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Morocco for history, Samuel Eto’o attacks a youtuber

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3 p.m. – Today’s program

Curtain on the round of 16: there are already only ten games left to play in this 2022 World Cup. Two await us this afternoon: Morocco-Spain at 4 p.m. and Portugal-Switzerland at 8 p.m. The two winners will meet in the quarter-finals on Saturday. The Moroccans, who surprised by taking first place in their group in the first round, are the last non-European or South American team still in the race. Will they overcome the Spanish obstacle?

The geopolitical match: Morocco-Spain, and the explosive Sahrawi question

2 p.m. – Finances in good shape for the FFF

The Blues have already fulfilled the financial objective of their federation, which relied on the quarter-finals to generate revenue at the World Cup. If President Noël Le Graët got into the habit of fixing “last four goal” to the players and coach Didier Deschamps at each major competition, the financial services of the French Football Federation (FFF) have a more cautious approach: in its estimated budget, the “3F” has in fact integrated an elimination of the Blues in the quarter-finals final.

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According to its scales, Fifa provides for an allocation of 17 million dollars for the quarter-finalists, in addition to an allocation of 1.5 million dollars intended for the “preparation costs”. That is, in all, a windfall of 17.5 million euros, according to current exchange rates. By adding other revenue, such as part of the ticketing that goes through the federation, the figure already exceeds 20 million euros. However, the FFF envisaged in June expenditure of 16 million euros for the entire tournament until the quarter-finals, including 4.8 million euros for accommodation costs in the base camp of the Blues at the hotel. al-Messila, a five-star resort west of Doha.

AT QATARI TIME

Every day, “l’Obs” tells you about the daily life and the strangeness of the World Cup in Qatar, which began on November 20. This World Cup of all the controversies – environmental cost, flouted human rights, bereaved construction sites, suspicions of corruption – takes place in an unprecedented atmosphere. Hour by hour, follow behind the scenes of the competition of all excesses and find our reports and decryptions in our special file.

1 p.m. – Samuel Eto’o loses it

Cameroonian superstar Samuel Eto’o, who was watching the Brazil v South Korea match from Stadium 974 on Monday night, assaulted a person outside the stadium after the game, footage from Spanish-speaking American media “La Opinión” shows.

The victim is an Algerian YouTuber, who calls himself Sadouni SM on social networks. Samuel Eto’o kicked him in the face as he continued to film him asking questions about suspicions of match fixing. He decided to file a complaint against the former footballer, now president of the Cameroon Football Federation.

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Algeria was eliminated last March by Cameroon in the qualifying play-off match for the World Cup, after a fiercely contested refereeing match. Cameroon were eliminated in the first round, despite a prestigious victory against Brazil.

11 a.m. – Neymar approaches Pelé, who follows him from the hospital

A small goal from the record of “King” Pelé: Neymar scored Monday for the 76the time in selection against South Korea, the first at the 2022 World Cup, and helped to comfort the former star striker of the Seleção, still hospitalized. This morning, in his hospital room in São Paulo, Pelé is still the top scorer in the history of Brazil, with 77 pawns, but the “Ney”, who seems to have recovered from his sprained right ankle which occurred during the first game in Qatar, is getting closer.

The Brazilian number 10 had “cried all night” after his injury against Serbia (2-0), thinking that his World Cup was over. He scored Monday on his favorite exercise, the penalty, under the gaze of Pelé, a few thousand kilometers away in his hospital room. The 82-year-old “King” is still battling colon cancer, diagnosed last year, with the added bonus of a “respiratory infection” which caused his hospitalization at the start of the World Cup. He had in any case announced that he would be in front of his television.

I want to inspire you, my friends”, he said on Instagram. They responded to him on the lawn by scoring four superb goals (4-1) and then unfurling a banner with his smiling face at the Mondial-70.

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