Germany disobey FIFA and go ahead with two protests against Japan

Germany have gone against the FIFA directive and used their platform to protest the treatment of the LGBTQI+ community in Qatar, as it hosts the 2022 World Cup.

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Captains of England, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Wales, Switzerland and the Netherlands were due to wear a ‘One Love’ armband in order to raise awareness of the inhumane treatment of the queer community, but after FIFA made it clear that players might be punished due with suspension or yellow cards, England, the Netherlands, Wales and Denmark backed out of the protest.

Belgium and Switzerland are yet to play, but the Germany team covered their mouths in their team photo, alluding to the fact that they felt they had been silenced by FIFA.

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser also attended the match in the stands wearing the One Love Armband. Back in Germany, supermarket chain Rewe pulled a sponsorship deal with the German Football Association (DFB) over the decision, which previously had been not to wear it.

Shortly after kick-off, the German national team released a statement on Twitter saying that they wanted to have a voice, as well as declaring human rights non-negotiable.

It is not yet clear whether FIFA will take any action. Goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer wore the armband, and was not punished with a booking as many had said they might be.

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Preview: Germany vs. Japan – World Cup 2022

Preview: Germany vs. Japan – prediction, team news, lineups

Nov 23, 2022 at 1pm UK

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Seeking to consign dismal memories of Russia 2018 to history, Germany kick off their World Cup 2022 Group E campaign against Japan at the Khalifa International Stadium on Wednesday.

Die Mannschaft were eliminated from the group stage four years ago, while their Asian counterparts were on the verge of stunning Belgium in the last 16 before being eliminated.

Germany form (all competitions):


Japan form (all competitions):


Germany possible starting lineup:

Neuer; Kehrer, Sule, Rudiger, Raum; Kimmich, Gundogan; Gnabry, Musiala, Sane; Muller

Japan possible starting lineup:

Gonda; Sakai, Tomiyasu, Yoshida, Nagatomo; Shibasaki, Endo, Kamada; Ito, Asano, Minamino

We say: Germany 3-1 Japan

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English FA prepared to receive sanction from FIFA for ‘One Love’ armband

In an interview from Qatar with Sky News, FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham said that FIFA are yet to respond to the FA’s written request for permission to wear a ‘One Love’ armband in support of LGBTQ+ rights at the World Cup in Qatar. The letter was sent two months ago.

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As such, the FA say they are ready and prepared to receive any potential repercussions for what would be constituted as a breakage of FIFA rules, as they currently do not have permission for their captain to wear the rainbow armband. While the garment does not openly reference LGBTQ+ rights, the colours are a universal symbol of inclusivity.

England using their presence to raise awareness

“I think there is a possibility that we might be fined, and if we are, then we’ll pay the fine”, Bullingham told Sky News. “We think it is really important to show our values and that’s what we’ll be doing.” Sky News also confirmed that ex-Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale would be sporting the rainbow armband as captain of Wales.

Earlier this month, the Qatar Ambassador for the World Cup said in an interview that homosexuality was “damage in the mind”. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar under Islamic Sharia law. England also invited migrant workers to partake in a training session after arriving in Qatar. The Guardian reported that over 6,500 migrant worker had died since the country was awarded the tournament back in 2010.

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Borussia Dortmund preparing for Jude Bellingham transfer deal

Borussia Dortmund are resigned to selling star man Jude Bellingham in 2023 with major transfer interest in him from England and Spain.

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England international Bellingham rejected a potential departure from Signal Iduna Park going into the 2022/23 season after an eye-catching 12 months for both club and country.

Reports earlier this month from ESPN claimed Liverpool have gained an edge in the race to sign him as the Reds have formed a stronger relationship with his advisers.

However, Real Madrid remain interested in a deal, alongside Premier League trio Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Previous estimates hinted at a €100m asking price, but fresh reports from Bild – via Marca – claim that valuation has now increased to €150m.

Regardless of the Bundesliga giants stance over a switch, club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted their chances of retaining the 19-year-old are slim next summer.

“I think when the World Cup is over we will have a discussion about what he wants”, as per an interview with Bild TV, via Marca.

“That will be with him and his parents – with whom we have a very close relationship – and his adviser.

“We can’t pretend the subject is not on the table. If the really big clubs are involved, then we can’t afford a financial fight.”

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Who is the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup Golden Boot?

Could it be two Golden Boots in as many World Cups for Harry Kane? After leading the 2018 World Cup with six goals, the Tottenham striker is the favorite to claim the Golden Boot once again at +700.

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Kane has a slight edge over Mbappe, who’s listed at +800. Mbappe netted four goals during France’s 2018 World Cup run, tied for second-most in the tournament.

