Seven Spain players caught a cold after using air conditioning ahead of the first match of the 2022 World Cup with Costa Rica. Cristiano Ronaldo said he wants to checkmate Lionel Messi on the field, and the legendary Argentine, along with teammates, starred in a video for fans. In turn, not all fans are satisfied with the organization of the tournament: the Jews were not provided with prayer places, and the FIFA Ticketing application began to malfunction.
Spain was slain… air conditioners
Unexpected problems on the eve of the first match of the group stage of the World Cup arose from the Spanish national team. According to AS, seven players caught a cold at once due to the use of air conditioners. Center forward Alvaro Morata is among those infected. The forward was not even able to complete the last training session of his team. However, the players still have time to recover. The meeting with Costa Rica will take place only on November 23rd.
Meanwhile, experts continue the discussion about the injury of striker Karim Benzema. So, the head coach of the French national team Didier Deschamps believes that it will not be possible to quickly replace the striker.
“He is the leader in the dressing room, he can talk to other players. These qualities are characteristic of experienced athletes. It is also important what the team leader brings to the team game. Fortunately, there are enough excellent players in our team,” Match TV quotes Deschamps.
However, as it turned out, not everyone shares this opinion. According to former Uruguay captain Diego Lugano, Benzema’s absence was received positively by some players in the national team.
“I was teammates with some of the French players who are very pleased with the departure of Karim. This would never have happened in Uruguay, Brazil or Argentina … It largely depends on how the team was assembled, and on how attentive the coach is to the athletes, not only technically, but also in terms of personality, ”quotes the words Lugano ESPN Brazil.
When Lugano played for PSG, goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and midfielder Adrien Rabiot were on the team with him.
Ronaldo wants to checkmate Messi
The Louis Vuitton photo shoot with the participation of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continues to be discussed by fans and journalists. At a press conference with the participation of the Portuguese, there were questions about her. The Manchester United midfielder admitted that he would like to defeat the Argentine not only in chess.
“This will be my fifth World Championship. I’m sure everything should go well. Checkmate is what we do in life too. I would like to be the one to checkmate Messi. We’ll see, but that would be nice. Since it happened in a game of chess, it would be even more interesting to do it in football,” said Ronaldo.
At the same time, Cristiano once again emphasized that personal achievements are not as important for him as the victory of the team.
“It would be great to break Eusebio’s record and be Portugal’s top scorer. But to be honest, it’s not something that makes me sleep deprived, and I won’t stop eating because of it. If they told me that Portugal would win the World Cup without my goals, I would have already signed up for it, I swear by my children, ”the footballer promised.
At the same time, experts between Messi and Ronaldo favor the Argentine. So, Wayne Rooney, talking about the symbolic team of the World Cup, put Lionel at the base, and Cristiano was not even included in the application. The DC United coach explained his decision by the fact that the Portuguese does not play constantly at the base of Manchester United in the Premier League.
The Manchester United midfielder also responded caustically to this “prick” in his address.
“I don’t know why he criticizes me so much … Probably because he completed his career, and I still play at a high level,” said Ronaldo.
Messi and his teammates, meanwhile, took part in the filming of a small video for fans of the Argentina national team. In it, the players beat off their fist, greeting the operator. In this way, an immersive effect is created – fans can imagine themselves in the place of the filming and feel part of the team.
Problems with food and tickets
The organization of the World Cup in Qatar continues to leave questions. This time the Jewish fans expressed their dissatisfaction. They were not provided with the opportunity to cook kosher food and pray during the championship.
“We were promised that we would be allowed to set up prayer rooms so that religious Jews who came to watch the matches would have a place to pray. We were recently informed that the Qatari organizers banned places of worship for Jews because they cannot ensure their safety, ”said one of the interlocutors of The Jerusalem Post.
As for food, only cold sandwiches are allowed to be sold instead of kosher meat. According to the newspaper, in total, more than 10,000 believing Jews from Israel and other countries of the world are planning to come to Qatar for the World Cup matches. Amid this news, some are already considering giving up their trip to Qatar.
On the first day of the 2022 World Cup, the service personnel also suffered. According to the Daily Mail, on the eve of 212 cashiers from India were left without food and water for six hours before the opening ceremony of the tournament. That is how much time they spent at the entrance to the Al-Bayt stadium, waiting for the leadership. A similar incident occurred with 20 Filipina vendors who waited outside the arena without food for three hours.
Difficulties arose not only from the organizing committee of the tournament, but also from FIFA. On Monday, not all fans were able to access the FIFA Ticketing app and, accordingly, get access to tickets for the 2022 World Cup matches.
The organization quickly came up with a solution: they sent the data to e-mail. In case the fans cannot enter the mailbox, they were promised help at the ticket sales points in the stadiums.
The future champion is motivated… beer
The refusal to sell beer in arenas during the 2022 World Cup matches in Qatar surprised not only fans, but also manufacturers of alcoholic beverages.
It turned out that the sponsoring company brought to the country a huge supply of foamy drink – worth € 75 million. Nobody wanted to bring everything back, and it was decided to donate beer to the country that won the World Cup. So football players will be able to celebrate with such a volume of alcohol for more than one year.
At the same time, according to the honorary president of the RFU, Vyacheslav Koloskov, the problem with the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages in Qatar is exaggerated.
“I take it easy. Beer was banned only in the stands to drink, and the rest of the time – drink at least in the morning, at least during the day, at least at night. This is a topic not worth discussing. This is an uninteresting, useless trifle. The World Cup has begun, and we are discussing beer, ”Sport-Express quotes a specialist.