World Cup 2022 in Qatar: just under a quarter want to see Germany start against Japan

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Zthe 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar on November 20 and December 18. After the disappointing preliminary rounds from 2018, the German national team also wants to attack again. We will keep you up to date with all the news about the DFB here.Nur ein Viertel der Deutschen möchte das WM-Auftaktspiel der DFB-Elf sehen.Nur ein Viertel der Deutschen möchte das WM-Auftaktspiel der DFB-Elf sehen.

It is one of the most controversial sporting events in history: the Fifa World Cup in Qatar. Since it is much too hot to play football on site in the summer, the tournament has been moved to the winter and will now take place between November 20 and December 18. Due to the extremely critical human rights situation in Qatar, there had been massive criticism in recent years.

For the German national team, the World Cup adventure in the desert state began on November 14. After a poor 1-0 victory in the test match against Oman, the team continued to Qatar, where the DFB team resides at the Zulal Wellness Resort in Al-Ruwais during the tournament.

We will keep you up to date with all the news about the DFB team and the World Cup in Qatar here in the AZ Newsblog:

World Cup 2022 in Qatar: DFB news from November 22

Just under a quarter want to see German World Cup kick-off

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Just under a quarter of Germans want to watch the national team’s World Cup opener in Qatar against Japan live on TV. In a representative survey by the opinion research institute YouGov, 24 percent of respondents said that they were sitting in front of the screen against the Asians at the meeting on Wednesday (14 o’clock, ARD / MagentaTV and in the AZ live ticker) in Doha. 60 Percent tend not to follow the encounter live, 16 percent did not specify. The early start on a weekday is also likely to play a role in the rather low expected audience approval, as many people have to work. 

National player Magull also criticizes FIFA

National team player Lina Magull has also criticised FIFA after the ban of the “One Love” armband at the World Cup in Qatar. “FIFA is not doing itself any favors by making certain statements that are intended to satisfy people, but that make no sense at all; that are simply said so that what is said is said,” Magull said at web.de : “This is not very authentic and not honest, and that’s what’s annoying.”

For the Vice European Champion, the discussions about the host overshadow the sporting aspect of the tournament in the desert emirate. “You can feel this in the whole environment, that there is less enthusiasm and more need for speech, more critical topics are addressed. That’s why, unfortunately, the sporting aspect is taking a back seat and the topics around it are coming to the fore,” said Magull. 

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World Cup 2022 in Qatar: DFB news from November 21

Loch calls on DFB team: “Pack up and come home”

Three-time Olympic luge champion Felix Loch has called on the German national football team to leave the World Cup in Qatar after the escalation of the discussion about the “One Love” captain’s armband. “We all love football – but our freedom, democracy and human rights more! Pack up and come home!”, the 33-year-old tweeted. 

In another tweet, Loch clarified that the request in Bavarian idiom was probably meant quite seriously. “Yes, I also started in Beijing and Sochi,” Loch wrote: “We would all have preferred the Olympics in democratic countries for us athletes! But the (world) situation has changed from my point of view. We have to stand up for our rights now much more than before! I learned that this year!”

Greetings from Qatar: Babylonian breakfast

The tournament has started, the fans have arrived in this one-city World Cup. My hotel is also filling up day by day. Brazilians, Argentines and Ecuadorians (Felicidades!) finally bring life to the booth.
Every morning a kind of Copa América at the breakfast buffet, when all continents meet. Continental Breakfast? English Breakfast? Rather a Babylonian one. The “Majestic Ballroom” is fed at huge round tables, so that one wonders every morning: Who is actually getting married today? And who gives what speech? As a morning grantler, I’m out of there anyway.

Not even the well-intentioned birdsong that fills this windowless hall can keep me from the tape. On the first morning I thought at the buffet, every moment such a beeping noise grabs my walnuts from the yogurt. Fortunately, it’s all fake. On Monday I was apparently answered without complaint. Instead of the fiderallalla, there were Asian timbres – ideal for meditating on fried eggs. Or even dozing off despite hi-awake coffee.

