Qatar World Cup workers ‘on 45p ($0.76) an hour’


Workers constructing a FIFA 14 IOS Coins stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are being paid as little as 45p ($0.76, 0.57 euros) an hour, British newspaper The Guardian reported on Wednesday.

The newspaper said that some of the 100 labourers working on the 40,000-seat Al-Wakrah Stadium were working for up to 30 days a month and earning less than pound sterling4.90 per day.

Stadium workers also told The Guardian that their passports were being held by their manager, in an apparent contravention of the organisers’ own welfare charter.

A spokesperson for the Qatar World Cup’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy told The Guardian: “There are challenges with calculation of overtime pay and hours, and we are working with the contractor to rectify any non-compliance.”

A report in the paper on Monday said that some labourers had not been paid for over a year and were living in squalid conditions.

The supreme Committee said it was “actively looking into the matters raised by the Guardian concerning the contractor Amana,” in a comment cited by Al-Jazeera news channel website.

The committee “takes allegations of labour regulation violations very seriously,” it said according to the state-owned network.

“Since we first bid to host the FIFA World Cup we have worked tirelessly to ensure and improve the welfare of workers and to be a catalyst for sustainable social progress,” it added.

Qatar is spending around pound sterling134 billion on infrastructure ahead of the tournament, but it has been accused of human and labour rights violations over its treatment of migrant workers, most of whom come from Asia.

Doha has rejected charges that construction workers are being mistreated and has announced a series of measures to improve their conditions.

In May, Qatar announced it would abolish a controversial ‘sponsorship’ system, which leaves foreign workers at the mercy of their employers.

The International Trade Union Confederation warned in June that as many as 4,000 workers could die in construction site accidents by the time the 2022 World Cup kicks off.

English FA keeps up pressure on FIFA over Qatar

FIFA should review the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar if an investigation shows that corruption played a part in the winning bid, English Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke said on Tuesday.

Appearing before a parliamentary committee, Dyke said FIFA should publish in full a report into the bidding process for 2018 and 2022 being compiled by American lawyer Michael Garcia.

However, Dyke played down talking of stripping Russia of the 2018 tournament because of political tensions over Ukraine.

Garcia, who has been leading a FIFA ethics committee investigation into allegations of corruption surrounding the award of the 2022 World Cup to the Gulf state, will submit his report in September.

“If Mr Garcia shows that there have been corrupt activities, the whole thing should be reconsidered,” Dyke said.

Dyke said he was convinced that the tournament would not be held in June or July if it was played in Qatar because of the intense heat, with a move to a cooler time of the year like November or December a certainty.

Dyke played down suggestions that Russia could be stripped of the World Cup as a punishment for the downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine last week which Western nations have blamed on separatists backed by Moscow.

“I think there will be a World Cup in Russia,” Dyke told reporters after the hearing.

He had earlier told lawmakers that a decision to move a World Cup should not be based on “one week’s events”.


Dyke said he believe that FIFA President Sepp Blatter would be re-elected if he stands again next year despite corruption allegations surrounding world football’s governing body.

Blatter has been head of FIFA since 1998 and is expected to seek another term.

“If he runs again he will win,” Dyke said, adding that European distaste for the methods of the 78-year-old Swiss was not shared in other parts of the world.

Dyke said that England, which lost out to Russia in the bidding for 2018, would focus on hosting European events for the time being.

He said Blatter’s dislike for the British media, which has led campaigns to expose FIFA corruption, made it impossible to win a World Cup bid.

“Mr Blatter’s view of the English media is such that he says why would you want to take it to England?” the former head of the BBC said.

The plain-speaking Dyke jokingly compared FIFA to a one-party state, in comments unlikely to endear him to Blatter.

Referring to a meeting of FIFA’s congress in Sao Paulo he attended in June, Dyke said it was “like something out of North Korea at times – hail to the leader.”

2014 FIFA World Cup Predictions and Preview

There are only four teams remaining in this all-time great 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.

To no one’s surprise, the four national teams left are Brazil, Germany, Argentina and the Netherlands. All 19 previous World Cup Finals have been played and won by a South American or European nation. Never has another continent even made it to the finals, and with the elimination of Costa Rica, that isn’t changing this year.

