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INSIDE QATAR: FIFA World Cup 2022 fixtures, venues and time (IST) and all you need to know

Unlike its predecessors, the 2022 World Cup will be a Winter World Cup, the weather conditions in Qatar during the summer being too extreme for football. It is only the second time that the tournament will be hosted in Asia, and the first in Middle East.

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The league football season will be halted midway for the international tournament. There have been concerns among the football community if that will affect the freshness with which the players generally arrived at the summit event previously when it was played at the end of the football season.

Costa Rica booked their flight to Qatar this winter after beating New Zealand 1-0 in their play off qualification. All 32 teams have been locked in for FIFA Men’s World Cup 2022.

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The 22nd edition of the tournament will also be the last to feature 32 teams with the next edition in 2026 having been announced as a 48-nation competition.

France won the last edition back in 2018 in Russia and were the sixth team to qualify for this year’s World Cup. Qatar were the first to make the list of the 32 countries, an automatic qualification for being the hosts.

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Here’s all you need to know about the competition later this year.

The 64 match competition shall be played across eight venues in Qatar. The tournament opener will be hosted at the Al Bayt Stadium whilst the largest of all eight venues, Lusail Stadium shall be the home for the final on December 18. Below is the list of all the stadiums, the number of matches they’ll host and their seating capacity.

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Venue No. of matches Capacity
Lusail Stadium, Lusail 10 80,000
Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor 9 60,000
Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah 7 40,000
Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan 7 40,000
Khalifa International Stadium, Doha 8 40,000
Education City Stadium, Doha 8 40,000
Stadium 974, Ras Abu Aboud, Doha 7 40,000
Al Thumama Stadium, Doha 8 40,000

FIFA World Cup 2022 Groups and Schedule

Senegal and the Netherlands will kick off the 2022 World Cup in the Group A fixture on Monday, November 21. England will play Iran in the Group B match on the opening day while hosts Qatar will also feature in their Group A game against Ecuador.

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Below are eight groups and the full list of the FIFA World Cup 2022 fixtures, venues and timings (IST).

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, the Netherlands.

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Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales.

Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland.

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Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia.

Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan.

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Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia.

Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon.

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Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea.

Group Stage Matches:

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November 21: Senegal vs Netherlands, 3:30 PM, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

November 21: England vs Iran, 6:30 PM, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 21: Qatar vs Ecuador, 9:30 PM, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr.

November 22: USA vs Wales, 12:30 AM, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 22: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia, 3:30 PM, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

November 22: Denmark vs Tunisia, 6:30 PM, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 22: Mexico vs Poland, 9:30 PM, Stadium 974, Doha.

November 23: France vs Australia, 12:30 AM, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.

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November 23: Morocco vs Croatia, 3:30 PM, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr.

November 23: Germany vs Japan, 6:30 PM, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 23: Spain vs Costa Rica, 9:30 PM, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

November 24: Belgium vs Canada, 12:30 AM, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 24: Switzerland vs Cameroon, 3:30 PM, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.

November 24: Uruguay vs South Korea, 6:30 PM, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 24: Portugal vs Ghana, 9:30 PM, Stadium 974, Doha.

November 25: Brazil vs Serbia, 12:30 AM, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

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November 25: Wales vs Iran, 3:30 PM, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.

November 25: Qatar vs Senegal, 6:30 PM, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

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November 25: Netherlands vs Ecuador, 9:30 PM, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

November 26: England vs USA, 12:30 AM, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr.

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November 26: Tunisia vs Australia, 3:30 PM, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.

November 26: Poland vs Saudi Arabia, 6:30 PM, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 26: France vs Denmark, 9:30 PM, Stadium 974, Doha.

November 27: Argentina vs Mexico, 12:30 AM, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

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November 27: Japan vs Costa Rica, 3:30 PM, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.

November 27: Belgium vs Morocco, 6:30 PM, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

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November 27: Croatia vs Canada, 9:30 PM, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

November 28: Spain vs Germany, 12:30 AM, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr.

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November 28: Cameroon vs Serbia, 3:30 PM, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.

November 28: South Korea vs Ghana, 6:30 PM, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 28: Brazil vs Switzerland, 9:30 PM, Stadium 974, Doha.

November 29: Portugal vs Uruguay, 12:30 AM, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

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November 29: Netherlands vs Qatar, 8:30 PM, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr.

November 29: Ecuador vs Senegal, 8:30 PM, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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November 30: Wales vs England, 12:30 AM, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.

November 30: Iran vs USA, 12:30 AM, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

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November 30: Tunisia vs France, 8:30 PM, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

November 30: Australia vs Denmark, 8:30 PM, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.

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December 1: Poland vs Argentina, 12:30 AM, Stadium 974, Doha.

December 1: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico, 12:30 AM, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

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December 1: Croatia vs Belgium, 8:30 PM, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.

December 1: Canada vs Morocco, 8:30 PM, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

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December 2: Japan vs Spain, 12:30 AM, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

December 2: Costa Rica vs Germany, 12:30 AM, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Kohr.

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December 2: South Korea vs Portugal, 8:30 PM, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

December 2: Ghana vs Uruguay, 8:30 PM, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.

