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J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai speaks during an interview at the headquarters of the Japan Football Association in Tokyo on March 2, 2015

Qatar World Cup shift gives Japan winter blues

AFP News - 8 hours ago A November start to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would cause severe disruption to Japan's domestic football schedule, the head of the J-League told AFP on Monday. A FIFA taskforce has recommended the controversial tournament take place in November and December to avoid the scorching summer heat in the Gulf state, a proposal which could be ratified by the body's executive com…

  • FIFA president Joseph Blatter opens the envelope to reveal Qatar as the host of the 2022 World Cup at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich on December 2, 2010
    IOC welcomes Qatar date move AFP News - Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    The head of the International Olympic Committee on Saturday welcomed FIFA plans to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to November and December, avoiding any clash with … More »IOC welcomes Qatar date move

    FIFA president Joseph Blatter opens the envelope to reveal Qatar as the host of the 2022 World Cup at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich on December 2, 2010

    The head of the International Olympic Committee on Saturday welcomed FIFA plans to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to November and December, avoiding any clash with that year's Winter Olympics. A FIFA taskforce has recommended the 2022 tournament be played in November and December due to extreme summer temperatures in …

  • Bremen's supporters celebrate after the German first division Bundesliga football match SV Werder Bremen vs FC Augsburg in Bremen, Germany, on February 14, 2015
    Bremen's revival is 'crazy', says Mertesacker AFP News - Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Arsenal's Per Mertesacker says he is staggered by the revival at Werder Bremen, which has taken his former side from bottom of the Bundesliga to the verge of the European … More »Bremen's revival is 'crazy', says Mertesacker

    Bremen's supporters celebrate after the German first division Bundesliga football match SV Werder Bremen vs FC Augsburg in Bremen, Germany, on February 14, 2015

    Arsenal's Per Mertesacker says he is staggered by the revival at Werder Bremen, which has taken his former side from bottom of the Bundesliga to the verge of the European places. Bremen were prime candidates for relegation in December before earning five straight wins and a draw to leap to eighth. Mertesacker, who won …

  • German Football Association (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach expects "a few sleepless nights" as Europe's top leagues struggle to accomodate the 2022 Qatar World Cup
    German FA boss expects 'sleepless nights' before Qatar 2022 AFP News - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    German Football Association (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach expects "a few sleepless nights" as Europe's top leagues struggle to accomodate the 2022 Qatar World Cup. … More »German FA boss expects 'sleepless nights' before Qatar 2022

    German Football Association (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach expects "a few sleepless nights" as Europe's top leagues struggle to accomodate the 2022 Qatar World Cup

    German Football Association (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach expects "a few sleepless nights" as Europe's top leagues struggle to accomodate the 2022 Qatar World Cup. A FIFA taskforce has recommended the 2022 tournament be played in November and December due to extreme summer temperatures in the region. FIFA president …

  • Sepp Blatter says the 2022 World Cup will finish no later than December 18, ruling out a final just before Christmas
    Blatter says no Christmas World Cup final in 2022 AFP News - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    FIFA leader Sepp Blatter said Friday that the 2022 World Cup final would not be held two days before Christmas but also ruled out paying compensation to European clubs … More »Blatter says no Christmas World Cup final in 2022

    Sepp Blatter says the 2022 World Cup will finish no later than December 18, ruling out a final just before Christmas

    FIFA leader Sepp Blatter said Friday that the 2022 World Cup final would not be held two days before Christmas but also ruled out paying compensation to European clubs for the winter tournament. The governing body's hints that the final of the Qatar tournament could be played on December 23, 2022 caused a backlash, particularly …

  • The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, hits back at corruption allegations levelled towards the tiny Gulf state's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup
    Emir of Qatar hits back at WCup corruption claims AFP News - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, on Thursday hit back at corruption allegations levelled towards the tiny Gulf state's successful bid for the 2022 … More »Emir of Qatar hits back at WCup corruption claims

    The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, hits back at corruption allegations levelled towards the tiny Gulf state's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup

    The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, on Thursday hit back at corruption allegations levelled towards the tiny Gulf state's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup. Speaking during a visit to Washington, the Qatari ruler said allegations of bribery surrounding FIFA's deeply controversial 2010 decision to award …

  • Japanese football officials remain tightlipped as Algeria's 2014 World Cup coach Vahid Halilhodzic emerges as the leading candidate for the vacant national team job, according to local media
    Bosnian Halilhodzic set for Japan job: reports AFP News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Japanese football officials were tightlipped Thursday as Algeria's 2014 World Cup coach Vahid Halilhodzic emerged as the leading candidate for the vacant national team … More »Bosnian Halilhodzic set for Japan job: reports

    Japanese football officials remain tightlipped as Algeria's 2014 World Cup coach Vahid Halilhodzic emerges as the leading candidate for the vacant national team job, according to local media

