Poland could be on their way out of Russia 2018 following the loss of their opener against top rated African side Senegal on Tuesday. The Sadio Mane skippered side deservedly pipped Poland 2-1 to get a real chance at topping the group after the lowest rated Japanese side shocked Columbia 2-1 earlier.
The Lions of Teranga took the lead when Idrissa Gueye’s shot deflected off the back of Thiago Cionek into the net. The goal calmed the nerves of the Senegalese side but they were not complacent. They kept pushing for another goal to kill off their rivals.
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Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal is reaching the final stages of his international playing career as the player himself has already confirmed his intentions of leaving the national side when the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup finalizes on July 15 of 2018.
Arturo Vidal has already performed with Chile for the 2015 Copa America as well as the Copa America Centenario and was even a regular player for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The 30 year old Chilean midfielder of Bayern Munich has recently revealed details concerning his current situation as well as the chances of Chile on actually being able to qualify for the next edition of the FIFA World Cup.
Even though Arturo Vidal has recently been talking about hanging up his playing boots at the international stage,there is a chance that Chile might not even be able to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as they are currently struggling to consistently collect points.
After having played 16 qualifying matches, Chile has secured 23 points which positions them at the 6th spot of the CONMEBOL group. All of the national sides in this group are hoping that they can snatch a spot in the top 5 as it allows them to either qualify directly or at least being able to advance into a play-off qualification round. Continue reading Vidal will end his international career after the 2018 FIFA World Cup
It seems that the Russian Government is leaving no stone unturned to prove the rest of the world wrong about their credentials as the host of a global footballing event.
Not too many people around the world are sure that World Cup 2018 will turn out to be peaceful event and the reason why they are thinking so is because it is being held in Russia.
But, the Russian federation in collaboration with the country’s Government has planned several things to ensure that the peace is maintained throughout the duration of the showpiece event.
One of the things that have been planned is not to let the supporters wander in the downtown without proper clothing and in the influence of alcohol.
Generally when global events take place and Football fans from all over the world gather in the host country, the scenes of them having wild celebrations after their team’s victories are normal and they do it in public. Continue reading Russian Government trying hard to prepare for global footballing event
For the very 1st time in the history of football, a FIFA World Cup competition will use video replay which is aimed towards helping referees in a few of their decisions involving penalties, red cards and goals.
Every other choice that thefield referee has to make will completely dependent on that person.
Video technology has been tested for the past few years on a number of different leagues and countries including USA, Germany, Portugal, Brazil and Australia. It appears to have brought forward positive results and now it’s going to be put to test in the biggest football competition in the world, the FIFA World Cup.
There have been a number of incidents that have occurred in past editions of previous FIFA World Cup that have angered fans and players. One of those controversial moments emerged during the 2010 FIFA World Cup when England was facing off with Germany in the round of 16. Continue reading The 2018 FIFA World Cup will utilize video technology
The Russian embassy to the United Kingdom has described the documentary by the BBC as “shocking.”
The media outfit released a film ahead of the World Cup 2018 in Russia, detailing the risks associated with England participating in the high-profile tournament.
The embassy opines that the BBC’s efforts aim at discrediting the host of the tournament.
“The film title Russia’s Hooligan Army shot and broadcast by BBC Two with the Russia-hosted 2018 World Cup in mind is quite shocking. One gets the impression that its goal is to sow fear in British society and warn the fans against travelling to Russia.
“The filmmakers from the government-funded channel did their best to discredit Russia and the forthcoming World Cup,” a statement from the embassy reads.
The documentary features Russians who commented on the forthcoming event. One Russian fan that was featured told another source that his words were “grossly misinterpreted” by the British press. The fan, who is the former leader of a football fan group referred to as Spartak Gladiators, said he – appearing as ‘Vasily the Killer’ – was misconstrued by the media. Continue reading RUSSIAN EMBASSY – BBC FILM IS SHOCKING
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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