Gordon Strachan termed the recent World Cup 2018 qualifying round as a great occasion

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan termed the recent World Cup 2018 qualifying round as a great occasion for the fans after his national team was drawn up against archrivals England.

Both teams share an intense rivalry, but they have not met each other in a competitive fixture in recent times. This has been partly down to the decline of Scottish football whereas England have been somewhat able to maintain their standards. In recent times, only friendly matches have been played between the two teams and even those were feisty encounters. England boss Roy Hodgson said that he was already looking forward to the game, which will be more than 12 months from now.

The first match between England and Scotland will take place at the new Wembley followed by the reverse fixture at Scotland a few months later. Both teams will be hoping to qualify for the World Cup without fail. Scotland have not done well in recent qualification campaigns, but the prospect of squaring up against one of the biggest rivals is likely to improve the team. It will take a lot of effort for teams to qualify from this group given that our teams like Slovakia and Slovenia have strengthened a lot of in recent years.

“There were a lot of delirious punters here when we were pulled out the hat with England and I can see why, because it really is a fantastic fixture that I think the whole of Scotland and England can look forward to.In saying that, as coaches, we are looking forward to pitting our wits against teams we have not played against for a long time.The good thing about it, from the supporters’ point of view, is that there are no ridiculous journeys. And I think they will visit places that they will enjoy,” said Strachan.

England should boycott the 2018 World Cup according to Andy Burnham

In order to use cheaper methods of preparing the 2018 World Cup, one of the ways that Russia is starting to consider is to use prison labor, the Russian government in other words are thinking about utilizing prisoners to start building some of the stadiums, buildings and everything else that still hasn’t been completed.

Andy Burnham is the favorite of who will be the leader of this prison labor and he believes that England should take a stand against the recent FIFA corruption which has been revealed in these past few weeks and days.

Burnham took the chance to express his thoughts about all of the latest things which have popped up as he said: “I’ve long had my doubts about Russia holding the next World Cup … Now with all of this, I believe there is a pretty overwhelming case for England taking a stand and saying we should not participate in the next World Cup given the current appalling state of FIFA.”

In spite of all the bribery scandals and charges that was launched at FIFA in relation to their bidding process of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup, Sepp Blatter still managed to be re-elected but a few days later he decided to step down and now Andy Burnham and a few other figures in the world of football believe that this is the ideal moment for England to make a stand and bid once again for the chance to host the next World Cup.

The chairman of the FA, Greg Dyke also believes that England deserves a better chance of hosting the 2018 World Cup. Due to all the corruption and bribery scandals that have emerged, it’s starting to be believed that Qatar bought their bid and it wasn’t a fair bidding process. Greg Dyke, Andy Burnham and a few others are hoping that FIFA will establish and re-do the procedure in order to completely discover the transparency system that was made.

Brazil loss was not seen on face of Jorge Sampaoli

Despite losing 0-1 to Brazil the other night, the feeling of disappointment was not there for Jorge Sampaoli, the Chile boss.

Sampaoli, in fact, praised his players to run a strong opposition so close.

According to Sampaoli, Brazil is a team which just knows how to win. In any sort of circumstances, they tend to find a way. So, in that regard, they are quite special and to get on top of them is a hell of a task. But, as far as his boys are concerned, they were not that far behind, but, because of the loss of focus, they fell short.

Speaking in the press conference, Sampaoli said, “We probably could not remain focused all the way through and when you play Brazil, you can’t afford the slip ups. They would convert even the half chances into goals. They are a champion team and they have got the idea how to get over the line.”

“Talking about us, we can be pretty proud and satisfied. We had a stronger opposition to contend with and I don’t think we did a bad job at all. Of course, I would have been happier sitting here with a win under the belt, but, I must not forget that my boys had the upper hand for most parts of the game.”

“If we had been slightly more focussed, it might have been a little different, the end result, but, no point talking about it now. But, considering the fact that we are trying to get well prepared for Copa America, I would say it was a good outing. We got tested.”

The Copa America is going to take place in Chile only later this year and being the host nations, they will have a great chance to clinch the title.

Stephen Keshi took charge of Burkina Faso

Stephen Keshi is one of the well-respected African coaches and he recently took charge of Burkina Faso after leaving the Nigeria role. He is known to be extremely successful with regard to World Cup qualification.

After all, he has been to the final stages of the tournament with both Togo and Nigeria in the past. Keshi says that he is very much looking forward to taking Burkina Faso in similar fashion to the World Cup 2018, which will be held in Russia. After a very poor Africa Cup of Nations, Burkina Faso decided to go for one of their own after bringing inKeshi.

