Countdown to World Cup 2022: 28 days till the big kick off

One of Poland’s World Cup group-stage rivals won a friendly and started to recover, while France could face yet another problem with a crucial player potentially off the pitch. Follow our daily countdown to stay up to date with the latest news ahead of football’s biggest event.

Saudi Arabia now unbeaten in the last three

Rival groups from Poland Saudi Arabia won 1-0 in a friendly against North Macedonia. Saleh Al Shehri scored his only goal in the 85th minute.

Saudi Arabia is undefeated for three straight games, drawing with other World Cup participants: USA and Ecuador in September.

The French-trained team Hevre Renard has an extremely tight schedule. From October 26 to November 16, they will play six more matches before the World Cup. The clash with Poland is scheduled for November 26.

Highs and lows

RC lens, with Przemysław Frankowski in the starting lineup, they defeated Olympique de Marseille by 0:1 in French Ligue 1. The Polish winger spent 90 minutes on the field, showing consistency in defense and posing a threat with his crosses. He has shown considerable bravery and focus to play after breaking his nose in a confrontation with an opponent.

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Other Polish Lens players: Adam Buksa and Lukasz Poręba watched from the bench as their side climbed to second in the table.

Meanwhile, in Italy, Szymon Zurkowski still failed to impress his coach Vincenzo Italiano as he was an unused substitute once again in a Serie A match. His team Fiorentina lost 3-4 to Inter Milan.

Zurkowski’s situation in Italy gives the Poland coach Czesław Michniewicz much to ponder, as there is probably no midfielder in good shape, apart from Krystian Bielik playing for Premier League Birmingham City just four weeks before the World Cup.

Varane in doubt for the World Cup

In the 60th minute of Saturday’s game between Chelsea and Manchester United, the visitors’ defender Rafael Varane was forced to leave the field after sustaining an injury while trying to clear the ball.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has said the French international will be assessed within the next 24 hours, but the sight of Varane leaving the pitch in tears suggests the injury is serious.

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“It’s hard to say how serious it is now because it’s so early after the game,” said ten Hag.

“I can understand, we can all probably understand that he would be thrilled [if he is out of the World Cup]but I think he also has to wait,” he added at a press conference.

Varane’s injury possibly represents another blow to the world champions as he could join N’golo Kante, Mike Maignan and Boubacar Kamara in the absentee list. Other additions to this list are Paul Pogba and Lucas Hernandez who face a race against time for fitness ahead of Qatar.

Although it is important to mention that few squads of the national team possess the quality of strength and depth as the French. While the doors are closed for some, there will be openings for other elite level players.

Air operators observe backup routes

Airlines flying football fans to the Qatar World Cup must have reservation routes in case of disruptions from delays or regional tensions, with about three million tickets sold for next month’s global event, travel advisers said. and risks.

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Qatar Airways is working to increase its workforce by 10,000 to more than 55,000, in part to handle the expected influx, and has cut flights to make way for World Cup fans.

Ticket sales for the final tournament, which runs from November 20th to December 18th, are approaching the three million mark and Qatar’s civil aviation regulator estimates that 3.5 million to 4.1 million passengers will arrive, depart and transit through Qatar in November.

Higher demand could strain resources such as ground transport and hotels, while the main airspace used to access Qatar has been disrupted by conflict in recent years, leading to the need for alternative routes, they said this week at the world’s biggest business jet show in Orlando.



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