    Japanese football officials were tightlipped Thursday as Algeria's 2014 World Cup coach Vahid Halilhodzic emerged as the leading candidate for the vacant national team job, according to local media. The Japan Football Association (JFA) were said to be in talks with the 62-year-old Bosnian, broadcaster NHK reported, while …

  • German Football League president Reinhard Rauball has criticised FIFA for insisting they will not compensate European clubs despite proposals to hold the 2022 World Cup in November and December
    FIFA must compensate, says German league boss AFP News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    German Football League (DFL) president Reinhard Rauball has criticised FIFA for insisting they will not compensate European clubs despite proposals to hold the 2022 World … More »FIFA must compensate, says German league boss

    German Football League president Reinhard Rauball has criticised FIFA for insisting they will not compensate European clubs despite proposals to hold the 2022 World Cup in November and December

    German Football League (DFL) president Reinhard Rauball has criticised FIFA for insisting they will not compensate European clubs despite proposals to hold the 2022 World Cup in November and December. Plans to play the 2022 tournament in Qatar in the middle of the European season have still to be ratified next month by …

  • Russia's national football team head coach Fabio Capello (C) attends a training session in Solna, Sweden on October 8, 2014
    Russia will make it to Euro 2016 - Capello AFP News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Russia will qualify for Euro 2016 despite their halting first steps to the championships in France, coach Fabio Capello maintained on Wednesday. After four games, Capello's … More »Russia will make it to Euro 2016 - Capello

    Russia's national football team head coach Fabio Capello (C) attends a training session in Solna, Sweden on October 8, 2014

    Russia will qualify for Euro 2016 despite their halting first steps to the championships in France, coach Fabio Capello maintained on Wednesday. After four games, Capello's 2018 World Cup hosts are already trailing Group G leaders Austria by five points in third spot. "I'm confident that we will make it into the Euro …

  • The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will move from January to June because of plans to switch the 2022 World Cup dates, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says
    2023 Africa Cup of Nations dates to change AFP News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will move from January to June because of plans to switch the 2022 World Cup dates, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said Wednesday. … More »2023 Africa Cup of Nations dates to change

    The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will move from January to June because of plans to switch the 2022 World Cup dates, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says

    The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will move from January to June because of plans to switch the 2022 World Cup dates, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said Wednesday. "Africa has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Cup of Nations in January 2023," Valcke told reporters in Qatar, hosts of the 2022 …

  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter holds up the name of Qatar during the official announcement of the 2022 World Cup host country at the FIFA headquarters  in Zurich on December 2, 2010
    No World Cup compensation for European clubs, says FIFA AFP News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke on Wednesday ruled out any prospect of Europe's football clubs receiving financial compensation for the 2022 World Cup being moved … More »No World Cup compensation for European clubs, says FIFA

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter holds up the name of Qatar during the official announcement of the 2022 World Cup host country at the FIFA headquarters  in Zurich on December 2, 2010

    FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke on Wednesday ruled out any prospect of Europe's football clubs receiving financial compensation for the 2022 World Cup being moved to November-December. "There will be no compensation. "We are in agreement with the clubs." European associations representing major clubs from England, …

  • FIFA says the 2021 Confederations Cup tournament will be played "in an Asian country", but not Qatar because of its climate
    FIFA to move 2021 Confederations Cup from Qatar AFP News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The 2021 Confederations Cup will not be held in Qatar, FIFA announced on Wednesday. Jerome Valcke, FIFA secretary general, said the tournament will be played "in an … More »FIFA to move 2021 Confederations Cup from Qatar

    FIFA says the 2021 Confederations Cup tournament will be played "in an Asian country", but not Qatar because of its climate

    The 2021 Confederations Cup will not be held in Qatar, FIFA announced on Wednesday. Jerome Valcke, FIFA secretary general, said the tournament will be played "in an Asian country", but Qatar had been ruled out because of its climate. The tournament, which pits the following year's World Cup hosts and the World Cup holders …

  • Russia will host the 2018 World Cup at 12 venues in 11 cities -- Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don
    Russia reduces capacity of two World Cup venues AFP News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Russia's government announced on Wednesday a resolution to reduce the capacity of the stadiums in Yekaterinburg and Kaliningrad which will host matches at the 2018 World … More »Russia reduces capacity of two World Cup venues

    Russia will host the 2018 World Cup at 12 venues in 11 cities -- Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don

    Russia's government announced on Wednesday a resolution to reduce the capacity of the stadiums in Yekaterinburg and Kaliningrad which will host matches at the 2018 World Cup. "The resolution changes the capacity of the stadiums that will be constructed in Yekaterinburg and Kaliningrad for the 2018 World Cup from 45,000 …

  • Australia's midfielder Mark Bresciano (L) shown in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, has announced his retirement from international football after 84 appearances over 15 years, including at three World Cups
    World Cup hero Bresciano retires from Socceroos AFP News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Australia midfielder Mark Bresciano on Wednesday announced his retirement from international football after 84 appearances over 15 years, including at three World Cups. … More »World Cup hero Bresciano retires from Socceroos

