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Uli Hoeness slams Mesut Ozil after International retirement

Uli Hoeness slams Mesut Ozil after International retirement

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness criticised Arsenal star Mesut Ozil of meeting the controversial Turkish president after he retired from International football. Uli Hoeness stated he is happy Mesut Ozil retired from Die Mannschaft squad saying the attacking midfielder has been “sh*t for years.” Ozil, 29, announced his retirement from the German squad with immediate effect citing racial problems, disrespect, and criticism he faced for meeting president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the present leader of his ancestral home. The Arsenal midfielder was part of the 2014 World Cup squad was singled out by the German press for taking a picture with the controversial leader before the tournament. …

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Les Bleus are worthy World Champions

Les Bleus are worthy World Champions

After 64 matches played and 169 goals scored, France emerged the winners of the World Cup for the second time in their history thanks to a 4-2 triumph over Croatia.It was a thrilling and high-scoring end to a hugely successful tournament. France’s second star came 20 years after their very first success in 1998. Didier Deschamp’s men may have been the pre-tournament favorites for most football fans, but their stuttering start to the campaign raised doubts in the mind of many. A narrow 2-1 win over Australia in the opening group game looked unconvincing and they were written off. However, …

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England to put up a brave display against Belgium

England to put up a brave display against Belgium

The Three Lions are set to put their demoralizing defeat to Croatia aside when they face the Red Devils of Belgium in the third-place play-off in Russia. Mario Manduzukic’s extra-time winner ended England’s hope of securing the World Cup title since 1966. However, the physically and emotionally drained Three Lions are hoping for a final flourish when they confront Belgium in St Petersburg on Saturday. Manager Gareth Southgate shared his thoughts ahead of the showdown against Roberto Martinez lads saying “The honest thing is it’s not a game any team wants to play in. “We have two days to prepare. We will …

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Luis Enrique appointed new Spain coach

Luis Enrique appointed new Spain coach

After a year-long sabbatical, Luis Enrique has returned as the Spanish national team manager. The former Barcelona boss took over the position after Fernando Hierro’s resignation from his cameo role at the World Cup. The Spanish FA were looking for Julen Lopetegui’s replacement after his contract was terminated on the eve of the World Cup following his agreement to become Madrid boss. The likes of Roberto Martinez and former Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores were all linked to the vacant position, but the Spaniards finally appointed the former Barcelona Supremo, Enrique as their manager. The former Barcelona midfielder retired from international …

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World Cup Recap: Croatia set up Q/final date with Russia

World Cup Recap: Croatia set up Q/final date with Russia

The round of 16 fixtures on matchday 17 went to another crescendo with both games needing spot kicks to decide who qualifies for the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Spain paid for their lack of creativity in front of goal as they were punished via the spot kicks by a tactically sound Russian team. In the other all European affair between Denmark and Croatia, both sides started on a flyer by canceling each other out in the opening 10 minutes only for the game to drag on to extra-time before ending in a grueling penalty kick. RUSSIA 1 SPAIN 1 …

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France Vs Argentina: Preview, Odds and Predictions

France Vs Argentina: Preview, Odds and Predictions

Pre-tournament favourites France and Argentina are set to cancel each other out in the first game of the second round in the ongoing FIFA World Cup. Argentina managed to scrape out of the group thanks to Morcos Rojo’s late winner. On the other hand, Les Blues confidently topped their group with seven points despite some unconvincing displays. France and Argentina have faced each other 12 times in their history, with the French winning just two of those meetings.

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Argentina set up France meeting after leaving it late

Argentina set up France meeting after leaving it late

Argentina stepped up their game in the final group fixture against the Super Eagles of Nigeria to book a place in the round of 16 courtesy of a 2-1 win. Lionel Messi once again weaved his magic by putting the South Americans in the driving seat in the 14th minute of the game. After the break, the former African Champions leveled the game from the spot thanks to Victor Moses. The Argentines looked like they were on the way out of the competition until Man United’s defender Marcos Rojo secured the winning goal in the 88th minute of the game to …

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Argentina set up France meeting after leaving it late

Argentina set up France meeting after leaving it late

Argentina stepped up their game in the final group fixture against the Super Eagles of Nigeria to book a place in the round of 16 courtesy of a 2-1 win. Lionel Messi once again weaved his magic by putting the South Americans in the driving seat in the 14th minute of the game. After the break, the former African Champions leveled the game from the spot thanks to Victor Moses. The Argentines looked like they were on the way out of the competition until Man United’s defender Marcos Rojo secured the winning goal in the 88th minute of the game to …

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Spain and Portugal survive late scare to scrape through

