How will Qatar host the 2022 World Cup in the summer?
How will the Middle East nation manage a football tournament in the blazing sunshine?

Jack Beresford:

Qatar football association officials have revealed that they intend the host the 2022 World Cup in the blazing heat of summer but utilising solar-powered cooling technology within match day stadiums.

That is according to the communications and marketing director Nasser Al-Khater who explained that there is already a cooled stadium installed in the region, but the next step in the plan is to make this venue and others like it solar powered.

Al-Khater said: “With solar, the big challenge is how do you deal with solar technology in the desert in terms of withstanding the elements and getting it clean so it is efficient.

“We showed (world governing body) FIFA how the cooling technology works, it was warm outside but in stadium was cold they wanted their jackets. So cooling a stadium is not the issue.”

A number of German companies have put forward proposals for a solar-power based cooling system.

He said he had met several German companies during his trip to Berlin that had interesting proposals. Germany has been a pioneer in solar technology.

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Are Qatar reducing the number of stadiums it will build for the 2022 World Cup?

Daniel Poer:

Organisers behind the 2022 World Cup have revealed that the tournament may see just eight stadiums constructed to manage the event  despite all bidding plans requiring at least 12 venues.

The move was confirmed by FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke who explained the plans in an interview with the Associated Press last Friday.

“There is a discussion. We will be pragmatic and we will find the right number,” he told the news provider.

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I sure hope so! 

Jack Beresford:

The International FA Board has approved goal-line technology in principle, with the first system potentially in practice by the end of this year.

According to reports, British company Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, a German-Danish firm, have won approval to go-ahead with a series of experiments before any definitive decision is given at a special IFAB meeting scheduled for after the European Championships.

However FA general secretary Alex Horne said it was unlikely to install technology in time for the new Premier League season, making a start date likely to be around the 2013-2014 season.

Despite this, the technology will remain optional in many of the world’s top leagues. If approved though, FIFA could use the technology during the Club World Cup in Japan this December.

Commenting on the news, Mr Horne said: “This is an important step forward.”

“But the reality is that asking 20 clubs to put something in place in five weeks, all tested and calibrated, is unlikely, and the Premier League would probably not want to introduce it midway through the competition.

 “It must be accurate. We have to test it to destruction. But we expect, following the final tests, we will pass it into law on July 2.”

The Hawk-Eye system is camera-based while GoalRef utilises magnetic field technology to send signals to the referee after the ball crosses the line.

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A strike by construction workers at the Maracana stadium is the latest problem to hit the Brazilian preparations for 2014. Is it just a routine blip, or are there real concerns about Brazil’s ability to stage the event?  

Roy Skillen:

I don’t think so. We seem to go through this every time a World Cup comes along and every time the hosting country is more than ready to meet the demands. Iam more worried about who is going to take ove England next year and whether Rooney can keep scoring goals and forgo his urge to seek the company from the more mature ladies of the night.

Kevin de Ávila:

I also think the same as Roy Skillen when it comes to FIFA going this phase before the World Cup kicks off. Come on FIFA, this is Brazil! Get your act together! There is a very good chance that Brazil hosting the world Cup may go down as the best host country in the history of the World Cup and Brazil may even set a record of a high attendance that could end up being very, very hard to beat! After all, this is Brazil! This will probably influence other football nations to host a better World Cup. Oh please, good luck those other nations on that one! What FIFA should be more worried about is to have meetings to discuss more on whether or not to have goal-line technology, video referee, et cœtera et cœtera.

Anyways, I am more worried if Portugal will or will not have a good goalkeeper and better defending and if they will or will not meet Brazil at the World Cup final. The Portuguese speaking world are hoping for the two teams to meet at the final. They can hope all they want as I find that there is a 1 percent chance of that happening and I do think that I am not the only one thinking this, but anything is possible.

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What are the official venues for the next World Cup. 

Daniel Poer:

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is set to be spread across 14 different venues and locations in Brazil.

They are as follows:

  1. Estadio do Marcana (Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho) in Rio de Janeiro which has a capacity of 95,000.
  2. Mangueiro (State Stadium Edgar Ausgusto Proenca) in Belem which has a capacity of 45,007.
  3. Estadio Mineirao (Governor Magalhaes Pinto Stadium) in Belo Horizonte which has a capacity of 71,680.
  4. Estadio mane Garrincha in Brasilia which has a capacity of 45,200.
  5. Morenao (Pedro Pedrossian University Stadium) in Campo Grande which has a capacity of 45,000.
  6. Verdao (Estadio Governador Jose Fragelli) in Cuiaba which has a capacity of 47,000.
  7. Arena da Baixada (Estado Joaquim Americo Guimares) in Curitiba which has a capacity of 25,272.
  8. Estadio Orlando Carpelli in Florianopolis which has a capacity of 19,908.
  9. Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza which has a capacity of 69,000.
  10. Estadio Estrela dos Reis magos in Natal which has a capacity of 65,100.
  11. Estadio Beira-Rio (Estadio Jose Pinheiro Borba) in Porto Alegre which has a capacity of 56,000.
  12. Arena Recife-olinda between Recife & Olinda which has a capacity of 48,500.
  13. Arena Bahia in Salvador which has a capacity of 60,000.
  14. Estadio do Morumbi (Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo) in Sao Paulo, which has a capacity of 80,000.
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Was Czechoslovakia more successful at the European Championships than at the World Cup?

Alex Blower

Yes Czechoslovakia are more successful at the European Championships than at the World Cup, having won the 1976 edition of the tournament in Yugoslavia as well as coming third in the 1960 and 1980 editions of the competition.

Czechoslovakia’s win was famous for breaking up Germany’s dominance of the competition, with the team winning 5-3 on penalties after Panenka famous chipped his kick down the centre of the goal.

In comparison, Czechoslovakia’s best performance at the World Cup came in the 1938 and 1990 editions of the t
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Have the United Arab Emirates ever qualified for a World Cup?

Daniel Poer:
The United Arab Emirates have qualified for one World Cup during their history. UAE participated at the 1990 World Cup Finals in Italy, playing three games and recording three losses with two goals scored and 11 conceded.
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What does the draw for the 2012 Europa League quarter-finals look like?

Alex Blower

The draw for the 2012 Europa League quarter-finals is:

  • Atl MadridvHannover 96
  • AZ AlkmaarvValencia
  • Schalke 04vAthletic Bilbao
  • SportingvMetalist Kharkiv
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Have Newcastle United ever lost at home in Europe?
Have the Magpies ever been beat at St James Park in Europe?

Daniel Poer:

No, Newcastle United have never lost a European encounter at St James Park. To date, the Magpies have won 18 and drawn four of the 22 European games played at home.

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When was the last time Barcelona were knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage?
When did Barca last exit the Champions League at the last-16 stage?

Jack Beresford:
Barcelona were last knocked out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage in the 2006-2007 edition of the tournament.

Barca were knocked out by Liverpool, losing 2-1 to the Reds in the first leg at the Nou Camp before winning the return at Anfield 1-0 and doing out on away goals.
Liverpool went all the way to the final, before losing 2-1 to AC Milan.
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