world soccer 22.2.2018 06:40 pm

Qatar to plant 16,000 trees to spruce up World Cup venues

Desert country Qatar will plant at least 16,000 trees in a bid to “beautify” its eight planned 2022 World Cup stadiums, tournament organisers said on Thursday.

The trees, a mixture of local specimens and other varieties imported from China, Spain and Thailand, will be grown in a vast nursery outside capital city Doha before being planted around the venues.

Qatar to plant 16,000 trees to spruce up World Cup venues
Qatar to plant 16,000 trees to spruce up World Cup venues

Qatar to plant 16,000 trees to spruce up World Cup venues

Desert country Qatar will plant at least 16,000 trees in a bid to “beautify” its eight planned 2022 World Cup stadiums, tournament organisers said on Thursday.

‘Experts’ to the fore as Ronaldo, Messi again rule in Europe
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‘Experts’ to the fore as Ronaldo, Messi again rule in Europe

As the stakes mounted in the Champions League, the usual suspects once more rose to the occasion with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski starring in the last 16, first legs.
Mourinho’s cautious Man Utd tactics win few admirers
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Mourinho’s cautious Man Utd tactics win few admirers

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho left Spain with a precious clean sheet but few admirers after an uninspiring 0-0 Champions League draw with Sevilla that featured a limp attacking display.
Germany nabs Russian hooligan over Euro 2016 attack on England fan
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Germany nabs Russian hooligan over Euro 2016 attack on England fan

German police on Thursday said they have arrested a Russian football hooligan wanted for the “attempted homicide” of an England supporter in Euro 2016 fan violence, that Russian President Vladimir Putin had sought to play down.
Rooney chose Everton ‘pressure’ over China payday
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Rooney chose Everton ‘pressure’ over China payday

Wayne Rooney says he chose the “pressure” of returning to boyhood club Everton over a massive payday in China when he left Manchester United.
Carrasco negotiating move to China, says Atletico president
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Carrasco negotiating move to China, says Atletico president

Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco is negotiating an exit to China, the president of the Spanish club, Enrique Cerezo, said on Thursday morning.
Football: Iraq urges FIFA to lift ban on hosting internationals
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Football: Iraq urges FIFA to lift ban on hosting internationals

Iraq hopes that hosting Gulf football friendlies, renovating its stadiums and outlawing weapons at matches will have persuaded FIFA to lift a ban on home competitive internationals, its sports minister said.
Butt seriously: Chain-smoker Sarri given room to light up in Leipzig
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Butt seriously: Chain-smoker Sarri given room to light up in Leipzig

Chain-smoking Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri expressed his gratitude to RB Leipzig bosses for building a room where he can puff away on Thursday as his team attempt to overturn a 3-1 deficit in their Europa League tie.
Fred gives Shakhtar advantage over Roma
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Fred gives Shakhtar advantage over Roma

Shakhtar Donetsk fought back from a goal down as Fred’s free-kick gave the Ukrainians a 2-1 victory over Roma on Wednesday in their Champions League last 16, first leg.
Fantastic Fred gives Shakhtar edge over Roma
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Fantastic Fred gives Shakhtar edge over Roma

Shakhtar Donetsk fought back from a goal down as Fred’s free-kick gave the Ukrainian champions a 2-1 victory over Roma on Wednesday in their Champions League last 16, first leg.
Real Madrid fight back to win without Ronaldo
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Real Madrid fight back to win without Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo was rested as Real Madrid came from behind to win 3-1 at Leganes on Wednesday and move back up to third place in La Liga.
A game of one half: Porto complete win — after five week wait
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A game of one half: Porto complete win — after five week wait

You’ve heard of the old cliche that football is a game of two halves? On Wednesday, the Portuguese league staged a game of one half.
Leicester pay EFL £3.1m to settle fair play dispute
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Leicester pay EFL £3.1m to settle fair play dispute

Leicester City have paid the English Football League £3.1 million ($4.3 million, 3.51 million euros) to settle a Financial Fair Play dispute, it was announced Wednesday.
No FA action against Firmino over Holgate spat
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No FA action against Firmino over Holgate spat