“One Love” controversy: Neuendorf sees DFB not buckled

President Bernd Neuendorf has rejected criticism that the German Football Association (DFB) has caved in to the “One Love” dispute. “We don’t have to expose ourselves to the accusation,” said the 61-year-old. Neuendorf referred to the DFB’s refusal to support FIFA President Gianni Infantino on the way to his re-election: “This is a clear signal.”

“This is a demonstration of FIFA’s power,” said the DFB boss, who spoke of a “further low blow”: “The threat of sporting consequences was clear. But we stand by our values and will continue to represent them during the tournament.”

Despite the dispute, Neuendorf wants to remain “in dialogue” with FIFA: “I have no interest in putting a lasting strain on the relationship with FIFA. But we remain clear in the criticism.”

In solidarity: Iranian players are silent during the national anthem

Iran’s national team players were completely silent during their own national anthem before their World Cup opener against England. With this, the team sent a sign of solidarity to the regime critics at home in the face of almost 400 dead, women had tears in their eyes in the stands. Already at the World Cup test against Nicaragua in early November, only two players had sung along with Vahid Amiri and Mehdi Torabi, the rest were silent.  

Controversy over “One Love” tie: fan organization sharply criticizes FIFA

The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) has strongly criticized FIFA in the dispute over the “One Love” captain’s armband. “Today, LGBT+ football fans and their allies will feel angry. Today we feel betrayed,” the FSA wrote in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday. “Today we feel contempt for an organization that has demonstrated its true values by showing the yellow card to the players and the red card to tolerance.” The English abbreviation LGBT+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The plus sign is a placeholder for other identities and genders.

“Never again should a World Cup be awarded solely on the basis of money and infrastructure. No country that falls short on LGBT+ rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights or any other universal human right should be given the honor of hosting a World Football Championship,” it said.

Previously, the associations from Germany, Denmark, England, Wales, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands had announced that they would not let their captains wear the “One Love” tie as planned. This move was justified by FIFA’s threat that the players in question would receive a yellow card. Fines, as is usually the case with such offenses, would have been accepted.

Change of moderation at ARD: Wellmer for Bommes

The ARD team has to make a change of moderators at the Football World Cup at short notice. Alexander Bommes (46) cannot be used for health reasons, the public broadcaster announced on Monday. His task is taken over by Jessy Wellmer. The 42-year-old, together with the experts Almuth Schult, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Sami Khedira, will “present the broadcasts from Wednesday in the first from the ARD studio in Mainz,” it said. ARD and das Zweite have a joint WM studio at the ZDF location in Mainz.

Bommes was to host the broadcasts for ARD, Jessy Wellmer was scheduled for the “Sportschau Thema”, which will be broadcast four times during the World Cup. Who will now take over the moderation of this program is still open.

World Cup 2022 in Qatar: DFB news from November 20

Due to a big crowd: Official World Cup fanfest closes its doors

Shortly before the kick-off of the World Cup opening match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador, the official FIFA Fan Festival in al-Bidda Park has closed its doors. The reason was the enormous crowd, as a police officer told journalists on the spot. Accredited media representatives were also denied access at this time. According to observations by dpa reporters, several thousand fans who were still standing in the queue no longer found an entrance and eventually had to turn back.

The site can accommodate 40,000 people, and the games will be shown on large screens during the first World Cup in an Arab country. Even the metros on the way to the Fan Festival were crowded. Nevertheless, according to eyewitnesses, the mood was relaxed, even from the large-scale deployment of the police, there was no hustle and bustle. 

World Cup opens with a big light show

Hosts Qatar and FIFA have opened the 2022 World Cup with a colorful and bright show. At the Al-Bait Stadium north of Doha, several artists celebrated the opening ceremony in several acts shortly before Qatar’s first World Cup match against Ecuador.

Hollywood star Morgan Freeman, Korean boy group singer Jung Kook and the mascots of the previous finals, including Tip & Tap from the German World Cup in 1974 and Goleo from the World Cup in Germany in 2006, were also present.

