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FIFA PRESIDENT WANTS VIDEO REPLAYS AT THE NEXT WORLD CUP

The president of FIFA Gianni Infantino has put some plans in motion to enable the use of video replays at the next world cup in 2018.


According to him, it would help the referees and other match officials to avoid some serious mistakes that could have easily been avoided.

Being that wrong judgments on the part of match officials have been a very big source of controversy in the past tournaments, Gianni has planned to eradicate any mistakes by providing better surveillance equipments.

On Wednesday, after the first summit of the body, Gianni had said in a comment to reporters that, he believes that the presence of video replays will help officials to make proper and well-informed decisions before awarding penalties, red and yellow cards and even goals.

“It will not answer all the questions a referee can have but it will help them not to make serious mistakes, how? With a referee in front of a TV monitor who looks at the footage and in the space of two, here, four seconds can advise the field referee if he is asked or if he has not seen a serious mistake. Read more »

Strachan’s Job Depends on Scotland’s Performance against England, Says Nicholas

Gordon Strachan position as the Scotland boss is reportedly hanging by the thread due to poor sets of results in the World Cup 2018 qualification campaign.


The national team has had only one win in the opening three matches and it was against minnows Malta. Since that opening day victory, Scotland have gone on to suffer a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Slovakia and only a 1-1 draw with Lithuania. Strachan was appointed as the national team boss in January 2013 and the team already had the disappointment of failing to qualify for the Euro 2016 when a number of home nations managed to do so.

Best known for his time at Celtic, Strachan has not been at the best of his game for the last couple of years now. Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas says that the upcoming game for Scotland, against England, will be the key match that would decide the future of Strachan. Another loss would put the team at grave disadvantage when it comes to qualification. Read more »

ALLARDYCE TO GRANT MICHAIL ANTONIO DEBUT FOR ENGLAND

New England manager Sam Allardyce has decided to grant Michail Antonio his first invitation to play for the Three Lions.


The uncapped player has started this campaign well, scoring his second of the term in the game against Manchester City. The qualifiers poised for the international break would be a good opportunity for him to earn his first cap for England.

Red Devils player Luke Shaw will be in action when England meet Slovakia on September 4 in the World Cup qualifier. This makes for another surprise from Allardyce since Shaw was yet to play for the three Lions since breaking his leg in the last campaign. Man City’s Joe Hart has been invited to stay in goal despite his problems at the Etihad.

After missing out of the Euro 2016, Arsenal forward Theo Walcott and Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater have been recalled to the team. The surprises include Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley. Both players have been ignored, but Everton’s Phil Jagielka received a call to serve.
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Jurgen Klinsmann has set a lofty target of reaching the semifinals

The United States national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has set a lofty target of reaching the semifinals at the World Cup 2018.


The US has steadily shown improvement under the regime of the German. Part of the success has been bringing several players of German nationality – who are also eligible for the US citizenship – into the national team and this has increased the quality quite tremendously. In terms of its World Cup history, the US national team has been on the rise since it hosted its very first World Cup in 1990. Since then, they have qualified for every World Cup and the tradition is expected to continue for the World Cup 2018 as well.

After having reached the round of 16 in the last two editions, the natural progression for the US national team would be to reach the quarter-finals. Klinsmann, though, has set an ambitious target of reaching the semifinals at this major tournament. It has been speculated for a long time that teams outside the traditional favourites list could go on and win the World Cup at some point in the future. Klinsmann managed to win the Confederations Cup at the first instance in 2013. He will be hoping to use this experience and guide the national team to achieving this lofty target in Russia.
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Cardiff City is making a big clear-out of forwards

A few days ago it was announced that Kenwyne Jones had left Cardiff City as he joined Al-Jazira on a deal which lasts until the end of the current season but much more players of the English club are expected to be on their way out of the club after failing to impress.

Federico Machedaand Alex Revell are the players who are rumored to be offloaded from Cardiff City as they do not play a very important role in the team and the club is prepared to sell them in order to make way for new players.

Macheda is a product from the youth system of Manchester United and he joined Cardiff City on a free transfer back in May of 2014 but he has struggled making an impact in the team with injuries that have kept him in the sidelines unable to play with the rest of his teammates and even when he is fit, his goal-scoring ratio isn’t very impressive with a total of 8 goals in 28 appearances for Cardiff City and it’s believed that the club has lost their patience with the young attacker.

The goal-scoring output of Alex Revell has been even more disappointing as the 32 year old English attacker has only been able to find the back of the net on 2 occasions in 28 appearances which are even lower than his teammate FederichoMacheda. Read more »

FBI has been investing anything heavily into the world football governing body

FBI has been investing anything heavily into the world football governing body, FIFA, over allegations of corruption primarily relating to the award of the World Cups. Since Sepp Blatter took charge of FIFA in 1998, the World Cup has been held in Europe only once – in 2006.

During this period, the World Cup has been the likes of South Korea, South Africa, and most recently, Brazil. There areallegations that several FIFA officials received bribes in order to hold the world cups in these parts of the world. The 2010 World Cup has become the most controversial after South Africa admitted to offering ‘other payments’ to the tune of $10 million.

Even though FIFA has made a lot of money from such undertakings, the host nations usually have come on the worse side. Massive stadiums were built at which costs to the taxpayer whereas the public infrastructure like roads and transport did not see an equal amount of spending. Further, it has been costing a lot of money in order to keep the huge stadiums, which have little local potential since the end of the World Cup. Even though the World Cup 2010 went smoothly, the 2014 World Cup saw several protests from the home supporters due to the exorbitant spending of their money. Read more »