What could make this World Cup semifinals an all-time great one is that in both of these games, we get a rematch of a previous World Cup Finals. Tensions will be running higher than ever for fans, coaches and opposing teams. These four countries remaining have won a combined 10 World Cup championships and have appeared in a combined 21 Finals games.

Collectively, Europe has won 10 World Cups, while South America has won 9. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Latin takes a look at the schedule and games for the quarterfinals, which start Tuesday:

(3) Brazil Vs. (2) Germany


The host nation is trying to raise their sixth World Cup Championship, extending their own record. Unfortunately, this will be by far their hardest task yet.

The most obvious reason being because of the injury to superstar scorer Neymar, who led the squad with four goals. To make things even harder, Brazil’s team captain Thiago Silva is suspended for the game. Regardless of the injury and suspension, Brazil has one of the best coaches in Luiz Scolari and he will make the proper adjustments.


Germany is seeking revenge for their Finals loss against Brazil in 2002. This squad knows they won’t have a better opportunity to defeat the Brazilians, giving the circumstances of their opponents’ status. Germany’s leading goal scorer this tournament has been Thomas Müller, with four goals. Also, keep an eye on Miroslav Klose, who is just one goal away from passing Ronaldo as the all-time leading scorer in World Cup history.


Germany certainly has the odds makers changing their minds after the vertebra injury to Neymar, and their defense and middle field is among the best. But Brazil will overcome and adapt with David Luiz leading the way. Brazil wins 2-1.

These two teams face off on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. EST on ESPN.

(5) Argentina Vs. (15) Netherlands


The Netherlands came in ranked No. 15 in the world by FIFA, and that fueled this team. The Dutch appeared in the last World Cup Finals in 2010, where they lost to Spain. This team is still on a mission to win their first-ever World Cup title, as they are 0-3 in the big game. The Netherlands have one of the best offensive teams in this year’s World Cup. This will be the fifth time these two great soccer countries face off in the World Cup. The biggest one came in the 1978 Finals, when Argentina won 3-1 as the host nation.


Argentina is trying to win their third World Cup title, and Lionel Messi has been the main reason for why they have a chance. Aside from Messi’s team-leading four goals, he’s made precision passes. The biggest issue for Argentina will be whether or not they can stop this high-scoring Netherlands offense. Argentina wasn’t as heavily tested as the Netherlands, as they were playing in a weak Group F, but that appeared to have no effect on them as they defeated Switzerland and Belgium in the knockout stages by allowing zero goals in both games combined. Another positive for Argentina: other players have been stepping up with defenses keying in on Messi, and this is the best country in the tournament when it comes to time of possession.


This game should go down to the wire. Two great nations fighting off for a chance to play in the finals. Lionel Messi will show why he’s a superstar, and the Argentina ball possession factor will be the key contributors. Argentina wins in extra time 3-2.

FIFA World Cup 2014 Match Preview: France v/s Germany


A European team is guaranteed to make the last four of the World Cup as Les Bleus take on Joachim Loew’s men at the Maracana on Friday after both overcame African opponents in their round of 16 matches. It has been a difficult World Cup for many traditional European powers but the continent is assured of at least one participant in the semi-final with France facing Germany at the Maracana on Friday.

It is a fixture that immediately recalls memories of the famous World Cup semi-final clash between the sides in 1982, when Germany won on penalties following a 3-3 draw best remembered for Harold Schumacher’s brutal challenge on French forward Patrick Battiston.

Germany are playing in their ninth World Cup quarter-finals in a row, but Joachim Loew’s side have failed to impress in Brazil since their thumping 4-0 victory over Portugal in their opener. Last time out, they scraped past Algeria with a 2-1 win in extra-time that has prompted a huge debate back home over the team’s performances, tactics and style. One crucial issue for Loew as he debates his line-up is whether to play captain Philipp Lahm in midfield or at right-back. Another is the poor form of the likes of Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze.


The Germans should be boosted by the return of Mats Hummels after he missed the Algeria game with an illness that struck the camp, but Shkodran Mustafi is out of the tournament with a hamstring injury. In attack, Andre Schurrle is expected to start after scoring as a substitute against Algeria, while Thomas Muller will continue to lead the line, meaning Miroslav Klose will have to come off the bench if he is to break the World Cup scoring record. While Germany have looked exhausted after a gruelling schedule that included group games in the north, France come into the clash as the fresher side after beating Nigeria 2-0 in the last round.

