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Why Qatar Should Not Host The 2022 FIFA World Cup

Why Qatar Should Not Host The 2022 FIFA World Cup

Qatar managed to win their bid for the 2022 World Cup back in 2010, alongside Russia, who bid for 2018's tournament. Unfortunately, the 2022 bid has been mired in even more controversy than Russia...

It's the same old story for FC Schalke

It's the same old story for FC Schalke

It seems like no time at all since last September when I sat down to write about Schalke’s horrendously poor start to the season. Injuries, poor form and general bad luck had all contributed to...

Liverpool pay the price for England's hope and glory

Liverpool pay the price for England's hope and glory

Another International break, another injury for Daniel Sturridge. Coming away worse for wear whilst representing his country has turned into something of a habit for the Liverpool striker, much to...

Wayne Rooney - English football's future footnote

Wayne Rooney - English football's future footnote

Wayne Rooney – a face that has adorned a thousand bottles of soft drinks and games of FIFA since his senior debut in 2002. Many see him as a rough street footballer turned into a star striker,...

  • Why Qatar Should Not Host The 2022 FIFA World Cup

    Why Qatar Should Not Host The 2022 FIFA World Cup

  • It's the same old story for FC Schalke

    It's the same old story for FC Schalke

  • Liverpool pay the price for England's hope and glory

    Liverpool pay the price for England's hope and glory

  • Wayne Rooney - English football's future footnote

    Wayne Rooney - English football's future footnote

 

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It seems like no time at all since last September when I sat down to write about Schalke’s horrendously poor start to the season. Injuries, poor form and general bad luck had all contributed to leave the Royal Blues languishing in the lower reaches of the Bundesliga, unfamiliar territory for a side which has, in recent years at least, challenged admirably at the business end of the division. Happily, last season turned out to be a reasonably good one, with an excellent run coming off the back of the winter break propelling Schalke to third place and automatic Champions League qualification.

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Wayne Rooney – a face that has adorned a thousand bottles of soft drinks and games of FIFA since his senior debut in 2002. Many see him as a rough street footballer turned into a star striker, powerful and uncompromising. Not to me though. I have never truly liked Wayne Rooney. Something about him rubs me up the wrong way both in his personality and footballing ability.

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Another International break, another injury for Daniel Sturridge. Coming away worse for wear whilst representing his country has turned into something of a habit for the Liverpool striker, much to the chagrin of his manager, Brendan Rodgers, and the Anfield faithful. These days, more or less every Premier League fan watches friendly games or European Qualifiers with their fingers crossed, hoping against hope that their country will score or emerge victorious, but that their team’s star player will leave the pitch unscathed. Having one of your own come a cropper during an international match is one thing – unfortunate, potentially disastrous, but almost acceptable; they were playing football, after all, and such incidents can happen as easily at Villa Park or the Liberty Stadium as at the Stade de France or Wembley. What does frustrate managers and supporters alike, however, is players getting injured in training for their respective countries. Coincidence or bad luck rarely fall into the equation in this scenario; the national team’s coaching staff and sports scientists are roundly pilloried, and that’s that.

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Qatar managed to win their bid for the 2022 World Cup back in 2010, alongside Russia, who bid for 2018's tournament. Unfortunately, the 2022 bid has been mired in even more controversy than Russia 2018, and Qatar is in very serious danger of having the World Cup relocated. Any number of countries would gladly take Qatar’s place to host the illustrious tournament, and evidence is piling up against the nation as we speak.

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