At the arrival of Head of State Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani together with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, loud applause was heard. The final round in Qatar runs until 18 December.

No agreement: sanctions for “One Love”-Bind still possible

Manuel Neuer’s “One Love” captain’s armband still does not comply with the regulations of the world football association FIFA and could lead to sanctions. An agreement was not reached on Sunday at a meeting of the working group of the European Football Union UEFA with FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura. “We have said that we will stick to the fact that we are running with the bandage,” said DFB President Bernd Neuendorf in the ZDF interview afterwards. 

There was therefore no agreement. “We have repeatedly informed FIFA with a long lead time that we want to start with this tie, there was no reaction from FIFA to this,” said Neuendorf.

FIFA: Opening ceremony with themes of inclusion and diversity

Para-athlete Ghanim Al-Muftah and Qatari singer Dana are to stimulate a dialogue about “inclusion and diversity” at the opening ceremony of the controversial World Cup, according to the organizers. This was announced by the world association FIFA a few hours before the start of the tournament with the game of the host team against Ecuador on Sunday (17 clock CET / ZDF and MagentaTV). 

Star guests of the 30-minute show at the Al-Bait Stadium are also the Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubaisi and the South Korean pop star Jung Kook, who will present the official World Cup song “Dreamers”. “The theme of the opening ceremony is to gather all people, bridge differences between humanity, respect and inclusion,” FIFA said in a statement.

World Cup 2022 in Qatar: DFB news from November 19

With Müller and Rüdiger, without a filling jug: preparation for the Japan game started

Thomas Müller and Antonio Rüdiger have joined their team-mates in preparing for the German national football team’s World Cup opener against Japan on Wednesday. The duo took part in the team training on Saturday morning in the sunshine as planned. For this, Niclas Füllkrug was missing due to a flu infection.

However, the Bremen should be available for the start. “You can’t always make a clear prognosis with such things, we see from hour to hour how he is doing. But I think the time is enough for him to be ready for the matchday,”said DFB Managing Director Oliver Bierhoff. In a conversation with team doctor Tim Meyer, “it didn’t sound so dramatic”.

After their injuries, spokesman Müller and head of defence Rüdiger had missed the weak World Cup dress rehearsal in Oman (1: 0) with Füllkrug’s winning goal and had only trained individually in recent days.

A portrait of the Zulal Wellness Resort: this is where the DFB team resides during the World Cup

The DFB has set up camp far away from the hustle and bustle of the capital Doha and is staying at the Zulal Wellness Resort in Al-Ruwais during the World Cup. We took a closer look at the luxury complex – click here for the portrait!

Neuer sticks to “One Love” Captain’s armband

Manuel Neuer wants to wear the captain’s armband with the one-love symbol in the World Cup opener against Japan, despite possible sanctions by FIFA. In response to a corresponding question, the goalkeeper of the German national football team answered succinctly at the DFB press conference in Al-Shamal on Saturday: “Yes.” 

DFB Director Oliver Bierhoff reacted with amazement to the alternative imprints for the players’ guide bindings with social messages presented by FIFA on Saturday. “I’ve heard one or the other, too. Of course, the short-term nature is surprising. It seems as if FIFA does not have a clear stance,” Bierhoff said.

In September, the DFB announced that it would wear the captain’s armband at the World Cup together with other major football nations such as England or the Netherlands as a symbol of equality and freedom of expression. World Cup host Qatar has come under criticism for failing to meet human rights standards. FIFA presented several of its own options for player guide bindings on Saturday, for example with slogans such as “#SaveThePlanet” or #NoDiscrimination”.

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Fifa boss Infantino causes uproar with scandal statements

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has denounced a “double standard” by Western nations against World Cup hosts Qatar a day before the opening match. “I think what we Europeans have done worldwide over the past 3,000 years, we should apologize for the next 3,000 years before we start distributing moral advice to others,” the 52-year-old said during a press conference in Al-Rajjan on Saturday. It is “sad” to have to experience this “double standard”.