He replaces the Belgian, Paul Put. His arrival comes at a crucial time for the African nation, which appears to have a lot of highly talented youngsters but without proper direction.Keshi is widely known for having led Nigeria to the Africa Cup of Nations success a few years ago. This was despite having a very young team. The appointment ofKeshi has raised expectations that Burkina Faso may be a potential challenger for the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations. The former Nigeria international says that he had been contacted by a number of nations from Africa and around the world, but he chose to sign for Burkina Faso.

“My ambitions remain the same from one national team to another. I don’t want to have the job just to have the job but to bring a real plus.If I am chosen, by the grace of God, I first want to qualify Burkina Faso for the 2017 AFCON finals and why not for the next World Cup as I did with Togo.And then I want to do what it takes to go as far as possible in those competitions. Everything is possible,” said Keshi.

Spain experienced disappointing Campaign in World Cup 2014

It’s been over 7 months since Spain was eliminated from the 2014 World Cup as the Spanish squad experienced a disappointing campaign in the international tournament where they lost against Netherlands and Chile.

During the group stages, Spain sealed 3 points but it wasn’t enough for them to progress to the knockout stages.

It was a tournament to forget for Spain as the team is filled with world class players but they failed on making it count as Vicente del Bosque and his men were one of the first teams on being eliminated from the previous edition of the worldwide competition.

Even with this surprising elimination from the 2014 World Cup, Vicente del Bosque is feeling positive about the future of the Spanish squad.

“We had a necessary period of reflection after the World Cup and both we and the federation remain on the same page. We decided to carry on and I am feeling in good spirits and full of desire to fulfill my responsibilities. Our objective is clear: qualifying for the European Championship in 2016.” Del Bosque said on the national team’s website a few days ago.

When the 2014 World Cup reached its end, there were a number of coaches from different nations that decided to step down and resign from their managerial position due to the way that their squad was eliminated from the international competition and this is the case of Italy which was CesarePrandelli resigning and Brazil which had Luis Felipe Scolari in charge of the team but he left his position in the team after his team lost against Germany with a surprising scoreboard of 7-1.

However, even though Spain could never even manage to make it past the group stages, Vicente del Bosque decided to remain in charge as he has high hopes for his team.

Landon Donovan Retires From USA National Football

Leading American forward Landon Donovan has reportedly retired from the USA national football team with the Ecuador match. The game witnessed his last international match.

The striker played on for forty minutes during the USA V Ecuador friendly at East Hartford & his decision to retire was received with a massive standing ovation from the gallery.

The erstwhile Everton hero was substituted by Corona (Joe) in 41st minute of the match. It was Disterud who brought the lead for USA national football team in 55th minute but the West Ham star Valencia (Enner) snatched a good draw for the opponent squad right in the 88th-minute strike.

Post the substitution, Donovan said- “We have all dedicated tremendous hard work & we do deserve a great night such as this. So what comes next? Well, I would love to see & enjoy the whole world, I would love to hang around with family & relish matches such as this.

“I am kind of forcing myself for a getaway & relaxation but one would possibly find more of me soon. I do believe that the things will work out as they are meant to be. I did commit several mistakes yet I made all of them with positive intentions & I feel they have served me really well.”

Donovan retired as the record goal scorer of USA with his bunch of amazing 57 strikes & he had been a part of each of the USA game of 2002, 2006 & 2010 FIFA World campaigns.
However, it is said that was controversially looked through by Jurgen Klinsmann, the US national football team manager, while preparing the squad for this year’s Brazil World Cup. In fact, the very decision to exclude Donovan took the US football world by great shock.

Brazil managerial Future In Doubt

It’s been more than a month now since the Brazilians were absolutely devastated in their own backyard by the eventual World Champions Germany. It was an evening which every Brazil player as well as fan would like to forget as soon as possible.

A defeat in a big match is alright. It’s understandable that you failed to rise to the occasion even in the familiar conditions. It happens sometimes in sports. But, if you enter a match as the favourite team with about 60,000 Crowd by your side supporting you passionately, you are not expected to go down 1-7.

With their performance that evening, the Brazilians didn’t shock themselves and their fans only; they would have probably shocked the opposition as well.

The easiness with which the goals were coming for the Germans, it would have been hard for them to believe that they were actually playing in a World Cup semi final.

The match reflected the true condition of football in Brazil today. There was a time when no country in the world could have even imagined to get levelled with Brazil in terms of soccer skills, but, times have changed. Brazil has gone down, while, at the same time, the others have improved and that has taken the graph in the other direction. Now, it’s actually Brazil which needs to do the catching up work, not the other nations.

