FIFA president Gianni Infantino may require a few more months in order to finalise the total teams participating at the 2022 World Cup. Qatar will be hosting the World Cup that is expected to feature 32 teams but there has been a desire from FIFA to increase the total count to 48 teams. However, Qatar will not be able to accommodate all the matches for the 48 teams considering that the World Cup needs to be held as a winter tournament for a very short period in order to combat the high temperatures that prevail in the region during the daytime.

As a result, the additional 16 teams have to be accommodated by other Gulf regions but it is turning out into a difficult proposition due to the geopolitical complications in the region. United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain have cut ties with Qatar for the last two years due to political disputes and even flights are prevented from flying between the countries.Infantino says that the complications between these countries have forced FIFA into taking more time into making a decision for the total number of teams. Qatar were able to win the rights to host the World Cup 2022 back in 2010 but it was only prescribed for 32 teams. As a result, the nation is constructing only eight stadiums.

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Nicolas Anelka, a European champion with the French national in 2000, a former player of a team like Real Madrid, Juve, Arsenal, PSG, and Chelsea have recently made an announcement that he will be in Suceava on 30th of November to give a kick-start to the match taking place between Bucovina Radauti and Foresta.

According to the reports, the legendary footballer of Suceava will not be able to take part in any sporting event. The match of the 3rd league and between teams Bucovina Radauti and Foresta Suceava will be held on November 30. The match will take place at the stadium "Areni" in Suceava and Nicolas Anelka will not be the part of Suceava team.

Former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker Nicolas Anelka has taken a coaching role with French team Lille where he will be working with the youth team. The former French international said that this is an exciting opportunity for him as he wants to work with youth players without being in the spotlight.

The former Arsenal player has previously been involved with Mumbai City in India as a player-coach. He said that this time around he wants to focus more on working with the youth and does not want to get involved with the professionals. He said that it has always been his dream to work as a coach and he feels that he will do it in the future.

Nicolas Anelka claimed to have been forced out of the Chelsea by coach Andrea Villa-Boas in 2011, leaving the west Londoners to join China's Shanghai Shenhua on 1 January 2012.

Reports drawn up revealed the former Golden Boot recipient was outrightly banned from using Chelsea's first-team car park, and forced to use different changing rooms, including having training sessions with the club's youth team.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has hinted that there could tensions between him andJose Mourinho, although he would prefer not to discuss about it. The France international was said to have a strained relationship with the manager during the backend of the previous campaign and this has not affected his performances on the field after returning from Russia as a World Cup winner.

Speaking after the Leicester City win, Pogba stressed that he is happy plying his trade for United, though he would restrict himself on other things to avoid being fined, he said: “I am the same Paul Pogba (as at the World Cup). It's a different team, obviously. I still love football and give my best. When you are comfortable, when people trust everyone, are good in the head, it's going to be easier. If you're not happy doing what you're doing, there's no point doing it, right? There's point doing things because you love it.There are things I cannot say, otherwise I will get fined.”

Many states that Nicolas Anelka is one of the greatest players of the Premier League who was not given due credit or received the recognition that he deserved. He was snapped up by the Arsenal team when he was a teenager. He helped the club win Premier League as well as the FA cup in the years 1997 and 1998 consecutively. He then went on to play for clubs like Chelsea, Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City, Liverpool, and others.

His career has been a glittering one where he had several accomplishments at Serie A and Super Lig as well as at Champions League, Euro 2000 with France and so forth. Anelka has definitely created a considerable impact on English football. When he's started to play for England, he proved to be a formidable player for his opponents. He was one of the best strikers for any team that he played for. At Arsenal, his accomplishments were at a young age, which is a difficult time for any player since players had to be playing away from home. However, Anelka was able to even achieve good at Chelsea and won the league with this team. Even though he left this club for Real Madrid it was definitely a talented striker that these clubs had and he was pivotal for the Arsenal squad as well.

Arsenal favourite Thierry Henry has insisted Nicolas Anelka was one of the best strikers in the Premier League, though he does not get a mention when compared to other greats. The former France international started his Premier League career with Arsenal in 1997 and he thereafter pursued his trade for a number of English clubs including Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion.

French defender Aymeric Laporte is aiming to earn a maiden call-up to the France national side following his Premier League switch. The 23-year-old arrived at Manchester City on a record deal from Athletic Bilbao earlier in January, and he is hoping that the success around the club can enhance his chances of being recognised by Didier Deschamps.

Arsenal are reportedly planning a surprise approach for Luis Enrique in the summer with Arsene Wenger's future at the Emirates pretty much on the line. The Gunners succumbed to a 1-0 loss to arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, and they now face the potential prospect of missing out on the Champions League for the second season on the trot.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge snubbed former Reds teammate Luis Suarez in order to pick Nicolas Anelka in his ultimate XI. The 28-year-old played alongside the likes of Anelka and Didier Drogba during his time at Chelsea, and he had no second thought picking the pair in a 4-4-2 formation.

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