Theo Zwanziger says Qatar should be ripped off his Rights

Outgoing Fifa executive committee member Theo Zwanziger says that Qatar should be stripped off its rights to host the World Cup 2022 amidst allegations of corruption and a potential winter World Cup. FIFA awarded Qatar the rights to host this World Cup despite being aware of the extreme climates in the region.

It was only after awarding the tournament that Fifa realised the problems that would hamper normal World Cup schedule. The extreme heat during the months of June and July mean that it is almost impossible for Qatar to host the World Cup without making substantial changes to its infrastructure.

The nation has promised to make the stadium is fully air-conditioned in order to allow the players to play even in the simmering heat. Fifa, though, recently has accepted the request to shift the World Cup towards a winter schedule. This would be a major hamper for major European leagues. Even though a winter break exists in most top European leagues like Spain and Germany, England does not have a winter break. On the other hand, countries from South America have long been suffering as a result of the summer break since the league campaign goes on in these countries during the World Cup. Read more »

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Preview: US Open Tennis

The preliminary stages are finally over, an we’re hitting the business end of the tournament – this is when the likes of rafael Nadal and Andy Murray make their money!

The Quarter Finals will be some of the most intriguing ties this year, with Djokovic facing Tipsaravec, and the possibility of Federer meeting his Wimbledon nemesis Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Andy Murray still has some work to do to get there – the last (and only) time he was matched up against the American Young he lost in three sets. Obviously a lot has changed since Murray went through his dismal displays way back in March, but this tie is by no means a foregone conclusion.

So who are we backing? In spite of his bizarre collapse in his post-match press conference, it’s hard to look too much past Rafa Nadal. Whilst the young Spaniard has only ever made the final once (last year, when he won it), he has been imperious form this year, and is obviously a crowd favourite because of the speed and aggreesiveness he takes to the court.

If there is one man who cna beat him, its Novak Djokovic. Indeed, the Croatian has already beaten him in a Grand Slam final this year, which might allow him to get a psychological edge over Nadal. Truth be told, grass courts suit Novak’s game more than Nadal’s, so whilst it was a shock at the time, it really shouldn’t have been!

Our bet? A Nadal – Djokovic final – available at 3/1 with Bet365.