Qatar has been criticized for years for the poor treatment of human rights and the living conditions for foreign workers, which has also been expressed by independent organizations such as Amnesty International. The government of the emirate rejects this. 

The Swiss opened his press conference with extremely strange words: “Today I feel very strong feelings, today I feel as a Qatari, today I feel as an Arab, today I feel African. Today I feel gay. Today I feel disabled, today I feel like a migrant worker.”

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Qatar enforces beer ban around World Cup stadiums

World Cup host Qatar has enforced a ban on alcoholic beer around all stadiums shortly before the opening of the World Cup. Two days before the kick-off match, the softening of the alcohol ban, which was actually agreed with the football world Federation, was overturned again, as FIFA announced on Friday. This means that the fans only have to change again about 48 hours before the World Cup opening match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador on Sunday (17.00 clock).

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Dry in the desert: alcohol ban around the World Cup arenas in Qatar

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According to FIFA, non-alcoholic beer will continue to be sold at the stadiums. Alcohol-containing drinks can be consumed by fans traveling to Qatar, including at the official fanfest in the capital Doha. “After discussions between the authorities of the host country and FIFA, it was decided to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages on the FIFA Fan Festival and other fan destinations, as well as licensed venues,” the statement said.

Lahm names semi-final as World Cup target

For World Champion captain Philipp Lahm, Germany is not one of the top favorites at the World Cup in Qatar, but the semifinals must be the goal. “We are certainly not one of the first three or four nations at the moment – simply because of the last two finals. The goal must be to get to the last four, “the 39-year-old told the editorial network Germany.

Lahm relies above all on team spirit. “I think it’s important that an identity takes place again. But that often only happens during a tournament,” said the long-time Bayern professional: “The last appearances at major tournaments were disappointing – all the more so now it is necessary to write a new story, to regain confidence. The discussion about ‘The team’ also arose because there was no longer what was written on it.”

World Cup 2022 in Qatar: DFB news from November 17

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My departure for the World Cup in Qatar had not really started yet, they were already back there. The Mexicans!

My catchy friends from the last World Cup four and a half years ago in Russia. Those who see Mexicans usually do not recognize their ears (disappeared under a huge sombrero, in corona times a practical and at the same time traditional distance holder), but they hear them.

And that even in the rare case that they don’t make music and sing. If there were a lust for life ranking of all participating countries, the Mexicans would always be at least in the semifinals.

Why catchy tune, why Moscow? In the local hotel “Salut”, my quarters for the manageable time as a DFB reporter, numerous Mexican fans lived, who gave concerts almost around the clock in the lobby. Magnificent mariachi ensembles were formed, with guitars, violins, trumpets and the typical choral singing. Now a handful of Mexicans traveled from Munich to Doha on the same plane, with plenty of good humor in their luggage.

Dark shadows lie over this World Cup, the cheerful Mexicans teach you: may happiness prevail!

DFB team moves into World Cup quarters in Qatar

The German national team has arrived in the World Cup host country Qatar six days before their opening match. After the approximately 70-minute flight from Muscat in Oman to Doha, the train headed for national coach Hansi Flick to Al Ruwais, about an hour and a half away. In the small town in the far north of the country, she moved into her team quarters Zulal Wellness Resort.

Surrounded by desert and a beach on the Persian Gulf, the stars find a real refuge of peace there – a stark contrast to the noise of the big city of Doha, where most of the other teams are staying. The national team will train in the stadium of the first division club Al Shamal SC, which is surrounded by a red castle wall and is a twelve-minute drive away.

World Cup 2022 in Qatar: DFB news from November 16

Danish TV team harassed and threatened by Qatari security

A Danish TV crew has been harassed by local security forces while working in Qatar. Among other things, the men threatened to destroy the team’s camera from the TV2 channel. Meanwhile, the World Cup organisers have apologised to the broadcaster and the team on site.

