It seemed that detractors had successfully persuaded FIFA away from serious consideration of holding the 2022 World Cup in winter. At least until Monday. FIFA is again exploring the possibility of a World Cup kicking off in January or November of 2022 in Qatar, assigning its task force Monday to give the schedule change full consideration. The proposal is unpopular as it would impact club seasons and broadcasting schedules around the world, but temperatures during summer in Qatar are deemed unsuitable for the tournament.
Meanwhile, Portugal’s slump from the World Cup this summer seems to be carrying into the UEFA European Championship. To open their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, Portugal lost to Albania at home, 1-0. Cristiano Ronaldo was absent due to injury, but it was still an upset as Albania is hardly considered a footballing powerhouse — Albania has never qualified for a World Cup.
And the Columbus Crew are looking to bolster their defense as playoffs quickly approach. The club signed 31-year-old Emanuel Pogatetz, a member of the Austrian national team coming off a stint with FC Nurnberg in Germany.
Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI Monday:
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