Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has stated that he is still in good form and can play at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The 35-year old legendary goalkeeper has a remarkable career with a record 167 caps for his country. He served as second choice goalkeeper at this year Euro.
Julen Lopetegui signed Casillas for Porto in 2015, and he had hoped to be the first choice for the team. However, David De Gea had taken the spot light leaving Casillas as plan B. Speaking to Porto Canal he revealed that he is still very much fit and will perform well at the 2018 World Cup.
“I have never given up, to avoid problems I stepped aside. Lopetegui told me that he was going to bet on David De Gea and I accepted it, but I haven’t left the Spanish national team yet. Why can’t I play at the World Cup in Russia?
“I played the entire qualification phase for the Euro and it was decided to make De Gea the first-choice [for the tournament]. The dream hasn’t been taken away. I look good. If I had been playing poorly I’d be the first to say it,” he said. Continue reading “CASILLAS STILL FIT FOR 2018.”
Gordon Strachan and Charlie Adam have not spoken with each other for more than a year, as the latter has been frozen out of the Scotland national team.
Adam first featured for the national team back in 2007, but a player of his quality has managed to appear only in 26 national games so far. He has never scored for Scotland in these games. He has been much more successful in his club career after appearing for the likes of Liverpool and Stoke City in the Premier League. Adam continues to remain an integral part of Stoke City, who have been doing well in the league this season.
Adam is hoping that Gordon Strachan considers him for the upcoming World Cup 2018 qualification matches. Scotland are going through a tough spell which has seen pressure upon the manager rise tremendously in the last few months. Some have even suggested that if Scotland failed to win against England in their next qualification game, it would be the final game for Strachan as the Scotland boss.
The former Celtic manager has been in charge of the national team since 2013, but he has achieved very little success so far. Adam’s last appearance for Scotland was back in 2015 when he featured in the game against Qatar.
“I’m desperate to be a part of it. I want to get back in the Scotland set-up but there is only person that makes that choice and it’s the manager. We will see what happens. Performances like Monday will hopefully catch his eye and I will hopefully get back in. I would be delighted to be involved in it. Playing against England at Wembley would be something special,” said Adam. The Stoke City midfielder also revealed that he has not spoken with Strachan since his last international game.
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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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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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. Continue reading “Williams believe that Wales can win the World Cup”
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. Continue reading “Sepp Blatter has been immensely successful with Technology”
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. Continue reading “NIGERIAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION SAYS WORLD CUP 2018 IS THE NEW FOCUS”
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. Continue reading “Kevin Muscat’s debut season as manager was a huge success and he wants more”