Qatar World Cup approaches surrounded by controversy

2022 is going to completely paralyze the world of sports with the World Cup to be held in Qatar. This year it will be somewhat different as it will not be held in summer, as usual, but will be played between November and December. The reason for the change of date is since the venue of the event is Qatar, and the temperatures in the country in summer are so high that sporting events cannot be held there. This has been one of the causes that has generated controversy, but it has not been the only one.

In addition to the debate caused by the dates, conflict was also generated when FIFA announced the venue in 2010 because Qatar had never qualified for a World Cup. There was speculation about bribes to committee members, but after an investigation the case was dismissed. Another controversy arose with stadium workers. For several months there were several news reports announcing the death of several workers due to the long hours they were made to work. For this reason, several federations have complained, such as the Norwegian federation, which during the qualifying matches wore T-shirts with the slogan «Human rights on and off the pitch». The Danish federation announced that they would wear T-shirts with human rights messages during the World Cup.

It should also be noted that Qatar is a country where women’s rights, as well as those of the LGTBI collective, are quite backward. This has also created a dispute as there will be many fans who will consider whether to go to cheer for their national team in a country where they may not be entirely welcome.

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With just months to go until the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, thousands of fans are waiting to watch their national teams in one of the most controversial World Cups of the new soccer.

Unlike other World Cups, this one incorporates new technological features that will enhance the fan experience in all areas. The World Cup will be held in November and December, as Qatar’s climate prevents it from being held earlier due to high temperatures.

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Virtual reality in sport

Everyone has heard of virtual reality at some point in time, especially in the field of video games. But this technology has been advancing more and more in recent years to the point of being incorporated into professional sports. To understand virtual reality, we must first know what virtual reality is. According to the RAE, virtual reality is defined as the «representation of scenes or images of objects produced by a computer system, which gives the sensation of their actual existence.»

This technology can be applied to elite athletes as well as to sports and video game lovers. In the case of elite athletes, they use virtual reality a lot to improve specific things or to know what they are going to face before experiencing it. This allows players to see specific situations, both individual and collective, and to improve those specific aspects. Sports spectators have also benefited from advances in this field. Thanks to virtual reality, they have been able to get closer to stadiums or fields when they lived many kilometers away to feel their idols more closely.

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Technology as the basis for the new soccer

As a result of the pandemic suffered throughout the year 2020 that deprived thousands of fans to go to the stadiums, La Liga began to implement new technologies to achieve a greater audiovisual experience. Within the audiovisual structuring that La Liga has developed, the use of the most developed technology, artificial intelligence and the machine learning method are the three pillars on which its project is based.

One of the great novelties is the incorporation of the Inferno computer, which provides data and statistics unimaginable until now. At the same time, it is the great feared by the pirate content distribution pages, since, since its beginnings, it managed to knock down the pirate platform Rojadirecta. This computer analyzes images of matches and makes models to see on which accounts La Liga matches are being broadcasted. Another feature is that it detects who is the owner of the website, in order to take them down judicially.

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Smartwatches, the best complement for your workouts

A smart watch is an accessory that allows you to know your daily physical activity. These devices, thanks to the sensors inside, can detect very effectively the different sports activities performed. If you are looking for a model for exercising or doing sports at home, here are the most suitable models we can offer you.

Some people do not try to keep fit and for that they must go to the gym or simply have different types of exercise machines at home (such as exercise bikes or elliptical). Now, keeping track of what you are doing is something that most users enjoy, so using a smartwatch is a great option because of the accuracy they offer.

One of the important things you should know is that if you want efficient and accurate work, it is better not to choose a model that does not guarantee quality, and this often comes at an affordable price, easily exceeding 150 euros, in most cases. These are the things we have taken as a reference as a recommendation to review the key features in these wearable accessories.

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The season of records

After the end of the Iberdrola women’s soccer league, it has become clear that this sport is here to stay and that it has more and more followers all over the country. More and more spectators are flocking to the stadiums on weekends to see their favorite players up close.

During this season, the record number of spectators at a soccer match was surpassed, with 91,553, the number of attendees at the Camp Nou breaking the world record for attendance at a women’s soccer match. The Clásico between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid is already a milestone, but once the party is over, it is time to look ahead and ensure that one day this will be the norm and not just an exceptional night.

However, Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga, spoiled the party in the eyes of many when he said on Thursday: «I prefer a women’s league with 5,000 fans at every weekend match, then with 90,000 at a game». A reality check in line with what women’s soccer in Spain is going through daily.

If we want to change things and make women’s soccer a relevant sport, the first thing that should help is the creation of the first women’s professional league. It was approved on March 14 by the Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD) and will be launched for the 2022/2023 season on a par with the men’s soccer and basketball leagues. The next step is to elect the president of the board of the new competition with the consensus of the clubs.

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New UEFA financial fair play regulations

A few months ago, UEFA approved a new system for financial sustainability and club licensing regulations, based on solvency, stability and cost control. In this way, it limits spending on salaries and transfers.

This new regulation comes into force on June 1, and its implementation will be progressive over the years to facilitate its adaptation. Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA President, explained that «I am very pleased with the support of all parties, the leagues, the clubs and the members of the Executive Committee, which is a good sign. These regulations will help us to protect the game and prepare it for any possible future impacts while encouraging rational investment and building a more sustainable future for the game».

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The best videogames to exercise with your console

In most cases, playing videogames is not a physical activity that helps to keep fit. However, some companies have taken advantage of different platforms and consoles to create sports video games. Unlike regular gym activities, these training video games combine fun themes to help you improve in an enjoyable way, not a tedious repetition. Some of these games require the use of peripheral elements, such as virtual reality goggles, Kinect and Ring Fit, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch, but in many of them you can also use just your console to work out.

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Liverpool FC continues to reinvent itself technologically

On previous occasions we have already talked about Liverpool FC as a pioneering and benchmark team when it comes to applying technology to sport.  Their meeting in the Champions League final 2022 with Real Madrid CF, we want to highlight that the English team has achieved a large number of important titles in recent times and wants to stay on the same trend. That is why, thanks to new techniques, it remains at the top of the world of football. 

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Cheats on the eSports

A few years ago, many people thought video games were not the thing, a niche culture based on casual entertainment. However, videogame have been increasing popularity over time, making their way among the most important digital media. Today, the video game industry is a enormous and generates more money than the film or music industry.

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