So it’s all but rubber-stamped now.
The 2022 World Cup Finals will take place in November & December.
FIFA’s taskforce for cleaning up the Qatar-clysm has confirmed what had been widely suspected.
Another Fine Mess is pencilled in.
The recommendation released today does not give specific dates – that part of the process will be finalised at next month’s FIFA Executive Committee meeting. Yet the time-frame of November 26th to December 23rd has already been floated.
The Superbowl and Winter Olympics will not budge from January, which means a World Cup in the run-up to Christmas, which is hardly ideal for Europe and the Americas.
The thought of their TV networks accommodating three Situs Judi Dominoqq matches a day instead of their usual holiday fare is bizarre, though not unimaginable. European clubs had proposed an April-May compromise, but Ramadan happens to fall in April 2022, so that was a non-starter. In May the temperatures are also between 25C and 38C.
The poor Africa Cup of Nations, also scheduled for January 2023, is the main victim as it is inconceivable big European clubs will release their stars for two big tournaments that winter.
A winter tournament also entails at least a two-month break in the heart of the European club seasons and an extended finish to UEFA competitions in the summer of 2023. There are strong rumours of a shortened finals format, which could prove stressful for the players, but might initially soothe their clubs’ worries.
US Soccer and the Football Federation of Australia, the wronged parties in the initial vote, do not have the clout within FIFA to fight back and UEFA and the other five regions have got into line behind the rescheduling.
The Association of European Professional Leagues expressed dismay at today’s news and Football Association chairman Greg Dyke called November & December “the best of the bad options” but European clubs, who have most to lose, seem unlikely to mount a rebellion, although will try to extract some money from FIFA for their manufactured mess.
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Rather than spend the energy to …
In my last column on plugging leaks, I discussed some common mistakes in tournament play. In this column, I will go back to live play and analyze two rather advanced concepts in both limit and big-bet poker.
Leak No. 20: Putting your entire stack at risk in big-bet poker in order to win a little
A big mistake that quite a few bad players and even quite a few fairly good players often make is this: They are playing in a big pot-limit Omaha game (I could have picked an example from no-limit hold’em, as well, because the principle is the same), and on the river, they have the nut straight but there is also a flush possible, as three hearts are on the board. Both remaining opponents check to them, and they think it is entirely possible that their straight is good, because on the turn (when the third heart came) and on the river, both Bola88 opponents checked. There’s $800 in the pot and they are playing a $1,400 stack. Now, some people would choose to bet the nut straight here, thinking it was unlikely for someone to have a flush, and that they might very well “milk” their opponents for some additional money. After all, their opponents might be tempted to pay off this small, somewhat suspicious bet with something like a smaller straight, a set, or even two pair. So, quite a few players would choose to bet $150 or $200 in this situation, a relatively small bet compared to the size of the pot.
Now, in last position when everybody has checked to them, this is almost always a horrible bet! First of all, the person who is most likely to call them is someone with a small flush; yes, in PLO, quite a few players will check a small flush twice and then pay off any bet that someone might make as some sort of bluff-catcher. But perhaps even more important than the fact that they might get called only by better hands is the fact that they …
South Korea may have been brought back down to earth by Argentina on Thursday but a place in the second round is very much a possibility. If Argentina defeat Greece, the team Korea defeated 2-0 in the Group B opener, in Polokwane on Tuesday, then a draw against Nigeria a long way to the south in Durban would be enough.
It is going to be a tense evening but hopefully it will end better than a chilly Thursday afternoon in Soweto when Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain scored three to help Argentina to a 4-1 victory.
World Cup 2010.
Two goals early in the first half and two late in the second gave the South Americans the win. The star of the show was Lionel Messi, the world’s number one player who had a hand in almost everything good that Argentina did. The good news is that Nigeria don’t have such a player.
The bad news is that if, though it seems Togel unlikely, Greece were to defeat Argentina, then even a win may not be enough for the Taeguk Warriors. The late goals conceded negated and then reversed Korea’s goal difference and even Nigeria, after two defeats in two, could finished second with a win over Korea.
Coach Huh Jung-moo will be doing bis best to make sure that doesn’t happen. He has the chance to write his name in the Korean history books by leading the team into last sixteen.
After switching from 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1 for the Argentina defeat, Huh will likely switch back for Nigeria and Lee Dong-gook is set to make his first start in the tournament after recovering from a hamstring injury. Lee will partner Park Chu-young in attack, replacing the ineffective Yeom Ki-hun.
In 2002, Korea needed just a draw in their final group game against Portugal to move into the second round and did more than that and won 1-0. Four years ago, the team needed to defeat Switzerland but instead lost 2-0. Captain Park Ji-sung is hoping that it doesn’t all come …
Cerezo Osaka 2 Shonan Bellmare 1
Kashima Antlers 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0
Urawa Reds 3 Kawasaki Frontale 0
Saturday 17 April
Gamba Osaka 1 Shimizu S-Pulse 1
FC Tokyo 1 Kyoto Sanga 1
Jubilo Iwata 1 Omiya Ardija 1
Montedio Yamagata 0 Yokohama F Marinos 1
Nagoya Grampus 1 Albirex Niigata 1
Vegalta Sendai 0 Vissel Kobe 1
Urawa Reds P 7 Pts 16
Shimizu S-Pulse P 7 Pts 15
Nagoya Grampus P 6 Pts 13
Kawasaki Frontale P 7 Pts 13
Kashima Antlers P 7 Pts 12
Yokohama F Marinos P 7 Pts 11
Leading Scorers for Keluaran HK
Shoki Hirai, Gamba Osaka 5
Shinji Kagawa, Cerezo Osaka 5
Ryang Yong Gi, Vegalta Sendai 4
Chong Tese, Kawasaki Frontale 4
Yesterday tickets went on sale over the counter at one of the big banks and at the FIFA ticketing office in Cape Town.
After being told by FIFA that there were tickets for all games, people who had been queuing from 0700 finally got to the counter at around 1400 to be told that only Category 1 tickets were available for some games.
My wife queued all day and bought nothing as only the minor games were available.
She saw a couple of gangster type guys right at the front of the queue producing ID books for 10 people and claiming 10 tickets on each ID book, obviously for touting later.
The computers could not cope and very few people were served per hour.
Police wrere called to control disgruntled fans in Johannesburg and at the FIFA Ticketing offices in CPT.
In my opinion FIFA’s ticketing scheme is bullshit:
- getting people ( myself included ) to buy tickets when they don’t know which teams they will get.b. bringing more tickets on to the market in phases and inferring there is a scarcity,
- not keeping people informed and not being able to reply promptly to queries.
FIFA and everyone involved with them are not getting ( and don’t deserve) good press over …