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WATCH: “The Queen must be proud”; local broadcaster with royal error after England 6-2 win

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WATCH: "The Queen must be proud"; local broadcaster with royal error after England 6-2 win

While Malta isn’t participating in the Qatar World Cup, Malta seems to have had its first memorable World Cup moment of 2022 after a local broadcaster mistakenly mixed up the monarch during a post-match analysis.

 

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Following England’s 6-2 victory over Iran, a sports broadcaster stated that “the queen must be proud” before being corrected by a colleague who stated “the king now more than the Queen.”

Before going on to continue the discussion, the broadcaster nonchalantly recognised her error and stated “the Queen was definitely praying for them.”

The next World Cup match will take place this evening at 8PM between USA and Wales. Are you tuning in?

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Close ‘Mediterraneo Cruelty Park’ say NGOs as protests continue

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Close ‘Mediterraneo Cruelty Park’ say NGOs as protests continue

Moviment Graffiti, along with various other NGOs, have continued their ongoing call to close down Mediterraneo Marine Park, due to reported cruelty inflicted on dolphins. 

The NGOs dubbed the park ‘Mediterraneo Cruelty Park’, and demonstrated once more over the weekend to urge the closing down of the establishment. 

The demonstrations follow the death of three dolphins who reportedly died due to lead poisoning last year. The NGOs once again walked with placards outlining several issues with the park and urging the relevant authorities to take more direct action. 

Around a month ago, the NGOs had suggested changing the establishment into a rehabilitation centre for aquatic creatures. The location of the park, the NGOs said, is perfect due to its close proximity to the sea. 

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Iranian players refuse singing national anthem in show of solidarity

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Iranian players refuse singing national anthem in show of solidarity

In apparent support for the ongoing protests in their homeland, Iran’s players refused to sing their national anthem before their first game of World Cup 2022.

Captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh said ahead of the game that the team would decide together whether or not to sing the anthem in a show of solidarity for the ongoing demonstrations. 

 

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Iran has been shaken by two months of nationwide protests since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in morality police custody on September 16.

22-year-old Amini died three days after her arrest in Tehran over an alleged breach of the Islamic Republic’s dress code for women. 

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7 fun facts about the World Cup’s history

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7 fun facts about the World Cup’s history

1950 World Cup Brazil final boasts largest football match attendance with 200K fans.

The largest attendance for a football match was the 1950 World Cup final which saw Brazil going up against Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Around 200,000 people attended the match, which was won by Uruguay with a score of 2-1. 

Brazil are 5 time winners: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 & 2002. Brazil is also the only country to qualify for all 22 editions of the competition.

No team has ever won three championships straight – Brazil and Italy came close. Italy won back to back in 1934 and 1938, and Brazil won in 1958 and 1962. No one seems to be able to break the pattern of three. 

Birth rates go up in countries doing well in World Cup. 

 

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This is one of the weirdest ones. Birth rates are seen to go up in countries which are doing well in the World Cup. The reasons behind this are suspected to be alcohol consumption and excitement. In 2006, when Germany hosted and placed 3rd, the birth rate in the entire country jumped by 10% just 9 months later. 

Germany’s Miroslav Klose scored the most World Cup goals: total of 16. Brazil’s Ronaldo follows close with 15 goals. Meanwhile, Just Fontaine of France scored all 13 of his World Cup goals at one World Cup. 

Only 8 countries won the World Cup:
Brazil – 5
Italy & Germany – 4
Argentina, Uruguay, France – 2
England & Spain – 1 

Russia hosted most expensive World Cup in 2018 at $14.2 billion after 2022’s Qatar. Other expensive World Cups include the 2014 World Cup in Brazil at $11.6 billion and Germany 2006 ($6 billion). 

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