23
Aug

2022 World Cup final set to be played in city that doesn’t exist yet

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In case you don’t have enough doubts over Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup, listen to this: the proposed site for the final is set in a city that doesn’t even exist yet!

Funded by the oil-rich Qatari government, the city of Lusail is currently being built from the ground up by around 20,000 workers at an estimated cost of $45 billion.

According to CNN, the government hopes the city will be completed by 2019. Lusail is expected to then contain a commercial district, a lagoon, four islands, two marinas, an upscale shopping mall, a hospital, a zoo, two golf courses, housing for 250,000 people and, of course, the stadium.

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From CNN:

Residents and visitors will get around via a light-rail network, a water-taxi system and a network of underground pedestrian tunnels. And all the energy, communications and transportation systems will be run with the help of computers from a single command center, making Lusail a “smart” city that can automatically adapt to changing traffic and weather conditions.

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Well then, that should ease all your concerns, especially those about the labor laws in Qatar….

H/T Deadspin

All images via CNN

9
Jul

World Cup Day 23: Netherlands vs. Argentina

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In case you haven’t heard, the 2014 World Cup final is set: Germany vs. Argentina. Or, Lionel Messi vs. THE MACHINE, as Jon Champion so eloquently put it.

Mmm, tasty!

One thing immediately became clear: Just 24 hours after Germany handed Brazil its most humiliating defeat of all time, the hosts couldn’t jump on Germany’s bandwagon quick enough. Funny how this game goes sometimes:

Speaking of, Wednesday’s semifinal (or should I say, zzzzzz-emifinal) between Argentina and the Netherlands was NOTHING like Germany’s rout.

All you really need to know is that the Dutch and Albiceleste combined for five shots on goal for the entire 90 minutes and extra-time, the same number of goals Germany scored in 19 minutes of the first half on Tuesday. Yeah…

So how did we get to this World Cup final rematch of 1990 and 1986, the “rubber match” if you will between Germany and Argentina? Check out the best tweets:

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The big story of the first half was Javier Mascherano visibly seeing stars after a head-to-head collision, then being allowed to play on. Yet another concussion controversy in soccer. Ho-hum:

Somehow, that was literally the only talking point of the first half

Half time!

Alas, the second 45 minutes were much like the first:

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14
Jun

RVP’s diving header gets Photoshop treatment

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You knew it was only a matter of time.

Robin van Persie’s epic goal against Spain, which already locked up its place in Oranje World Cup lore, has become its own meme.

Here are the best ones of the bunch:

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Oh, and then there is this:

13
Jun

Two of the peace doves released in the World Cup opener are dead

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What was supposed to be a symbol of peace had a tragic ending. Two of the three doves released during the World Cup opening ceremony instantly flew to their deaths.

But not to worry, one of the doves found safety in the press box, so hope for world peace is still alive and well.

(H/T YardBarker)

13
Jun

Xabi Alonso takes us back to the 2010 World Cup final with odd photoshoot

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Remember this? Of course you do.

You’re not going to believe this, but Spain’s Xabi Alonso, the victim of Nigel De Jong’s infamous kung-fu kick to the chest, does as well. In fact, he played off the lasting image of the 2010 World Cup final in a tongue-in-cheek photoshoot for adidas.

In the shoot, Alonso is seen wearing a chest bandage marked by De Jong’s bloody footprint. Gross.

Image via Marca

Let’s hope the two sides take it a little easier in their Group B opener on Friday. After all, it’s just the group stage.

H/T Yahoo!Sports