During a live report by journalist Rasmus Tantholdt, security forces showed up and tried to obstruct the shoot, although the team had valid accreditations and a permit. In the video, the journalists can be heard saying: “They invited the whole world to come here, why can’t we film here? It is a public square.” Tantholdt went on to say: “You can break the camera, do you want to break it? They threaten us by smashing the camera?”

Here is a video of the incident:

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The World Cup organizers confirmed the incident. A statement said: “Tournament organisers are aware of an incident in which a Danish broadcast team was accidentally interrupted during a live broadcast in one of Qatar’s tourist destinations. After inspection of the valid tournament accreditation and shooting permission of the crew, an apology was issued by the security service.”

Last endurance test for the DFB-Elf before the start of the World Cup

Tonight it will be serious for the national team! At 18 o’clock German time, the first and last test match is scheduled in Oman against the local country selection before the World Cup starts next Wednesday against Japan. The match will be played at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat, the capital of Oman.

With Thomas Müller and Antonio Rüdiger, two potential regulars will miss the test match. Replacement keeper Marc André ter Stegen is also not involved, he is expected to travel on Thursday after his gastrointestinal problems.

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Study: More than one in two plans a complete World Cup boycott

The German fans’ anticipation of the World Cup in Qatar, which starts on Sunday, continues to be greatly clouded. This is the result of a representative survey among football fans, which was carried out using the FanQ app. More than half of the respondents stated that they did not watch “any game at all” during the tournament. Only about one in ten plans to watch “most of the games”, a good 17 percent want to watch “only the Germany games”.

Chancellor Scholz keeps his fingers crossed for the DFB team

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) wished the German national team all the best for the World Cup in Qatar. “The Chancellor is not only keeping his fingers crossed for our players for the opening game, but of course also wishes our team a successful tournament,” a government spokesman said in Berlin on Wednesday.

He answered the question of how enthusiastic the successor of Angela Merkel (CDU), who had always shown herself to be a big fan of the national team, was and whether he would watch games.

“The Chancellor is looking forward to the matches of our team and hopes for a peaceful football World Cup with fair and exciting encounters,” the spokesman said.

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Before the test in Oman: the trio around Müller is missing in the final training session

Without the injured Thomas Müller and Antonio Rüdiger as well as DFB returnee Mario Götze, Hansi Flick had to play the only training session before the World Cup dress rehearsal of the national football team against Oman. The trio were absent from the Sultan Kabus Stadium in Muscat on Tuesday. Müller watched the training in the arena from the sidelines, Rüdiger stayed at the team hotel. 

Their absence indicates that both regulars will not be available on Wednesday (18.00 / RTL), exactly one week before the German World Cup opener in Qatar against Japan. Müller and Rüdiger had completed a separate session at the stadium in the morning, the DFB said. 

Huge new advertising on high-rise facade in Doha

Manuel Neuer can already be seen in Qatar. Larger than life, the DFB captain flaunts as an advertising figure for the World Cup on a high-rise facade in the capital Doha in a typical jubilant pose. The huge lettering runs across the entire height: “Valley__________ ent”.

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In English, “talent” refers to goalkeeping skills and not to age, as is customary in German. The Bayern goalkeeper is finally contesting his fourth World Cup final for the national team. He has played 16 matches since his tournament debut in South Africa in 2010. At the age of 36, he has long since reached the advanced age of football.

Gnabry with title announcement: “We owe the fans something”

Serge Gnabry sees the DFB selection at the World Cup in Qatar as a special responsibility. “Especially after the weak last World Cup, we owe the fans something. We want to win the title, “the professional from Bayern Munich told the “Donaukurier”.

It is also clear that the Cup mission will not be easy,” the 27-year-old added: “I particularly appreciate the South Americans. Brazil, Argentina – I think they’re really good. There are also a lot of good teams in Europe, which we all already know. As soon as it goes into the knockout phase, it can be tricky against any opponent, they all have a lot of quality.”