Here’s a full look at the leading candidates for the award:

Harry Kane, England: +700

Kylian Mbappe, France: +800

Karim Benzema, France: +1200

Lionel Messi, Argentina: +1200

Neymar, Brazil: +1200

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal: +1600

Romelu Lukaku, Belgium: +2000

Memphis Depay, Netherlands: +2500, Vinicius Jr., Brazil: +2500, Lautaro Martinez, Argentina: +2500

Gabriel Jesus, Brazil: +2800, Richarlison, Brazil: +2800

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Here are the favorites to win the World Cup 2022

We are just over one week away from kickoff of the opening 2022 World Cup match between Ecuador and host nation Qatar at Al Bayt Stadium.

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That will be just the first of 64 games in Qatar to determine the top squad in world soccer.

So who is the pre-tournament favorite to take home the sport’s most prestigious trophy?

Who is the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup?

  1. Brazil: +400
  2. Argentina: +550
  3. France: +650
  4. England: +800
  5. Spain: +800
  6. Germany: +1000
  7. Netherlands: +1200
  8. Portugal: +1400
  9. Belgium: +1600
  10. Denmark: +3000

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Dua Lipa will not be performing in Qatar World Cup

Pop queen Dua Lipa is currently in Australia as part of her ‘Future Nostalgia’ tour and amid growing speculation that the 27-year-old singer was set to perform at the opening ceremony at the 2022 World Cup next Sunday, she took to Instagram to dispel the rumours.

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Via an Instagram story, the London born singer ruled out the possibility of performing in Doha next weekend and availed of the post to criticise the Gulf nation for its policy on the LGBTQ community with homosexuality being illegal in Qatar.

“I will not be performing & nor have I ever been involved in any negotiation to perform. I will be cheering England on from afar & I look forward to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host”

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Preview: Freiburg vs. Union Berlin – Bundesliga 2022-23

Preview: Freiburg vs. Union Berlin – prediction, team news, lineups

Nov 13, 2022 at 4.30pm UK at Mage-Solar-Stadion

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The Bundesliga’s two unlikely title challengers face off as Union Berlin make the 735-kilometre trip to Freiburg this Sunday.

The weekend’s late kickoff will prove to be a fascinating contest in demonstrating which David may go on to challenge the Goliath of Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga in May.

Freiburg Bundesliga form:


Freiburg form (all competitions):


Union Berlin Bundesliga form:


Union Berlin form (all competitions):


Freiburg possible starting lineup:

Flekken; Kubler, Ginter, Lienhard, Gunter; Eggestein, Hofler; Doan, Jeong, Grifo; Gregoritsch

Union Berlin possible starting lineup:

Grill; Baumgartl, Knoche, Leite; Trimmel, Thorsby, Seguin, Haberer, Ryerson; Siebatcheu, Becker

We say: Freiburg 2-1 Union Berlin

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Preview: Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Borussia Dortmund – Bundesliga

Preview: Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Borussia Dortmund – prediction, team news, lineups

Nov 11, 2022 at 7.30pm UK at Borussia-Park

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Both teams will be looking to bounce back from defeats in midweek when Borussia Monchengladbach host Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Friday night.

Gladbach were beaten 2-1 away to VfL Bochum on Tuesday, while Dortmund lost 2-0 to Wolfsburg earlier in the same evening.

Borussia Monchengladbach Bundesliga form:


Borussia Monchengladbach form (all competitions):


Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga form:


Borussia Dortmund form (all competitions):


Borussia Monchengladbach possible starting lineup:

Olschowsky; Scally, Friedrich, Elvedi, Bensebaini; Kramer, Kone; Hofmann, Stindl, Plea; Thuram

Borussia Dortmund possible starting lineup:

Kobel; Sule, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro; Bellingham, Can; Adeyemi, Brandt, Reyna; Modeste

We say: Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

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Liverpool face Real Madrid in Champions League last 16

Liverpool will face Real Madrid in their Champions League last-16 tie in a repeat of the 2022 final, while Chelsea were drawn against Borussia Dortmund.

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Vinicius Junior’s winner saw Real Madrid lift their 14th European title in May’s final, following on from Real’s 3-1 victory against Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final in Kyiv.

Reacting to the draw, former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock told Sky Sports News: “It’s a very difficult tie for Liverpool. Finishing second in their group, they don’t get the opportunity to play at home in the second leg.

Champions League last 16 draw in full

  • Leipzig vs Man City
  • Club Brugge vs Benfica
  • Liverpool vs Real Madrid
  • AC Milan vs Tottenham
  • Eintracht Frankfurt vs Napoli
  • Borussia Dortmund vs Chelsea
  • Inter Milan vs Porto
  • PSG vs Bayern Munich

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