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# Qatar

This month
January 2023
# corruption probe
Key suspect in EU bribery scandal cuts deal with prosecutors
Pier Antonio Panzeri is one of four suspects held in Belgium following police raids.
# graft scandal
EU Parliament chief moves to lift two MEPs' immunity amid corruption scandal
It comes after four suspects were arrested last month during a series of police raids in which at least €1.5 million in cash was seized.
Last month
December 2022
# world cup champs
Argentina forced to swap bus for helicopters as fans swarm streets during homecoming parade
Players and staff had to abandon their open-top bus parade.
# talking point
The bittersweet feeling of watching Lionel Messi
The 35-year-old fulfilled a lifelong ambition by winning the World Cup on Sunday, but some will have felt conflicted when observing the star in action.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you watch the World Cup final?
Argentina will take on reigning champions France in the final today.
# Opinion
Ranking the 10 best matches of the 2022 World Cup
Argentina-Netherlands and other memorable encounters.
# Eva Kaili
Greek MEP at centre of Qatar-linked corruption scandal faces key court ruling
Eva Kaili was arrested last week during a series of police raids across homes and offices in which at least €1.5 million in cash was seized.
# Happy Days
Highly rated Canada international hails Celtic fans after signing 5-year deal
Alistair Johnston has joined the club from Montreal.
# Eva Kaili
EU parliament sacks vice president amid Qatar corruption probe
The assembly’s MEPs voted 625 to one to strip Greek socialist MEP Eva Kaili of her vice presidential role.
# Arrests
Explainer: What's been going on with the European Parliament arrests over Qatar?
Four people have been charged with “money laundering and corruption”.
# uncertainty
Cristiano Ronaldo won't make 'heat of moment' decision
The star’s post did not talk about international retirement but he started Portugal’s last two matches in Qatar on the bench.
# World Cup
French sports minister wore rainbow-sleeved jumper during quarter final game in Qatar last night
The rights of the LGBTQ+ community has been a recurrent point of discussion at the World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.
# EU Parliament
Four arrested in Brussels over suspected corruption by Qatari officials at EU parliament
Belgian investigators were looking into “corruption” and “money laundering” ahead of the arrests.
# Test
Know your sport? Take our weekly quiz
How closely were you paying attention to the week’s sporting headlines?
# talking point
The big decision facing Gareth Southgate ahead of France showdown
England are aiming to win the World Cup for the first time since 1966.
# Upset
Cameroon's stunning victory over Brazil not enough to advance
It was a historic night for Dani Alves, as he became his country’s oldest player.
# surprise
Germany suffer shock World Cup elimination
A 4-2 victory over Costa Rica was not enough to secure a last-16 spot.
# Conflict
Paulo Bento proud to sing both national anthems as he faces home nation
The South Korea boss will serve a touchline ban against Portugal.
# Moving On
Ex-Barcelona boss Martino confirms end of Mexico reign after 'huge failure'
Martino has been in charge of Mexico since 2019.
Last year
2022
# Qatar 2022 News
Man with rainbow flag invades pitch during World Cup game
The man was on the field for about 30 seconds during the second half.
# Wanted
Netherlands star flattered by Man United interest
Cody Gakpo has been the star for the Dutch so far, scoring in each of their first two Group A games.
# entertainment value
6-goal thriller leaves Cameroon and Serbia's fates uncertain
Both sides trail joint-group leaders Brazil and Switzerland, who play later today.
# marching on
Mbappe’s double downs Denmark as France reach World Cup knockout stage
Mbappe and Pele are the only players to score seven or more World Cup goals before turning 25.
# Setback
Senegal beat Qatar to leave World Cup hosts on brink of early exit
The African champions had opened with a 2-0 loss to the Netherlands.
# World Cup
Fifa bans fans from dressing as crusaders at England versus USA World Cup match
Fans have been spotted at the tournament dressed in chainmail while carrying plastic swords and shields with the St George cross.
# fall and rise
The story of how Belgium went from no-hopers to world number one
A look at the history of Belgian football as they prepare for their first World Cup match today.
# owed to joy
Saudi Arabia declares national holiday after shock win
The move comes in the middle of final exams in the Gulf nation, indicating that they will have to be rescheduled.
# Doubts
Doubts emerge surrounding Harry Kane's World Cup fitness
The England captain stayed down holding his foot after a foul by Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji.
Voices
World Cup 2022: Fifa's clampdown on rainbow armbands conflicts with its own human rights guidelines
Sophie King-Hill of Birmingham University looks at the controversy at this tournament.
# doesn't add up
Thousands of empty seats in opening games at Qatar World Cup
Around a third of seats appeared unoccupied at the Senegal-Netherlands match.
AS IT HAPPENED
England v Iran, World Cup
England faced Iran, as the Three Lions looked to justify their status as one of the pre-tournament favourites.
# Dominant
Saka and Bellingham sparkle as England crush Iran
Gareth Southgate’s side have been touted as one of the pre-tournament favourites.
# fluffing their lines
Qatar freeze in front of the world and flop on their big opening night
The hosts were beaten 2-0 by Ecuador in the first game of the 2022 World Cup.
Preview: A World Cup in Qatar is not an aberration - It is football's logical end
The Qatar World Cup distills the essence of what the sport has become.
# World Cup
Harry Kane still set to wear OneLove armband despite Fifa’s late intervention
Fifa has launched a new captain’s armband on the eve of the World Cup in Qatar.
THE MORNING LEAD
Qatar 2022: The carbon-neutral World Cup that never was
A report by
Lauren Boland
Qatar and FIFA promised a carbon-neutral World Cup, but experts argue it is far from that.
Opinion: 'Football fans - it's time to make some noise on human rights ahead of this World Cup'
Joe Lycett urges David Beckham to abandon Qatar football deal due to country's LGBTQ laws
# Golden Boot
Poll: Who is going to be top scorer at the World Cup?
Harry Kane won the Golden Boot in 2018.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What’s happening with the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
Listen in to hear The42.ie reporter Gavin Cooney, who’s heading to Qatar, explain.
Voices
Opinion: 'Football fans - it's time to make some noise on human rights ahead of this World Cup'
Fiona Crowley of Amnesty International Ireland says it’s time Fifa showed it really cares about human rights ahead of the tournament.
# Qatar
Fifa appeals for ceasefire in Ukraine during World Cup
Fifa suspended Russia days after its invasion of Ukraine, booting the team from World Cup qualifying matches