Martin O’Neill Happy with Point against Serbia

After having just completed the testimonial for the celebrated Robbie Keane, the Republic of Ireland were in danger of slipping to an early defeat in the World Cup 2018 qualification.

They were trailing Serbia 2-1 going into the last 10 minutes of the game. This was the first World Cup qualification game for Ireland. After having done so well to qualify for the Euro 2016, it was up to the team to show that the qualification to the European Championship was no fluke. Jeffrey Hendrick helped Ireland opened the scoring after just three minutes.

Just when it seemed that the game would end with this early goal,Kostić came up with an equaliser just after the hour. Buoyed by the goal, Serbia started playing in a spirited fashion. Equally, Ireland’s morale slipped quite substantially and the team was unable to cope with the sudden onslaught of pressure from the home team. They conceded a penalty just before the 70th minute and it was duly put away byTadić. Just when it seemed that Serbia would hold onto this lead, Daryl Murphy came up with a late equaliser to secure at least a point for the away team. Martin O’Neill was later pleased with this point from a difficult away trip.
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Joachim Loew says that it is highly probable that he will remain in charge of National Team

Germany manager Joachim Loew says that it is highly probable that he will remain in charge of the national team for the World Cup 2018 as well.

The former assistant coach has been in charge of the national team since 2006. It has been quite a long while, as he just completed 10 years in charge. There have been numerous disappointments along the way, but the World Cup 2014 success has ensured thatLoew gets another crack at defending the title. Over the years, there have been speculation aboutLoew quitting the national team to focus on club career.

Loew largely has experience of managing clubs like Stuttgart, Fenerbahce, and Austria Wein. Talk about his future has started only because of the national team’s failure to win the European Championship. Germany were knocked out of the Euro 2016 at the semi-final stage. His existing contract still has two years to run, but the poor showing at the Euro 2016 may cost him the job. It has turned out to be false, asLoew remains confident of being in charge of the team for the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Preparations to qualify for the World Cup begin with a friendly against Finland in September. Germany’s group opponents in the qualification group include the likes of Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, and Norway.
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Williams believe that Wales can win the World Cup

Wales captain Ashley Williams believe that Wales can win the next World Cup in 2018. He said that the team has been boosted by their performance at the Euros in France and that they are looking forward to participating in many tournaments in the future.

Ashley Williams, who currently plays for Swansea City, has been instrumental for his team and believes that the team can replicate this performance on a regular basis. He said that they have a good coach in Chris Coleman and that the latter has successfully built a team that can take on the best team in the world.

Ashley Williams said that they were amazed by the support that the team has received in the tournament. He said that even back home he was amazed by the way people welcomed the team back. He said that he cannot imagine the crowd reactions if ever Wales had managed to win the tournament.

For Williams, it has hard to accept the defeat by Portugal, but he believes that the defeat will not damage their progress. He believes that the team has reached a new level and that the only way now is up. He said that he would be hoping that they can repeat the same performance in Russia and hopefully win the trophy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sepp Blatter has been immensely successful with Technology

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been immensely successful in trying to keep technology of the game for a long time.

However, his legacy will soon be forgotten since new presidentGianni Infantino has promised the arrival of video refereeing from the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Major tournaments like the World Cup and Champions Leagues have been used as testing venues for new technologies in the past. There have been numerous calls for video technologies to be a major part of the game. Several refereeing decisions have been seen even in big games and it has been the source of much discontent.

Since almost every other sport has adopted technology in favour of more agreeable decisions, football’s reluctance to adopt technology has been surprising so far. International Football Association Board (IFAB) recently claimed that it would be testing several aspects of technology over the next two years. Even though it will be quite a while before video refereeing becomes a standard part of club football, this is seen as a step in the right direction. Goal-line technology is the last major introduction of science into the game. It will be followed by the Hawk-Eye at the Euro 2016. UEFA has found that Hawk-Eye will be used to resolve goal line disputes. Read the rest of this entry »

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After failing to qualify yet again for the African nation Cup in 2017, Nigeria men’s national football team has apologized to the nation through a written statement from the Football Federation.