Spain and Portugal survive late scare to scrape through

Iberian neighbors Spain and Portugal survived a late scare in their respective games to qualify for the round of 16. The Spaniards set up a last 16 tie with Russia after a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Morocco thereby topping the group in the process. While Fernando Santos tutored, side lost their position at the top after sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Iran in what culminated in a nerve wrecking ending to the tie. Both teams were fans favorites to progress beyond the group stages but it didn’t pan out to be a smooth ride with the footballing …

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Brilliant Lukaku sets a new World Cup record for Belgium

Brilliant Lukaku sets a new World Cup record for Belgium

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku netted twice against Tunisia in their 5-2 win to become the first Belgian to score four goals at a World Cup. Lukaku, 25, grabbed a brace in the first half against the North Africans with two simple tap-ins to take his tally to four goals and also draw level with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Golden Boot. The former Chelsea player equally became the first player since Argentine legend Diego Maradona in 1986 to find the back of the net twice or more in consecutive World Cup games. 4 – Romelu Lukaku …

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Brazil, Nigeria earn crucial wins

Brazil, Nigeria earn crucial wins

Brazil left it late to earn a vital 2-0 win against Costa Rica in the second round of matches to avoid an upset in the group stages. Costa Rica defended valiantly in the game until former Liverpool playmaker Coutinho opened the scoring in the 84th minute of the game. Tite’s men put the game to bed when Douglas Costa’s cross found PSG forward Neymar who finished from close range to give the Brazilians their first win in the tournament. It's the late, late show in Saint Petersburg, but it is a victory for Brazil!#BRACRC pic.twitter.com/EUt8Sc1FOa — FIFA World Cup ? …

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Argentina on the brink as Croatia top group D

Argentina on the brink as Croatia top group D

Argentina suffered another blow to their hopes of qualifying from the knockout phase after a shocking 3-0 loss to Croatia that marked their biggest loss in World Cup group stages since 1958. Jorge Sampaoli’s men continued to make headlines for the wrong reasons as they failed to record a win in their opening two group matches for the first time since 1974, securing only one point in the process. The manager who has come under intense scrutiny and heavy criticism didn’t quell any speculations surrounding him citing an unusual line-up for the game. Big name players like Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo …

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African teams at the World Cup: their journey so far and chances

African teams at the World Cup: their journey so far and chances

With the first round of fixtures at the World Cup completely wrapped up, the Terenga Lions of Senegal are the only African side to record a win out of the five representatives. In contrast to the Pharaohs of Egypt who have completed two rounds of games in Group A and recorded no win, the Senegalese seem to be the only hope of African football pending if results turn around for the other African sides in the next round of games. EGYPT The fitness of Mohammed Salah going into the tournament was always the question considering the Egyptian squad was bank …

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Croatia will defeat Messi-dependent Argentina- Kovacic

Croatia will defeat Messi-dependent Argentina- Kovacic

Mateo Kovacic is optimistic Croatia can beat tournament favorites Argentina ahead of their second group D encounter because they are a better team than the two-time World Cup winners. The two teams heavily tipped to progress from the group stages according to pundits meet on Thursday, with the Albiceleste suffering a significant setback against Iceland in the first group game that ended in a stalemate, while Croatia cruised to a 2-0 win over Nigeria. Croatia who made their World Cup debut in France 98′ and ended up in the semi-finals, will fancy their chances against Jorge Sampaoli’s men and a …

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Maradona lambasts Jorge Sampaoli after Argentina stalemate

Maradona lambasts Jorge Sampaoli after Argentina stalemate

Jorge Sampaoli has come under intense scrutiny following their draw against Iceland. One man that was not left out in the attack was legendary figure Diego Maradona who heavily criticised the manager for his tactics. The two-time World Cup winners could only muster a point against the World Cup debutants in their first group game contrary to the bookmakers that predicted a flying start for the South American side. Man City striker Aguero fired his team to an early lead before Iceland leveled up via a goalmouth scramble thanks to Alfred Finngobosan’s strike. Jorge Sampaoli’s men upped their game in the …

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Champions bug hit Germany as Mexico hold on for a famous win

Champions bug hit Germany as Mexico hold on for a famous win

Defending Champions Germany were stunned by a resilient Mexican team who ran out 1-0 winners in the opening match of the group. Joachim Low’s men were sloppy from the start, allowing Mexico to call the shots and detect the pace of the game at the Luzhnikhi stadium. The North-Americans created a lot of chances but were not clinical in front of goal. Germany upped the tempo in the second 45 minutes but couldn’t convert their chances. The duo of Hernandez and Carlos Vela were guilty of making poor decisions when they were presented with clear-cut chances. However, all that changed when …

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