Why this World Cup was culturally unique

CNN — It was never going to be a Traditional World Cup. Innovating in the Middle East and playing for the first time during the European winter, it was always going to look and feel different. Qatar has been described by some as the host of the most controversial World Cup tournament, with criticism ranging … Read more

5 things to know for December 19: January 6, Twitter, World Cup, Immigration, Turbulence

CNN — When you make a purchase at a coffee shop or casual restaurant, an employee typically circles around a touchscreen to show you suggested tip amounts, usually between 10% and 25%. Then there’s an awkward moment when the worker (right in front of you) waits to see how much you tip while customers behind … Read more

Lionel Messi cements his place among the greats after winning an epic duel against Kylian Mbappe

CNN — Now there can be no more arguments. Now there should be no debate. In the most dramatic and nervous way imaginable, Lionel Messi finally got his hands on world Cup and with him cemented his place in the pantheon of great footballers, alongside Diego Maradona and Skin. The final was as good as … Read more

5 things to know on December 18, 2022: Start your week smart: World Cup, Pope Francis, Kenny DeLand Jr., NFL, Kevin McCarthy

CNN — Welcome to the weird two-week period where nothing really gets done and everyone just rides on vacation. (Well, unless you work in the restaurant industry, delivery, retail, healthcare, janitorial services, or at a gas station, or an airport, or a place of worship, or as a musician, or that you don’t celebrate anything … Read more

Lionel Messi: How he won the hearts of all Argentina

CNN — When engaging in discussions or debates about the greatest players of all time, football fans and pundits often refer to tangible achievements: trophies, individual accolades or scoring records. What is often overlooked in these discussions, however, are the players’ intangible achievements – how they make fans feel and the emotions they evoke when … Read more

France and Argentina bring several storylines to the tantalizing World Cup final

CNN — And just like that, after 62 matches over nearly a month, the stage for the showpiece Qatar 2022 final was set. Two-time champions Argentina overcame Croatia in the first semi-final earlier in the week when they were defending champions. France put an end to the Moroccan dream of the 2022 World Cup with … Read more

Africa World Cup: How a usually underachieving continent finally made it

CNN — After the first round of matches at World Cup, an all-too-familiar scenario seemed to be playing out for African football fans. Five games played, three losses, two draws and only Ghana put the ball in the back of the net in a defeat against Portugal. Another disappointing tournament seemed to be looming for … Read more

Opinion: When Morocco take on France, the word ‘history’ won’t be enough

Editor’s note: Khaled A. Beydoun (@khaledbeydoun) is a law professor at Wayne State University in Detroit and covers the World Cup in Qatar. He is the author of the forthcoming book, “The New Crusades: Islamophobia and the Global War on Muslims”. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. Read more opinion on CNN. … Read more

The United States may have lost the World Cup, but football is more popular than ever in America

CNN — America is known to top the list in a lot of areas. My home country, however, has struggled in the most popular sport in the world: men’s sport. soccer. To this year world Cup the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) advanced to the Round of 16, although the Netherlands beat it 3-1. … Read more

Qatar 2022: A $480,000-a-week yacht welcomes the super-rich

Doha, Qatar CNN — It’s been dubbed the ‘Arabian Riviera’, where the streets are immaculate and are interspersed with luxury hotels offering glistening marina views. Welcome to “The Pearl”. Work on this man-made island – now one of Doha’s most exclusive areas – began in 2004 and was named after the traditional practice of pearl … Read more