Bayern Munich players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Club World Cup final against UANL Tigres on Thursday. Agence France-Presse
Football's governing body FIFA made history on Thursday by selecting Japan's Yamashita alongside Stephanie Frappart of France and Rwanda's Salima Mukansanga on a list of 36 referees for the World Cup.
Now the Australia will take on Peru in the intercontinental playoff for a place in the World Cup. Australia have played in the last four consecutive World Cups. This is the deepest the UAE have managed to go since their maiden qualification in 1990.
In a show of Gulf solidarity, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was among the political leaders arriving in Doha ahead of the opening ceremony to be held in a tent-shaped stadium at 1440 GMT, before the first match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador.
"My heart is really singing with joy right now. Our sister is finally free,” WNBA player Chiney Ogwumike said. "This is a monumental moment for everyone who has shown compassion for our WNBA sister over the last 294 days since BG was wrongfully detained.”
The Spanish football federation named under-21s boss Luis de la Fuente as his replacement.
The victory of Morocco over Spain triggered a wild celebration across the Arab world. The victory is being seen as a pan-Arab win. It was not only Doha, where the fans went in the state of euphoria but they flocked the streets from Cairo to Jeddah and Dubai to Damascus.