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No hay vuelta atrás: México anuncia su prelista para el Mundial de Catar sin Chicharito

El misterio en torno a quién defenderá a México en la próxima Copa del Mundo comienza a disiparse. Gerardo Martino dio a conocer este miércoles la lista de 31 jugadores que participarán en el último tramo de preparación rumbo a Catar 2022.

Y no, no hay rastro de Chicharito Hernández.

USWNT fans get 2 prime time games, 1 brutally late night at World Cup

The draw made next summer's tournament in Australia and New Zealand come into focus, but we can really start to anticipate the event with FIFA now revealing the 2023 Women's World Cup kick off times. 

Team-by-team guide: 2022 Spain World Cup preview

To prepare you for the tournament, The18 has launched team-by-team previews for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Here's the Spain World Cup 2022 preview. La Roja will play in Group E against Costa Rica, Germany and Japan.

Spain World Cup Preview 2022

World Cup appearances: 16th

Best finish: Champions (2010)  

Costa Rican young star could miss the World Cup after positive doping test

Costa Rica midfielder Orlando Galo has tested positive for a prohibited substance following a random test carried out in September, the country's football federation (FCRF) said on Tuesday.

Galo, who has played nine times for Costa Rica and helped them qualify for the World Cup, tested positive for Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) after his sample was among 15 randomly taken during their friendly tour of South Korea last month.

Qatar celebrates 3 million ticket sales while residents are kicked out of homes

On Tuesday, FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Qatar World Cup organizers confirmed that ticket sales for the event were nearing three million. This is in line with the estimate of roughly 1.2 million people visiting country, which has a population of just 2.8 million, over the course of the 29-day event.

Qatar promises sobering-up zones for drunk fans during the World Cup

The soccer World Cup being held in Qatar next month will have areas for drunk fans to sober up, its chief executive said in a television interview.

The Nov. 20-Dec. 18 World Cup is the first to be held in a Muslim country with strict controls on alcohol, presenting unique challenges for organizers of an event sponsored by a major beer brand and often associated with beer-drinking fans.

Emir of Qatar thanks Russia (suspended by FIFA) for all its help in hosting FIFA World Cup

Russian President Vladimir Putin wished Qatar success in staging the upcoming World Cup and said the 2018 hosts were sharing their experience in organizing the tournament.

Russia reached the World Cup quarterfinals in 2018 but is barred from the Nov. 20-Dec. 18 tournament due to its invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

Putin met Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on the sidelines of a summit in Kazakhstan on Thursday.

Breaking: Ukraine joins Spain and Portugal's 2030 World Cup bid

NYON, Switzerland - Ukraine has joined Spain and Portugal in their bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) said on Wednesday, in what they hailed as an act of European solidarity.

They said the decision, announced at a news conference at the Swiss headquarters of UEFA, had the full support of European soccer's governing body and also of the Spanish, Portuguese and Ukrainian governments.

"Our bid is not an Iberian bid anymore, it's a European bid," Luis Rubiales, president of the RFEF, said. 

Chile and Perú are making one last attempt to steal Ecuador's World Cup spot

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal by the Chilean football federation (FFCH) against FIFA's decision to allow Ecuador to play at the World Cup despite allegations they fielded an ineligible player, it said on Friday.

World governing body FIFA earlier this month dismissed an appeal in the case of Ecuadorean player Byron Castillo, who Chile had alleged was ineligible to play in qualifying since he was born in Colombia.

COVID-19: Catar anuncia los protocolos y requisitos para asistir al Mundial

Si bien la pesadilla del COVID-19 pareciera ir en retirada, aún no estamos totalmente libres. Por lo mismo, en Catar se tomarán algunos resguardos durante la próxima Copa del Mundo para que el evento sea una fiesta del fútbol y no un esparcidor masivo del maldito bicho.