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Iraq defeat Qatar to qualify for Olympics with last Asian spot

Ali Faez and Iraq will compete in the Olympics.

Iraq beat Qatar to the last Olympic qualifying place for Asian nations at the Rio de Janeiro Games after a 2-1 win on Friday in a third-place playoff match at the Asian Under-23 Championship in Doha.

The Iraqis join South Korea and Japan -- who play in Saturday's final -- as Asia's three teams in the 16-nation tournament lineup in Brazil.

Qatar hoped to take the Olympics berth as a key stage in their players' development for the 2022 World Cup they will host, and was just minutes from victory.

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Ex-DFB president Theo Zwanziger's Qatar libel case date set for Feb. 2

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Theo Zwanziger was sued for libel by Qatar and its FA in June 2015.

The civil case between the Qatari Football Association and former German FA (DFB) president Theo Zwanziger will be held before the Dusseldorf regional court on Feb. 2 after the Gulf State and its FA sued the ex-FIFA Executive Committee member for libel.

Zwanziger, 70, has been critical of the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the Gulf state, and has repeatedly said that Qatar was "a cancer on world football."

The Gulf state has described Zwanziger's words as "unacceptable" and sued him for libel...

Bayern Munich confirm Doha Airport sponsorship deal amid Qatar criticism

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Bayern Munich held their sixth consecutive winter training camp in Qatar recently.

Bayern Munich confirmed a new sponsorship deal with Doha Airport (HIA) on Wednesday amid recent criticism of the German club's links with Qatar.

The Bundesliga champions and Doha Airport signed the deal with the Qatari airport, Bayern announced on Wednesday. HIA is operated by Qatar Airways, which is fully owned by the Qatari government.

According to a Bild report, Bayern are set to receive "several million euros" from the deal which will allow the airport to feature on advertising boards inside...

 By Jason Dasey

Hong Kong's 2018 World Cup dream boosted by defender Jack Sealy

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey looks at Hong Kong's WC qualifying fight with Tony and Jack Sealy, ahead of their qualifier with Qatar.

Hong Kong's two heroic draws against China have been the talk of 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying so far, with South China fullback Jack Sealy among the unlikely heroes.

The former British colony followed up an unlikely 0-0 away result in Shenzhen in September with an identical stalemate last month in front of their own fans at Mong Kok Stadium, as tigerish defence was supplemented by a healthy dose of good fortune.

It means, incredibly, that Hong Kong, sit three points above Alain Perrin's China in...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Swiss officials probing 133 suspicious financial reports linked to World Cup

Switzerland's attorney general office is reviewing 133 reports of suspicious financial activity in connection to Russia and Qatar's successful bids for to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals.

The number has increased since August, when the office reported it was investigating 103 suspected cases of corruption at FIFA, world football's organising body that is based in Zurich.

Both nations have denied wrongdoing, but Switzerland's Money Laundering Reporting Office is continuing to look into...