Petr Cech (L) and Per Mertesacker celebrate win after their English Premier League match against Crystal Palace, at Selhurst Park in south London, on August 16, 2015

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker may force him to name a second choice defence again at Newcastle on Saturday. France international Koscielny and German World Cup winner Mertesacker both sat out of the 0-0 draw with Liverpool and are doubts for the Premier League …

  • Japan have called up Shinji Kagawa (centre left) for World Cup qualifiers against minnows Cambodia and Afghanistan
    Kagawa, Honda to lead Japan against minnows AFP News - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Under-fire Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic called up big guns Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa on Thursday for the World Cup qualifiers against minnows Cambodia and Afg … More »Kagawa, Honda to lead Japan against minnows

    Japan have called up Shinji Kagawa (centre left) for World Cup qualifiers against minnows Cambodia and Afghanistan

    Under-fire Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic called up big guns Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa on Thursday for the World Cup qualifiers against minnows Cambodia and Afghanistan.

  • Juventus' Spanish forward Fernando Llorente takes part in a training session on June 1, 2015 at the Juventus Stadium in Turin
    Juve's Llorente set for Sevilla medical AFP News - Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Juventus striker Fernando Llorente is set to join Europa League winners Sevilla with teammate Mauricio Isla also on his way to the Spanish club, it was announced on Wednesday. … More »Juve's Llorente set for Sevilla medical

    Juventus' Spanish forward Fernando Llorente takes part in a training session on June 1, 2015 at the Juventus Stadium in Turin

    Juventus striker Fernando Llorente is set to join Europa League winners Sevilla with teammate Mauricio Isla also on his way to the Spanish club, it was announced on Wednesday. Juventus signed Llorente -- scorer of seven goals in 24 appearances for Spain and a member of the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 winning sides -- …

  • South Korean FIFA Honorary Vice President Chung Mong-Joon announces his candidacy for the upcoming FIFA presidential elections in February 2016, to replace FIFA president Sepp Blatter, on August 17, 2015 in Paris
    Chung blasts FIFA, Blatter 'sabotage' AFP News - Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Chung Mong-Joon on Saturday accused FIFA president Sepp Blatter of "interfering" in the race to take control of football's scandal-hit governing body, claiming his campaign … More »Chung blasts FIFA, Blatter 'sabotage'

    South Korean FIFA Honorary Vice President Chung Mong-Joon announces his candidacy for the upcoming FIFA presidential elections in February 2016, to replace FIFA president Sepp Blatter, on August 17, 2015 in Paris

    Chung Mong-Joon on Saturday accused FIFA president Sepp Blatter of "interfering" in the race to take control of football's scandal-hit governing body, claiming his campaign is being sabotaged. Billionaire industrialist Chung, who is hoping to win the election to succeed Blatter, hit back at German media reports that he …

  • Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger completed a £14 million (19.47m euros, $21.72m) switch to Manchester United last month after agreeing a three-year deal with Louis van Gaal's Premier League side
    Schweinsteiger 'surprised' by Old Trafford welcome AFP News - Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Bastian Schweinsteiger says he is "surprised" at the warmth of the welcome from Manchester United fans since the World Cup winner's move from Bayern Munich to Old Trafford. … More »Schweinsteiger 'surprised' by Old Trafford welcome

    Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger completed a £14 million (19.47m euros, $21.72m) switch to Manchester United last month after agreeing a three-year deal with Louis van Gaal's Premier League side

    Bastian Schweinsteiger says he is "surprised" at the warmth of the welcome from Manchester United fans since the World Cup winner's move from Bayern Munich to Old Trafford. The 30-year-old Germany midfield general completed a £14m (19.47m euros, $21.72m) switch to United last month after agreeing a three-year deal with …

  • Borussia Dortmund's new coach Thomas Tuchel has dropped Germany goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller for Swiss stopper Roman Burki for their opening Bundesliga clash against Borussia Moenchengladbach
    Dortmund coach Tuchel drops World Cup winner Weidenfeller AFP News - Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Thomas Tuchel has made his mark as Borussia Dortmund's new coach by dropping Germany goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller for Swiss stopper Roman Burki for their opening Bundesliga … More »Dortmund coach Tuchel drops World Cup winner Weidenfeller

