Japan’s magical FIFA World Cup 2022 journey has come to an end after a high-stakes penalty shootout with Croatia on Monday.
The match, which took place at Al Janoub Stadium in in Al Wakrah, Qatar, saw Japan and Croatia end the first 90 minutes with a 1-1 draw. Daizen Maeda scored a goal during the first half of the match, but Croatia managed to catch up following Ivan Perišić’s goal during the second half.
- Two giant pandas in Qatar have gone viral for predicting the winners of matches at the FIFA World Cup 2022.
- Thuraya and Suhail arrived in Doha, Qatar, after leaving the China Conservation and Research Centre for Giant Pandas’ Ya’an base in Sichuan province earlier this month.
- Prior to the opening match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador, a short video shows one of the animals at the Panda House in Al Khor Park sniffing each country’s flag on a glass wall before placing their paws on one of them.
- Thuraya and Suhail were tasked again with predicting the match between Germany and Japan two days later.
- An 8-year-old river otter named Taiyo predicted the winner in the match between Japan and Germany last week.
Two giant pandas in Qatar have gone viral for predicting the winners of matches at the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Thuraya and Suhail arrived in Doha, Qatar, after leaving the China Conservation and Research Centre for Giant Pandas’ Ya’an base in Sichuan province earlier this month, South China Morning Post reported.
Qatar World Cup coverage in China has sparked an uproar among Weibo users, who have been speaking out against the Chinese government’s implementation of its strict zero-COVID policy.
Initial coverage of the football tournament that showed audiences not wearing protective masks in Qatar has caused many in China to question the continued widespread lockdowns, quarantines and mass-testing campaigns in the country.
- Los Angeles FC’s Kellyn Acosta, the first Japanese American soccer player to play for the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT), saved his team with a clutch foul that stopped the potential winning goal from Wales player Gareth Bale.
- Prior to his World Cup debut, Acosta shared that being on the USMNT meant that he was representing “a lot more than just my country and the last name on the back of my jersey. I’m representing Black Americans, I’m representing Asian Americans and that’s a special thing.”
- Acosta has been representing the U.S. in international competitions since he was in his teens, first as part of the team that competed in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup and later as the youngest member of the U.S. squad at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Los Angeles FC’s Kellyn Acosta, the first Japanese American soccer player to play for the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT), made his phenomenal World Cup debut in Qatar on Monday.
The 27-year-old midfielder saved the U.S. team with a clutch foul that prevented his LAFC teammate and Wales player Gareth Bale from scoring the winning goal. Through Acosta’s last-ditch effort, the match ended in a 1-1 draw between the two clubs.
BTS’ Jungkook performed his newly released track “Dreamers” as part of the opening ceremony of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar over the weekend.
The BTS vocalist shared the Al Bayt Stadium stage with Qatari singer and producer Fahad Al-Kubaisi. Together, the two artists kicked off the opening ceremony and match between Qatar and Ecuador. The World Cup will see 32 teams square off until a championship team is decided on Dec. 18.
Making history: Philippine women’s national football team qualifies for country’s first FIFA World Cup
- Malditas, the Philippine women’s national football team, recently made history by earning a victory ticket to their nation’s first World Cup.
- The team will advance to the semis of the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup and make their way to Australia to compete in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.
The Philippine women’s national football team, known as the Malditas, made history by securing a ticket to the country’s first-ever FIFA World Cup game.
The Malditas defeated the higher-ranking Chinese Taipei team by a 4-3 penalty shootout in Pune, India, on Jan. 30, reported ABS-CBN News.
Argentinian retired footballer Diego Maradona responded to a controversy generated by an alleged racist gesture he made towards South Korean fans.
Maradona was seated in the VIP section reserved for former football players known as “Fifa Legends” during his former team’s World Cup match against Iceland over the weekend when the controversial gesture allegedly happened.
South Korean players at the FIFA World Cup have switched shirts in a deliberate attempt to confuse the Swedish team which allegedly spied on one of their closed training sessions.
Coach Shin Tae-yong revealed the ingenious move in a recent interview, believing that it would confuse European opponents who cannot tell them apart.
Chiang Wen Jun, also known as Hibidi, leads a very interesting double life that many people might want for themselves.
That’s because the 26-year-old Singaporean is a corporate banker by day and a professional FIFA gamer by night. Fun after a long day’s work, yes?