The French were unconvincing in the last 16 but have played some slick football during the tournament, with Didier Deschamps intelligently using his attacking options. The stage is set in this last eight clash for Paul Pogba to show why he is considered one of the best midfielders in the world at the age of just 21. The Juventus man has been inconsistent so far in his first World Cup but has shown flashes of his match-winning ability and scored the crucial opener against Nigeria. Mamadou Sakho is fit after a hamstring problem but may not regain his place in the side after Laurent Koscielny impressed against Nigeria as Les Blues kept a cleansheet. Deschamps has tinkered with his team in previous matches but the only anticipated change is the introduction of Antoine Griezmann for Olivier Giroud after the Real Sociedad winger added a much-needed zest to France’s attacking firepower as a substitute against Nigeria.

Fact File:

There have been 17 goals scored in the three previous World Cup meetings between France and Germany, an average 5.7 goals per game.

Germany have scored two or more goals in each of those World Cup matches and are unbeaten since their first World Cup clash with France in 1958 (3-6 defeat), winning in the 1982 clash on penalties (3-3) and winning in 1986 (2-0).

The two sides last met in a friendly in February 2013. France took the lead through a Mathieu Valbuena strike in the first half, before second half goals from Thomas Müller and Sami Khedira secured the victory for Germany.

Germany have reached the semi-finals of the last three World Cups. No nation has ever made the last four in four successive tournaments.

Germany are unbeaten in 15 internationals (Won-10 Drawn-5), longer than any other side still involved at the World Cup.

On the last five occasions that France have progressed past round 1 in the World Cup, they have reached the semi-final stage (1958, 1982, 1986, 1998 and 2006).

All of France’s goals during this World Cup have come from inside the box (10).

France have lost only one of their 10 games played on Brazilian soil (Won-6 Drawn-3).

France are the first team to benefit from two own goals in the same World Cup.

Les Bleus have hit the woodwork more often than any other team at this World Cup (6), which is the highest tally for a team since Poland and Argentina in 1982 (both 6).

Thomas Müller (four goals, two assists) has been directly involved in six of Germany’s nine goals (66.7%) at this this World Cup.

Karim Benzema (19) has fired in 12 more shots than any other French player during this tournament.

André Schürrle has scored five goals in his last five competitive matches for Germany.

Miroslav Klose needs one more Runescape 3 Gold to be the World Cup’s highest scorer. He is currently joint-top with Ronaldo (15 goals).

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Venue Criticized

Just a bit over a month before the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 officially opens, one of the World Cup venues has been criticized for its failure to address various issues during an official test FIFA 14 Ultimate Team PC Coins, Brazilian media reported.

The Arena da Amazonia, a football stadium in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, was criticized for a series of issues and problems encountered during the holding of the Copa do Brasil (Brazil Cup) match between Corinthians and Nacional early this week.

Copa do Brazil is a football competition played by 86 teams that represent all the Brazilian states.

The Copa do Brasil match served as an official test, a sort of a dry-run, to check the preparedness of Arena da Amazonia in holding matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup that will kick off on 12 June.

Based on a report published by Brazil’s O Globo newspaper, fans complained after experiencing inconvenience in entering the stadium, in addition to the heavy traffic leading to the venue.

Spectators and arena officials also engaged in verbal tussles because seat numbers were no longer followed and some ticket holders were no longer following the number system.

Several fans also missed the first few minutes of the match because of the long queues leading to the venue and the traffic outside, which was described by the local newspaper as “very chaotic”.

“If it was chaotic during the Copa do Brazil, it will surely be a pandemonium during the World Cup,” One of the spectators, who turned to the social media to express his frustrations during the Copa do Brasil match, said.

The Arena da Amazona, which is an all-seater capacity of 46,000, will host four World Cup matches, including the England-Italy Group D match on 14 June.

Aside from the said arena, World Cup matches will also be played in 12 Brazilian cities. However, three of the venues have not officially opened yet.

The FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 will be held from 12 June to 13 July.

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