DOHA, Qatar (AP) — While one Neymar was about to make his return at the World Cup, another was going home after a short — and tumultuous — stint in Qatar. The real Neymar has recovered from an ankle injury and was expected to play Monday against South Korea in the round of 16, while his lookalike was leaving the country after causing some havoc with his public appearances. Eigon Oliveira, who calls himself “Ney’s Lookalike,” was busy during his time in Qatar, where he attracted a lot of attentio
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The image of a young Pelé celebrating goals and lifting trophies with Brazil’s national team appeared brightly on the shirts, flags and banners of Brazilian fans gathering before the Seleçao’s World Cup match against South Korea on Monday. The 82-year-old Pelé remained in a hospital in Sao Paulo, recovering from a respiratory infection that was aggravated by COVID-19. The news coming from Brazil early Monday was good, as two daughters and one grandson of the soccer great said
Die Mannschaft missed out on the knockout stage of the World Cup in Qatar after finishing third in Group E, with Japan and Spain qualifying as first and second respectively. In hindsight, Germany's World Cup campaign was lost in their opening game against eventual group winners Japan, who beat them 2-1. The Germans drew their next game 1-1 with Spain and the 4-2 win over Costa Rica was immaterial as they were stuck in third.