The association of Brazil has reacted after that debacle. They have got rid of the manager Luiz Felipe Scolari and rightly so. A fresh approach is needed to take the national team forward, but, if a mere change in manager is enough for the betterment of Brazilian football? That’s the question to be asked. Would a new manager come in with a stick of magic in his hands? Was Scolari alone responsible for the World Cup disaster?

The Brazilian association needs to find out the answers to these questions fast.

Brazil managerial Future In Doubt

It’s been more than a month now since the Brazilians were absolutely devastated in their own backyard by the eventual World Champions Germany. It was an evening which every Brazil player as well as fan would like to forget as soon as possible.

A defeat in a big match is alright. It’s understandable that you failed to rise to the occasion even in the familiar conditions. It happens sometimes in sports. But, if you enter a match as the favourite team with about 60,000 Crowd by your side supporting you passionately, you are not expected to go down 1-7.

With their performance that evening, the Brazilians didn’t shock themselves and their fans only; they would have probably shocked the opposition as well.

The easiness with which the goals were coming for the Germans, it would have been hard for them to believe that they were actually playing in a World Cup semi final.

The match reflected the true condition of football in Brazil today. There was a time when no country in the world could have even imagined to get levelled with Brazil in terms of soccer skills, but, times have changed. Brazil has gone down, while, at the same time, the others have improved and that has taken the graph in the other direction. Now, it’s actually Brazil which needs to do the catching up work, not the other nations.

The association of Brazil has reacted after that debacle. They have got rid of the manager Luiz Felipe Scolari and rightly so. A fresh approach is needed to take the national team forward, but, if a mere change in manager is enough for the betterment of Brazilian football? That’s the question to be asked. Would a new manager come in with a stick of magic in his hands? Was Scolari alone responsible for the World Cup disaster?

The Brazilian association needs to find out the answers to these questions fast.

Switzerland Attempts Hard To Knock Out Argentina But In Vain

Four minutes into the game and Switzerland and Argentina both strive to score a goal. Switzerland tries their level best to stop Angel Di Maria in the 9th minute. The coach of Switzerland Benaglio grabs the ball with both his hands as Messi tries to hit the first shot.

In the next moment Switzerland hip checks Messi who gets a free kick in reward but both Switzerland and Argentina scampers. Mehmedi of Switzerland takes down a clumsy tackle by Angel Di Maria and in return gives a free kick to Argentina in return. But the Argentinians fail to deliver.
Shaquiri tries his level best to shoot but fails to get it across. Benaglio the Swiss goalkeeper again saves a goal by Angel Di Maria which leaves the ball very close. The coach of Switzerland appears as if he would rip off his air after Switzerland misses another shot.

At half time both the teams fail to score any goal. Switzerland’s possession was little less than the team of Argentina. The Swiss players throughout the match strive hard to stop Messi from scoring a goal. A herd of red bull trying to make strenuous efforts against the best player of Argentina proved successful but the Swiss gets a yellow card.

The match goes into the extra time but the deadlock did not seem to end. In the end it was Messi who passed it to Angel Di Maria and he scored a goal. The Swiss did not play rather they tried their level best to stop Argentinians or it was brilliance of the Swiss goalkeeper who plunged and grabbed the ball every time but only for the final goal which he could not stop leading to the exit of the Swiss players.

Scolari Hopes For Oscar Return

Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has stated that he is very much hoping that Chelsea midfielder Oscar will return to national team duty after missing the past few friendly matches and trainings sessions in order to be with his family. Oscar recently became the father of a baby girl, Julia. As a result, he has been unavailable with the national team squad. With the tournament set to start against Croatia on June 12, Brazil will be hoping to get back as soon as possible.

In the eventuality that he does not return in time, Scolari has stated that he has other options in this position. Brazil have taken a number of midfielders who are capable of playing in the number 10 role. This includes Willian, who comes from the back of a brilliant first season at Chelsea. Scolari has stated that the 25-year-old has all the attributes needed to replace a player like Oscar. Willian is capable of playing a number of positions behind the striker, while Scolari has also praised his ability on the ball.

Brazil have been showing inconsistent form in the warmup friendly matches and this has led to Scolari stating that he is concerned about their form going into the tournament.

“It depends on the conversation I have with Oscar. I believe he will arrive back happy and say he is ready to play. The idea is to start with the team that will start the World Cup, and that includes Oscar. But if he can not, there are people can replace him. If Willian has to start the game tomorrow, or against Croatia, to me it doesn’t change much. He also adds some new features to the team. Willian is very fast, can dribble, and he strikes the ball very well,” said Scolari ahead of the World Cup 2014.