Pelé, Brazilian football star, dies at the age of 82

Pelé, the Brazilian football icon who brought home the World Cup trophy three times, became an international superstar and at the time the highest paid team athlete in the world, has passed away. He turned 82. His daughter Kely Nascimento announced his death on Instagram on Thursday. Pelé’s health deteriorated as he got older. Doctors … Read more

David Beckham responds to criticism of his ambassador role at the World Cup in Qatar

CNN — English football great David Beckham has criticized his role as Qatar’s ambassador at the World Cup, saying it is “positive that debate on key issues has been directly stimulated by the first World Cup to be held in the region”. British comedian Joe Lycett called on Beckham to step down from his role … Read more

France and Argentina bring multiple storylines to the mouth-watering World Cup final

CNN — And just like that, after 62 games in almost a month, the way was clear for the final of Qatar’s showpiece 2022. Two-time champions Argentina defeated Croatia in the first semi-final earlier this week, while defending champions France ended Morocco’s 2022 World Cup dream with a 2-0 win on Wednesday. Attention now shifts … Read more

It is no great surprise that the European Parliament has a corruption problem

CNN — The European Union has been reeling in recent days from one of the worst scandals to hit Brussels in decades. Belgian police said late last week that they had raided and arrested four people in connection with an ongoing corruption investigation into alleged payments and gifts from Qatar to members of the European … Read more

Netherlands vs. USA: Two exciting young teams battle for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals

CNN — Saturday’s round of 16 match between the US men’s team and the Netherlands is one of the more intriguing showdowns in Qatar 2022’s first knockout round. Although the bookmakers have the Netherlands as an odds-on favourite, this meeting is certainly closer and both teams will be sure to book a spot in the … Read more

Uruguay and Ghana are gearing up for an epic rematch 12 years after the controversial World Cup quarter-final

CNN — Uruguay and Ghana’s quarter-final meeting over South Africa in 2010 is widely regarded as one of the most iconic World Cup matches in history. On a thrilling evening in Johannesburg, this was a game that had it all; drama, controversy, heartbreak, a villain and a hero – both played by the same person. … Read more

Big moments for women at the men’s World Cup

A version of this story appears in CNN’s What Matters newsletter. Sign up for free to receive it in your inbox here. CNN — An unexpected result of the U.S. men’s national team reaching the knockout round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar is that the U.S. women’s national team gets the … Read more

What is Bud Zero, the only beer Budweiser can sell at the World Cup?

New York CNN affairs — In a surprising U-turn, Qatar announced a ban on alcoholic beer in the eight stadiums hosting the World Cup. That leaves fans with only one “beer” choice – albeit one that isn’t drunk. Football fans can still buy Bud Zero, a non-alcoholic lager that Anheuser-Busch says tastes similar to its … Read more

World Cup 2022: David Beckhams ‘status as a gay icon will be shredded’ if he continues as Qatar ambassador, says British comedian

CNN — “David Beckham’s status as a gay icon will be destroyed” if the former England captain and Manchester United star continues his role as Qatar World Cup ambassador, British comedian Joe Lycett said on Sunday. In a video posted on TwitterLycett, a British comedian who describes himself as queer on his website, said he … Read more

Iran should not participate in the World Cup, says former FIFA president Sepp Blatter

CNN — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes Iran should be banned from the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, a Swiss newspaper and online news website quoted him as saying Friday. The comments come amid nationwide protests that have gripped Iran for weeks following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in vice custody. Swiss … Read more