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Japan and South Korea towards new exploits?

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5 p.m.: Japan on the right track

Will the Japanese afford a third “great European”? A goal from Daizen Maeda shortly before the break against Croatia (1-0 at halftime) in any case allows the “Samurai Blue” to dream of a quarter-final, a level of competition that they do not have ever achieved. Luka Modric’s teammates, finalists four years ago in Moscow, must react and second half.

3 p.m.: the program of the day

The round of 16 continues this Monday, December 5 with a big challenge for the two Asian attractions of the first round: after their prestigious victories against Germany and Spain, Japan challenges Croatia, vice-world champion, at 16 hours. At 8 p.m., South Korea rubbed shoulders with the Brazilian ogre, who recorded the return of their playmaker Neymar despite persistent ankle pain. The two winners of the day will face each other in the quarter-finals.

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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.

2 p.m.: Iranian football star Ali Daei victim of repression

Iranian justice has sealed the jewelry store and restaurant owned in Tehran Ali Daei, Iranian football star, for having joined the calls for a three-day strike launched by the protest movement. “As a result of his cooperation with counter-revolutionary groups that operate on the internet to disrupt peace and commerce, Ali Daei’s restaurant and jewelry store have been sealed off”, indicated the Isna agency, citing the judiciary. According to Isna, he called on Instagram to join the strike and closed his stores.

The Iranian soccer legend said in November he had been the target of threats after supporting protests in Iran reported after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin, who died on September 16, three days after her arrest by the notorious morality police. An internationally renowned player, Ali Daei was the top scorer in men’s international football history until September 2021, and one of the first Iranian footballers to play in Europe.

1 p.m.: regenerating in the Gulf

The President of the United Arab Emirates arrived in Qatar on Monday, for his first visit to the country since the diplomatic quarrel between the small gas Emirate and its Gulf neighbors. Mohammad Bin Zayed was greeted upon his arrival by the Emir of Qatar, Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, and discussions were to focus on the “areas of common interest and the strengthening of bilateral relations”Emirati news agency WAM said.

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The visit of the Emirati president to Qatar, in the midst of the Football World Cup, is the first since the restoration in 2021 of diplomatic relations between the two countries after four years of rupture.

The geopolitical match

Throughout the World Cup in Qatar, historian Florian Louis, who has just published “What is geopolitics? (PUF), deciphers matches through the prism of international relations:

• Spain-Germany, or the revenge of the cicadas

• South Korea-Ghana, or the false cousins ​​of development

• Iran – United States, a “tumultuous history” and Qatar as referee

• Costa Rica-Germany, two shaken pacifisms

• Serbia-Switzerland, and the Kosovo spectrum

• France-Poland, rough relations, complicated by the Ukrainian equation

11 a.m.: audience card for the Blues

The victory of the French team against Poland (3-1) in the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup was followed by 14.3 million viewers on Sunday afternoon on TF1, the best audience for the Blues since the start of the tournament. , according to figures from Médiamétrie.

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It is even the “best audience since July 2021, all channels and programs combined”welcomed TF1, according to which the peak exceeded 17 million viewers.

This match achieved an audience share of 68.9%. This means that more than two-thirds of viewers watching TV at the time followed him. By way of comparison, the victory of the Blues in the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup, against Argentina, on a Saturday at 4 p.m., was followed by a smaller number of viewers (12.5 million), even if the share of Hearing was higher (72.1%).

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10 a.m.: an agreement between the ILO and FIFA?

The Director General of the International Labor Organization (ILO) is “reasonably optimistic” regarding the conclusion of an agreement with Fifa for the consideration of social rights in the awarding of the World Cup, after criticism of the 2022 edition in Qatar.

The UN agency proposes “carry out a diligent review of candidate countries” to the organization of the World Cup, explained in an interview with AFP Gilbert F. Houngbo, who met Sunday in Doha the boss of the International Football Federation (Fifa), Gianni Infantino.

“All the discussions we have had so far lead me to believe that FIFA is more than it will be to ensure that, in the next World Cups, the question of social issues and respect for labor standards is critical “year again said Houngbo, from the offices of the ILO in Qatar.

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