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino will face no disciplinary action following his clash with Everton’s Mason Holgate in the FA Cup third-round tie at Anfield last month.
Barca agree deal for Gremio’s Arthur – reports
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Barca agree deal for Gremio’s Arthur – reports

Barcelona have a reached an agreement in principle with Brazilian club Gremio to sign midfielder Arthur next year in a deal worth up to 40 million euros ($49.2 million), according to reports in Spain on Wednesday.
Matuidi back for Juventus but De Sciglio out
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Matuidi back for Juventus but De Sciglio out

French midfielder Blaise Matuidi is back training with Juventus but full-back Mattia De Sciglio is sidelined with a thigh injury, the Serie A champions said on Wednesday.
Court rules Bundesliga clubs should pay police costs
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Court rules Bundesliga clubs should pay police costs

The German Football League (DFL) suffered a legal blow on Wednesday when a court in Bremen ruled that Bundesliga clubs should pay police costs for high-risk matches.
Restless Bayern wait on Rodriguez fitness
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Restless Bayern wait on Rodriguez fitness

Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich hope James Rodriguez’s calf injury will not sideline him for long amid grumblings of unrest in their star-studded squad.
Paletta set to pen Jiangsu Suning deal
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Paletta set to pen Jiangsu Suning deal

Former Liverpool defender Gabriel Paletta is set to sign a two-year contract with Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning, it was reported in Italy on Wednesday.
Ranieri says ready to quit Nantes to become Italy coach
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Ranieri says ready to quit Nantes to become Italy coach

Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester City to an unlikely English Premier League title, has revealed he is ready to quit French Ligue 1 club Nantes if he is asked to become Italy coach.
AC Milan owner Li dismisses bankrupt reports as ‘fake news’
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AC Milan owner Li dismisses bankrupt reports as ‘fake news’

AC Milan owner Li Yonghong has dismissed reports that he has been declared bankrupt in China as “fake news”.
Unstoppable Bounedjah powers Al Sadd to second straight win
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Unstoppable Bounedjah powers Al Sadd to second straight win

Baghdad Bounedjah continued his spectacular comeback from a near three-month injury layoff to power Al Sadd to their second straight victory in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Chelsea capable of the ‘incredible’ to spring Barca surprise – Conte
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Chelsea capable of the ‘incredible’ to spring Barca surprise – Conte

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes the English champions can do “something incredible” by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League at the Camp Nou on March 14, despite blowing a lead to draw the first leg of their last-16 tie 1-1.
Willian confident of Champions League progress despite Messi magic
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Willian confident of Champions League progress despite Messi magic

Chelsea’s Willian is confident Antonio Conte’s side can pull off a shock win in Barcelona after he came close to upstaging Argentine superstar Lionel Messi in their Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.
Infantino insists Russia ready to host World Cup
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Infantino insists Russia ready to host World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino insisted on Tuesday that Russia is ready to host the World Cup later this year, despite reports that several stadiums have failed to meet completion deadlines.
Heynckes leaves out Robben, Ribery for Besiktas clash
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Heynckes leaves out Robben, Ribery for Besiktas clash

Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes opted to leave wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben on the bench for Tuesday’s Champions League clash at home to Besiktas, with Thomas Mueller and Kingsley Coman starting.

fixtures

Maritzburg Utd vs P Stars
Baroka vs P City
Sundowns vs SuperSport Utd
CT City vs Wits

results

Sundowns 1-1 FS Stars
P Stars 0-0 SuperSport Utd
Chiefs 1-0 CT City
Arrows 1-2 Wits

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Mamelodi Sundowns 21 39
2 Kaizer Chiefs 21 34
3 Orlando Pirates 21 33
4 Free State Stars 21 33
5 Maritzburg United 21 31
6 Cape Town City 21 31
7 Chippa United 21 27
8 Baroka FC 21 27
9 AmaZulu 21 26
10 SuperSport United 21 25
11 Bidvest Wits 21 25
12 Bloem Celtic 20 25
13 Golden Arrows 21 23
14 Polokwane City 20 22
15 Ajax Cape Town 21 21
16 Platinum Stars 21 17

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