He even has a bit of stage fright himself before his first World Cup. “In any case, it’s a new terrain. That’s why there’s a bit of nervousness behind it,” he said and explained: “It’s the games that you watched on TV as a child and dreamed of playing them one day. That’s why I’m extremely happy, of course.”

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Fifa BOSS Infantino calls for ceasefire in Ukraine during World Cup

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Shortly before the start of the Football World Cup in Qatar on Sunday, FIFA President Gianni Infantino called for a ceasefire in Ukraine during the final round at the G20 summit in Indonesia. “My request to all of you is to think about a temporary truce for a month during the World Cup, ” the head of the world federation said in his speech: “Or at least to set up some humanitarian corridors – or anything that could lead to the resumption of dialogue as a first step to peace.”

Infantino (“Football unites the world”) made an appeal to the summit participants, which include US President Joe Biden, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “We are not naive and think that football can solve the problems of the world. But the World Cup could be the occasion for a positive gesture or a sign,” the 52-year-old stressed: “They are the leaders of the world. You have the opportunity to influence the course of history.”

World Champion 2022: Matthew believes in Argentina

For record national player Lothar Matthäus, the new world champion comes from South America. “If I had to choose a team and make a World Cup tip, I would choose Argentina,” the 61-year-old wrote in his Sky column. Matthew also has the Brazilians and French on the bill for the upcoming tournament in Qatar. “But my feeling tends to Argentina. They have a great team spirit and a balanced, strong squad.”

The German national team also has a chance, Matthäus believes. “Of course I wish and hope very much that it will be Germany. I wish it for me, for all German fans and also for my friend Hansi Flick, “says Matthäus. “It would be nice if the positive run of German football, as is currently the case in the Champions and Europa League, continues at the World Cup and we return home with the Cup. As always, we have a really good chance.”

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World Cup 2022 in Qatar: DFB news from November 14

Departure to Oman: The World Cup adventure begins

Der DFB-Tross vor dem Abflug auf dem Rollfeld des Frankfurter Flughafens.Der DFB-Tross vor dem Abflug auf dem Rollfeld des Frankfurter Flughafens.

On Monday afternoon, the DFB team started its World Cup journey. First of all, the kickers are going to Muscat in Oman. The first and only test match will be played there on Wednesday before the World Cup opener against Japan on 23 November. Substitute keeper Marc André ter Stegen, who will be travelling due to gastrointestinal problems, was not present.

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Neuer feels big World Cup greed flick as a guarantee of success?

Captain Manuel Neuer feels a great greed in the German national team before the World Cup in Qatar. “We are all very hungry and we know for ourselves that we have not convinced at the tournaments recently. That’s why we will do everything we can to get as far as possible and take the opportunity to play for this title, “the goalkeeper said in an interview with the “Münchner Merkur”.

At the controversial tournament in the desert (November 20 to December 18), national coach Hansi Flick could become the guarantor of success. “He can do it so well because he has a knowledge of human nature. Hansi knows how to tackle every single player,” said Neuer. 

Black market tickets: Three arrests in Qatar

Shortly before the start of the World Cup, three men were arrested for selling tickets on the black market. This was announced by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Qatar on Monday. Authorities released a photo of the suspects in handcuffs and with blurred faces. In front of them on a table were game tickets, banknotes, computers, telephones and car keys.  

Details were not disclosed, neither about the age or nationality of the arrested men, nor about the place or date of the arrests. “The accused have been handed over to the relevant authorities for further legal action,” the ministry wrote on Twitter, stating that they face a fine of up to 250,000 Qatari riyals (about 67,000 euros) plus the sum of the confiscated money. 

These were the first arrests due to black market sales for the World Cup. The organizers recently announced that 2.9 million of the 3.1 million available tickets were sold.

Welcome to the AZ news blog about the World Cup in Qatar!

Welcome to the AZ news blog about the World Cup in Qatar. Next Sunday the World Cup starts with the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador, three days later the German national team starts the tournament with its game against Japan. We will keep you up to date with all the news about the DFB and the World Cup!

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