World Cup

At a glance

  • France, 1 (Samuel UMTITI 51') v Belgium, 0

A tight game from two top sides where only one goal - a well-worked header from Samuel Umititi off a corner - separated the teams.

France is through to final while Belgium is in the 3/4 play-off, with their opponents to be decided after tonight's semi-final between Croatia and England (Thursday 4am AEST). 

The final will be held on Sunday night (Monday 1am AEST). 

Ray Gatt (with Reuters) writes that it was an “enthralling tactical match” that was worthy of being a final. [P.S. Gatty, your sub-editor (if there is one) needs a French lesson!]

While a 48-team World Cup has previously been rejected by Qatar 2022 as unlikely, David Davutovic reports that it 'might' be a “possibility” in 2022, with 2IC at Qatar 2022, Nasser Al-Khater, saying it is “doable”. Perhaps they'll build another city for another stadium or two?


Yesterday morning, we were advised that Fernando Torres will “reject” the A-League in favour of Chicago Fire in the MLS, with another possibility, Keisuke Honda, also likely to decline an offer. A little more than 12 hours later, we were informed that Torres will play for J.League team, Sagan Tosu. It leaves FFA still searching for someone to spend the $3 million set aside for a marquee player (or players). 

Roy O'Donovan's quest to have his 10-week ban reduced has failed. The ban was issued after his leg hit Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas in the head at the end of the A-League grand final. O'Donovan says he is “not Satan”. 

Wellington Phoenix has signed 32-year-old defender, Steven Taylor, who played for Newcastle United 194 times and has most recently played with Portland Timberwolves in the MLS. 

The Canberra A-League expansion bid has announced that its first membership will be named after long-time Canberra football supporter and passionate advocate, the late Steve Doszpot OAM. 

The Moo Pa (Wild Boar) football team

What can we possibly say? The most important news of the days is the wonderful good news story for the world to rejoice in. Well done to the coach and the team for their resilience, strength and courage.

Congratulations to all involved in the absolutely mind-blowing rescue.

The team will not be well enough to travel to Russia for the World Cup Final - as they have been invited by FIFA to do - but how about the Asian Cup in January in the UAE? The Thailand football team will be there too. 

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