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Samba boys wrap up WC preparations in style

Samba boys wrap up WC preparations in style

Brazil completed their World cup preparations with a comfortable 3-0 victory against Austria in Vienna. Tite’s men were in scintillating form as they put the finishing touches to their brilliant Russia 2018 preparations despite the sweltering conditions in Vienna. Manchester City’s striker opened the scoring with an exquisite chip in the 36th minute of the game following a significant spell of the possession. Neymar who started a game for the first since February when he sustained an injury against Real Madrid in the Champions League, added to the tally with a beautiful strike in the 63rd minute of the game. …

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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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Pele’s thoughts on the Brazilian team ahead of Russia 2018

Pele’s thoughts on the Brazilian team ahead of Russia 2018

Brazil legend Pele has taken a swipe at his country ahead of this summer’s World Cup, stating the team has not gelled together to produce the magic that would win the trophy. The Samba boys are among the favorites tipped to lift the trophy in Russia for the sixth time. And the golden boy of Brazilian football Neymar is expected to shine for Tite’s men and is among the bookmakers’ favorite to be in the running for the Golden Boot. The South-American giants are yet to win the World Cup since 2002 and were brushed aside on home soil four years ago when the …

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World Cup 2018: Complete squad of the 32 teams

World Cup 2018: Complete squad of the 32 teams

With less than 10 days to the World Cup. Here’s the complete squad of the 32 teams competing in Russia. Group A Russia Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Club Brugge), Andrey Lunev (Zenit St Petersburg). Defenders: Vladimir Granat, Fedor Kudryashov (both Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Sergei Ignashevich, Mario Fernandes (both CSKA Moscow), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg). Midfielders: Yuri Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev (both CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev (all Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov (both Spartak Moscow), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal). …

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Leroy Sane is a shock absentee in Die Mannschaft squad

Leroy Sane is a shock absentee in Die Mannschaft squad

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has been shockingly left out from Germany’s final 23-man World Cup squad. Sane, 22, was a vital player in Pep Guardiola’s City squad that won the Premier League title with a record 100 points and the League Cup title. He was equally named the PFA Young Player of the Year. But he was surprisingly omitted by Joachim Low when he named his final 23-man squad for Russia 2018 on Monday morning. The former Schalke04 winger scored ten goals and provided 15 assists in 28 games for City during the season, was one of four players who …

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England are World Cup contenders – John Mikel Obi

England are World Cup contenders – John Mikel Obi

Former Chelsea player and the current skipper of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, John Mikel Obi has tipped the Three Lions of England as one of the genuine contenders for the World Cup in Russia. Gareth Southgate’s men defeated the West African giants 2-1 at Wembley Stadium in their penultimate game before the World Cup. England started on a bright note when they raced to a two-goal lead and looked like they will blow their opponents apart, thanks to goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane. But they struggled to keep up with the pace after the break, with Arsenal’s …

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Pep Guardiola would like to manage a team at the World Cup

Pep Guardiola would like to manage a team at the World Cup

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has dropped a hint of managing a team at the International level during his career. Guardiola, 47, is a success story at club management considering his decorated career with hometown club FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City, where he recently won a Cup double in the 2017-18 campaign. Even though he still sees his future with the Manchester club, the former Barcelona manager has revealed that the lure of guiding a team to a World cup success or European Championship might be too hard to overlook at some point. Speaking to HLN, Guardiola said: …

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Salah optimistic of World Cup appearance

Salah optimistic of World Cup appearance

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has played down fears over the shoulder injury he sustained in the UEFA Champions League final as he believes that he will make a speedy recovery to represent Egypt at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Salah, 25, landed awkwardly as he tussled for the ball with Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos in the early stages of the game in Kiev. The pacey winger was in an excruciating pain despite receiving treatment from the Medical team. He finally left the pitch in tears and was replaced by Adam Lallana. The Reds went on to lose the game …

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Michel Platini opens up about rigged France 98 World Cup final

Michel Platini opens up about rigged France 98 World Cup final

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has opened up about the rigged World Cup draw in France 98. The former French footballer and UEFA executive was part of the committee in charge of the tournament’s organization. If you still had doubts about how straight World Cup or UEFA Champions League draws were, Michel Platini came out and burst the bubbles In the course of an interview with French radio station “France Bleu,” Platini confirmed that the 1998 World Cup Committee manipulated the result of the draw, to ensure a final between France and Brazil. For this to work, both National Teams …

