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Longtime Jose Mourinho assistant Rui Faria lands job at Qatar's Al Duhail

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has revealed they could expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams which would allow neighbouring nations to help host the tournament.

The longtime right-hand man of Jose Mourinho has taken up his first senior managerial job at a club in Qatar.

Rui Faria, who spent 17 years as Mourinho's assistant at Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United among other clubs, has signed a contract with Al Duhail.

The Qatari club announced the arrival of Faria on Friday, saying "one of the special names in the world of coaching" had turned down "great European offers."

Faria will be presented in his new role in the coming days.

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Infantino: Qatar neighbours could help host World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has revealed they could expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams which would allow neighbouring nations to help host the tournament.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has revealed football's global governing body is exploring the possibility of some of Qatar's Gulf neighbours hosting matches at the 2022 World Cup.

Speaking at a sports conference in Dubai, Infantino also confirmed FIFA was looking into a possible expansion of the tournament to 48 teams, but said diplomatic tension in the area could be a problem countries would have to overcome.

"If we can accommodate some of the neighbouring countries in the Gulf region which are...

Qatar defender Abdelkarim Hassan named best player in Asia

Abdelkarim Hassan played a key role for Qatar and for club side Al Sadd.

Qatari defender Abdelkarim Hassan has been named Asian Player of the Year for 2018, claiming the Asian Football Confederation's annual individual award ahead of Japanese duo Yuma Suzuki and Kenta Misao.

The left-back received the award at a ceremony in the Omani capital of Muscat after playing a key role in club side Al Sadd reaching the semifinals of the Asian Champions League this season.

"I am very glad and proud to achieve this award," said Hassan, who becomes the second Qatari to secure the...

Qatar's mystery men may not be the 2022 World Cup flops they're expected to be

Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup.

LUGANO, Switzerland -- Xherdan Shaqiri was shaking his head and shrugging his shoulders in the players' tunnel of Lugano's ageing Stadio Cornaredo, attempting to explain how Switzerland, sitting in eighth position in the FIFA World Ranking, had lost 1-0 to Qatar.

"It is difficult when you play a team of players you don't know," the Liverpool forward told ESPN FC. "In those kind of games, you can only lose.

"We watched them on video, but we didn't know their players at all, so it was difficult. Still,...