DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Nasser Al-Khater glances out his window across Doha Bay. The view is far different than it was eight years ago, when al-Khater served as part of the team that helped Qatar pull off a staggering upset to land the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
In the distance the bare bones of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium are being laid, perhaps the most audacious and innovative of the eight venues that will play host to the biggest tournament on the planet.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The signs of progress are impossible to miss. And that's the point. Four years out from hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar wants you to know it's growing. Evolving. Not just physically but politically and — this small Muslim nation tucked into a corner of the Arabian Peninsula insists — culturally.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New South Korea coach Paulo Bento wants to bring the Asian Cup back to Seoul for the first time since 1960.
The former Portugal and Sporting Lisbon boss was appointed last week to take the Taeguk Warriors to the 2022 World Cup but the 49 year-old first wants continental success in January.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar says a Nepali worker has died while helping to build a stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the Arab nation.
Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said in a statement Tuesday the 23-year-old worker died at its Al Wakrah Stadium project site.
It offered no cause of death, though the committee said both Qatari and Nepali authorities were notified. An investigation into the death is underway.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA expects to earn $6.56 billion in a four-year financial cycle to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, despite a drop in ticket and corporate hospitality sales.
FIFA's 2019-2022 budget projects rises of more than $400 million each in broadcasting and marketing income over the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Still, FIFA says "smaller stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup" should mean ticket and hospitality sales of $500 million will be $75 million less than in 2015-18.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's emir says the four Arab nations that are boycotting his tiny, energy-rich country don't want to negotiate to end the monthslong diplomatic crisis that has engulfed Doha.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani told members of Qatar's Shura Council on Tuesday that the four nations had tried to harm the country's economy and attempt to stop it from hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Sheikh Tamim says "their goal was not to reach a solution or settlement."
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar on Wednesday strongly criticized Emirati officials for questioning Doha's hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, saying that the tournament "is not up for discussion or negotiation" amid a diplomatic crisis engulfing the region.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Emirati minister of state for foreign affairs has commented on Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup in light of the diplomatic crisis between Doha and four Arab nations.
Anwar Gargash wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: "Qatar's hosting of World Cup 2022 should include a repudiation of policies supporting extremism & terrorism. Doha should review its record." Doha long has denied funding extremists.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top Emirati security official has said the only way for "Qatar's crisis" to end is if Doha gave up hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, his comments coming amid the ongoing diplomatic dispute between the energy-rich nation and four Arab countries.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar, now embroiled in a diplomatic crisis with other Arab nations, is a small country with a history of turmoil and coups.
Its massive natural gas reserves and tiny population have made it one of the richest per capita countries in the world, and its popular Al-Jazeera news network has contributed to its outsized influence in the region.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia and other Arab powers severed diplomatic ties Monday with Qatar and moved to isolate the energy-rich nation that is home to a major U.S. military base, accusing it of supporting terrorist groups and backing Iran.
The decision plunged Qatar into chaos and ignited the biggest diplomatic crisis in the Gulf since the 1991 war against Iraq.