    Borussia Dortmund's new coach Thomas Tuchel has dropped Germany goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller for Swiss stopper Roman Burki for their opening Bundesliga clash against Borussia Moenchengladbach

    Thomas Tuchel has made his mark as Borussia Dortmund's new coach by dropping Germany goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller for Swiss stopper Roman Burki for their opening Bundesliga clash against Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday. After Jurgen Klopp's resignation last season following seven successful years as Dortmund coach …

  • Spain's Vicente del Bosque attends a press conference in Minsk, on June 13, 2015
    Del Bosque unhappy with late finish to Liga season AFP News - Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque believes his side's chances of winning an unprecedented third consecutive European Championship have been hampered by the decision to delay … More »Del Bosque unhappy with late finish to Liga season

    Spain's Vicente del Bosque attends a press conference in Minsk, on June 13, 2015

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque believes his side's chances of winning an unprecedented third consecutive European Championship have been hampered by the decision to delay the end of the Spanish league season by a week. A number of significant changes to the calendar were confirmed on Tuesday to accomodate Barcelona's participation …

  • France's midfielder Amandine Henry controls the ball during the friendly football match France vs Russia on May 22, 2015 at the Gaston Petit stadium in Chateauroux
    Sasic, Henry, Marozsan make UEFA top player list AFP News - Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    France's Amandine Henry and German duo Dzsenifer Marozsán and Celia Sasic were on Wednesday named on a shortlist for UEFA's Best Women's Player in Europe award for 2014/15. … More »Sasic, Henry, Marozsan make UEFA top player list

    France's midfielder Amandine Henry controls the ball during the friendly football match France vs Russia on May 22, 2015 at the Gaston Petit stadium in Chateauroux

    France's Amandine Henry and German duo Dzsenifer Marozsán and Celia Sasic were on Wednesday named on a shortlist for UEFA's Best Women's Player in Europe award for 2014/15. Henry, 25, who plays club football for Lyon, will bid to become the first non-German to win the title as Marozsan, 23, and former FFC Frankfurt club-mate …

  • Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez is congratulated by his teammates after scoring during the "clasico" Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 22, 2015
    El Clasico dates changed in fixture congestion chaos AFP News - Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    The dates for both El Clasico clashes between Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga have been changed just days before the new season is due to get underway. The first … More »El Clasico dates changed in fixture congestion chaos

    Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez is congratulated by his teammates after scoring during the "clasico" Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 22, 2015

    The dates for both El Clasico clashes between Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga have been changed just days before the new season is due to get underway. The first fixture between the two giants scheduled for the weekend of November 7/8 at the Santiago Bernabeu will now be played two weeks later after an international …

  • Hoffenheim's Kevin Kuranyi greets fans following their German Cup DFB Pokal first round match against TSV 1860 Muenchen, in Munich, southern Germany, on August 8, 2015
    Top Five Bundesliga new-signings AFP News - Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Here is a look at the German League's top five off-season transfers: KEVIN KURANYI (Hoffenheim) The striker made the headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2008 when … More »Top Five Bundesliga new-signings

    Hoffenheim's Kevin Kuranyi greets fans following their German Cup DFB Pokal first round match against TSV 1860 Muenchen, in Munich, southern Germany, on August 8, 2015

    Here is a look at the German League's top five off-season transfers: KEVIN KURANYI (Hoffenheim) The striker made the headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2008 when he walked out of a German friendly international in frustration at being left out of the match-day squad. Germany's World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew said …

  • Mexico's fans cheer at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 19, 2015
    USA-Mexico crunch clash moved to October 9 AFP News - Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    The eagerly anticipated showdown between arch rivals the United States and Mexico for a place in the 2017 Confederations Cup has been rescheduled for October 10, it was … More »USA-Mexico crunch clash moved to October 9

    Mexico's fans cheer at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 19, 2015

    The eagerly anticipated showdown between arch rivals the United States and Mexico for a place in the 2017 Confederations Cup has been rescheduled for October 10, it was confirmed Friday. The winner of the match will secure a place at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, the de facto test event for the 2018 World Cup. …

