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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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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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Records that could be broken in Russia 2018

Records that could be broken in Russia 2018

Five-star Russia kicked off the World Cup campaign in style as they humiliated Saudi-Arabia 5-0 in the first group game. With the other group games set to hit full swing, here are some records that could be broken in Russia 2018. 45 years and five months is what Essam El-Hadary will be when Egypt begin their campaign against Uruguay. If he plays in Russia he will break Faryd Mondragon’s record (43 years and three days) to become the oldest player in World Cup history. 13 World Cup matches unbeaten – between a 4-2 loss to Hungary in the 1954 quarter-finals …

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Racist jibes could stop World Cup matches – Infantino

Racist jibes could stop World Cup matches – Infantino

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has revealed that referees will have the authority to abandon matches at the World Cup if there are racist taunts and jibes during the games. The history of racial abuse on players in Russia has raised fears that the tournament starting next week Thursday, could be marred by discrimination. Most recently, the black players in the French squad were racially abused during the friendly game between Russia and France in St Petersburg, one of the host cities for the tournament. And the Russian Football Union was fined $38,500 by FIFA as a penalty. In the same vein, England …

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Salah,City set the record straight plus other stories

Salah,City set the record straight plus other stories

The final games of the 2017-18 season will go down in memory lane for its record-breaking feats in the history of the Premier League. With most teams assured of their safety for the next term, there was little at stake at the bottom end of the League. However, all eyes were at the top to confirm who would secure the final Champions League ticket between Liverpool and Chelsea. Pep Guardiola and his lads were chasing an unprecedented record and a final farewell for Monsieur Wenger was on the cards. LIVERPOOL AND SALAH’S RECORD The Reds started the game against Brighton …

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Top four analysis: Can Chelsea still qualify for the Champions League?

Top four analysis: Can Chelsea still qualify for the Champions League?

The race for the top four position is set to go down the wire with the concluded round of fixtures indicating that there are still places up for grabs in the bid to secure Champions League football next season. Chelsea made a massive statement of intent by grabbing a narrow 1-0 victory against Liverpool at home, while fellow top 4 rivals Spurs lost by the same scoreline to relegation-threatened West-Brom. With United set to seal the second position, the race for the remaining spots may be decided on the final day of the League. LIVERPOOL A few weeks ago, most Liverpool fans …

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