The Super Eagles fell to a 1-0 defeat in Alexandria, Egypt in the second leg match after playing a 1-1 draw in Kaduna, Nigeria. The match played on Tuesday, 29th March 2016 was won by the hosts with a strike in the second half. The strike was poorly defended and resulted in the lone goal of the game.

The woes of the team were compounded when one of the group members withdrew from the tournament and Confederation of African Football (CAF) cancelled all points from matches against them.

The statement from the NFF reads: “The NFF, like most Nigerians, are saddened by The Super Eagles’ failure to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final competition, following a 1-0 defeat by seven–time African champions Egypt in Alexandria.”

The Super Eagles lost the golden opportunity to qualify through their sloppiness as Egypt equalized, after a goal from Etebo put the host in the lead. After the draw, the confidence The Super Eagles displayed against The Pharaohs in Alexandria was below par, especially when compared to the decent performance in Nigeria. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kevin Muscat’s debut season as manager was a huge success and he wants more

Kevin Muscat turned into the coach of the Australian outfit Melbourne Victory on October 31 of 2013 and this was the first time that Muscat has ever been in charge of any professional club as the head coach but despite it being his first time, his managerial career has been a huge success as the Australian coach pushed Melbourne Victory to the A-League Championship and Premiership titles of the 2014-15 season.

This is the best possible way that Kevin Muscat could have kicked off his managerial career and now the Australian has stated that he is eager for what is to come and he does not want to put a limit on what is possible to accomplish as anything is possible.

Melbourne Victory’s Kevin Muscat revealed some of his plans for the future as he said: “I wouldn’t put a ceiling on anything. But I’ve been around long enough in a professional environment to know you’re judged on what you do tomorrow, not what you’ve done yesterday. I won’t look too far ahead. Of course, I’ve got aspirations. I’ll reach for the stars and if I fall somewhere short, great.  At this point in time I’m driven by one thing and that’s to bring some more success to this football club. And we all know what success looks like at Melbourne Victory.”

For the time being, Muscat wants to lift more titles with Melbourne Victory and have more success with the team but he also hinted out the possibility of coaching other teams outside of Australia as he has big aspirations of winning big things and achieving further success. Read the rest of this entry »

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England and Scotland will be coming up against each other in a competitive game

England and Scotland will be coming up against each other in a competitive game yet again and manager Roy Hodgson is already looking forward to this feisty encounter. The two teams first played against each other back in 1872 and this is seen as more of the oldest rivalries in world football.

Further, England and Scotland are the oldest football playing nations. The duo will be facing each other on November 11, 2016. They have been brought together for the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifier. Even though England are extremely disappointed not to be hosting this tournament, they will relish the prospect of overcoming Scotland once more.

Scottish football has been on the decline over the last few years and this is especially true in the case of the national team. While the likes of Wales have recovered sufficiently, Scotland are yet to become a top nation in world football. They have shown signs of resurgence under Gordon Strachan, but they will have to go a long way before overcoming the memories of the defeats in 2013 and 2014 against England. Hodgson says that he is already looking forward to the atmosphere before and during the game. The reverse fixture with Scotland hosting England will take place in June 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

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The chairman of the Polish football association believes that Russia should not host the 2018 World Cup

Zbigniew Boniek is the chairman of the Polish football association and he has expressed his point of view concerning Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup and their conflicts involving Ukraine.

The former Juventus player and current chairman of the PFA said: “Hosting the World Cup in Russia is a disastrous mistake, it’s a country engaged in war, who invaded another country. In 2010 when FIFA chose Russia to host the World Cup the situation was totally different. But now when Russia is at war with Ukraine? There should be a clause in the contract between FIFA and the host country that enables the executive committee to strip that country in the event of a war. Or violating the charter of the United Nations,”

Russia was awarded with hosting the 2018 World Cup ahead of  England and joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Netherlands/Belgium in December 2010 but things hasn’t been easy for the Russian government and nation in its entirety as they are continuously receiving criticism due to the economic problems and a number of other things that Vladimir Putin and his citizens are experiencing. Read the rest of this entry »

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