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Portugal heading to Russia without Nani and Andre Gomes

Portugal heading to Russia without Nani and Andre Gomes

Fernando Santos has released his 23-man squad list to prosecute the World Cup in Russia, opting for a blend of youth and experience with the likes of Almeida Nani and Andre Gomes missing out. The Portuguese coach made some surprise inclusions to the team with Goncalo Guedes and Andre Silva set to play alongside superstar Ronaldo upfront. Absentees: Forwards Nani and the hero of the Euro 2016 final Eder were shock absentees from Portugal’s World Cup squad. Rumours suggest that the failure of Nani to perform consistently for club side Lazio this term contributed to his absence, whereas Eder could …

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Manchester United, Liverpool set to feature in first FIFA Super Club World Cup

Manchester United, Liverpool set to feature in first FIFA Super Club World Cup

Liverpool and Manchester United are among the ten confirmed participants to feature in the new FIFA club competition set to debut in 2021. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has backed the concept since he took over the office and had received the green light by top European Clubs. FORMAT OF THE COMPETITION FIFA’s proposal consists of a 24-team competition held every four years, during the second half of June. This competition would, therefore, replace the current tournaments: the Confederations Cup and the Club World Cup. The first edition will take place in three years time under the name, Club World Championship once all necessary arrangements are …

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“Have lots of good sex”- Romario’s bizzare advice to Gabriel Jesus ahead of the World Cup

“Have lots of good sex”- Romario’s bizzare advice to Gabriel Jesus ahead of the World Cup

Legendary Brazilian striker Romario has adviced Gabriel Jesus to have plenty of sex during the World Cup in Russia this summer. Despite the stiff opposition, Jesus might face in the national team; the Manchester City forward is considered the favorite to spearhead the Selecao attack in Russia. The former Palmeiras striker has been likened to Romario who finished as the top scorer with five goals in USA 94′. In a recent interview granted to a Brazilian soccer site, the World Cup winner revealed: ‘Have enough sex is one piece of advice — as is making the most you can of …

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FIFA plan to expand World Cup to 48 teams

FIFA plan to expand World Cup to 48 teams

The South American football association (CONMEBOL) have made a formal plea to the game’s governing body to expand the World Cup to 48 teams in the next tournament (Qatar 2022), four years ahead of the designed plan in 2026. The Latin Americans made this demand in a letter addressed to FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the association’s annual conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As we think big, and because we want justice, because we want you and all our companions to want to think big, I am asking that the 2022 World Cup is played with 48 teams,’ CONMEBOL president …

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Gordon Strachan left position of Scotland squad manager

Gordon Strachan left position of Scotland squad manager

Strachan held the position since January 2013. However, four days earlier Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup and by “mutual concern” current 60-year-old manager leaves the position. Assistant Mark McGhee also leaves his job. Scotland failed to qualify after the 2-2 draw against Slovenia on Sunday. “I would like to thank Gordon on behalf of the board. It was an excellent service to the national team”, said Scottish FA chief, Stewart Regan. Gordon Strachan told in the interview: “I would like to thank the Board for letting me be at the position, all backroom staff and everyone in …

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Lionel Messi is banned for insulting ref assistant

Lionel Messi is banned for insulting ref assistant

The Barca’s player was banned for four international games. He is accused of direct insulting words at an assistant referee at the Argentina v Chile match. Messi scored only one time on 16’ and then he was penalized for a foul. 29 y.o. forward disagreed with the decision and shouted at the assistant in response. Later he was fined by £8,100. But FIFA intervened and now Barcelona player is suspended for international games. A FIFA statement said, “Lionel Messi is found guilty of violating #57 article of FIFA disciplinary code. He has had directed insulting words at an assistant referee. …

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Stunning hat-trick by Paulinho and gorgeous Neymar’s lob for Brazil v Uruguay

Stunning hat-trick by Paulinho and gorgeous Neymar’s lob for Brazil v Uruguay

Yesterday Brazilians have confirmed their place at 2018 World Cup. Match ended with 3-1 and most of the work did Paulinho with Neymar. At the start all talks were about could Tite find a replacement for injured Gabriel Jesus. So they played without him and Uruguay took an early advantage. Marcelo has had a mistake and Edinson Cavani used it. He scored from the penalty, but real game was only beginning. Uruguay’s lead continued only 9 minutes, and after that Paulinho kicked a belter from outside the box. Then he did it again at the close range in 51’. Actually, …

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