Gianni Infantino, the President of FIFA was 1 of few advocates of the expansion plan of 48 teams for the 2022 World Cup which is to be held in Qatar and many of the observers say that the decision to drop the plan is nothing less than a tight slap in the face of Infantino. The decision which was taken on last Wednesday by the community of FIFA to abandon the plan of the participation of 48 teams to let them compete in the global showcase in the time of 3 years was a major setback for Gianni, who is the head of FIFA since 2016.
The Swiss international had pushed the expansion plan really hard, contending that it would definitely expand the reach of the game of football across the world. Infantino was used to saying that “Of course it wouldn’t be a cakewalk, but if we can take the decision to play with 48 teams in the 2026 World Cup. Then why can’t we prepone it?” In the end, in spite of all his efforts, tactics and assessment regarding the increment in revenue with a larger tournament, his plan was outplayed by the harsh realities of global politics.
Germany coach Joachim Low has announced that Jerome Boateng, Matts Hummels and Thomas Muller are no longer in the reckoning for the National team. This announcement made in the past 24 hours is seen as a shock to many in Germany.
Albeit from some quarters it is expected as a result of the shambolic display of the National team at the World Cup in Russia last year. Germany failed to get out of their group as they were defeated by Mexico and South Korea in the group stages in what represented one of their worst ever performance in the World Cup.
Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has picked up a nasty injury to his ankle that will potentially leave him on the sidelines for the rest of the season.
The 26 year old has featured sporadically for West Ham this season, playing only five minutes of football since September and could potentially miss the rest of the season through injury.
Joe Cole was the man who convinced Eden to sign with Chelsa ahead of numerous other European clubs in summer of 2012, Eden Hazard revealed. Hazard communicated with virtually every top club before joining Chelsa in a 32million deal. “I spoke to him before I signed for Chelsa,” Hazard said in comments of one post, which was on Chelsa’s official Twitter account as a tribute to Cole.
Hazard has established himself as one of the best players at Chelsa, winning two Premier League titles, the Europa League, the FA Cup, and EFL cup. Thorgan, Eden’s brother, said that the player has taken the correct decision to stay at the club rather than make a move to Madrid which is currently in the transition phase.
Denmark forward Yussuf Poulsen has appeared to dismiss the ongoing transfer link with Everton by saying that he has no clue over a transfer approach. The RB Leipzig attacker was one among the leading performers for Denmark at the World Cup and he has most recently returned to the German outfit following an extended break.
Speaking to OsnabruckerZeitung, Poulsen stressed that he has not been following the proceedings around Leipzig on vacation and he was indeed surprised with the recent happenings at the club. He added that he has no clue over a potential approach from Everton and his representative should have a better idea on the same.
Sweden defeated their hosts South Africa 3-0 in an international friendly. The Swedes had their full European might on display against the Banyana Banyana at Cape Town Stadium on January 21.
The South African women side tried their best against their opponent but it was obvious that they faced a superior side. The Swedish side were more precise in attack, passed the ball better and maintained tactical discipline. They were patient in the build-up but when they got the chance they buried their hosts. (more…)
Senegal sealed their World Cup qualification campaign with a follow up victory over rivals South Africa. They thrashed their opponents in the replayed match in Durban before a second home victory in Dakar.
FIFA ordered a replay following allegations of match manipulation. The Bureau for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers ordered that the game be replayed after considering the sporting analysis and the betting patterns from international betting monitoring companies.
Switzerland were able to maintain their 100% record in the World Cup 2018 qualification group after managing wins over Andorra and Latvia.
Both teams were not expected to offer any threat to Switzerland’s 100% record coming into the game. Along with Germany, the Swiss are the only team to have won all of the six matches before the latest round of qualification matches in September. This has put Switzerland on the verge of qualification to the World Cup 2018 finals in Russia. Vladimir Petkovic has been a delighted manager after watching his team move three points clear at the top of the table.
Switzerland only have two matches left in the qualification group and they will take place in October. If the national team manages to win both these matches, they will be able to finish ahead of Portugal irrespective of the results from Fernando Santos team. (more…)
VAR is short for video assistant referees or in other words, video technology.
This is something that for years now has been utilized by various sports including American Football (NFL) and baseball (MLB) just to name a few.
It´s designed to help officials in making crystal clear and fair decisions. However, in soccer, it has always been a subject of huge debate as there are many supporters and figures of the sport that consider it to be a negative thing if it gets implemented as it could destroy the essence of soccer.
One of the main elements or characteristics of soccer is it´s free-flowing aspect as there are generally very few interruptions in an actual match and the timer which never stops until the end.
Introducing VAR could negatively affect this component of the sport as more interruptions and consequentially hampering one of the core elements of why soccer is considered to be as a beautiful and attractive sport for many people as it almost never stops or gets disrupted. (more…)