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Wednesday October 31 2018
World Cup: 48 teams in 2022?

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino claims the World Cup could be expanded to 48 teams in time for Qatar 2022.

Forty-eight nations were already pencilled in for 2026, with the US, Canada and Mexico sharing hosting duties for the tournament, but Infantino expressed ‘hope’ that the expansion could be brought forward.

“If it is possible, why not?” he said at the opening of the Asian Football Confederation’s new headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

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Friday July 13 2018
Confirmed: Next World Cup in winter

FIFA has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played between November 21 and December 18. 

Gianni Infantino’s announcement on Friday means Roberto Mancini’s Italy will have to wait until 2026 for another crack at a summer World Cup, although the FIFA chief admitted a 48-team competition was still not a certainty. 

“The World Cup in 2022 will be played from November 21 to December 18: the idea is to involve 48 teams,” Infantino said at the closing Press conference for Russia 2018.

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Monday April 23 2018
Revealed: Roma’s Qatar deal

Roma will reportedly receive an initial €40m from their three-year deal with Qatar Airways and debut the sponsor against Liverpool on Tuesday.

It was confirmed on Monday that Qatar Airways, previously tied to Roma’s Champions League victims Barcelona, would adorn the Giallorossi’s shirts until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

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Thursday December 22 2016
Buffon: ‘600 not out!’

Gianluigi Buffon discusses his upcoming 600th appearance for Juventus - “I’m glad someone is counting…”

The goalkeeper has played 599 competitive games for the Bianconeri since moving from Parma for a world-record fee in 2001, and will reach the milestone in the Supercoppa Italiana tomorrow.

“I’m glad someone is counting for me,” Buffon smiled in the pre-match Press conference.

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Wednesday November 2 2016
Italian Super Cup set for Doha

The Italian Super Cup between Milan and Juventus will be on December 23 in Doha at 16.30 GMT.

This is where the winners of the Coppa Italia and Scudetto face off, but as Juve won both tournaments, they are up against the losing Finalists of the Cup.

It has now been announced the fixture will be at the Al Sadd – Jassim Bin Hamad stadium in Doha at 16.30 GMT.

The game has been organised for December 23 in Qatar to gain more international interest.

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Friday September 9 2016
Official: Italian Supercup in Qatar

This December's Italian Supercup game between Juventus and Milan will be played in Doha, Qatar.

The trophy is normally disputed between the winner of the Serie A championship and that of the Coppa Italia. As both those titles were taken by the Bianconeri last year, their opponents will be the Coppa finalists from the past season, and that would be Milan.

The game that will decide the Supercup will be played on December 23, in Doha.

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Monday March 14 2016
Verratti to heal in Qatar

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti is flying to Qatar to heal a groin infection, say reports.

The talented Azzurro playmaker has been out for several weeks and his condition seems very slow to heal.

On from a visit by the doctor of the Italy national team, the club agreed to send Verratti to the Doha Aspire clinic in Qatar.

According to ItaSportPress, the midfielder will be departing today.

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Tuesday December 29 2015
Verratti: 'Qatar World Cup fantastic'

Paris Saint-Germain's Marco Verratti looks forward to the 'important' game against Inter and to the World Cup: 'Qatar would be fantastic'.

The star midfielder of the Parisian team and the Azzurri will be facing the Biscione in tomorrow's friendly at 7:00p.m. UK time, at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Qatar.

“We're preparing an important match against the Serie A leaders,” he said, as reported by Calciomercato.it. “It's going to be a significant test for us.

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Saturday November 14 2015
Mancini: 'Aziz to Inter? Hard'

Roberto Mancini says a transfer of Bursaspor's Serdar Aziz to Inter is hard, while praising Besiktas' Oguzhan Ozyakup: 'He's a good player'.

The two Turks are in the sights of the Nerazzurri and some believe they could join their ranks in the winter.

Mancini was present at the game between Turkey and Qatar in Doha and released some comments after the match.

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Saturday July 11 2015
Zola Coach of Al-Arabi

Gianfranco Zola is the new Coach of Al-Arabi in Qatar.

The Sardinian, who turned 49 last week, was unveiled in Qatar on Saturday evening.

This will be his fourth management job after spells at Watford, West Ham United and Cagliari.

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