    Australia's midfielder Mark Bresciano (L) shown in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, has announced his retirement from international football after 84 appearances over 15 years, including at three World Cups

    Australia midfielder Mark Bresciano on Wednesday announced his retirement from international football after 84 appearances over 15 years, including at three World Cups. The 35-year-old, who spent 12 years playing in Italy for clubs including Lazio and Parma, made his international debut during the 2001 Confederations Cup …

  • Michel D'Hooghe, chairman of FIFA's medical committee, was one of a number of past and present FIFA officials under investigation following corruption allegations made since the 2010 votes for the World Cup venues
    FIFA clears top official over World Cup corruption claims AFP News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    FIFA on Tuesday cleared its longest serving executive board member Michel D'Hooghe of Belgium of four corruption charges in the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups … More »FIFA clears top official over World Cup corruption claims

    Michel D'Hooghe, chairman of FIFA's medical committee, was one of a number of past and present FIFA officials under investigation following corruption allegations made since the 2010 votes for the World Cup venues

    FIFA on Tuesday cleared its longest serving executive board member Michel D'Hooghe of Belgium of four corruption charges in the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups won by Russia and Qatar. D'Hooghe, chairman of FIFA's medical committee, was one of a number of past and present FIFA officials under investigation following …

  • FIFA President Sepp Blatter holds up the name of Qatar during the official announcement of the 2022 World Cup host country at the FIFA headquarters  in Zurich on December 2, 2010
    Winter World Cup for 2022 sparks Europe anger AFP News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A FIFA task force's call on Tuesday for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be shortened and held in November-December met immediate condemnation from Europe's major football … More »Winter World Cup for 2022 sparks Europe anger

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter holds up the name of Qatar during the official announcement of the 2022 World Cup host country at the FIFA headquarters  in Zurich on December 2, 2010

    A FIFA task force's call on Tuesday for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be shortened and held in November-December met immediate condemnation from Europe's major football powers. The group made a provisional recommendation for the 2022 tournament to start on November 26 and end on December 23 in a move that risks the wrath …

  • Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara missed the World Cup in Brazil as he grappled with injuries last year
    Bayern's Thiago back on ball after four months AFP News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Thiago Alcantara edged closer to a Bayern Munich comeback on Tuesday after starting individual training with a football for the first time in four months. The Spain … More »Bayern's Thiago back on ball after four months

    Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara missed the World Cup in Brazil as he grappled with injuries last year

    Thiago Alcantara edged closer to a Bayern Munich comeback on Tuesday after starting individual training with a football for the first time in four months. The Spain star missed the World Cup in Brazil due to an injury-ravaged 2014 and he last played for Bayern last March in a 3-3 draw against Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. …

  • Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore says European clubs are "very disappointed" by the decision to hold the Qatar World Cup during the European winter
    Premier League boss opposes World Cup date change AFP News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said Tuesday that all major European clubs are "very disappointed" by moves to hold the 2022 World Cup in November-December. … More »Premier League boss opposes World Cup date change

    Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore says European clubs are "very disappointed" by the decision to hold the Qatar World Cup during the European winter

    English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said Tuesday that all major European clubs are "very disappointed" by moves to hold the 2022 World Cup in November-December. Scudamore, a member of the FIFA task force that met in Doha to recommend a date for the tournament in Qatar, also said he felt "let down" …

  • Striker Marco Reus has extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2019, ending weeks of speculation
    Reus targets German title with Dortmund AFP News - Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Germany star Marco Reus committed himself to Borussia Dortmund until 2019 with the aim of bringing another Bundesliga title back to the Ruhr, he has revealed. Borussia … More »Reus targets German title with Dortmund

    Striker Marco Reus has extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2019, ending weeks of speculation

    Germany star Marco Reus committed himself to Borussia Dortmund until 2019 with the aim of bringing another Bundesliga title back to the Ruhr, he has revealed. Borussia won the 2011 and 2012 German titles while Reus was playing for Moenchengladbach but he said: "I'd give anything for that and I have a strong feeling that …

  • Manchester United's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao runs with the ball during the English Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford in Manchester on January 31, 2015
    Falcao still hot property, says Monaco director AFP News - Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Colombian striker Radamel Falcao will find a top class side if Manchester United do not take up the option to sign him after a disappointing loan spell the vice-president … More »Falcao still hot property, says Monaco director

    Manchester United's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao runs with the ball during the English Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford in Manchester on January 31, 2015

    Colombian striker Radamel Falcao will find a top class side if Manchester United do not take up the option to sign him after a disappointing loan spell the vice-president of his French club Monaco told the BBC on Saturday. The 29-year-old -- who missed last year's World Cup after failing to recover from a serious knee …