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  1. YOUR GUIDE TO THE FIFA WORLD CUP 2022 By Editor Fans and football teams have arrived in Qatar, as the Middle Eastern country prepares to host the World Cup 2022, which will start on Sunday 20th November. Qatar, a country of less than three million people, was awarded the right to host the global 32-team competition in 2010. More than 1.2 million fans are expected to visit the Gulf country during the tournament. In Thailand, free-to air coverage of all matches has finally been agreed and while the nation did not qualify for the tournament, Thais are expected to wager up to $US1.6bn on the games, according to researchers at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce. Thai anti-gambling advocates are concerned about an anticipated surge in betting during the Qatar World Cup. Under Thailand’s 1935 gambling law, betting is illegal outside of the official lottery and a small number of horse racing tracks. About FIFA World Rankings Brazil is the current world number one heading into the 2022 World Cup. The South American giants have held top spot since March 31 this year when they replaced Belgium, who themselves were top for nearly four years. Surprisingly, the team ranked number one going into the World Cup has never won the tournament. Rankings have only been active since the 1994 World Cup, where Germany went in as leaders only to be replaced by eventual winners Brazil. In 1998, Brazil were still number one but were beaten 3-0 by France in that year’s World Cup final. France was then top during the 2002 World Cup only for Brazil to bounce back and lift the title. Brazil was world number one going into the 2006 and 2010 tournaments but Italy and Spain both triumphed on those occasions. Spain was then top going into 2014 when Germany triumphed, who themselves were number one in 2018 when France took out the title. Group Roundup Group A: With an average world ranking of 30, and a spread of 48 ranking places between strongest and weakest, Group A seems the weakest. The Netherlands (8th), should sail through. Senegal (18th) should see off Ecuador (44th). Qatar (50th) have a home advantage – and when players have experience playing in the Middle East’s conditions, this could count for a lot. Group B: The toughest group of all due to the average world ranking of 15 and a spread of just 15 places. It is also the tightest and most competitive. England (5th) must be considered a serious challenger for the trophy. But there could be fireworks, as England take on their neighbours, Wales (19th), and USA (16th) face off against geopolitical rival Iran (20th). Yet, mere statistics don’t equal results on the pitch. Group The group has an average world ranking of 23.25 and a spread of 48 places. Argentina (9th) will be among the tournament favourites but to get there, they’ll need to see off Mexico (13th), as well as Poland (26th) and Saudi Arabia (51st). Group The next toughest pool has an average world ranking of 20.5 and a spread of 34 positions. France (4th) and Denmark (10th) will likely see off Tunisia (30th) and Australia (38th) but the European teams will need to ensure their consistency through the early stages of the tournament. Group E: This group has an average world ranking of 18.25 and a spread of 24 ranking places. Spain (7th) and Germany (11th) will likely be favourites to top Group E, but Japan (24th), semi-finalists in 2002, can’t be written off. With Costa Rica (31st), expect a strong challenge from all in this group. Group F: The Belgians may not spring to mind as one of the world’s top footballing nations, but they are currently ranked second in the world. And in a group with an average world ranking of 19.25 and a spread of 39 places, the Red Devils should face no problem getting through. Croatia (12th) will be in hot pursuit, while Morocco (22nd) and Canada (41st) may struggle to get to the later stages of the competition. Group G: This group has an average world ranking of 20 and a spread of 42 ranking positions. Brazil (1st) are legends of the game and the most successful national team in the history of the World Cup with five titles. Switzerland (15th), Serbia (21st) and Cameroon (43rd) do not ensure this group’s destiny is written yet, with the Serbians’ dogged tenacity and the flair of Cameroon being crucial to their chances. Group H: Weighing in with an average world ranking of 28 and a spread of 52 rankings, Group H is the second weakest. Portugal (9th), Uruguay (14th) and South Korea (28th) will be pushing hard for the knockout spots. Ghana (61) will be lucky to progress. Match Schedule Thailand Time A total of 48 matches will be played in the group stage between 32 teams. Every team will play 3 games and has to win at least 2 matches to confirm its seat in the next round. 16 matches will be played in the knockout round. If any team loses that team will be out of the world cup. This is the toughest part of the tournament because there is no second chance. Thailand time zone is GMT+7 and Qatar’s time zone is GMT+3. Therefore Thailand is 4 hours ahead of Qatar. Source: https://royalcoastreview.com/2022/11/your-guide-to-the-fifa-world-cup-2022/ -- © Copyright Royal Coast Review 2022-11-18 - Cigna offers a range of visa-compliant plans that meet the minimum requirement of medical treatment, including COVID-19, up to THB 3m. For more information on all expat health insurance plans click here. Monthly car subscription with first-class insurance, 24x7 assistance and more in one price - click here to find out more!
  2. We all have a message and insight that other expats who are readers with an interest in Thailand want to hear and ASEAN NOW has the platform to get these voices heard. As such we are inviting fellow expats who are interested in producing a short weekly video update from anywhere across Thailand to contact us now. No experience is necessary and help getting started can be given. All you need is a mobile phone to video your message. We are keen to get expats wanting to talk about a range of topics from life as an expat to updates from the region of Thailand you live. For anyone interested in this exciting opportunity please email [email protected] -- © Copyright ASEAN NOW 2022-11-18
  3. Daily News Thai Caption: Get your visa in 3 minutes Thailand's Immigration Bureau has unveiled plans for an ambitious new online visa extension project. Expats will be able to extend their visas within just three minutes slashing waiting times. RTP national chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittipraphat said that the e-Extension would enhance visa services as extension requests can be lodged online. The new service encompasses the whole process including fee payment via a dedicated website, Thaiextension.vfsevisa.com. Damrongsak claimed that the new process will reduce application process times from one hour to three minutes. The e-Extension comes after former Royal Thai Poliuce chief Pol Gen Suwat Chaengyodsuk moved to modernize systems for the benefit of the public, reported Daily News yesterday. A pilot project will run for expats living and working in Bangkok according to 12 reasons. However, they must still show up in person to verify their identity and get a visa sticker at the main IB office at the Government complex on Chaeng Wattana Road. Plans are in the pipeline to expand the service to all IB offices nationwide in the future. The 12 reasons/areas are for: 1. Tourism purposes. 2. Teachers at public schools 3. Studying at public schools 4. Working in government agencies 5. For original Thai people 6. Resident families 7. Mass media 8. Teaching and research in government agencies 9. Installing and repairing machinery 10. Medical experts. 11. Vehicle operators 12. Embassy requests. There are currently 200,000 requests under those 12 criteria annually and that is only going up especially in Bangkok. Applications can be made via phone or computer. According to Daily News the system has been in place since October 10th and has received rave reviews. -- © Copyright ASEAN NOW 2022-11-09 - Cigna offers a range of visa-compliant plans that meet the minimum requirement of medical treatment, including COVID-19, up to THB 3m. For more information on all expat health insurance plans click here. Monthly car subscription with first-class insurance, 24x7 assistance and more in one price - click here to find out more! Get your business in front of millions of customers who read ASEAN NOW with an interest in Thailand every month - email [email protected] for more information
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