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December 3: Cameroon vs Brazil, 12:30 AM, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

December 3: Serbia vs Switzerland, 12:30 AM, Stadium 974, Doha.

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FIFA World Cup 2022 Knockout fixtures:

December 3: 8:30 PM, Round of 16 – 1: Winners Group A vs Runners-up Group; B Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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December 3: 10:30 PM, Round of 16 – 2: Winners Group C vs Runners-up Group; D Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.

December 4: 8:30 PM, Round of 16 – 3: Winners Group D vs Runners-up Group C; Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

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December 4: 10:30 PM, Round of 16 – 4: Winners Group B vs Runners-up Group A; Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.

December 5: 8:30 PM, Round of 16 – 5: Winners Group E vs Runners-up Group F; Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.

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December 5: 10:30 PM, Round of 16 – 6: Winners Group G vs Runners-up Group H; Stadium 974, Doha.

December 6: 8:30 PM, Round of 16 – 7: Winners Group F vs Runners-up Group E; Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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December 6: 10:30 PM, Round of 16 – 8: Winners Group H vs Runners-up Group G; Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

December 9: 8:30 PM, Quarter-final 1: Winners Round of 16 – 5 vs Winners Round of 16 – 6; Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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December 9: 10:30 PM, Quarter-final 2: Winners Round of 16 – 1 vs Winners of Round of 16 -2; Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

December 10: 8:30 PM, Quarter-final 3: Winners Round of 16 – 7 vs Winners Round of 16 – 8; Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.

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December 10: 10:30 PM, Quarter-final 4: Winners Round of 16 – 3 vs Winners Round of 16 – 4; Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.

December 13: 10:30 PM, Semi-final 1: Winners Quarterfinal 2 vs Winners Quarterfinal 1; Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

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December 14: 10:30 PM, Semi-final 2: Winners Quarterfinal 4 vs Winners Quarterfinal 3; Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.

December 14: 8:30 PM, Third place play-off: Losers Semifinal 1 vs Losers Semifinal 2; Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.

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December 18: 8:30 PM, Final: Winners Semifinal 1 vs Winners Semifinal 2; Lusail Stadium, Lusail.

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MTN FA Cup: Hearts of Oak will defend title despite being underdogs – Opare Addo ahead of Bechem United clash

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Kwame Opare Addo, the Public Relations Officer [PRO] of Hearts of Oak says he’s confident his side will defend their MTN FA Cup title despite being underdogs.

Hearts of Oak who are the current Champions of the MTN FA Cup will take on Bechem United on June 26, 2022 at the Baba Yara Stadium.

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Ahead of the game on Sunday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Opare Addo speaking in an interview admitted that Bechem United are on good form and will be touted by many to win the trophy.

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According to him, his side will be underdogs ahead of the game but he is convinced his outfit will prove their critics wrong.

“It is obvious that Bechem United are on a good form and they finished in a better position compared to ours,” he said on Asempa FM.

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“They had a good campaign and without a doubt, they have quality players. In the Premier League, they held us to a goalless game at the Accra Sports Stadium, and in Bechem, we played a 1-1 draw.

“But this is the FA and many have touted Bechem United to win the trophy because they are on good form. We are underdogs and we are fine with that but I believe the players will prove their critics wrong on Sunday.

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“I am confident we defend our trophy on Sunday despite the underdog tag,” he added.

The much-anticipated game has been scheduled to kick off at 17:00GMT

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Nsoatreman FC will strengthen squad before debut in GPL – Technical Adviser Kobina Amissah

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Nsoatreman on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, defeated Tamale FC 2-1 after extra time to secure promotion to the Ghanaian top-flight league.

Kobina Amissah in an interview with Original FM opened up on their plans.

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“I congratulate the entire technical team and playing body for fighting hard for Nsoatreman fc to qualify to the Ghana premier league

“We fight very hard yesterday to qualify the game was tough Tamale City FC was fantastic yesterday they played a good football but we were tactically good on the day,” Coach Kobina Amissah shared.

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According to the club’s Technical Advisor, some top players will be signed to bolster the squad of the team before next season starts.

“We have spotted good matured talented footballers in the division one, and we will fight hard to get some of them to strengthen our team for the Ghana Premier League,” Coach Kobina Amissah added.

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Ghanaian midfielder Kingsley Sarfo permanently joins APOEL Nicosia

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Ghanaian midfielder Kingsley Sarfo has joined APOEL Nicosia on a permanent deal from Olympiakos Nicosia according to reports.

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Sarfo spent half of the 2021/22 season on loan at APOEL and established himself as one of the key players for the club.

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It is said APOEL have triggered the release clause to sign the Ghanaian midfielder and will in the coming days announce his signing.

He was voted as the best midfielder in the Cypriot league due to his outstanding performance.

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Meanwhile, Olympiakos Nicosia have announced the departure of Kingsley Sarfo from the club ahead of the start of the 2022/23 season.

The 27-year-old joined Olympiakos Nicosia in 2021 on a two-year deal.

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The former Malmo FF star scored 2 goals in made 42 appearances during his spell with Olympiakos Nicosia.

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