  • El Hadji Diouf's reputation for footwork and tantrums is well known, but after glory at the World Cup and in England's Premier League, picture shows him (C) playing for Leeds, the veteran striker now wants political success in his native Senegal
    El Hadji Diouf aims to score political goal AFP News - Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    El Hadji Diouf's reputation for sublime footwork and turbulent tantrums is known around the globe, but after glory at the World Cup and in England's Premier League the … More »El Hadji Diouf aims to score political goal

    El Hadji Diouf's reputation for footwork and tantrums is well known, but after glory at the World Cup and in England's Premier League, picture shows him (C) playing for Leeds, the veteran striker now wants political success in his native Senegal

    El Hadji Diouf's reputation for sublime footwork and turbulent tantrums is known around the globe, but after glory at the World Cup and in England's Premier League the veteran striker now wants political success in his native Senegal. The 34-year-old, who made his name in the Senegal side that beat World Cup holders France …

  • US national team coach Jill Ellis speaks at a press conference in Vancouver on July 3, 2015, two days before the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup final against Japan
    Ellis agrees to remain as US women's coach AFP News - Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Jill Ellis, who coached the US team to the Women's World Cup title last month, has agreed to a new multi-year contract to guide the Americans, the US Soccer Federation … More »Ellis agrees to remain as US women's coach

    US national team coach Jill Ellis speaks at a press conference in Vancouver on July 3, 2015, two days before the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup final against Japan

    Jill Ellis, who coached the US team to the Women's World Cup title last month, has agreed to a new multi-year contract to guide the Americans, the US Soccer Federation said Wednesday. "When we hired Jill, we all knew the great challenge that was ahead of her and the team," US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said. …

  • Dzemal Hadziabic, best known as Jamal Haji, pictured on January 14, 2010, left the country within a day of flying in to take over the national squad
    Iraq probes Bosnian coach's 'shocking' volte-face AFP News - Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Iraq's football federation Sunday requested CCTV footage from Dzemal Hadziabic's hotel after the Bosnian unexpectedly left the country within a day of flying in to take … More »Iraq probes Bosnian coach's 'shocking' volte-face

    Dzemal Hadziabic, best known as Jamal Haji, pictured on January 14, 2010, left the country within a day of flying in to take over the national squad

    Iraq's football federation Sunday requested CCTV footage from Dzemal Hadziabic's hotel after the Bosnian unexpectedly left the country within a day of flying in to take over the national squad. Best known as Jamal Haji, the veteran Bosnian coach who spent years managing teams in the Gulf, arrived in Baghdad on Friday, …

  • Miguel Herrera gives a thumbs up as he walks onto the field before the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final between Jamaica and Mexico in Philadelphia on July 26, 2015
    Herrera's temper costs him job days after golden triumph AFP News - Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Mexico coach Miguel Herrera was sacked on Tuesday following allegations of an assault against a television journalist, just two days after guiding them to their seventh … More »Herrera's temper costs him job days after golden triumph

    Miguel Herrera gives a thumbs up as he walks onto the field before the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final between Jamaica and Mexico in Philadelphia on July 26, 2015

    Mexico coach Miguel Herrera was sacked on Tuesday following allegations of an assault against a television journalist, just two days after guiding them to their seventh Gold Cup trophy in the United States. The combative 47-year-old -- who also coached Mexico to the last-16 penalty shootout loss to the Netherlands at the …

  • Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, was sent off midway through the second half of Uruguay's stormy 1-0 Copa America quarter-final defeat after he flicked a hand into Jara's face
    Cavani banned for two matches over Jara incident AFP News - Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has been suspended for two matches over his flare-up with Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara at the Copa America, the South American Football … More »Cavani banned for two matches over Jara incident

    Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, was sent off midway through the second half of Uruguay's stormy 1-0 Copa America quarter-final defeat after he flicked a hand into Jara's face

    Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has been suspended for two matches over his flare-up with Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara at the Copa America, the South American Football Confederation announced. The ban means he will miss his country's first World Cup qualifying tie away to Bolivia in October. Cavani, who plays for French …